Digital technologies in the operating room can be powerful tools for surgeons, but only as long as they can be controlled without compromising sterile procedures. In the last of our AXLR8R spotlight videos, DriftCoast co-founder Hua (Michael) Chen talks about how he was inspired to use Leap Motion technology to open up new interactive possibilities within the OR.

Their project, MACSAir, is a touchless control system for a cardiac catheter – a tiny tube that can be maneuvered inside blood vessels to treat arrhythmia and other life-threatening conditions. With MACSAir, surgeons will be able to watch and control the catheter in real-time using magnetic resonance images (MRI) without needing to leave the operating room.