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November 26, 2018

Pearson and 3D4Medical Announce the Launch of World’s First Anatomy App for Mixed Reality and HoloLens


A virtual cadaveric dissection with HoloHuman


Pearson and 3D4Medical are pleased to announce the release of HoloHuman, the world’s most complete anatomy application for mixed reality and HoloLens.

With HoloHuman, Pearson and 3D4Medical are transforming anatomy education around the world, bringing to life interactive life-size holograms of the most detailed and accurate anatomical models on the market. Launched in Denver at Educause 2018, HoloHuman is already being used by early adopter institutions across the world.

The technology for HoloHuman has been co-developed by Pearson and 3D4Medical, merging Pearson’s market-leading digital learning technology with 3D4Medical’s technology, design, world-class anatomical content and expertise, for which 3D4Medical has won many awards in the digital human space. This partnership builds upon 3D4Medical’s Complete Anatomy platform for tablets and mobile devices and combines the expertise of both Pearson and 3D4Medical in the AR, VR and MR space.

HoloHuman allows students and teachers to work in groups using collaborative sessions where all participants can see and interact with unique 3D holographic models of the human body. This provides a life-like alternative to cadaveric dissection, and allows users to explore and learn about more than 13,000 separate anatomical structures. Using 3D4Medical’s technology, teachers can create lessons and activities in advance of a class and save them to Pearson’s cloud-based Holographic Content Management System (HoloCMS).

The HoloHuman technology comes into its own when a user wishes to identify specific structures, for example, the deltoid muscle into which intramuscular injections are given. While wearing the HoloLens, students can visualise the muscle and move into the body to more closely examine the underlying structures such as bones and blood vessels, allowing for a better understanding of certain anatomical structures and surgical procedures.

Mark Christian, Head of Immersive Learning at Pearson, said: “Pearson is the lead education partner with Microsoft and 3D4Medical in bringing this exciting new learning technology to the global market. We are encouraged to see more colleges and universities start to recognise the potential of mixed reality as a growing platform in virtual learning and teaching.”

Pearson is working in partnership with six higher education institutions worldwide to better understand how this technology will amplify and extend learning in health sciences, namely Leeds University, San Diego State University, Bucks County Community College, RMIT University, the University of Canberra and Otago Polytechnic.

Niall Johnston, President of 3D4Medical Limited, said “This is a great opportunity to partner with such an established publisher as Pearson on this state-of-the-art solution. The model set for HoloHuman is based on the same technology that we use on our Complete Anatomy platform. The extension of this technology to HoloHuman is very exciting for us and represents a whole new market and audience for our products and solutions.”

Dr. Emma Collins, Principal Lecturer at Otago Polytechnic in New Zealand, said: “Being able to walk around the 3D models and view the structures from all angles was really great at helping students to visualize the relationship of different body structures and systems to each other. I believe it has helped to consolidate their learning.”

About Pearson

Pearson is a digital learning company with expertise in educational content and assessment, and a range of teaching and learning services powered by technology. Our mission is to help people make progress through access to better learning. We believe that learning opens up opportunities, creating fulfilling careers and better lives. For more, visit and follow us on Twitter @Pearson.

About Pearson Immersive Learning

Pearson Immersive Learning is transforming education and training through the use of immersive technologies including virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), mixed reality (MR) and 360° VR content. In partnership with Microsoft, Pearson Immersive Learning is the lead content developer for the Microsoft Hololens Mixed Reality Headsets. Pearson Immersive Learning have developed five innovative products, HoloPatient, HoloHuman, HoloChemistry, HoloGeometry and HoloHistory for the education market.

About 3D4Medical

3D4Medical is transforming medical learning and practice around the world and is a global leader in the development of ground-breaking 3D technology that disrupts traditional methods of education. Its revolutionary platform allows the educator, student, clinician and patient to explore and experience medical and anatomical education like never before, putting high-quality accessible 3D anatomical information at their fingertips. With over 15 million downloads worldwide and the #1 top-download positions in the App Store in 148 countries, 3D4Medical has enjoyed great success to date as it continues in its pursuit to improve the lives of patients, students, medical professionals and educators around the world. 3D4Medical is headquartered in Dublin, with offices in San Diego and St. Petersburg.


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