The team working on the Microsoft Hololens are quietly working on creating ambitious new ways of achieving new things - you've hopefully seen some of the demonstrations that they've given at global events like Build and the Windows 10 announcement earlier in the year (if not, jump here). And that includes working on uses for Hololens in education, and imagining some of the ways that we can enhance teaching with Hololens.
Although much of their work is being done behind firmly closed doors, when they do give us a sneak peek of what's to come, it's thought provoking stuff. And this week is no exception, as they have just released a video case study of Hololens in Education, exploring the work they are doing with Case Western Reserve University in the US, who are working on new ways of teaching using Hololens. In their case, it's looking at human anatomy, and Barbara R Snyder, the President of Case Western Reserve University explains why:
|We've been teaching human anatomy the same way for a hundred years. Students get a cadaver and then they look at medical illustrations, and it's completely two-dimensional. And the human body isn't.|
But when you add the interactivity of a see-through holographic computer, it enables high-definition holograms to come to life in your world, seamlessly integrating with your physical places, spaces, and things. We call this experience mixed reality. And it looks like this:
Watch the video case study to see what Case Western Reserve University are doing with Hololens: