A Wii warm-up hones surgical skills

January 21, 2008 | Source: New Scientist news service

Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center researchers have found that surgical residents performed better during simulated surgery after playing on the Wii console.

They put it down to the console’s novel “Wiimote” control system, which allows players to direct on-screen action using a wireless wand that detects acceleration in three dimensions.

Now they are designing Wii software that will accurately simulate surgical procedures.