Microsoft has revealed a promotional video highlighting their newest technology Hololens, but this time revealing a point of view previously unseen in promotional material; what a consumer will actually see. From what the video shows, it’s similar to a monitor you wear but with a transparent background.
Introduced by Lorraine Bardeen, Director of Next Gen Experiences at Microsoft, stating that with this new piece of hardware, you can “bring your digital world into your real world.” She describes the Hololens as “holographic computer that you wear.”
Merriam-Webster describes a hologram as “a three-dimensional image reproduced from a pattern of interference produced by a split coherent beam of radiation (as a laser).”
In the video, medical professionals and educators from Case Western Reserve University explain to the audience that this technology is a game changer. Mark Griswold, Ph.D. who is a professor of radiology at the campus states “With Hololens you can see the muscles on top of the skeleton, all at the same time,” his tone suggesting a major breakthrough in technology.
“You can take any anatomical part, and show- any of it,” Satyam Ghodasara says in the video, a medical student at the University who didn’t truly understand how cardiac anatomy worked before his demonstration. “I actually had a moment where I found the aortic valve, and it was the first time I actually seen the aortic valve in relation to all the other anatomical structures.” He says it was a way of seeing it that you couldn’t do with an “actual heart.”
“We’ve been teaching human anatomy the same way for a hundred years,” says Barbara R. Snyder, president of the University, while a video showing a three-dimensional heart rotates on screen. “It’s completely two-dimensional, and the human body isn’t.”
“With Hololens, you can imagine having a class standing around a model,” Griswold happily states, “almost like a tour group in a museum.” The video did not mention how many students could use the technology at the same time, or how this is a better option over traditional methods.
Bardeen assures viewers of the video that Microsoft is “working with Case Western Reserve University to create this Paradigm Shift, so that we can leap together with students into the future of education.” Microsoft is helping by agreeing to “partner” with the University for a “new education building”, according to a press release on Case Western’s website in April.
In 2013, 4.1 acres was purchased from the Cleveland Institute of Art by a joint collaboration between the Cleveland Museum of Art and Case Western University for 9.2 Million Dollars. Plans were brokered between Case Western and Cleveland Clinic to build an $80 million medical building.
On June 2 of that year, Cleveland’s ABC Newsnet5 did a report on the sale. “We have very few lectures, but when we do they’re held in a lecture hall where there are no plugs for the students laptops,” Pam Davis, Dean of Case Western Medical School told the reporter. “Now we have the chance to be an international and national site for medical education.” The reporter states that there will be advances in robotic surgery and other technology.
In an interview with Cleveland.com, Dr. Delos “Toby” Cosgrove who was the CEO of the Cleveland Clinic (retired in 2014) stated that they were currently working on “a building that will transform and define the shape of medical education for years to come.” He then went on to say that the two institutions “are discussing collaborations with Microsoft involving new educational technology.”
Microsoft is also looking for people to work on developing uses for their new technology; offering one hundred thousand dollars and ten headsets to five groups who propose to discover uses for it. Jeannette Wing, VP of Research at Microsoft said in an interview yesterday that they want researchers to figure out how to best use this technology, suggesting it could range “from interactively teaching students, to creating mixed-realty art installations, to manipulating holographic data to reveal new relationships… to who knows what.”
What manipulating holographic data means, and how it could possibly reveal new relationships is still unknown, but Microsoft seems to be sparing no expense.
Microsoft is also working with the Cleveland Clinic to provide Surface Hubs, which they hope helps “medical students with brainstorming”.
Case Western offers a large portfolio of various degrees, including; arts and sciences, dental medicine, engineering, law, management, medicine, nursing and social work. They recently told find-mba.com that an Executive MBA program geared at health care will be offered at their Weathhead School of Management this September.
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