Gallery One includes six interactive stations collectively known as “lenses” featuring touch screens that allow visitors to find out information on related artworks within the space itself, and enable unique interactive activities at each station. While each station shares a similar home screen layout, they all possess their own theme related to the artwork on display. Information is provided in a question and answer format, and hotspots allow visitors to find out additional information by touching specially designated areas to find out more information. Additionally, the touch capability of the lenses allows visitors the opportunity to have interactive viewpoints that would not be possible in a traditional gallery setting, such as the back of a bowl or the opportunity to zoom in on a painting.
You walk in to the doctor’s office – nervous – thinking of the last time you received the injection of your monthly medication, remembering how painful and aggravating it was when the nurse couldn’t find your vein and poked you five different times to insert the IV.
This time, however, something is different. When the nurse shows up he is wearing a special pair of glasses, something you wouldn’t expect to see during such a standard procedure. The device uses advanced technology and shows the nurse a perfect highlighted image of your veins so he can insert the IV in one painless attempt.
Sounds like science fiction right? Wrong. This is a real device and is just one early example of how Augmented Reality (AR) technology is changing the healthcare landscape.
Research shows that up to 40 percent of IV sessions require multiple attempts to locate and access the vein. Augmented reality comes to the rescue in a standard procedure that still causes so much discomfort and dissatisfaction.
Typically, when people think of AR, they imagine glasses and screens that present new layers of content on top of real world images. This traditional model will still play a significant role in the future. However, there’s another aspect to AR that will be important, specifically in the healthcare industry and that is the ability to instantly display relevant information to people who need it most.
Imagine a doctor who is able to view a patient’s medical history displayed over the latest medical scan, and even over the patient himself. We are already beginning to see wearable medical devices that provide critical health information during relevant points of the day.
In the near future, the next time you want to bite into your hamburger, you might get a friendly reminder that your cholesterol level won’t like it.
Overcoming roadblocks with the help of the crowd
We are still facing significant barriers before we will be able to see AR’s full potential in action. Some of these barriers are practical, such as problems with Wi-Fi connectivity and battery life. Several of the barriers are conceptual, but we do see a huge shift in people’s mindsets.
Wearables will play a major role in this. For example, there have been several crowd-sourced campaigns to develop wearables that could sense your heart rate and blood oxygen levels and send you real-time notifications. In another case, there was an abdominal surgery that took place on one side of a city, and in parallel was live-streamed via glasses to a medical school class.
The right information to save lives
Medicine is one of the industries that provides tangible real-world benefits to help people live better lives, and AR can help immensely. When you’re dealing with life and death decisions, immediate access to necessary and relevant information is of the utmost importance.
This is where AR has the most potential to disrupt the industry – putting the information doctors and healthcare providers need in front of their eyes, when they need it. Beyond that, this same experience can be tailored for the needs of patients and everyday users unlocking the potential for a real revolution in health and in the way people think about maintaining their health.
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