Wasted time in the operating room results in higher operating costs and greater post-operative complications. One effective way to reduce operation time is automating basic processes that occur during surgery. Given the rise of smart-home devices, implementation of virtual assistants became a feasible solution in many medical settings. With a consumer smart-home device and off-the-shelf components, we engineered a voice-controlled smart surgical bed that adjusts the bed configuration via a voice input. The resulting device is expected to optimize human resources and reduce surgical site infection by eliminating the need of a traditional touch control mechanism. Future work is needed to develop its proprietary hardware and software, and continuous collaboration with medical personnel to bring this device into market.

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