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KARL STORZ and VirtaMed release laparoscopic simulator

  Endoscopy manufacturers KARL STORZ and VirtaMed, the medical training simulation firm, have collaborated on a mixed reality simulator to enhance laparoscopic skills training. The LapTrainer simulator enables medical professionals to acquire key skills with increased efficiency by repetition of short simulation sequences. The simulator features an anatomically correct abdomen model. Medical professionals can practice patient positioning, trocar placement and correct OR team setup in true-to-life conditions. This endoscopic training boasts the latest research in computer graphics, including the ability to visualize and manipulate the entire abdomen. LapTrainer includes KARL STORZ flagship products such as the EndoCAMeleon, a multifunctional endoscope with a versatile viewing angle. It also has the CLICKline and RoBi instrument series and near infrared fluorescence imaging applications for the clear differentiation of key anatomical structures from surrounding organs using an ICG fluorescence agent. “Overtaking existing laparoscopy simulators, LapTrainer with an abdominal model and real and high-quality endoscopic equipment provides excellent training and education in laparoscopy," said Dr. Peter Solleder, Executive Director New Applications at KARL STORZ. "Education and training of surgeons is an important part when cooperating with the medical community and following this we have expanded our Virtual Reality Simulator family. For the surgeon’s safety and [...]

By | 2020-02-17T09:40:39+00:00 February 17th, 2020|

Antycip deliver immersive room to University of Corsica

Antycip Simulation have designed and installed 'VIRTUAL CORSICA', a new immersive room that will allow the University of Corsica to study society’s relationship with nature. The two-sided L-shaped CAVE (Cave Automatic Virtual Environment) type room has two Christie Mirage WU14K-M projectors connected to an angled lens with high-tech direct projection. This device will also allow students to view complex concepts and immerse themselves in various visual and audio environments. The room will be the launch pad for new projects between the university’s different teams and departments. This will be extended to local community, schools and even organisations. "This work allows the University of Corsica to benefit from the unique and high-performing 3D and virtual-reality modelling and simulation equipment," said Marie Antoinette Maupertuis, university professor and VIRTUAL CORSICA science project lead. "On top of the new research and innovative educational activities, this equipment represents an attractive feature for the recruitment of new researchers and students." Antycip worked with Dushow Group and Euphonia on the project. Dushow was responsible for the conference and room management (mainly speakers and lighting). Euphonia supplied its CATT-acoustic software for the spatial-sound. As the environment did not cater for back-projection technology resources, the teams had to avoid [...]

By | 2020-02-14T09:48:10+00:00 February 14th, 2020|

Kongsberg to deliver Firefighting Simulator to NSRS

Kongsberg Digital (KDI) has won its first K-Sim Safety simulator contract with the Norwegian Sea Rescue Society (NSRS). KDI will deliver a K-Sim Safety Advanced Fire Fighting Simulator (AFFS) to the NSRS training centre in Horten, Norway. The full-mission K-Sim Safety AFFS is a new simulator which addresses regulation VI/3, section A-VI/3, table A-VI/3-1. This covers methods of organizing and training fire teams, inspecting and servicing fire detection and extinguishing systems and equipment. It also comprises controlling onboard firefighting operations. As a realistic representation of the layout on a real crude oil carrier, the simulator’s interactive 3D ‘WalkThrough’ software engine combines precise object and equipment models with immersive visuals. This exposes trainees to all conceivable scenarios and situations related to preventing and dealing with onboard fires. The AFFS accommodates an instructor station, debrief area, bridge/safety command center, two fire team muster stations and smoke diver areas. Up to three separate teams – usually, a management team and two firefighting teams – can train at the same time. In exercises designed to replicate onboard emergencies, the management team can assemble at the bridge/safety command centre. They are able to manage firefighting operations by communicating with the other internal teams and conducting [...]

By | 2020-02-13T13:19:18+00:00 February 13th, 2020|

Imperial radiology trainees using AR and holograms

  Radiology trainees at Imperial College, London, are learning news skills with interactive holograms and augmented reality headsets. A team of experts from Imperial’s Faculty of Medicine and Digital Learning Hub developed the simulation. It is an example of using the Microsoft HoloLens2 for medical training and addresses the challenges in medical teaching and learning developed the simulation. Across the world, we teach using computed tomography (CT) guided interventions mostly using a traditional mentored approach on real patients. However, as the number of procedures grows and complexity increases, there is a need for new training approaches. "The field of interventional radiology is expanding in terms of the number of procedures and complexity, yet at the same time there is a significant shortage of skilled practitioners," said Professor Mohamad Hamady, who is part of the team that developed the simulation. "This technology will provide trainees with the required highly technical skills in a safe and realistic environment. This digital learning technology can also shorten the training time and this will help trainees to perform medical procedures later on in life with much higher technical ability and safety." The pioneering radiology training session involved junior trainees from multiple centres in London. During [...]

By | 2020-02-11T16:27:19+00:00 February 11th, 2020|

UCL get approval for new London laboratory

  University College London (UCL) has gained planning permission to build a laboratory that explores how people interact with their environments. To be completed in 2021, PEARL (Person-Environment-Activity Research Laboratory), part of UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering’s (CEGE) Centre for Transport Studies (CTS), will be the only space in the world where researchers can precisely simulate large-scale environments such as train stations or town centres and test people’s reactions to them in detail. The space, UCL’s first net zero carbon building, aims to improve quality of life through better infrastructure design. It will also facilitate research in different areas, from medical to smart data, public health and the performing arts. The facility, near Dagenham East tube station, will form one of the core laboratories in the UK government’s EPSRC-funded UK Collaboratorium for Research on Infrastructure and Cities (UKCRIC). PEARL will build on the work of PAMELA (UCL Pedestrian Accessibility Movement Environment Laboratory). PAMELA has informed the design of proposed London Underground trains and identified ways of improving infrastructure for people with dementia. UCL Laboratory At 14m tall and with 600sq metres of reconfigurable floor space, PEARL will have capacity to simulate different scenarios. These include recreating smells such as [...]

