A Colorado teenager says a video game inspired him to create a spinal surgery tool.
The 16-year-old is a fan of the game Just Dance and while trying to conquer one particular song in the game, he started thinking about its motion, racing technology, and whether it could help when it comes to surgery.
He ended up developing a safer and more accurate system for surgeons to help navigate the humane spine.
“It can predict the spine biomechanics for a given patient and then optimize the surgical approach and then guide the surgeon using an augmented reality headset,” Krithik Ramesh said.
His idea beat out more than 1,500 competitors from around the world at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.
He won $75,000 and says he’ll put it toward his education.