If you don't succeed, try and try again. Unless you are a surgeon. But this is all about to change, using nothing but pixels and data. Touch Surgery's cofounders, Dr. Jean Nehme and Dr. Andre Chow, are young surgeons who taught themselves how to code. Now, they're on a mission to transform medicine – by digitalizing it.
At least, that's what one Japanese dating service is trying to prove by requiring participants in speed-dating sessions to wear white surgical masks. "In order to achieve marriage, it is important to provide chances to know a partner's personality and values in the early stages," said Kei Matsumura, head of Tokyo dating service Def Anniversary. "We chose surgical masks as an essential tool for that." White surgical masks covering most of the face are common in Japan, where people don them to avoid catching a cold or flu, keep out pollen and, sometimes, just to keep their faces warm. Some women also opt for a mask on days when they aren't wearing makeup.
The Orbeye digital microscope system, to hit the market in October, projects 4K ultra high-definition images on a large flat-screen monitor viewable to anyone wearing light 3-D film glasses. "Microsurgeries involve technically challenging tasks," Akihiro Taguchi, a senior managing director at Olympus, told a news conference in Tokyo on Tuesday. "The conventional system has forced doctors to stay in an unnatural position for so long that it is not uncommon to hear of surgeons who have injured their necks." In addition, many doctors suffer eye strain after performing operations that can last 10 hours or more. The new system, featuring a slimmed-down, lighter microscope with 3-D 4K image sensors, a monitor and a video recorder, is priced at around ¥40 million ($360,000) apiece.