Name: Digital Vistas: How smart glasses will change the way we work

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As a result of digitalization, the lines between virtual 
and real are becoming increasingly blurred.

Mixed reality is the buzzword. Smart glasses, for example, create a mixed reality environment. Could they be useful tools for dental professionals?

Blending the real and virtual worlds
Smart glasses such as the Microsoft HoloLens mix virtual reality with the real world. A voice guides the person wearing the glasses and tells them what to do.

Based on these instructions, the user carries out certain working steps. In contrast to a computer game, the persons and objects the user sees through the glasses are real.

The data glasses augment this reality by projecting, for example, arrows or other supportive signs and elements into the wearer’s field of vision.

Substantially more efficient
People who use such data glasses work more quickly and efficiently. That’s the rationale behind it.

Users no longer need to read lengthy, tedious manuals. All relevant information can be transferred to the screen of the data glasses in real time.

Moreover, the risk of error is reduced as every single working step is performed under expert guidance. Many companies believe that this technology will ensure uniform, standardized procedures and generate added value for them.

Another benefit is that the tool allows products and services to be presented to customers in a more illustrative way.

A small computer on your nose
In a nutshell, data glasses are small, wireless computers that sit on the bridge of your nose. The device connects to the Internet via sensors and cameras.

Among other things, data glasses can incorporate virtual objects (3D holograms) into the user’s field of vision by means of projected light points. The user can even interact with these holograms.

Technology companies are currently developing the apps required by these glasses. The launch of the Microsoft HoloLens in 2015 was a world premiere. New developments by other suppliers are expected to enter the market in the near future.

Data glasses are gaining ground
Mixed reality technology is still in its infancy. This will change, however, because this technology works.

It is clear where the journey is headed: Data glasses are becoming more and more popular. This is obvious in various fields of life and work, including the e-learning, industrial and medical sectors.

It is certainly more than fantasy to predict that this technology will also find its way into dental practices and dental laboratories. Things definitely remain exciting. – André Büssers, Ivoclar Vivadent AG

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