By: Darby Buscemi
Let’s be honest here. I hate dead things. Just the fact that something that used to be happy and alive and breathing is now dead and lifeless freaks me out. Another thing that freaks me out. Blood. I can’t stand it. When I see blood I either want to cry or pass out. So deciding to do the Biomed module was not something that I was looking forward. I had wished that I could try to avoid it all together. That wish did not come true.
After learning that the module will not involve any dissections, dead things, blood or gore, I had warmed up a bit to the idea of the Biomed module. After the interview of a student in the Biomed pathway for challenge one, my group and I got ready to start challenge two. We were told to create a poster that showed what we thought medical technology would look like in 50 years time. But there was a catch. This poster would have to include some virtual reality.
First, I know what you’re probably thinking. What on Earth is augmented reality? Well, if you’re like me and you thought it had to do with video games such as the Sims you’re wrong, sorry. Augmented reality is a live direct or indirect view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are, well, augmented by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics, or GPS data. But don’t go and get it confused with virtual reality. Virtual reality is where there’s a computer-simulated environment that can simulate presence in real world places. It would like being in a dream world so to speak.
I know this all sounds horribly confusing but it’s actually really simple. We use and app called Aurasma and when you have the program done you should be able to scan an image with the app and the image/video that is programmed with the thing you scanned should show up on the screen of the app. It’s actually really simple.
After two days of brainstorming ideas, we finally came up with three ideas. The Nano-Genes, a way to help cure genetic diseases, the Nerve Repair, a way to help people with severed nerves regain feeling, and The Emergency Chip, a chip that can monitor vitals such as heart rate and blood pressure and it will notify emergency services if these vitals reach dangerous levels. After we had our poster finished we had to figure out what we wanted the virtual reality part to be.
We decided on making the virtual reality part a brief description of what we had shown on the poster. So after the filming all we had to do was upload the videos onto the app and make it so that whenever you scan the poster, the video with the description shows up. Overall, I’m really proud of this project and how it came out. I also had a lot of fun.