Leap motion for sterile manipulation of 3D models
Document typeBachelor thesis
Rights accessOpen Access
Performing surgeries with 3D models are to an increasing extent becoming normal practice. The common tool for manipulating these 3D objects is with a computer mouse, which is not designed for a three-dimensional virtual space. Thus, the use of a computer mouse in combination with 3D objects is not intuitive. This is the reason for experimenting with new input devices, such as the Leap Motion device, to enhance the workflow of controlling 3D objects. Therefore, the project developed a program for manipulating these models in Unity with the Leap Motion device. A user survey was conducted to identify issues and help understand how the surgeons use and interact directly with a 3D object in a sterile manner. The results of this project strongly support the fact that the usage of the Leap Motion is more efficient in various tasks than a computer mouse. With this the Leap Motion stacks upon revolutionary 2D imaging in medical practice, and thus is an important piece in future medical care and surgery.