It’s refreshing, in this difficult time, when engineering and the Tech Industry seem captured in a quicksand of inexhaustible ethical compromises and flustering emergent qualities, to come across something tech-related of which one can say, awed, without complications or caveats: sacred shit this is amazing . Which happened to me today! Make me share it with you.
The Flying Eye Hospital, currently parked on Moffett Field in Mountain View, is a portable ophthalmological infirmary, technological wonder, and surely one of the most extraordinary vehicles on countries around the world. It is a proselytized MD-1 0 wide-body aircraft that flies all around the world — it just got back from Bangladesh — play-act seeing surgeries on disadvantaged patients in developing nations while also are in place to study medical doctors, wet-nurses, and medical technicians.
Since this is TechCrunch let’s talk about its technology before we burrow deeper into its mission. One of the most technically amazing things about the Flying Eye is that it is an alone self-contained infirmary: such a system, which guide purely on jet-fuel-powered generators, include its own medical gases, its own clean chamber, its own water purifiers, its surgical paraphernalium, etc ., including highly sensitive gear( again, this is seeing surgery we’re talking about) which has to be stowed such that can subsist serious unrest or choppy landings on difficult runways without requiring major maintenance.
And remember, this is a learning hospice. Its onboard classroom features not only video screens but Zeiss VR headsets so that students can watch narrated enters of surgical procedures. There’s research projects in progress to stream them live in VR; currently they’re all streamed in high-quality video, live to classrooms of all the countries, and archived at their telemedicine busines Cybersight for future reference.( Urging: the library there is fascinating but not for the ocularly squeamish .)
Beyond the classroom is a course chamber where students can use virtual-reality workstations( crafted by VRMagic) to test their ophthalmological surgical sciences, rule procedures without risking disfiguring real retinas, measure lasers on sit eyes before “theyre trying” them on real sees, and so forth. Yes, that’s right, an actually live, manipulating, in-production, and significant apply of virtual reality. Who’d’a thunk it?
They likewise have an extraordinary onboard A/ V organisation — every screen is a touchscreen, every image or video feed can be rafter to any screen on the plane, and the surgeries are recorded in 2D for livestreaming( often via 4G wireless, with live questions from the faraway gathering) and 3D for future study.
The Flying Eye is a largely volunteer constitution( and persona/ most of the donation Orbis International .) They have 400 volunteer module, including many of the best of the ophthalmological world-wide, many of whom come back each year to work on the Flying Eye for a few weeks or two pay. The aviators are also volunteers. And the hospital is so uncommon and fantastic that it has become a vehicle for plan , not surgery; tycoons and the chairpersons and prime ministers regularly see it.( Including the president of Syria, who is, ironically, himself an ophthalmologist .)
They’re shortly parked at Moffett Field no doubt in the expectations of conjuring subscriptions from the tech manufacture. But their close proximity to Apple, Facebook, and Google also served to highlight something else for me: how often the tech industry talks about “making the world a better place, ” but then implicitly is decided that actually doing so is, uh, somebody else’s job. We’re often too busy chasing the brand-new new happen to ruffle trying to integrate and make the best possible exert of the old-fashioned brand-new event. Watching that is really done, now, was disconcertingly … well … eye-opening.
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