Use of Augmented Reality to Assist Teaching for Future Perfusionists in Extracorporeal Technology

J Extra Corpor Technol. 2019 Dec;51(4):244-247

The aim of this study was to foster the better perfusion education when providing extracorporeal circulation (ECC) technology for future perfusionists. For this purpose, we have developed an augmented reality (AR) program for ECC students. Currently, the cost of equipment and its simulator is high. Furthermore, it is desirable for ECC students to practice at any time. AR describes user experiences that add 2D (plane detection) or 3D elements to the live view from a device’s camera in a way that makes those elements appear to inhabit the real world. We can use these technologies to create AR experiences using the back camera of a smartphone or tablet. We can also build our own instrument with custom visualization and data analysis. Although AR technology may not be new, its potential in ECC student education is just beginning to be explored. Unlike other computing technologies, AR interfaces offer seamless interaction between the real and virtual worlds, a tangible interface metaphor, and a means for transitioning between real and virtual worlds. Here, we have shown our experiences of cost-effective AR technology for future perfusionists.