Featuring PrecisionOS, Motorola and Verizon, Engage XR and NuEyes, and Lee Mills
The benefits of virtual reality (VR) for training are well known, but for a role as technical and complicated as that of a surgeon? Surgery requires such precision—is a matter of literal life and death—that gamifying and digitising even basic tasks for trainees to learn would have been unthinkable not that long ago. But then again, trainee pilots have been doing it for much longer and in that area the technology is now considered a part of the process. With companies such as PrecisionOS pushing VR surgery training forward, we are now seeing the results of research that show it could fast become the norm in healthcare.
PrecisionOS announced earlier this month that its software platform had achieved all five industry benchmarks cited by simulation experts for validation of training through multiple, independent, randomised controlled trials published in major medical journals.
This is a huge milestone, both for the company and VR as a training tool. Its platform and the training provided is efficient, increases knowledge, improves technical skills and leads to a steady reduction of mistakes, as demonstrated in leading medical journals, research studies at medical institutions, and during presentations at notable conferences.
Proving that VR works for training, not least in a profession as demanding as surgery, is no longer an issue for the technology and its proponents.
As Dr Richard Satava, professor emeritus of surgery at the University of Washington and an early pioneer in developing simulation standards, says in PrecisionOs’s announcement: “The academic rigour surrounding the PrecisionOS platform is truly impressive.”
Find the link to the full PrecisionOS story below, as well as updates from Motorola and Verizon, Engage XR and NuEyes, and Lee Mills.
Why it matters: PrecisionOS is proving that VR delivers effective, error-reducing training in a profession held to the very highest standards. If you are in need of a training solution, the question you should now ask yourself is not whether it works, but whether it works for you.
Why it matters: This compelling technological advance proposes super-charging augmented reality (AR) glasses and VR headsets, effectively removing the need for these devices to do much of the heavy lifting associated with high-quality immersive content themselves. The result of wearing this device would be lighter, more comfortable AR glasses and VR headsets that are potentially more capable and powerful than their predecessors.
Why it matters: Almost every review that you will come across of ENGAGE, the VR communications, events and learning platform, is positive. The platform is a must-try. A big reason for its success is that it is hardware-agnostic, aiming to meet users wherever they are, and as a result, its developer is proactive about seeking out new devices. The fact that the NuEyes Pro 3 and Pro 3e AR glasses are the latest devices to join this exclusive club is a testament to their quality, and a huge benefit to existing and prospective owners of these new AR glasses.
Why it matters: VR fitness, alongside gaming, is the technology’s best consumer use case. A high-profile global leader in group fitness taking VR this seriously is a good step forward and a promising sign in terms of content. It is king, after all.
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Images: PrecisionOS, Motorola and Verizon, Engage XR and NuEyes, and Lee Mills