Augmented Reality (AR) is technology that overlays information and virtual objects on real-world scenes in real-time. Virtual Reality (VR) is a three-dimensional computer-generated environment that a person can explore and interact with in varying levels of immersion. While tech that blurs the line between simulation and reality can be traced back to 1965, when Ivan Sutherland developed the first head-mounted display system, it’s evolved into a tool that can be applied to improving people’s health in innovative and unexpected ways. The impacts of AR and VR on healthcare have been immense, including making the industry more technologically advanced, motivational for patients, and accessible to all.
In the following article, I will talk about these recent developments in the AR and VR world that have improved the effectiveness of healthcare. Specifically, innovative startups have made advancements in surgery and patient care that are pushing this field into the future.