A trans-European team of researchers and developers is transforming industrial learning and training with the use of innovative Augmented Reality and Wearable Technology (AR/WT).
The new WEKIT.one AR system, involving the Hololens and other wearable devices, was recently put into action for the first time when it was tested with 142 experts and trainees at three separate organisations.
Throughout the trials, specially developed applications for both the experts and novices were used and feedback was collected to assess the suitability and acceptance of the system in three distinct scenarios (one of them “medical imaging” is presented in this video).
With the help of radiologists in Genoa and EBIT, a medical software company, a number of medical students were trained to assess the blood flow in the carotid artery on an unfamiliar ultrasound machine. This tricky procedure involves following instructions (laid out in 3D) whilst maintaining control of both an ultrasound probe and a patient (in our case: an actor). A holographic tutor delivers the recorded think-aloud explanation of the expert, while instructional holograms, floating videos and to-be snapshots guide step by step through the procedure. Tested by medical and engineering students, this trial provided in-depth feedback on the subtleties of using AR for complicated, interactive procedures.
The trainees and experts involved in the trial evaluated specific features of the prototype and the training approach, technology acceptance, system usability, user satisfaction of training with AR glasses and human-computer interface, and simulation sickness.