Everything’s Going Virtual These Days, Even Cadavers

5G-powered virtual reality technology is coming to Fisk University this fall in the form of virtual cadavers.

Fisk University, based in Nashville, Tenn., will use the technology in its cadaver lab, enabling students to examine the complete skeletal structure without the need for actual cadavers. With the VR technology, pre-med and biology students will examine the internal organs of various human systems, while the instructor has the ability to remove different organs from the virtual body and pass them around for students.

Additionally, students will be able to enlarge the organ to a larger size so that they can “step inside” to better learn how it works. The cadavers will also include complete skeletal and muscle structures.

“We’re combining the best aspects of virtual and in-person learning, and this is the future of education,” said Vann Newkirk, Fisk University president, in a prepared statement . “Fisk University is emerging as a tech leader among colleges, and our effort to bring a virtual reality cadaver lab to campus exemplifies our commitment to provide students with a state-of-the-art education.”

The technology will enable the university to overcome cost issues that had previously limited the education it could provide in this area because it couldn’t buy cadavers due to the high cost and maintenance. Maintenance and costs are much lower with virtual cadavers because they don’t degrade.

Lab technology will include HTC VIVE headsets developed by VictoryXR using the Unity real-time 3D platform running on T-Mobile’s Ultra Capacity 5G network.

“5G opens up endless possibilities for applications that better connect us to our world, helping us learn and explore in ways that weren’t possible before,” said John Saw, T-Mobile executive vice president of advanced and emerging technologies, in a prepared statement.


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