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Touch Free Technologies

Rafik Matta, Richard Abrich, Pavel Bovbel

Value Proposition  Surgeons have an obligation to keep their hands sterile always while in operating rooms. This makes it difficult to access patient information or other important data since it involves manually handling computer interfaces through contact with conventional input devices such as a keyboard or a mouse – the sterility of which is hard to ensure. Touch Free Technologies aims to provide surgeons with an interface that uses Leap Motion Controller, which detects the positions of fingers through the use of infrared cameras and lighting with a very high degree of accuracy. This development will allow the surgeons to manipulate data intuitively through the use of the gestural interface.

Rafik Matta |

Rafik Matta is a 2011 graduate of the Bachelor of Applied Science program in electrical engineering from the University of Toronto. Previously, he has worked as a software and systems engineer at Bionym, a software designer at EXFO and a research engineer at Defense Research and Development Canada.

Richard Abrich |

Richard Abrich is an M.A.Sc. candidate in computer engineering at the University of Toronto. Previously, he has worked as a software engineer for the University Health Network and ES Computer Training and Technologies. He completed his B.A.Sc. in computer engineering from the University of Toronto in 2011.

Pavel Bovbel |

Pavel Bovbel completed his B.A.Sc. from the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering in 2013.

Journey with the Hatchery

Touch Free Technologies was officially accepted by the Hatchery in May 2013. Surgeons in different practices have been actively pursued for feedback and development of the product and the potential business. Experts and mentors at the Hatchery and MaRS have also been consulted to further develop and consider the feasibility of the idea. The second prototype of the gestural interface is now under development. Gesture recognition technology may be applied to 2D medical imaging to refine the appeals of the product. The team is currently researching open-source software so as to make the product easily accessible and viable for use in operating rooms.