It's almost like a 3D video game, but this state of the art technology is taking future doctors to a whole new level of training. It offers a view of emergency scenes from just about every vantage point.
"This is our 360° camera rig," explained John Bowditch, the Director of the Game Research and Immersive Design (GRID) Lab at Ohio University.
He and his team installed six GoPro cameras in a special case, and placed ot in a wrecked car used in a recent training exercise for medical students. They also had the camera shoot a variety of other scenarios, including: intubating a patient while riding in the ambulance, and carrying a 180-pound mannequin down five flights of stairs in a smoky building while wearing full firefighter gear.
All of it will be used in a virtual reality video for OU's Medical College. "You're interviewing me with the camera," said Bowditch. "You're only seeing what's in front of the camera or nothing was behind the side. This gives the audience control over what they want to look at."
The technology will allow future doctors to immerse themselves in emergency situations, without them getting hurt. The video can play back using an iPhone; change the direction of the phone, and you can change direction of what you're seeing.
While this technology will never replace a physician's bedside manner, Bowditch says it definitely will help them in the call of duty. To watch a complete video profile of the project, visit the story on the WSYX-ABC 6 website.