Surgeons 50 Percent Better After Wiimote SimBack in January we pointed out that research was underway in Phoenix to create a surgery-practice application using the Wiimote. They've finished the project. That's the device at the left, and the researchers have found that for a fraction of the cost of a high-tech simulator, they've improved residents' skills in certain procedures by 50 percent. "One of the problems we've had over the years is we had no method to teach surgeons surgical skills without going into surgery," said Dr. Mark Smith, a co-developer and a gynecological surgeon at Banner Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix. "We now have simulators that help them develop those skills. The problem is they are incredibly expensive - like a flight simulator for a pilot. This gives us a much less costly way to train these fine motor skills that the surgeons employ during surgery." WABC-TV in New York did a story on the Wii simulator, which includes video. News8 Austin, a Time-Warner cable news channel, also features a Q&A with Dr. Smith on its site (where we got the pic). Nintendo Wii Improves Skills, Trains Surgeons [News8 Austin] Surgeons Use Wii to Hone Skills [WABC-TV}