Apple and Android introduced ARKit and ARCore, their respective platforms for augmented reality, and has proven to be a game changing development in the world of custom mobile application software. These AR platforms will allow anyone with an online device to access augmented reality applications for all types of industries and activities. Augmented reality is an innovative 3D interface that immerses users into a customized environment. By using the camera on a smartphone, tablet or a hands-free device (such as eyeglasses, head-mounted displays, or head-up displays), users will be able to interact with virtual avatars and objects rendered with photorealistic accuracy. Text and other graphics can appear within the space and link to virtual and actual objects. Charts, diagrams, and navigational or operational arrows can also be used for training, whether it involves equipment operation or the development of advanced skills. As leading developers of cutting edge software for many industries and disciplines, DDA believes that medical education will be one of the key areas that can take advantage of the features Augmented Reality has to offer, and we want to make our many clients in the medical and healthcare industry aware of this exciting opportunity.
The history of medical and multimedia has advanced with the medical profession, and, as augmented reality applications are developed, there will be many important ways for augmented reality to contribute to this history. Immersive tools allow students to gain a deeper understanding of past procedures and tools, and can also be used to develop key skills in alternative and traditional therapies.
Skeletons and anatomical models are an excellent way for students to acquire more anatomical knowledge, and augmented reality has the potential to enhance anatomical studies with 3D computer models that are dynamic and interactive. 3D virtual objects can be rendered with lifelike accuracy to fully immerse users into a behind-the-skin view of a living body, with pulsing blood, flexing muscles, and neurological feedback. Using augmented reality for the study of anatomy puts better tools into the hands of the students and accelerates the learning process.
Virtual medical simulations, or VMS, lie at the heart of current AR software development for the healthcare and medical industry for several key reasons. Augmented reality excels in situations where highly focused work is performed in a controlled environment. Applications can be developed around specific surgical procedures, and training programs can vividly simulate real-life situations without the cost or the risks associated with actual surgery.
Augmented reality has the potential to be used in many types of curricula for medical education. Concepts range from apps that focus on medical history with detailed 3D models and multimedia presentations that feature hands-on participation, anatomy lessons that can be layered directly over a live body or used with a 3D model for detailed discussion and examination, to VMS (virtual medical simulations) for a more immersive training experience.
DDA’s award-winning custom mobile software application development for the medical industry makes the company uniquely qualified to create innovative augmented reality applications. DDA created its first AR project back in 2009, and since the advent of Apple’s ARKit and Android’s ARCore AR platforms, the potential for medical education apps that incorporate augmented reality experiences has never been more promising. Medical education can make use of augmented reality across the entire spectrum of medical software, from advanced training to patient education, hospital administration, and more. DDA is located in the Philadelphia suburbs, and its staff of experienced professionals can take on nearly any software development challenge, from multimedia production, 3D computer modeling and animation, database development, and eLearning, to virtually any type of custom software design and programming. DDA does all its work in house to provide a completely integrated and cost-effective result and a memorable, engaging, and informative experience for the end user. Learn more about how augmented reality is going to change medical education for the better. Contact us today.