Interactive Commons

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Interactive Commons

Case Western Reserve University’s Interactive Commons (IC) is an innovation space on campus with a team of computer programmers, artists, instructional designers, teachers, futurists, engineers and inventors who can bring ideas to life through technology. IC is best known for creating visualization solutions for the mixed-reality device Microsoft HoloLens, a wireless headset that displays 3D holograms to blend the digital and real worlds.

The HoloAnatomy® Software Suite, developed by the IC, is used at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and other partner universities as a mixed-reality alternative to cadaver-based dissection. The IC’s technical frameworks have supported the largest shared-group HoloLens experiences in the world—for both in-class and remote instruction, which allowed our medical school to lead during this challenging time

The global pandemic has forced the IC team of full-time student assistants to conduct their work from home. At this time, the entire HoloLens hardware inventory is on assignment with staff and students for remote classes. As a result, the IC is unable to carry a full complement of student assistants to aid in the delivery of programming and support—and those students who remain with IC are learning to program for the HoloLens using an “emulator” tool that simply does not provide an immersive, blended hologram experience.

Access to the HoloLens hardware is critical to the development of this technology—not only to aid faculty and students, but to train our student assistants on whom we rely to make this program successful. A single set of HoloLens hardware costs $3,500 per unit. To that end, Interactive Commons is seeking to raise $7,000 to fully outfit 2-6 student assistants with hardware that can rotate between them throughout the semester to support our programming and training needs.

Your investment in Interactive Commons allows our student assistants to learn on this quickly emerging technology, develop software to take advantage of its possibilities, and expand the use and application across campus and beyond.

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