Victor Skobov, a student of business psychology and avid developer, was visiting a Shackspace hackerspace virtual reality (VR) meetup in Stuttgart, Germany, and happened upon an ultrasound machine from the early 80’s sitting in a dumpster. But rather than simply acknowledging the old piece of tech and walking off, Skobov asked the host if he could keep it for his own experimentation.
Skobov is the founder of Virtualway, which is a VR research platform. He was heavily involved in the Unity Engine, which helped to bring augmented reality (AR) into the gaming world.
Using his prior knowledge of turning sensor data into a 3D experience, Skobov was able to leverage both the Unity Engine and Qualcomm’s Vuforia AR software to turn the old ultrasound machine into an augmented reality display of his bones. He believes that his invention may be able to become an upgraded monitoring system, perhaps a “patch” that the patient could wear.
Check out the video of Skobov demonstrating his 80’s-style AR ultrasound below!