Researchers at University have discovered a new device which can help surgeons envision preoperative planning diagrams. The new device, named Tip-Tap is a battery-free device which uses RFID signals with the help of finger touch.
The device promises a much-needed add-on for surgical gloves. With the help of this add-on, surgeons can be on the same page with their assistants during preplanning procedure. This procedure requires assistants to navigate computers and communicate with the procedure. However, the conventional procedure for these is often slow and difficult.
Moreover, the conventional procedure can and does require surgeons to divert attention from the patient. With the help of the new device, they can sit back in their chair and communicate while keeping their surgical gloves on without a hitch.
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This is only a potential application for this new device. The device promises far wider use in practice. Its RFID technology allows a battery-free application which is a key need for many IoT devices. Additionally, the technology provides a mechanism to be used with various different areas of the palm without any obstacles. Hence, its application can be far wider as compared to traditional use of fingertips prominent in smartphones.
The device invention is a result of partnership between University of Waterloo and National Research Council of Canada.
Apart from its significant implication for finger touch, it may also offer more disposable means of availing technology. Its disposable nature will be highly essential in applications like surgery, where constant sterilization is definitely the need of the hour. Moreover, the technology can also be useful in food storage and handling applications. The sterilization needs during food handling can also necessitate use of similar technology.
Daniel Vogel, a professor at University of Waterloo is hopeful about its prospects. He said, the current technologies like big gestures can be tiring for surgeons during a preplanning process. The device provides a new way for surgeons to navigate the process without breaking a sweat.