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Augmented Reality & Mixed Simulation

AR & Mixed Simulation

In augmented reality (AR), virtual information is overlaid over a physical entity or the representation of a physical entity.� On TV, a common AR example is the yellow first down line when watching American football or the moving black line in a swimming pool or ice-skating rink that represents a pro-rated record time.�

Like AR, mixed simulation combines virtual and physical elements during a simulation. Examples of mixed simulations developed at the University of Florida are listed below.

For information about these simulation technologies, contact Sem Lampotang at
slampotang email

Augmented Anesthesia Machines

Augmented Modulus II anesthesia machine (Patent Pending) - Video
Augmented Drager Apollo anesthesia workstation (Patent Pending) - Video

Augmented Mannequin Patient Simulators (AMPS)

Mixed simulation of a neonate (METI BabySIM) with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (Patent Pending) - Video

Augmented Procedural Trainers

Video of mixed simulation for ventriculostomy training (Patent Pending)

Instruction video used to brief 2011 AANS Neurosurgical Top Gun competitors

Video of mixed simulation for placement of CVL needle - (Patent Pending)

Video of subclavian anatomy 3D model

Video of mixed simulation for Regional Anesthesia - (Patent Pending) Download

Video of concept model

Learning Effectiveness

Mixed simulation was shown in one specific application to provide a 6-fold improvement in performance in debugging a planted fault in an anesthesia machine compared to a 2-D screen-based simulation (Quarles J, Lampotang S, Fischler I, Fishwick P, Lok B: Mixed reality merges abstract and concrete knowledge. Proceedings of IEEE Virtual Reality 2008).