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Pogue Reports: University replaces cadaver labs using augmented reality with Microsoft Hololens

All the fuss and all the hype is about virtual-reality goggles like the Oculus Rift. But the world isn’t making enough fuss over augmented reality.

What’s the difference? VR goggles isolate you. They entomb your eyes and ears in a headset, blocking out the world.

But augmented-reality goggles like the Microsoft Hololens (and the secret but much-hyped Magic Leap project) feature transparent lenses. You’re looking at computer-generated objects in the room with you.

In researching an upcoming “CBS Sunday Morning” story, I visited the medical school of Case Western Reserve Medical School, where a pilot project is under way. The idea is to teach anatomy to medical students not in a cadaver lab, as most med schools do, but instead in an empty room—wearing Hololens.

According to Dr. Mark Griswold, who’s leading this program, the med school’s new building won’t have a cadaver lab at all. When it opens in 2019, med students will learn anatomy exclusively through augmented reality.

In this clip from “Midday Movers,” Yahoo Finance tech columnist David Pogue summarizes the pros and the cons.

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