Immersive Reality…Episode 40…Chandra Devam and Aris MD


Immersive Reality…Aris MD uses a patent-pending Augmented and Virtual Reality system to help bring medicine into the 21st century.

Aris MD an immersive reality company using virtual and augmented reality technology to enhance surgery, avoid complications, and save lives. They are using diagnostic images (MRI, CT, Xray, Ultrasound) and overlaying them over the patient, during surgery. This gives the surgeon a guided map of the patients anatomy and  pathology or injury. This shows the surgeon where not to cut and, more importantly, where to cut.

Every person’s anatomy differs on the outside and the inside. My heart and liver are not located exactly where your heart and liver are located. The surgeon has a general idea of where your main organs and arteries are, but not exactly. This leads to complications and avoidable death. With the Aris MD immersive reality map, they know exactly where they are going by looking at you. This saves time the patient spends in the OR under anesthetic, and saves lives.

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The Aris MD Immersive Reality System allows…

The Aris MD immersive reality system allows the surgeon to practice performing the surgery in virtual space. A doctor has the ability to performed a practice surgery in virtual space as many times as they need to in order to feel confident before they operate. It’s also a great tool for medical students and residents.

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The Aris MD immersive reality technology also provides a diagnostic component that radiologists can use before surgery. An MRI, for example, is taken in 3D space and then converted into 2D and viewed in slices. It’s better for physicians to view it in 3D where they can see the true shape and size and depth of a tumor or other pathology.

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Aris MD’s  immersive reality is helping improve the efficiency and accuracy through every step of the process, from initial diagnosis to the surgical intervention.

5 Aris MD Links

First of all…Aris MD Inc. | LinkedIn

In addition…Aris MD (@ArisMDinc) | Twitter

Another…Aris MD Inc. | Crunchbase

Most Noteable…Aris MD – CB Insights

Finally…Aris Md Inc inventors nm2.php patents list (updated weekly)


About the Founders

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Chandra Devam
Chandra Devam is a visionary.   Her out-of-the-box thinking and ambitious ideas push the boundaries of what’s possible. And she has a passion for innovating. Within her she has a flamboyant creativity, married to a simple practicality that allows her to think big and solve large puzzles. She has a passion to create and build new things the world needs in a different way.Chandra’s been an entrepreneur in a way that challenges her and the people around. She leads without having to ask.
Work Experience

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Aris MD Inc.


March 2015-Present


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3 Point Development

Project Manager

Jan 2011- Aug 2015

Project Management, Client Relations, Employee Relations


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Xbox Marketing

Sep 2004- Jul 2007


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Jan 2002- June 2004






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Scott Edgar
Scott Edgar was a child computer prodigy who began programming at the age of 4. He understands programming like a person knows their first language. Scott programs intuitively, fluently, and articulately. He has a love and talent for programming that mirrors a great artist. His talent to architecting precise algorithms and software has an eloquence, and  led to the success of his past start-ups. The last, Dryft, selling to Apple along with his code and patents.
Work Experience


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Aris MD Inc.

Co-Founder and CTO

March 2015-Present

Biomedical Software/Technology


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Cineaga Systems

Senior Software Engineer

Oct 2015- April 2016


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Senior Principal Software Engineer
Scott served as the Senior Principal Software Engineer for the full life-cycle of the project, managing engineers and development. He architected and developed the Dryft keyboard core (in C++), as well as versions for iOS (objective-c), Android (Java) and Windows (C++/C#). Scott also developed the Dryft demo used at TechCrunch Disrupt 2013, which placed second in the startup competition.
He have written, developed, and managed all algorithms and  patents used by Dryft. Scott created, implemented and debugged the setdown code, which allows users to rest their hands on a surface without typing. He created, implemented and debugged the core drifting routines which allow the keyboard to follow the users fingers while typing. Scott created, implemented and debugged the filtering code which deals with merging touch points on a touch capacitive surface. He was also responsible for meeting with prospective customers and investors.
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Cleankeys Inc.

Software Developer

Mar 2013- Jan 2014

Scott supported existing code for a hardware keyboard to work on tablets and other touch capacitive devices. He also redesigned and architected a new core for the code which went on to replace the existing core. Scott spent time researching and developing new solutions for disambiguation, autocorrection and language modelling.
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Chinook Multimedia Inc.

Software Developer

Mar 2012- Jan 2013

Scott’s responsibilities at Chinook Multimedia included management of designers  and staff, meeting with clients to address issues and assess needs  as well as development of applications. These projects included distance education software for Alberta Distance Learning, professional development management software for the Alberta Regional Professional Development Corporation, and other various software projects.


CF Interprises

Senior Programmer/ Analyst

Mar 2002- Feb 2012

Responsible for management of client relations and client needs, application project management, design, development, QA/QC and maintenance of application software for a variety of clients. Projects included (but were not limited to) educational applications, financial management software, Novell NDS backup/manipulation software, web crawlers, and debit/credit card fraud software. I primarily employed C and C++ for my application solutions but used Java, C#, Python and Objective-C as well.


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Episode 40…Chandra Devam and Aris MD Recap


First of All…Aris MD was founded by Chandra and her lifelong friend, child computer prodigy Scott Edgar to help surgeons work more efficiently.  So Aris MD uses the combination of Virtual and Augmented Reality.

Virtual reality comes, naturally, from the definitions for both ‘virtual’ and ‘reality’. The definition of ‘virtual’ is near and reality is what we experience as human beings. So the term ‘virtual reality’ basically means ‘near-reality’. This could, of course, mean anything but it usually refers to a specific type of reality emulation.

