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The potential for natural user interface technologies, or the NUI, was pioneered in the gaming world by products such as Nintendo's Wii and Microsoft's Kinect. As if by magic, one could wave the Wii's remote controller through the air ― and in the case of the Kinect, just wave one's arms ― and as if by magic, the screen interacts with the player's gesture. The NUI is now advancing beyond the gaming world, and medicine, particularly the OR. The OR is the obvious starting point for NUI technology ― the ability to move images without having to scrub out or try to provide a mouse-wielding colleague a minute description of what a surgeon is looking for has a "no-brainer" elevator pitch, but other possible permutations, inside and outside the OR, are emerging quickly. But is there any downside?