Art And Medicine

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Medical Avatar iPad app

Art And Medicine

Can seeing an image of a healthier you change your real-life health? Cutting-edge research demonstrates the surprising ways art and technology can transform medicine. We speak with a pioneer in this emerging field.

Can seeing an image of a healthier you change your real-life health? Experiments in which people see 3-D images of themselves before and after long-term exposure to sun or cigarette smoke can have a powerful effect on behavior. Cutting-edge research like this demonstrates the surprising ways art and technology can transform medicine. We speak with a pioneer in this emerging field.

Guests

Virgil Wong

Co-founder, Medical Avatar LLC; Artist and Researcher, Columbia University; Vice President of Interactive Media, Element 115; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Media Studies, The New School

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The Medical Mirror

Using Microsoft Kinect, custom software and 3-D anatomical modeling, the Medical Mirror creates a moving reflection of your body from the inside out. Data from your hospital or doctor's office is then mapped to this digital version of yourself, which is also accessible via your smart phone, tablet, or desktop computer. Your medical avatar is designed to help you better understand and manage your health in the past, present, and future. This visualization of your medical records is also an interactive form of individual and collective portraiture that you can use for art, empathy, story-telling, or creative experimentation.

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