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machineMD’s solution will be based on the Varjo Aero headset and is the only device in development that will perform comprehensive eye exams for the diagnosis of brain disorders.
Helsinki, Finland and Bern, Switzerland – March 7, 2023 – Varjo, the leader in professional-grade VR/XR hardware and software, today announced its partnership with machineMD, a Swiss medical device company, for the development of neos™, an innovative diagnostic device being developed for the early diagnosis of brain disorders. neos™ will be integrated with the Varjo Aero headset and enable a complete, standardized, and instrument-based neuro-ophthalmologic examination using its built-in and industry-leading VR-based eye tracking solution.
“As a neuro-ophthalmologist, I use the eye as a window to the brain,” said Prof. Mathias Abegg, Medical Director of machineMD and Neuro-Ophthalmologist. “The Varjo Aero provides me with the most powerful and precise view through this window.”
Today, neuro-ophthalmic examinations are mostly performed manually and physicians need years of specialist training. Examinations are time-consuming and results are largely qualitative. Altogether, this leads to frequent incorrect or late diagnoses and there is great untapped potential for new medical devices to better support healthcare professionals.
machineMD was founded to bring the diagnostic quality of highly trained specialists to a wide range of doctors and healthcare workers. The results are quantitative, objective and reproducible, and can be sent to clinics and specialists via telemedicine, enabling remote diagnosis and reducing examination time from 45 to 10 minutes. This brings the advantage that all patients are examined to the same standard, improving practice efficiency.
The Varjo Aero marks the first time that the medical community is leveraging a VR headset to measure eye tests to aid the diagnosis of brain disorders. The key component behind neos™ is Varjo's integrated eye tracking technology that is optimized to track and study eye movements in human-eye resolution. Varjo’s proprietary eye tracking technology is video-based, leveraging two built-in, high-speed cameras and infrared illumination to capture images of a user’s eyes at 200 hertz while measuring information such as pupil position, pupil dilation, interpupillary distance (IPD), focus or fixations, eye-motion patterns and more. Varjo’s eye tracking solution is industry-leading due to its unique use of infrared illumination patterns, allowing for more precise and consistent results even with the use of eyeglasses.
“VR-based eye tracking in combination with ophthalmology and neuroscience is opening up important new avenues for researchers and the larger medical community,” said Seppo Aaltonen, co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Varjo. "A rare window into the brain is possible with the Varjo Aero headset and we are proud to partner with machineMD to make this technology a reality.”
Development of neos™ is advancing rapidly with ongoing research studies at The University Hospital of Bern and several other clinics. machineMD recently raised EUR 5m seed funding and is on track to launch neos™ by the end of 2023.
Varjo (pronounced var-yo) makes revolutionary VR/XR hardware and software that together allow you to see and experience virtual and augmented content just as clearly as you see the analog world around us. Our virtual and mixed reality headsets take you to another level of performance and emotional immersion – recreating the exact feeling and conditions of real life, allowing you to perform better and learn faster. www.varjo.com
machineMD is a Swiss medical device company, founded in 2019, that develops innovative solutions to radically improve early detection of brain disorders such as stroke, multiple sclerosis and brain tumors. The company combines Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence to empower neurologists and ophthalmologists with reliable diagnostic data. www.machinemd.com
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