Touch Surgery's $20M funding round was led by US venture capital firm 8VC, a San Francisco fund whose founders invested in Oculus VR before Facebook acquired it for $2 billion in 2014.
“It is early days for this technology but we are very bullish on how augmented reality and virtual reality are going to be key technologies in the operating room of the future,” says Touch Surgery co-founder and CEO, Dr Jean Nehme.
8vc, the US VC fund which backed Oculus Rift, led the new funding round. The money will be used to boost staff level to about 200 split equally between London and New York.
Touch Surgery, founded by two surgeons, will use a Microsoft Hololens headset to display live video feeds of surgery overlaid with instructions, step-by-step guide and commentary.
The product, to be launched next year, will be called Go Surgery. It is expected to cut the cost of surgical training.
Introduction to Microsoft HoloLens
Microsoft HoloLens is the first self-contained, holographic computer, enabling you to engage with your digital content and interact with holograms in the world around you.
To put it in simple terms, it projects images over your vision so they appear as holograms, providing you with more information about the world around you or changing the way you perceive a space.
Unlike virtual reality, which takes over your entire vision and hearing to transport you to another environment, augmented reality complements the world around you.
Features of HoloLens
Holograms are responsive to you and the world around you. Microsoft HoloLens enables you to interact with content and information in the most natural ways possible.
Built-in sensors let you use your gaze to move the cursor so you can select holograms. Turn your head and the cursor will follow.
Use simple gestures to open apps, select and size items, and drag and drop holograms in your world.
Use voice commands to navigate, select, open, command, and control your apps. Speak directly to Cortana, who can help you complete tasks.