An explorer of extended reality

Is there a future for medical technology without extended reality (XR)? Unthinkable, says XR Senior Key Expert Anton Ebert. This versatile "cross-border commuter" roaming between diverse disciplines sees XR as a key technology that builds bridges – between the human world and digital worlds. Learn more in part five of our #Futureshaper series.

Katja Gäbelein
Published on October 11, 2022

Deft looking gestures, yet seemingly without purpose: Anton Ebert's hands move through the air in focused concentration. On the face of it, there's a peculiar aesthetic to his motions that at times calls up images of tai chi, the ancient Chinese art of exercise. That is, if Anton's head weren't wrapped in a virtual reality headset.

Anton Ebert

How do you become an expert in extended reality?

Anton, smiling, bent over a tablet, talking to a group of smiling working students.

Gaming is part of it

Portrait of Anton. He is smiling, leaning against a glass door, and holding a pair of virtual reality glasses in his hands. You can see his reflection in the glass door.

Why do we need extended reality in medical technology?

Hospitals, physicians, and universities are already benefiting

VR training for surgeons

Close-up of virtual reality glasses with slight blur in background.

Simulating combined workflows

New ways of collaboration for a global company

A virtual innovation center

Back view of Anton, holding a pair of virtual reality glasses. Opposite is a glass facade in which he is reflected.

Hand in hand with other future technologies

Medical technology in the metaverse?

Haptics as a field of research

Anton is sitting relaxed on a beanbag chair. He has placed his outstretched feet with sneakers on a seat cushion.

Keeping our feet on the ground

By Katja Gäbelein

Katja Gäbelein works as an editor in corporate communications at Siemens Healthineers, and specializes in technology and innovation topics. She writes for text and film media. 

Assistant editor: Guadalupe Sanchez