USM now has a VR library in medicine
The Metaverse has been among the hottest buzzwords ever since Facebook changed its name to Meta. It is therefore not surprising that there is something new that uses the word. The latest is the virtual library in medicine of the Institute of Advanced Medicine and Dentistry (IPPT) of Universiti Sains Malaysia, called Metaverse Spatial Library.
According to Bernama, the library uses VR technology and a 3D data management system. The system transforms library reference materials such as images, anatomical models, e-books, documents and more into 3D. This is then accessible on a web portal called GoVR via a specialized headset in the IPPT library.
USM Vice-Chancellor Faisal Rafiq Mahamad Adikan said VR technology has vast potential and is making inroads into the mainstream of technology, which is why VR was introduced to the ‘university. He also says the initiative, known as WebVR, will improve “the efficiency of teaching and training delivered at USM.”
“In terms of education, Metaverse can be a learning and teaching platform that includes all the information and entertainment integrated into the three-dimensional world,” he adds. While that may be true, it remains to be seen which offering from this library goes beyond conventional VR for the Metaverse name to be most appropriate.
(Source: IPPT USM / Facebook, Bernama)