The virtual reality startup Anatomy Next in collaboration with the US army hospital will create a first aid simulator.
The Latvian startup that creates virtual reality-based anatomy education is working to create a gamified educational instrument to simulate first aid.
"This could be considered a disruption of the industry, because even in today's modern age and even the US army is still conducting its first aid education on mannequins in a physical space. Sometimes they're paid actors that are simulating pain." - Sandis Kondrats, CEO of Anatomy Next
At the end of November, the Microsoft announced that they have signed a contract with the US army for 480 million USD and for delivering 100,000 "hololens" VR headsets. They will be used as an educational instrument, letting the soldiers participate in virtual conflicts before gaining the real life experience.
Sandis Kondrats, CEO of Anatomy Next, is able to tell us that several directions have been tested, and that Anatomy Next will be used to train medical professionals. Of course, Anatomy Next will be amended to the needs of the military industry.
"The US army is the first client to purchase our product. That's why we're currently creating it in accordance with their needs. There has also been interest from Latvia's Ministry of Defense, but our potential market is the NATO army." says Kondrats.
He admits that there is currently one category for the product application. Meanwhile, active development is continued in the sphere of medical students, or rather the pre-clinical educational instrument that as of 2019 will be available in its full functionality and at a full price to the University of Washington. There has hitherto been a strong co-operation additionally with the University of Latvia Medical Faculty, Riga Stradins University, and the Red Cross College of Latvia.
Additional use categories are planned and development is underway. "We currently have many tempting offers, but as a startup, it's important for us to concentrate, as our time and resources are limited. We're currently focusing on first aid, which is a field where we are facing several strong competitors that are connected to Stanford University and Oxford University.