Mixed reality (MR) as an idea is an area that has largely bee led by Microsoft, who has used the designation not only for its HoloLens headset, but also for its line-up of Windows 10-based head-mounted displays (HMDs). As part of the company’s push for MR, Microsoft set up the Mixed Reality Partnership Program, which has now invited SentiAR to take part in the program.
The aim of the program is to identify companies and solution providers who are building MR hardware, software and platforms in a range of targeted industries, including healthcare and education.
Inclusion into the program means that participating companies will be given access to a range of Microsoft development tools, programs and services to ensure the best outcomes for those taking part in the program.
SentiAR are involved in the creation of a 3D augmented reality (AR) visualisation solution that is designed for healthcare use, specifically for procedures involving the ablation and mapping of the heart. The SentiAR system works in real-time to provide 3D images to the clinician conducting the procedure.
The Mixed Reality Partnership Program was launched in 2015 to coincide with the launch of the HoloLens. Microsoft has used the program to identify key areas of business that participating partners can apply their products to in order to ensure success.
To accomplish this, a variety of technical, marketing and training opportunities and offered to provider partners who are involved in the program. Microsoft then provides routes that allow those companies to commercialise their products.
“SentiAR’s use case demonstrates the potential of the technology to improve patient outcomes,” said Simon Kos, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Microsoft. “We look forward to working with and learning from their team of pioneering leaders and together defining the possibilities for Microsoft HoloLens and mixed reality in health.”
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