GIGXR brings mixed reality learning to smartphones and tablets

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The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic is demanding innovative solutions for remote learning and training, particularly in medicine and nursing. GIGXR has released two new apps to bring its mixed reality platform to mobile devices

Quick read

➨ HoloPatient Remote and GIG Mobile allow remote or socially distanced students to use GIGXR’s Immersive Learning System on their tablets and smartphones, and are designed for medical and nursing programmes using a hybrid or online learning model
➨ HoloPatient Remote transports holographic patients to remote locations where they can be viewed and examined by students
➨ GIG Mobile is used to control apps such as HoloPatient Remote and interact with the GIG Immersive Learning System

The story

Immersive learning developer GIGXR has brought its mixed reality medical education and training platform to iOS and Android tablets and smartphones, as academic institutions react to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and require teaching solutions for socially distanced and remote situations.

HoloPatient Remote and GIG Mobile allow remote or socially distanced students to use GIGXR’s Immersive Learning System on their tablets and smartphones, and are designed for medical and nursing programmes using a hybrid or online learning model.

HoloPatient Remote transports holographic patients to remote locations where they can be viewed and examined by students using their smartphone or tablet during collaborative instructor-led simulation lab training sessions.

The app connects a student with their instructor, who will be wearing a Microsoft HoloLens 2 mixed reality headset, and enables them to experience high-quality, realistic holographic patients.

Students can use their mobile devices to select a location in their room for the standardised patient to sit, stand or lie down for examination, and walk around, examine and interact with the patient while communicating with their instructor through VOIP. 

Dr Linda Herrmann of the Rory Meyers College of Nursing at New York University, which is using GIGXR’s Immersive Learning System, commented: “While students are required to stay safe and socially distanced, GIGXR’s HoloPatient is the closest, highest-quality learning experience you can get to training with real patients. HoloPatient’s pathology experiences are unimaginably life-like with physically safe and safe-to-fail environments.”

“Enabling students to hear, see and interact with holographic culturally diverse patients, and each other, provides some of the most cutting-edge and effective teaching and training modalities in our field.”

GIG Mobile, meanwhile, is used to control apps such as HoloPatient Remote and interact with the GIG Immersive Learning System, a cloud-based platform that sits between the client organisation, be it medical or nursing school, university, or hospital, and GIGXR’s flagship mixed reality apps, HoloHuman and HoloPatient.

Instructors can create a session template of content that is replicable and can be assigned to specific student groups, while students can join training sessions remotely for apps such as HoloPatient.

GIG Mobile collects data around changes made by users during a session, and a QR code login process enables sessions to be launched by instructors and accessed by students with one click of a button.

Dr Jane Frost, associate professor in nursing at the University of Canberra, said: “GIGXR’s HoloPatient has been a useful addition to allow students a consistent realistic experience that is less time and resource intensive as other modalities.”

“GIGXR’s latest release, HoloPatient Remote, has increased its usability in online learning and enables students to continue to engage in realistic simulation experiences while learning remotely.”

David King Lassman, chief executive officer of US-headquartered immersive learning developer GIGXR, spoke to VRWorldTech Magazine earlier this year about the company and its progress in mixed reality medical education and training.

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Main image: HoloPatient Remote

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