New virtual reality lab at UNMC

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - "It's a way that we can communicate, that we've never been able to do before,” said UNMC student, T.J. Nuckolls.

The University of Nebraska Medical Center unveiled new technology for its students, Wednesday.

The campus is just the 15th center in the world to become an EON Reality VR Innovation Academy.

The first on a medical center campus.

"There's nowhere else in the world that is actually using VR and AR in the context of the training that they are going to provide on a global scale,” said Ken Swain, EON Reality chairman.

18 tech-savvy students at UNMC were selected to put virtual and augmented reality technology to practical use in education.

"If you had a skull and you needed to recognize or remember all the parts of a skull, it gives you the ability to manipulate that object and to be able to look inside and you can have a quiz going on along with it without having to actually hold a skull,” said Nuckolls.

"Virtual reality enables them to explore all the possibilities of new treatments and new operation techniques, without actually having to practice on a patient, and when everything is refined, they can do it for real,” said Swain.

The students take classes for the specialized academy four times a week.

Up to 20 students can enroll in the one-year program.

You can learn how to sign up for the academy on UNMC’s website.