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Augmented Reality Offers Us a New Way to Study Anatomy

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Microsoft HoloLens bills itself as the “first fully self-contained, holographic computer, enabling you to interact with high‑definition holograms in your world.” In response, the less tech savvy among us may say, “What does that mean?” and the more cynical might reply, “Why would anyone spend $3,000 on it?”

Turns out there are practical applications to this technology. The HoloLens boasts that if offers “mixed reality,” which blends “3-D holographic content into your physical world, giving your holograms real-world context and scale, allowing you to interact with both digital content and the world around you.”

This has already proven beneficial in studying human anatomy, as it enables students to witness physiological events in 3-D. (It’s particularly helpful in letting them see through the different layers of the human body.) Watch the video below to witness the potential health benefit of mixed reality. If you still want more mixed reality, read about Magic Leap, the secretive startup pioneering the field.