CAE Healthcare and Immersion, a leading innovator of haptic (touch feedback) technology, have announced that CAE Healthcare has acquired part of Immersion's medical simulation business unit. Three product lines are part of the acquisition and will form the core offerings of CAE Healthcare's newly established surgical simulation division.
The agreement includes Immersion's Endoscopy AccuTouch™, Laparoscopy Virtual Reality and Endovascular CathLab VR simulators. These simulators allow surgeons to practice procedures and acquire skills to perform minimally invasive surgeries, including bronchoscopies, upper and lower gastrointestinal endoscopies and cardiac valve replacements. More than 500 of these systems have been installed worldwide.
In addition, Immersion will grant CAE Healthcare a non-exclusive worldwide license for the TouchSense™ haptic technology in medical training applications.
Immersion designs, manufactures and markets computer-based virtual reality simulation training systems with realistic touch feedback that allows clinicians and students to practice and improve minimally invasive surgical skills. The advanced haptics provide simulation on how a procedure or exercise actually feels.