Surgeons Fifty Percent Better after Wiimote Sim

by Paul Martin -

Earlier this year, research was underway to create a surgery-practice application that makes use of the Wiimote. Since finishing the project, the researchers have improved residents’ skills in certain procedures by as much as fifty percent, and for a fraction of the cost of a high-tech simulator.

“One of the problems we’ve had over the years is we had no method to teach surgeons surgical skills without going into surgery,” said Dr. Mark Smith, a co-developer and a gynecological surgeon at Banner Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix. “We now have simulators that help them develop those skills. The problem is they are incredibly expensive — like a flight simulator for a pilot. This gives us a much less costly way to train these fine motor skills that the surgeons employ during surgery.”

You can see video including the Wii simulator on WABC-TV’s story. Austin’s News8 has a Q&A with Dr. Smith about the project.

This news is made even more exciting with the prospect of an even more accurate Wii Remote, made possible through the advent of the Wii MotionPlus accessory, which will be included in the Wii Sports sequel, Wii Sports Resort which releases in spring 2009.

Wii Sports Resort is not just a simple sequel to one of the world’s most popular console games, Wii Sports. It is the first title to make use of another Nintendo advance, the Wii MotionPlus accessory, which plugs into the base of the Wii Remote controller to provide an incredibly realistic motion experience. Scheduled for release in spring 2009, Wii Sports Resort includes new game experiences such as Sword Play, Power Cruising on a water scooter and Disc Dog, along with the new Wii MotionPlus accessory and Wii Remote Jacket at no additional cost. The Wii MotionPlus enhances precision and player immersion for the Nintendo-pioneered motion-controlled gaming trend that has drawn millions of new people to the world of video games.

The combination of the new Wiimote Sim and Wii MotionPlus could bring even higher accuracy rates to even the most seasoned of surgeons. Just another way that the Health Care industry is being revolutionized by the Wii.

via Kotaku

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