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The University of Birmingham's School of Engineering’s Human Interface Technologies (HIT) Team joined forces with the UK’s Defence Medical Services (DMS) earlier this month to stage a series of demonstrations showing old and new technologies and techniques for supporting combat casualty care at the Heroes at Highclere Armed Forces charity weekend at Highclere Castle.

Most commonly known for its role in the TV series Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle became the location for a major event where various members of the Armed Forces and their families explored the mixed reality technology. The event provided excellent opportunities to engage with personnel from all branches of the Armed Forces, including medical reservists, veterans and their families.Amongst the visitors were a number of senior Armed Forces representatives: Air Commodore Rich Withnall (Medical Director and Head of Research & Clinical Innovation of the DMS), Surgeon Commodore Stuart Millar (Head of Medical Operational Capability for the DMS), Lieutenant General Martin Bricknell, the UK’s Surgeon General and Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier, Chief of the Air Staff and 4* Commander of the RAF.

Images of the HIT Team setting up their Mixed Environment Reality Trainer (MERT) system at Highclere Castle
Collage of images of the HIT Team demonstrating their Mixed Environment Reality Trainer (MERT) system at Highclere Castle

All the visitors of the HIT Team tent were given an exclusive showcase of mixed reality and were particularly complimentary about the way in which the Team work as well as being impressed with the progress shown.