Always having an affinity for video education, Vinay spent many nights on sites like Lynda and Coursera in an effort to improve his videography. High quality surgical video was difficult to produce. Even with a videography team present, surgeons would often block the camera’s view. After no luck with three different cameras (including a GoPro strapped to his forehead and neck), Vinay decided it was time to find a solution to this problem and got to work on his most recent (and current) project – LoupeCam.
In order to invent a surgical camera, Vinay knew he’d need to collaborate with experts. He reached out to Vizvocus – an Arizona company responsible for creating the dental camera. Because of his venture capital background, Vinay was able to connect with their CEO, Paule. He pitched the idea of converting the dental camera into a surgical camera, and although Vizvocus was interested, they did not have the resources to donate at the time. So Vinay took matters into his own hands and purchased the camera to modify it himself.
After about 1000 surgical cases using the camera, Vinay had perfected it for surgery. Surgeons could now operate with loupes (special eyeglasses with magnification loupes). By mounting the camera on the loupes and aligning the field with the magnification lens, the camera could record the surgeon’s direct point of view. Vinay also broke down the camera itself to only a sensor and a lens, with an external device for recording and storing footage. This way, the LoupeCam could connect to any camera or computer, and record via Quicktime. It also allowed surgeons to use Skype or FaceTime to provide a live view of their operations, opening up an even bigger market than initially expected with the possibility of intra-operative telecommunication.