Google Cardboard Saves the Baby

Quartz reports that doctors used a 3d model of a baby’s heart and Google Cardboard to plan — and then carry out — life changing surgery:

That’s when doctors from Nicklaus Children’s Hospital turned to Google Cardboard, which costs about $20 and works with any smartphone. They were able to convert 2D MRI scans of Teegan’s heart into a 3D model, upload it onto an iPhone, and view it through Google’s simple VR headset. It finally gave surgeons a chance to visualize the procedure that would go on to save Teegan’s life.

This life-changing use of VR shows the power of cheap, widely available ‘good enough’ tech. Oculus Rift might be a magic experience. Google Cardboard already saves lives.