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Augmented Reality Interface for Spatial Anatomical Education

written by Jack Dashwood in Education & Entertainment on 12. Sep '12

augmented reality, 
augmented reality software, 
Division of Clinical Anatomy, 
metaio mobile sdk, 
Mobile Augmented Reality, 
Monta Vista High School, 
Nishant Jain, 
Stanford University, 
What's Your Big Idea 

That’s a mouthful.

shot of tablet with 3-D model of anatomical reconstruction of human head

Recently, an enterprising young high school junior spent his summer vacation developing an augmented reality interface for visualizing anatomical assets using the metaio Mobile SDK. He entered it into the National Public Radio “What’s Your Big Idea” Science competition, in which the videos with the most “likes” on YouTube progressed to the finals. The voting close August 19, and we’re happy to announce that Nishant Jain’s video had 264 likes! Thanks to everyone who supported Nishant in his quest for his big idea, and if you’re just hearing this now see the full story below, as well as Nishant’s video entry.

“Ask high school student Nishant Jain what he did over the summer and you won’t hear the usual lifeguard duty story. Jain, who will be a junior at Monta Vista High School in Cupertino CA, spent his vacation building a novel virtual reality system for use in anatomical education. With his work on the project, which uses the Augmented Reality SDK developed by Metaio, he hopes to greatly improve access to effective medical education for students from around the world. 

Nishant worked with Professor William Paul Brown and Matthew Hasel in the Division of Clinical Anatomy at Stanford University to build this augmented reality anatomy learning tool as part of a summer internship. Additional support was provided by Pankaj Sharma and Joel Sadler, PhD candidates in the Division.

When asked about the direction that Augmented Reality was heading, Jain stated, “Augmented Reality has the potential to revolutionize education. I feel that the future lies in exponential technologies such as Virtual Reality and Haptic Interfaces. I am so thankful that I was given the opportunity to work with all of these amazing people in the Division of Clinical Anatomy. All of my mentors in the lab have been extremely supportive, and they have truly opened my eyes to all the possibilities that are out there.”

Jain has submitted his project to the NPR “What’s Your Big Idea” Science Competition and the public judging process is currently underway. His video about the project is currently online at this link:


Jack Dashwood
Jack knew that he was interested in Augmented Reality ever since he learned how to read at age 25. Fast forward and Jack now works at the center of the universe when it comes to AR: the offices of Metaio. How did he wind up here? We don’t know, but we have yet to find a legitimate excuse to get rid of him. In the meantime we let him work on the blog and run the Metaio US PR operations. When not talking and writing about AR technology, he can usually be found augmenting his reality by more traditional means down the local pub.

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