“253 million people are blind or visually impaired and shockingly 75% suffer from conditions that are treatable or preventable. For many, visual impairment can be treated with a simple pair of glasses.”
Orbis International is a non-profit organisation dedicated to tackling the issue of avoidable blindness. Virtex Studios were approached by their representatives at Jersey Heritage to help implement and showcase a 360° virtual tour of the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital, a full-equipped mobile medical and teaching facility.
During a pop-up event held at the Jersey museum, we gave the public a chance to put on a headset, board the Flying Hospital and explore it in full detail. Providing consultancy and technical support, we advised as to which technologies and products would showcase this space in the most immersive way, providing fantastic exposure for this truly unique charitable venture.
The Orbis Flying Eye Hospital has been constructed aboard an MD-10 aircraft, enabling the organisation to operate in over 81 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. It features both teaching spaces and a fully-functional ophthalmology lab.
The charity is no stranger to using technology, including virtual reality, to further their work. In addition to the virtual tour, the aircraft itself is equipped with several VR headsets. This allows medical students to watch surgeries taking place-on board, up close, without any health or safety risks. The surgeries are also streamed live to registered medics, located all over the world, and it is even possible to interact with the surgeon via a two-way microphone.
For more information, visit www.orbis.org