On 14 April, you’ll be able to see how VR can be used in fields other than gaming and entertainment but it won’t be for the faint of heart.
The virtual and augmented reality company Medical Realities, led by Dr. Shafi Ahmed will livestream a surgery he is performing thanks to a 360-degree camera rig that will be positioned over the operating table.
By downloading the company’s app, you’ll be able to tune in with Google Cardboard. The stream will be delayed by a minute and stopped in the event a complication arises but the surgery isn’t expected to be troublesome.
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AR as a medical teaching tool isn’t a new concept – Microsoft HoloLens has made it clear that the headset can be used by students learning anatomy in allowing them to walk around the human body. Using VR to teach medicine is fairly newer but has just as much potential as its AR counterpart.
Dr. Ahmed sees both AR and VR as tools of the future for teaching surgery on a global scale, especially in lower income countries. Talking to Wired, he said,”Thousands of medicine students can be trained by someone in Harvard, or in London, or in Rome. All they need is a smartphone’s 3G or 4G connection.”