New MOD. exhibition lets visitors experience life in a deployable hospital

Saab Australia is using augmented reality to design deployable hospitals. Visitors to MOD.’s new exhibition, Waging Peace, will be able to try the technology for themselves. COMMUNITY
Saab Australia is using augmented reality to design deployable hospitals. Visitors to MOD.’s new exhibition, Waging Peace, will be able to try the technology for themselves.

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Visitors to the upcoming exhibition at UniSA’s futuristic museum of discovery, MOD., will have the chance to see and feel a part of a deployable hospital in holographic form.

UniSA is partnering with Saab Australia so that visitors to MOD.’s new Waging Peace exhibition will be able to walk through a virtual field hospital and experience it as medical staff would in real scenarios where emergency medical support is needed, using mixed reality smartglasses – HoloLens®.

The exhibition will provide rare insight into how augmented reality (AR) is helping in the design and set-up of sophisticated deployable medical technologies in disaster zones and will be a first for South Australia.
Waging Peace opens on 27 November and includes an array of exhibits designed to challenge traditional ideas of peace-building.

MOD. director Dr Kristin Alford says the collaboration with Saab will give people first-hand experience of how AR technologies are being used by local industry to innovate the design process using cutting edge technology.

“The innovations pioneered by the defence sector are much broader than people imagine and often underpin civilian applications that enhance our capacity to deliver health care, emergency assistance and other much needed human services,” Dr Alford says.

The collaboration builds on a joint agreement signed in 2017 by Saab and UniSA to establish the Saab Australia-UniSA Defence Technologies Institute, a collaboration designed to develop a key education and research pipeline for highly skilled systems engineers in SA.

That partnership also supports the ongoing development and refinement of AR technologies, along with autonomous systems, cybersecurity and complex systems engineering through engagement with UniSA researchers.

Saab Australia managing director Andy Keough says the Augmented Relief exhibit will give people a better idea of the incredible adaptability of augmented reality technologies.

“Using this technology, we can see what works and in what circumstances, so it means we are able to design more efficient medical facilities for the field,” he says.

“We can then test those designs and refine our work so that deployable hospitals and the medical technologies they contain are fit for all circumstances.”

“We are delighted to be a part of the Waging Peace exhibition because it poses important questions about the social, environmental and human factors that influence peace, and understanding how technologies can actively support peaceful societies is a vital element of that story.”

MOD. welcomes 50,000th visitor

MOD. welcomed its 50,000th visitor in late October.MOD. welcomed its 50,000th visitor in late October.

MOD. reached a major milestone in late October when it welcomed its 50,000th visitor.

The achievement came in the last few weeks of MOD.’s first exhibition, MOD.IFY, which is now making way for a new exhibition, Waging Peace.

You can still experience MOD.IFY virtually through a 360 degree virtual tour, now live on UniSA’s YouTube channel. The video was made by a UniSA digital journalism student.

The second MOD. exhibition, Waging Peace, will invite visitors to consider whether it is possible to proactively and aggressively pursue peace.