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Virtuali-Tee brings the science of anatomy to life

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AR anatomy learning, thanks to Curiscope and their Virtuali-Tee, an Augmented Reality T-Shirt that bring the science of anatomy to life.

We wrote back in 2016 about how interactive, entertaining technology can be utilised to educate children (and adults) in a more engaging way than reading out of textbooks Virtuali-tee for an hour. Children are more familiar with technology than ever before, and whatever your feelings about that fact, if that technology can be utilised to educate them in a way that will stick with them and make them actually want to learn, then that can only be a good thing.

In that same article, we wrote about Brighton-based EdTech startup Curiscope and their augmented reality product, Virtuali-Tee. We wanted to check back in with them.

Virtuali-tee The Virtuali-Tee is a T-shirt printed with a special code pattern that, when used with the free mobile app, comes to life. Users can seem to see inside the T-shirt wearer’s body in real-time, watching their heart beat and their lungs fill and deflate. Learn about the human body with AR on mobile devices - displayed on big screens or projectors if you want - or immerse yourself entirely using a virtual reality headset. Examine digestive, respiratory, skeletal, renal, and circulatory systems in 360 degrees and interact right there in the app.

Although the insides represented in the app are obviously not the T-shirt wearer’s own, the latest update to the app has introduced a heart rate tracker, helping the user understand what is happening with their own heart.

Two years after we first wrote about them, Curiscope is still going strong. The Kickstarter campaign they were in the middle of then finished successfully, raising £74,571 of their £70k goal, and they have since won both the Gold Mom's Choice and the Gold Oppenheim Toy Portfolio awards. Curiscope are doing great work in STEM and in simply engaging children in their education, and we look forward to seeing what they do next.

If you like the sound of this startup you might also want to read up on: 

Using Augmented Reality for education

Kodama - 3D creation and interaction made easy

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Published on: 17th November 2018

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