DragonFly is a proof-of-concept head-worn surgical display which leverages Thales’ augmented reality (AR) technology used by military aviators.
Thales approached PI with a vision for how their AR technology could help surgeons do their jobs, and wanted to demonstrate it live in an upcoming event, but lacked a clear path on how to get there. And time was running out. PI’s innovation team quickly evaluated the technical challenges and complex ergonomics involved, developing a mechanical solution that incorporated all the components and articulation necessary to meet Thales’ performance goals. PI was able to deliver functional prototypes to Thales in time to make their event a success.
DragonFly puts critical surgical information directly in a surgeon’s field of view allowing for 100 percent eyes on the patient during a navigated surgery. It also provides greater operational awareness and reduces physician fatigue by eliminating the need for accompanying monitors outside of the immediate surgical space.
DragonFly assisted in the first ever navigated spine surgery using a head-worn augmented reality display at St. David’s NeuroTexas Institute in Austin, Texas. Thanks to collaboration with future end-users, the results of this initial trial were a resounding success.