Microsoft’s //oneweek Hackathon team using HoloLens to help overcome neurological disorders

Kit McDonald

HoloLens has been proven to have a large variety of uses from commercial interests to video games. But the use of augmented reality can have a major impact on the development of technology for healthcare and wellbeing as well. In Redmond, WA, Microsoft’s latest HoloLens hackathon is tackling the difficulties of Myoclonic Dystonia.

This genetically heterogeneous disorder causes a misfiring of the brain that causes muscle spasms commonly in the arms, trunk, and neck. Patients with Myoclonic Dystonia often need medication for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, many prescriptions for the disorder have some serious high-risk side effects.

The Hackathon is focused on creating a way to use HoloLens to rewire the brain. By training with augmented reality, those suffering might be able to tackle their disorder with more control over their bodies. Check out this video from Microsoft that goes into more detail.

Microsoft’s HoloLens will be a game changer for health professionals and those afflicted. Even Justin Barad, a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon, was excited by his first experiences with augmented reality through the device. New innovations for HoloLens are coming forward every day. For now, the technology is fairly new but in the hands of creative thinkers and dedicated developers, augmented reality will hopefully open up new windows for a healthier tomorrow.