Augmented Reality in action: Dentistry 3.0

Photo: The glasses, worn by UWA Professor Paul Ichim, will reduce teaching costs. (ABC News: Tom Wildie)

Augmented reality glasses that allow dentists to speed up procedures and help students learn faster are being trialled at the University of Western Australia.

The augmented reality software and hardware is in the final stage of development and aims to improve the speed and accuracy of procedures, as well as improve the quality of teaching in the field.

AR is the technology that superimposes computer-generated imagery onto the real world when looked at through a portable device.

UWA researcher Marcus Pham has developed technology allowing dentists to bring up information on a pair of glasses with the wave of a hand, without having to interrupt a procedure.

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