And Augmented reality is the integration of digital information with the user’s environment in real time.  So unlike virtual reality, which creates a totally artificial environment, augmented reality uses the existing environment and overlays new information on top of it.

Most of all,  Aris MD is an immersive reality company that combines augmented and virtual reality with medicine training and surgery. So they take the diagnostic imagery (CT Scans, X-Rays, MRI’s, ultrasounds)  and they overlay it on the patient during surgery.  And this allows the surgeon to see exactly where your organs are exactly, and for example, where the tumor is.  In conclusion…when they’re cutting into the patient, they’re not cutting into an organ or artery unexpectedly.
Our Bodies are Unique
First of all…we are as different on the insides as we are on the outside. So all of our Organ placements is different.  And surgical complication is the leading cause of death in North America and a lot of that has to do with anatomical differences.  As a result, the doctor actually sees while they’re looking down on the patient your heart (for example) overlaid exactly where your heart is.
And the virtual reality component allows the radiologist to do your imaging in 3-D. So they can take the virtual image and share with the surgeon to develop a surgical plan.  As a result, the doctor has the ability to practice virtually surgery.
Especially relevant…Chandra had a gastro-procedure that was supposed to be an in and out surgery.  While in surgery, the doctor hit her artery.  As a result, Chandra almost bled to death.  So she required a blood transfusion. And she started thinking about how often this must happen and most importantly, how this could be avoided in the future.

This interview shares the challenges these co-founders face on their way to reshape how doctors perform surgery.  I can’t stress how helpful Aris MD is for doctors and patients.  We invite you to listen to this podcast.

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ARIS MD Received Alternate by SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event


ARIS MD to showcase their augmented and virtual reality for assistance during surgery in the Augmented and Virtual Reality category.  (reprint of pitch event article with permission. 


Edmonton, AB — 2018/01/22— ARIS MD, an immersive reality company, was

selected as an alternate in the Augmented and Virtual reality category for the 10th annual SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event®.


The SXSW Accelerator is the marquee event of South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conference & Festivals (March 9-18, 2018) Startup & Tech Sectors Track, where leading startups from around the world showcase some of the most impressive technology innovations to a panel of hand-picked judges and a live audience. Out of the more than 600 companies that applied to present at SXSW Accelerator, Aris MD was selected among the 50 finalists spanning 10 separate categories.


This Two-Day Event

The two-day event will be held the first weekend of SXSW Conference & Festivals, Saturday, March 10 and Sunday, March 11, on the third floor of the Downtown Hilton Austin, Salon A/B. The Pitch Event will then culminate with the SXSW Accelerator Awards Ceremony on Sunday evening, March 11, where winning startups from each category and a Best in Show winner will be announced and honored.


The Accelerator will feature finalists across the following 10 categories: Augmented & Virtual Reality, Enterprise & Smart Data, Entertainment & Content, Health & Wearables, Hyper-Connected Communities, Payment & FinTech, Security & Privacy, Social & Culture, Sports & Performance Data, and Transportation.


“We wanted to use virtual and augmented reality in a way that it hasn’t been used before. By building a surgical tool for doctors and med students, we believe that our technology will save lives,” says Chandra Devam, CEO of ARIS MD.

Aris MD is an immersive reality company using augmented and virtual reality technology to enhance surgery, save lives, and avoid complications. They are using diagnostic images (MRI, CT, Xray, Ultrasound) and overlaying them on the patient during surgery. This gives the surgeon a guided map of your anatomy and your pathology or injury.


The Past Decade…

“For the past decade, we’ve had the honor of offering a platform to some of the most cutting-edge global technologies and innovations – allowing CEOs and developers to present their solutions to investors, potential partners and key targets,” said SXSW Accelerator Event Producer Chris Valentine. “Of those who’ve presented on stage, over 70% have gone on to receive funding in excess of nearly $4.63 billion. In addition, 16% of these companies went on to be acquired. We look forward to once again being a launching pad for startups to achieve some of their greatest successes. All of us with SXSW Accelerator are proud and impressed by the companies who are truly changing industries and changing the world.”


So for more information about SXSW Accelerator and to view the complete list of finalists, visit:


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About SXSW

So SXSW dedicates itself to helping creative people achieve their goals. Since it was founded in 1987 in Austin, Texas, SXSW is best known for its conference and festivals that celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries.  As a result, the event is an essential destination for global professionals, features sessions, showcases, screenings, exhibitions, and a variety of networking opportunities. So SXSW proves that the most unexpected discoveries happen when diverse topics and people come together. Finally, SXSW 2018 will take place March 9-18, 2018.


Media Contact:
Christy Seville

ARIS MD 780-446-8424


5  Immersive Reality Links

So start here…Immersive Reality: The Most Disruptive Development In Technology …

In Addition…Immersion (virtual reality) – Wikipedia

Also…What is immersive virtual reality (immersive VR)? – Definition from …

Especially Relevant…CES 2017: How Immersive Virtual Reality Points To The Future Of …

Finally…Immersive Virtual Reality | Qualcomm


5 SXSW Links

So start here…50 Startup Finalists Announced for the 2018 Accelerator Pitch Event

In Addition…SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event: Now Accepting Applications

Also…SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event Judges and Awards Emcees …

Furthermore…Two African startups picked for SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event

Finally…Tellyo Selected as Finalist for SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event


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