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As we move further into the future, the Matrix’s events become more of a reality, an augmented reality. Augmented reality turns the environment around you into a digital interface by putting virtual objects in real-world time. Augmented reality, also known as AR, can blur the line between reality and virtual. Although it does have, it’s pros and cons, and it is continuously developing and changing. AR is no longer solely for the gaming community but can also leak into other avenues of life.

AR can be an incredibly valuable tool in the medical community. When you use AR, the system can simulate objects or a scene that is not really there in reality. For example, in the popular game PokemonGo, AR was used to show virtual pokemon in your natural surroundings through the lens of the camera. You hold your phone up to the street and look at the screen, and it’s as if a Pikachu is actually there bouncing down the block.

This kind of technology can be instrumental for doctors. Doctors, medical students, and instructors alike can use AR to create a multitude of virtual simulations. This can be helpful in trying out realistic surgical situations before they’re actually done on real patients.

AR can be used by instructors to set up realistic models of different structures, diseases, or injuries for students to study in real-time. Students would be able to analyze a to-size, realistic model right in front of their eyes. Not only that but variables can be changed and altered immediately to provide for the best amount of learning.

The implications for the medical community are like are visions for growth, endless. Keep an eye out for future articles focusing on other avenues of AR in the community.