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UAB virtual reality surgery combines Google Glass, VIPAAR technologies

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – A surgical team from the University of Alabama at Birmingham recently performed one of the first surgeries combining a virtual augmented reality technology and Google Glass, the computer with an optical head-mounted display.

UAB says combining the VIPAAR (short for Virtual Interactive Presence in Augmented Reality) and Google Glass technologies could signal a key step toward developing useful, practical telemedicine. The pairing’s potential is garnering attention, most recently on a report on the CBS Evening News.

VIPPAR, a firm located in Birmingham’s Innovation Depot, is commercializing the UAB-developed virtual reality technology, which provides two-way, interactive video conferencing.

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