You might recognise Riga and Seattle based Latvian startup Anatomy Next from the DFF x 500 Startups Pitch Competition finals on the main stage at the Digital Freedom Festival 2017, or have seen them listed as a ‘startup to watch’, but this health tech company has definitely become a success story! Now they are teaming up with Microsoft to use the latest technology to digitalise medical learning and take it to the next level.
LONDON – Award-winning health tech startup Anatomy Next presented new mixed reality tools for Microsoft HoloLens and Windows Mixed Reality devices at the leading global education and technology Bett Conference. Skull anatomy software developed by Anatomy Next was demonstrated on the Microsoft devices. Anatomy Next creates the most precise and accurate 3D, AR and VR anatomy learning software for the human body.
Digital Learning Key to Studying Human Anatomy
Human anatomy is one of the most complex subjects for medical students. For new tech-savvy students the classic learning methods are not very effective. Millennials are used to absorbing information through technology. A Brookings Institution report on digital learning asserts that it could even be a solution for improving student motivation. Technological advances mean that the pace of progress in the medical field is also increasing exponentially, and digital learning software is much easier to update with new information than textbooks.
Microsoft and Anatomy Next teams expect that mixed reality devices will soon be the new standard for learning in every classroom, thus turning the mindless memorization of textbooks into a real understanding of human anatomy that students will carry into their professional lives.
Corporate and Startup Synergy Advance Education Technology“Microsoft is excited to work with Anatomy Next to develop and promote new digital learning possibilities”, said Dan Ayoub, General Manager of Education at Microsoft. “Anatomy Next is creating resources and annotated interactive tools that will replace rote memorization with an active learning experience. Combined with the limitless possibilities offered by Microsoft HoloLens and the Windows Mixed Reality platform, this is the type of innovation that will help teachers and students push the boundaries and spark new methods of creative learning.”
Anatomy Next software currently has over 70,000 users representing more than 1,760 schools and university programs throughout the US and Europe, including a pilot at the University of Washington. “It’s never been so exciting to study anatomy with the help of technology. With our software students can rotate structures in different directions, scale to any size and get information about the body part,” says Anatomy Next CEO Sandis Kondrats. “We are revolutionizing the field of medical learning.”
Bett is the first industry show of the year in the education technology landscape, bringing together 850 leading companies, 103 exciting new edtech startups and over 34,700 attendees (131 countries represented) from the global education community, that come together to celebrate, find inspiration and discuss the future of education, as well as the role technology and innovation plays in enabling all educators and learners to thrive.
About Anatomy Next
Anatomy Next creates award-winning 2D, 3D and augmented reality, web-based software as an anatomical learning aid for medical students and medical professionals, which precisely captures every detail of the human body. The Seattle based company consists of a group of internationally certified medical professionals, developers and 3D visualization specialists ready to improve medical education. They work towards achieving the goal of revolutionizing medicine through 3D, AR and VR technology, in order to create an enjoyable learning environment for students, and ultimately to help medical providers provide better patient care. Anatomy Next currently has pilot programs at seven universities in the US and EU. After receiving $500,000 in the first round of funding, Anatomy Next is currently in the second round of funding.