HoloLens 2 smart glasses app from Savonia UAS speeds up lab tests

Nora Nirhamo | 2021/09/06

Savonia University of Applied Sciences and Softability have developed virtual working instructions on Microsoft Dynamics 365 Guides for the Puumala virus rapid diagnostic test. The app makes the laboratory work quicker to perform, eliminates errors, improves testing quality, and enhances worker training for the test. Read on to learn more!

Savonia University of Applied Sciences partnered with Softability to produce virtual instructions for the Puumala virus rapid diagnostic test (RDT) on the Microsoft Dynamics 365 Guides (D365 Guides) app. The Puumala RDT is a laboratory test for IgM-class antibodies resulting from epidemic nephropathy. The working instructions are displayed on Microsoft HoloLens 2 smart glasses. Softability instructed the Savonia UAS staff on how to use the HoloLens 2 app.

The app makes the laboratory work quicker to perform, eliminates errors, improves testing quality, and enhances worker training for the test. The app was tested by Savonia UAS, and it was found to be effective for training students and directing the testing process in real working conditions.

The virtual instructions were produced as part of the Savonia UAS Future Technologies in Education (FutureEdu) project, funded by the European Social Fund. The project develops virtual learning environments based on real working conditions for the training and orientation of health care students and workers, as well as research and work process control.

 

Mixed reality and smart glasses improve working times in multi-stage tasks

Laboratory technicians and biomedical laboratory scientists working in clinical microbiology laboratories are facing an increasing volume of laboratory tests. The working instructions of laboratory tests must be followed precisely. Due to the sheer volume of tests and their quality requirements, even experienced workers need working instructions in their duties. The D365 Guides app for HoloLens 2 smart glasses allows multi-stage tasks to be performed faster and leaves both hands free.

By using mixed reality (MR) technology, HoloLens 2 smart glasses can display virtual working instructions in the user’s field of view as part of the real-world view. The combination of real and virtual elements increases the information available from the environment. This technology leaves the user’s hands free for work, allowing them to focus on the task while also following working instructions. User-friendly instructions improve the accuracy, efficiency, and quality of work.

Both students and workers can use the app to explore their work assignments and exercises independently, freeing up the valuable time of teachers and mentors for other tasks. Experiential learning, meaning “learning by doing”, is a proven method: its process is quick and stimulating, and the memory trace lasts longer.

“In the FutureEdu project, the cooperation with technology companies and the collaboration to produce common virtual learning environments for education and working life has been of great value. The new learning environments have been described in the project’s feedback as stimulating, motivating, compelling, and conducive to learning,” says Anssi Mähönen, lecturer at Savonia UAS and the project manager of the FutureEdu project. He continues:

“What has been particularly meaningful was seeing how these environments have enabled flexible, safe, and cost-effective operational continuity during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Many of the apps enables studies at Savonia UAS without restrictions on the time or location. In addition, the environments offer many ways for working life to develop and continue in challenging social conditions.”

 

Watch the video (in Finnish) to see how the Puumala IgM RDT works in practice with the HoloLens 2 smart glasses app.

 

More information:

Mikko Luukkonen, Solution Sales, Softability Oy, mikko.luukkonen(at)softability.fi, +358 50 554 3652

Anssi Mähönen, FutureEdu Project Manager, Lecturer, PhD, Savonia UAS, anssi.mahonen(at)savonia.fi

Kimmo Pakarinen, RDI Expert, Engineer, Savonia UAS, kimmo.pakarinen(at)savonia.fi

 

More on the Future Technologies in Education project (in Finnish):

https://www.savonia.fi/yrityksille/tutkimus-ja-kehittaminen/projektit-ja-hankkeet/hankelistaus/?id=1186

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