The University of South Australia and solutions provider, Saab Australia, have built a virtual experience like no other – a chance to see and feel a part of a deployable hospital using HoloLens technology.
The Saab Augmented Relief exhibit will be on show at the Australian future-focused museum, MOD.’s next exhibition, Waging Peace, which will be open to visitors on November 27 and includes an array of exhibits designed to challenge traditional ideas of peace-building.
The experience will enable visitors to see inside the virtual field hospital, providing an insight into how augmented reality (AR) is aiding in the design and set-up of sophisticated deployable medical technologies in disaster zones.
Visitors will have to wear a HoloLens device to walk through a virtual field hospital and experience it as medical staff would in real-life scenarios where emergency medical support is needed.
The experience is a first for South Australia, and the collaboration builds on a joint agreement signed in 2017 by Saab and the University to establish the Saab Australia-UniSA Defence Technologies Institute. This collaboration was designed to develop a key education and research pipeline for highly skilled systems engineers in the region.
That partnership also supports the ongoing build and improvement of AR technologies, along with autonomous systems, cybersecurity and complex systems engineering through engagement with the university’s researchers.
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MOD. Director Dr Kristin Alford said the collaboration aims to give people the first-hand experience of how AR technologies are being used by the healthcare industry and other sectors to innovate design processes.
“The innovations pioneered by the defence sector are much broader than people imagine and often underpin civilian applications that enhance our capacity to deliver health care, emergency assistance and other much needed human services,” Dr Alford said.
Saab Australia Managing Director Andy Keough said the exhibit will enable industry to design more efficient medical facilities for the field using AR technologies.
“Using this technology, we can see what works and in what circumstances. We can then test those designs and refine our work so that deployable hospitals and the medical technologies they contain are fit for all circumstances,” he said.
“The Waging Peace exhibition poses important questions about the social, environmental and human factors that influence peace, and understanding how technologies can actively support peaceful societies is a vital element of that story.”