For someone getting major dental work or reconstructive surgery, it can be hard to visualize what they'll look like afterwards. You can do casts and make wax molds, but that's a bit… 19th century, isn't it? A Swiss startup brings the, in retrospect, obvious solution of augmented reality to the pr… [Read More]
Summary… * Machine-Made
A Swiss startup brings the, in retrospect, obvious solution of augmented reality to the problem, giving patients a virtual view of the smile they could soon have.
The company, Kapanu, is a spin-off of Swiss technical university ETH Zurich; CEO Roland Mörzinger and his team created an augmented reality engine for medical purposes, and dentistry was chosen as a good first application.
(Disney Research was involved with early research at ETHZ but not, as I had written here before, with Kapanu’s final project.)
Once the software locks onto the user’s mouth and teeth, it overlays the improved teeth — and that’s where the fun starts.
It’s a nice success story for augmented reality, which often is relegated to applications that are little more than toys.
Opinion… * Man-Made