Last month Apple received a patent for a new 3D interface for manipulating objects on computer screens. Houston Neal at the Medical Software Advice blog suggests the new technology should be particularly useful for working with clinical images. Essentially, the 3D technology uses a computer camera to look at the movement of hands or head of the user to transform objects on the screen. Here’s a short demo of the basic functionality:
Because of the intuitive nature of this interface and that it does not require touching any physical controls, this may turn out to be popular with radiologists and physicians using intraoperative imaging modalities while scrubbed up.