OR Lights

Automated Lighting Solution for Operating Rooms


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Membership level
2022-2023 Team
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Team Name
OR Lights
Project Title
Automated Lighting Solution for Operating Rooms
Design Challenge
The state-of-the-art for operating room lighting is not satisfactory for practicing surgeons. Most systems do not aim light at the target and the light is not bright enough. Further, constant bumping into cumbersome surgical lights make it difficult to maintain OR sterility. Finally, one surgeon has estimated that adjusting the lighting takes about 25% of all OR time. Headlamps were developed to address this problem, but they caused a new set of problems. Using your head position to focus light causes neck pain and repetitive-stress injuries due to long surgeries.

A solution would be a lighting system that is not attached to the surgeon and can be easily aimed and focused on the work area. The surgeon would have some means of defining the work area and then motorized lights would position themselves to fill that area with light.
Date Updated
Tuesday, September 06, 2022
Dr. Manish Gupta
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

Team Members

Award(s) and Recognition
2023 Woods-Leazar Innovation Award for Excellence in Engineering
Team Type
Collaborative Capstone Design

Contact us

Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen
Rice University

6100 Main Street MS 390 | Houston, Texas | 77005

Phone: 713.348.OEDK

Email: oedk@rice.edu

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