Redmond, WA– Last year, one of the most recognizable and notable trends we uncovered was that people from all across the globe were becoming multi-screen users, physicians included. Staying glued to their mobile phones, tablets, and computers all while still trying to relax after a long workday (likely staring at a computer screen). Many new technologies have emerged hoping to make more of a seamless connection that merges life and technology in a way that doesn’t distract from our already distracted lives.
With the Google Glass Explorer project officially kaput (for the time being at least), and virtual reality headsets popping up from every direction, it’s hard to tell where the future of virtual and augmented reality is heading. But Microsoft’s new product may be leading the way for an entirely new type of immersive experience. The Microsoft project is called Hololens. A project that even most people that work at Microsoft hadn’t even heard of until it surfaced in Wired magazine.
It’s not Microsoft’s version of Occulus Rift
And it’s definitely not just a cool headset that we throw on to play a video game or navigate a virtual world.
Microsoft is indeed taking an adventurous leap into the augmented reality space, but with quite a different scope than most of the other big players. A scope that aims to make augmented reality a useful tool that can be more intrinsically tied to our everyday lives and bring us all closer together.
How Can Healthcare Use it?
Although currently, it’s still very much so in a development stage, the application for tapping into the healthcare space could be quite exciting. And potential opportunities for Hololens in the healthcare space are already being explored.
Some initial possibilities include:
- physically overlay X-rays or MRI scans onto patients
- virtual care
- 3D medical monitoring
- guided examinations