Holographic tech from Cambridge University NFT, University of Cambridge and GigXR reaches Time Magazine Best 200 Inventions of 2022

A partnership between Cambridge University NHS Foundation Trust (CUH), the University of Cambridge and the Los Angeles-based tech company GigXR has been recognised by Time Magazine.

The partnership created HoloScenarios, life-like holographic patient scenarios that are accessible from anywhere in the world. HoloScenarios has been recognised in the medical care category and listed as one of the 200 Best Inventions of 2022 with Time Magazine describing it as “making the world better, smarter and even a bit more fun.”

By wearing a Microsoft HoloLens mixed reality headset or accessing via iOS or Android, learners can see each other in real life and interact with a multi-layered, medically accurate holographic patient, creating an environment to practise real-time decision-making and treatment options.

Instructors will be able to alter the patient responses and introduce different complications along with recording observations and discussions for the teaching group. These groups can take place in person or remotely in multiple locations worldwide via the internet and the platform created by GigXR.

The technology will be available for license to other institutions and medical training schools; it is hoped that if the technology is successful, the revenue generated from the sales that some of it will be put back into the NHS.

Dr Arun Gupta, CUH Consultant in Neurosciences and Trauma Intensive Care and Anaesthesiology praised the new partnership, saying: “Together, we’re driving the future of medical education, with a shared vision to make high-quality learning accessible on a global scale.”

He added, “GigXR has served as more than just technology partners in co-creating HoloScenarios, they have pioneered the innovation and infrastructure.”

GigXR founder David Kin Lassman said: “Partnering with the world-renowned medical experts at the University of Cambridge and CUH has been a tremendous honour.”

He said: “Together, driving medical training into the future with TIME’s recognition reinforcing the potential mixed-reality training has to improve care for all patients.”

A full demonstration of the new technology can be viewed below: