From the battlefield, the classroom, and even for helping one dad make fairy tales, Microsoft's HoloLens has been used across various fields and industries for very different reasons. Today, another industry has joined the list, as Microsoft is detailing that medical supplier Stryker is using HoloLens to help design operating rooms.
According to Microsoft, Stryker is using HoloLens to build the operating room of the future, and to successfully design operating rooms that will accommodate various medical disciplines. The medical supplier also recognizes that the current model of operating room design needs to be evolved from 2D to 3D. The General Manager for Microsoft HoloLens and Windows Experiences, Lorraine Bardeen, explains:
Using HoloLens and Stryker’s new By Design solution, hospital stakeholders are now able to envision the ideal operating room configuration with the power of holograms and the benefit of mixed reality... Instead of needing all of the people from each surgical discipline, all the physical equipment required across all medical disciplines, all in one room at the same time, Stryker is now able to modify and build different operating room scenarios with holograms. No more time-consuming sessions where everyone needs to be physically present and no more need to move around heavy and expensive equipment to get a sense for how everything all fits together.
It's definitely interesting to see more fields adapt HoloLens as development editions of the Mixed Reality headset continue to roll out to developers across the world. Microsoft, though, recently announced that new HoloLens is reportedly not coming until 2019 and that there are plans for“non-dev” kits in the mass market.