Here’s an incredible story for virtual reality fans in the holiday season – Google Cardboard saves a baby’s life at a Miami hospital. A four-month-old baby girl, Teegan Lexcen, was born with only one lung and half of a heart. A hospital in Minnesota gave the family the worst possible prognosis – there was nothing they could do.
But doctors at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami were willing to try something new. They scanned the baby’s heart and uploaded the images to a Smartphone. Then using Google Cardboard, they were able to plan a successful seven hour operation.
Here’s the details from CBSMiami news
According to Dr. Redomond Burke, a cardiovascular surgeon told CBSMiami:
The old VR images we used to get were just too grainy not specific enough for the fine detail you need to do open heart surgery on a baby.
Today, Teegan is alive and recovering at the hospital in what could not be a nicer gift for the holidays.
Not bad for a device that costs less than $20 and is nothing more than cardboard and plastic lenses. This is only the beginning what we will be able to do using virtual reality and wearables in the medical profession. Some of the technology will be expensive. But other times, an Apple Watch or Google Cardboard can save a life.
Emory Craig is a writer, speaker, and consultant specializing in virtual reality (VR) and artificial intelligence (AI) with a rich background in art, new media, and higher education. A sought-after speaker at international conferences, he shares his unique insights on innovation and collaborates with universities, nonprofits, businesses, and international organizations to develop transformative initiatives in XR, AI, and digital ethics. Passionate about harnessing the potential of cutting-edge technologies, he explores the ethical ramifications of blending the real with the virtual, sparking meaningful conversations about the future of human experience in an increasingly interconnected world.