Armed Forces praise HIT Team's Mixed Reality system at charity event at Highclere Castle

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.

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

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.