You can find out more about how “The School of Clinical Dentistry has engaged in an exciting new venture in Learning &Teaching with the introduction of virtual reality simulation using haptic feedback devices.” here: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/dentalschool/our_school/haptics
James Markey, Head of Commerce, and Pierre-Jean Petitprez, Senior Software Engineer, visited The School of Clinical Dentistry of The University of Sheffield to see how students in their 1st, 2nd and 3rd years are getting on with having a curriculum which Virteasy Dental has been embedded within.
We thought it was important to dive in straight away and learn as much as we could. So first opportunity we could, we headed to the suite of phantom heads.
We’ve made many advances with the haptic feedback over the years. Being able to make the haptic sensations of Virteasy as close to the real thing on phantom heads and patients is really important to us. Understanding how students and dentists handle the burrs, use the dental mirror for indirect vision and especially the positioning of the patient helps us to develop a simulator which can integrate into current curriculum in the smoothest way.
We were very impressed with how the team at The School of Clinical Dentistry has integrated Virteasy Dental into their curriculum. It was great to see all the 1st year students very excited to start using the simulators and they were able to use the latest version very easily. Lots of them said that they tested it on their open day and they’ve been waiting to use them for real ever since.
Thanks to the student’s feedback we’re improving….
- Change VirTeaSy to Virteasy to make it easier to refer to (DONE)
- Move the restart button to the top right with exercise controls to improve usability (DONE)
- Allow user to deactivate the translation movement on 3D mouse as well as the zoom (IN PROGRESS)
- Creating a new dental hand-piece to use with the haptic arm (IN PROGRESS)
Thank you to Nicolas Martin, Ashley Towers and all of their fantastic team for welcoming us to the university and for integrating Virteasy Dental so well into their curriculum.
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