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Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality on the Bakutel: Surgery with Data Glasses

Written by Andy Prosper

Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality and the combination of the two were the focus of the Bakutel, Azerbaijan’s international telecoms and information technology fair in early December in Baku. If you wear the VR glasses during the procedure, you can see the inside of the patient as if you look under the skin of the face. You can see the bones, the muscles, the nerves, the vessels and so on.

Medicine, especially surgery, is one of the Virtual reality sectors of the future. Data glasses, for example, help the surgeon to better see the patient’s operation, as Ismayil Ferzeliyev of the Azerbaijan Medical University explains: “The general concept of this project is to study the virtual anatomy of the patient undergoing surgery to link to his real anatomy. By wearing these data glasses during the procedure, you can see the inside of the patient as if you are looking under the skin of the face. You can see the bones, the muscles, the nerves, the vessels, and so on.

“Although virtual reality remains a key tool in the world of computer games, the range of possible uses is growing. Aygun Hasanova of ‘Phobia Virtual Reality’: “Our Company has started to develop special platforms for medicine, for training, for example for fire protection exercises …” The virtual reality can also be useful for learning to dance … with a computer-assisted feedback as to whether the dance student corrects the steps and movements.

192 companies from twenty countries presented their products in Baku. As always, many new ideas came from the start-up scene. For example, a smartpen designed to help save paper when writing notes at university, wall project manager Elchin Aghazade explains, “Wall is an electronic device that writes every stroke you write on a piece of paper over Bluetooth to your smartphone -App sends. After writing, the ink evaporates in the next thirty minutes, but during that time, your data has been securely stored on our servers and software applications. ”

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In order to move away from its dependence on the energy sector and diversify its economy, Azerbaijan should expand information and communication technology, confirms an analysis by the World Bank – as well as Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev: “The development of information and communication in our country is one of our highest priorities. We want to continue the policy of economic diversification, and this area is very important for that. “

That’s why the government has set up a three-year strategy. Azerbaijan still has a lot of room for maneuver in this area: So far, the country ranks 65th out of 176 in the ranking of the International Telecommunication Union.

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