Vuzix Blade Smart Glasses Successfully Supporting Medacta’s NextAR Surgical Platform
Volume follow-on orders for Vuzix Blades received as a proven hardware solution of choice
Vuzix Corporation, a leading supplier of Smart Glasses and Augmented Reality (AR) technology and products, announced a further volume order of Vuzix Blade Smart Glasses in connection with the Company’s central role supporting the NextAR surgical AR platform developed by Medacta International, one of the world’s largest providers of innovative orthopedic products focusing on healthcare sustainability. Having used the Vuzix Blade to complete the first smart glasses-based total knee replacement in the US in 2020, Medacta is now using Vuzix Smart Glasses to drive new applications to leverage augmented reality in shoulder, hip and spine surgery.
The NextAR platform employs a preoperative scan, with proprietary algorithms that create a personalized biomechanical model for each replacement. Surgeons equipped with Vuzix Blade Smart Glasses can then access biomechanical visualizations using augmented reality in real time, without having to divert their eyes from the procedure to glance at a computer screen. The AR system gives surgeons complete control over every detail of the surgery to provide maximum accuracy; and eliminates the need for bulky robotic arms or dedicated equipment operators in the operating theater, further reducing costs per case.
“There’s no secret about the connection between comfort and adoption of AR technology, and ongoing orders like the ones we’re receiving for the Blade are proof of it,” said Paul Travers, President and Chief Executive Officer at Vuzix. “Vuzix Smart Glasses are lightweight, comfortable and completely wireless, which means surgeons have complete freedom of movement and can wear them for extended operations. We’re proud to provide the hardware backbone for Medacta’s NextAR platform as it continues to branch into new applications and are looking forward to their certification testing with our M400 and M4000 Smart Glasses.”