See how HoloLens is being used to transform operating room design

We've already seen Microsoft's HoloLens being used in everything from military applications to elevator servicing, and now the mixed reality headset is taking on its next frontier: operating rooms. In a new blog post, Microsoft details how medical technology company Stryker has tapped HoloLens to help it transform the way it designs operating rooms.

The ultimate goal is to accelerate operating room design from the 2D world of CAD drawings to 3D in order to bring room configurations to life. From Microsoft:

Instead of needing all of the people from each surgical discipline, all the physical equipment required across all medical disciplines, all in one room at the same time, Stryker is now able to modify and build different operating room scenarios with holograms. No more time-consuming sessions where everyone needs to be physically present and no more need to move around heavy and expensive equipment to get a sense for how everything all fits together.

This is an interesting look at another way HoloLens is already starting to make its mark, even without a general consumer release. And while the next iteration of HoloLens may not arrive until 2019, it's likely we'll continue to see more ways in which different industries and developers are starting to take advantage of HoloLens' unique abilities.

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