Researchers from Bond University and CQUniversity have released a pilot study using 3D printing and augmented reality gaming technology to help paramedics studying via distance education. The project is designed to help students visualise and carry out training exercises outside of a classroom setting.
Developed by Bond University Assistant Professor Dr James Birt, the simulation works via a smartphone app mounted on a special 3D-printed hat, used in combination with 3D-printed instruments – a scythe-shaped instrument known as a laryngoscope and a pair of forceps. The technology enables paramedic students studying in rural and remote areas to practice removing a foreign object on a virtual 3D patient. More importantly though, it gives these students the freedom and opportunity to hone their skills independently, before arriving at residential school.
The program has wider applications as well, with a second pilot study planned for architecture students in May. Because smartphones have made the necessary technology and equipment both more accessible and cheaper than ever before, programs such as these are set to continue improving opportunities for those learning via distance education in Australia.
Thanks, Bond & CQU, for keeping our future paramedics clever.