Microsoft HoloLens 2 excels in healthcare as industrial edition launches

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Professor Stephen Roche participated in three of 13 surgeries conducted using Microsoft HoloLens 2, leading one in South Africa and assisting in two carried out in France and Germany

Quick read

➨ Fifteen surgeons from 13 different countries carried out 13 mixed reality-enhanced orthopaedic operations using Microsoft HoloLens 2
➨ The event showed the headset can not only enhance an individual surgical operation, but wider practice as well
➨ Microsoft also released an industrial edition of HoloLens 2

The story

Microsoft staked its claim this month as the mixed reality enterprise partner of 2021 with a 24-hour HoloLens 2 showcase and a new industrial edition of its flagship mobile headset.

Fifteen surgeons from 13 different countries recently carried out 13 mixed reality-enhanced orthopaedic operations using HoloLens 2 as part of a 24-hour event.

Professor Stephen Roche, from Groote Schuur Hospital and the University of Cape Town, participated in three of the 13 surgeries, leading one in South Africa and assisting in two conducted in France and Germany.

Microsoft says the 24-hour event demonstrated how HoloLens 2 is able to help surgeons visualise and operate surgery via hologram, share their real-time view of the surgery and so benefit from remote peers’ expertise on different clinical cases, and train their peers remotely, enriching their surgical practices.

It’s a bold demonstration of HoloLens 2’s capabilities, proving that the headset can not only enhance an individual surgical operation, but wider practice as knowledge and skills can be easily shared across borders and cultures.

For the record, the countries covered in the 24-hour HoloLens 2 showcase were South Africa, France, India, the United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, Germany, Belgium, Morocco, Brazil, Bolivia, Mexico, the US and the UK.

At a time when global travel is restricted and events are cancelled, that’s a doubly compelling demonstration of both the power of mixed reality for collaboration, training and visualisation, and HoloLens 2.

Microsoft HoloLens 2 excels in healthcare as industrial edition launches
Fifteen surgeons from 13 different countries carried out 13 mixed reality-enhanced orthopaedic operations using HoloLens 2

Commenting on mixed reality technology and HoloLens 2, Professor Roche says: “Interactions during the meetings and recording the surgery make you feel the other surgeons are in the room with you. Using this new technology and discussing surgery of the shoulder with world-recognised surgeons has allowed closer relations with the international shoulder community, especially as our normal interactions in international meetings have been cancelled during the pandemic.”

“We are all trying to solve some of the problems of shoulder replacements from different perspectives, and this allows us to share our knowledge in real-time. I think it has been a fantastic opportunity to show shoulder surgery in South Africa to the world.”

Introducing Microsoft HoloLens 2 Industrial Edition

Microsoft, meanwhile, has released an industrial edition of HoloLens 2 in response to requests from clients across the energy, healthcare and manufacturing sectors who wanted to use the headset in regulated industrial environments.

For example, Microsoft’s clients in the semiconductor and pharmaceutical industries require a device that meets particle emissions standards to enter and operate in their highly controlled clean room environments.

Similarly in the energy sector, its clients need a device that can function safely in potentially hazardous environments.

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The new industrial edition was designed, built, and tested for both clean room compatibility and intrinsic safety standards

The new industrial edition was designed, built, and tested for both clean room compatibility (ISO 14644-1 Class 5-8) and intrinsic safety standards (UL Class I, Division 2). It’s also supported with a two-year warranty and a rapid replacement programme, minimises downtime, with advance exchange and expedited shipping.

HoloLens 2 Industrial Edition is open for pre-order in select markets where HoloLens 2 is available, and shipments will begin soon.

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Images: Microsoft

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