FundamentalVR is teaming up with HaptX to create haptic-based surgical gloves that allow surgeons to use their hands and fingers as part of a virtual reality simulation for educational purposes.

Virtual reality has been making serious inroads into real life, and these simulations could make a difference in terms of training quality, health care costs, and the skill of surgeons.

FundamentalVR is trying to pioneer the use of immersive training technology for the medical community and is showcasing the groundbreaking HaptX Gloves on its Fundamental Surgery platform. I tried the gloves out myself in a VR demo last year, and you really get a sense of contact and force feedback when you touch a virtual object.

The companies showed the demo at the annual general meeting of the American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS).

Named one of the best inventions of 2018 by Time magazine, the Fundamental Surgery platform was launched back in August. It combines virtual reality (VR) with cutting-edge haptics (the sense of touch) to create a scalable flight simulator experience for trainees and qualified surgeons, allowing them to experience and navigate the visuals, sounds, and feelings they would encounter during a real surgical procedure.

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