FundamentalVR releases virtual classroom for interactive lessons and meetings

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Teaching Space from FundamentalVR is an immersive conferencing solution for the entire healthcare sector, from students who are still learning their trade, to medical device and pharmaceutical companies with new tools to sell

Quick read

➨ Teaching Space builds on the new @HomeVR and Multiuser features of the accredited-Fundamental Surgery mobile and collaborative immersive training solution
➨ The new feature allows teachers, students and others to ‘meet’ in a virtual classroom—complete with a whiteboard—where they can conduct lessons, discuss a procedure before attempting it in the virtual operating room, or debrief after practising certain skills
➨ Teaching Space is compatible across both Fundamental Surgery modalities

The story

FundamentalVR has expanded its Fundamental Surgery platform with the addition of a new feature that allows multiple users to visit a virtual classroom for interactive lessons and meetings.

Teaching Space builds on the new @HomeVR and Multiuser features of the accredited-Fundamental Surgery mobile and collaborative immersive training solution.

The new feature allows teachers, students and others to ‘meet’ in a virtual reality-based classroom—complete with a whiteboard—where they can conduct lessons, discuss a procedure before attempting it in the virtual operating room, or debrief after practising certain skills.

Teaching Space can also be used by medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturers to host sales meetings, training and Q&As.

Peter Rainger, chief learning officer at FundamentalVR, explained: “In our new Teaching Space, I can simply pick up a pen and draw out concepts on a whiteboard and allow trainees to annotate and write comments, all in real-time, whilst talking as if we were in the same room. The possibilities for this new flexible teaching space in the future are endless!”

Teaching Space is compatible across both Fundamental Surgery modalities. @HomeVR uses standalone headsets such as Oculus Quest to deliver a fully immersive procedural walkthrough based on instructor-led collaborative learning.

HapticsVR, meanwhile, provides immersive simulations for full rehearsal of medical and surgical procedures through a PC/laptop, VR headset and haptic arms.

The crucial difference between the two is the haptic feedback provided by the hardware in play, as Richard Vincent, chief executive officer of FundamentalVR, told VRWorldTech during a walkthrough of @HomeVR last month.

Commenting on Teaching Space, Vincent said: “We developed Teaching Space to give instructors, trainees, residents, and surgeons a place to gather and continue their lessons no matter where they are located. With most classes currently being conducted remotely, it is a much-needed resource right now.”

“Long-term, we believe Teaching Space to be a feature users will continue to benefit from whenever they need to meet for quick lessons or review procedures at a moment’s notice.”

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Main image: A screengrab of Teaching Space by FundamentalVR, showing a virtual classroom and whiteboard