By | 2020-02-04T11:58:21+00:00 February 4th, 2020|

Area9 AI platform being used to train healthcare staff in Tanzania

A pilot project to support district hospitals in the Mwanza Region of Tanzania is using the Area9 Rhapsode adaptive AI learning platform. The project is part of the Helping Children Survive (HCS) collaborative, led by Dr. Peter Meaney. It seeks to improve the care of seriously ill children through innovative healthcare worker training. Area9 Group say its AI-based platform, built on 20 years of research into human factors and cognition, "delivers truly personalized learning at scale – cutting training time in half, guaranteeing proficiency and making lasting impacts on careers and business outcomes." “Adaptive learning may be the ideal e-health strategy to increase the efficacy of healthcare worker training,” said Meaney. Dr. Marc Berg, Chief Clinical Advisor and Medical Director of Area9 Group, has joined with Meaney in developing training for healthcare workers in Tanzania, using the Area9 Rhapsode platform. TANZANIA The HCS collaborative addresses one of today’s most urgent global problems, as defined by the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being seeks to end suffering caused by preventable diseases and premature deaths. Goal 4: Quality Education affirms that education is a powerful and proven way to support sustainable development. There is a natural connection between education and healthcare. [...]

By | 2020-01-24T12:54:14+00:00 January 24th, 2020|

British farm safety group herd in VR

A British farm safety charity has been given £10,000 from the National Lottery fund to launch a VR training programme. The Farm Safety Foundation (FSF) has trained 10,000 agricultural students and young farmers at 41 different land-based colleges and universities throughout the UK since 2015. The funding boost will allow them to incorporate VR and AR into its training. "To deliver training that may actually save lives and limbs in the future makes it even more important," FSF said in a statement. "Imagine future farmers viewing a working farm and its real risks from all angles without leaving the classroom." British farming is one of the most dangerous industries to work in. A study by the BBC last year said that around  360,000 people work in agriculture, or 1% of the total workforce, yet the sector was liable for 20% of all fatal accidents at work. "For a generation raised on interactive technologies, we really believe that bringing VR into learning can help encourage active engagement and contribute to delivering our key farm safety messages," FSF added.  

By | 2020-01-21T16:18:01+00:00 January 21st, 2020|

Touch Surgery secures $70m funding for VR doctor training

British start-up Touch Surgery, which uses VR headsets to train doctors, has secured $70m (£54m) in funding to grow its product line, according to a report in The Daily Telegraph. The British newspaper said the company, who had previously raised $19.5 million from U.S. venture capital fund 8VC, secured the money in October. It did not say where from. Touch Surgery did not respond to requests for comment from Halldale. Touch Surgery's main backers are in Silicon Valley. Surgeons Dr Jean Nehme and Dr Andre Chow set up the company in 2013. Its technology allows doctors to use headsets to study and review simulated operations. This means an experienced surgeon can help colleagues remotely and achieve best practice more widely. Its app, which has been downloaded 2.5 million, offers virtual tutorials of more than 160 procedures. It also provides a chance to test your expertise. In addition, the start-up provides video and data analysis systems for hospitals, working with the NHS. The Daily Telegraph said Touch were offering its services to U.K. and U.S. hospitals.  

By | 2020-01-21T10:32:39+00:00 January 21st, 2020|

TESLASUIT lanuches VR-Glove to compliment suit

TESLASUIT have unveiled a new glove which allows users to feel virtual textures. The company say it makes the immersion into VR more accurate and realistic. The TESLASUIT GLOVE can be used together with the TESLASUIT full-body haptic feedback suit as a set or separately. The glove integrates haptics, motion capture, biometry and force feedback. It has a range of breakthrough applications, from enterprise XR-training to rehabilitation and much more. “We’ve created the TESLASUIT GLOVE to expand XR training capabilities," said Sergei Nossoff, CEO of TESLASUIT. "We have already been transforming the XR industry and now we are empowering the user to do so much more." Haptics, equipped with a 3×3 display for each finger, contributes to tactile sense, enabling users to feel virtual textures naturally. The glove can detect the movements of the wearer’s hands and use those to control the accuracy of movements. The exoskeleton element, together with the motion capture and force feedback systems, find their application in robotic tele-control systems as well as medical rehabilitation. In addition, the integrated biometric system gathers real-time data while in use – allowing for emotional state, stress level, and heart rate to be relayed. The glove is wireless and is [...]

By | 2020-01-08T11:12:30+00:00 January 8th, 2020|

Finland offers free ‘Elements of AI course’

Finnish tech company Reaktor and the University of Helsinki have launched 'Elements of AI', a free course in Artificial Intelligence. 'Elements of AI' consists of a series of online courses to give a snapshot of AI to users regardless of age and level of education. "It explains what artificial intelligence is, what it can (and can’t) do, and how it affects our lives – all in easy-to-grasp terms, with no programming or complicated math required," Reaktor said. The course has more than 220,000 registered students, with participants coming from over 90 countries. Reaktor said the course has already trained more than one percent of the 5.5 million Finnish population. It is the most popular course ever offered by the University of Helsinki, Finland's largest and oldest university. The launch of the EU-wide course comes prior to Finland's Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2020-2021. The Finnish Presidency has worked with EU member states to reach a shared understanding of the conditions for sustainable growth. Finland has pushed the importance of future development of the single market; taking full advantage of research, development, innovation and digitalisation and investing in the competences of European citizens. The course in available [...]

By | 2019-12-31T12:14:35+00:00 December 31st, 2019|