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February 27, 2018

Interactive Commons Featured in The Possibility Report Sponsored by The Atlantic and VMWare

The IC was featured in a new article in The Possibility Report from The Atlantic and VMWare on how VR/AR technology has the potential to change education. The IC's Faculty Director, Mark Griswold, is quoted saying, “The opportunities for additional education applications are, quite literally, limitless.”

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February 11, 2018

HoloAnatomy Featured in Microsoft Commercial Aired During Winter Olympics

A very fast clip of the IC's HoloAnatomy application is featured in a new Microsoft advertisement that aired during the Winter Olympic Games. The piece is narrated by recording artist, actor, poet, and film producer Common. The message of the spot is very much aligned with the mission of the IC-- we have access to more powerful technology than ever before. What are we going to do with it? We all feel incredibly honored to be a part of such a positive message.

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November 28, 2017

Holographic Anatomy Seen on ABC's The Good Doctor

In a scene that looked much like our presentation at //Build in 2015, ABC's "The Good Doctor" showed Dr. Neil Melendez and Dr. Shaun Murphy practicing a surgery using HoloLens. This seems to be the first reference to our work in a dramatic TV show, and we couldn't be more proud! This scene was described by online publications such as where our work on HoloAnatomy at CWRU was also mentioned. It's great to see that others are starting to pick up on this view of the future. We at the IC are trying to make this future a reality every day!

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November 10, 2017

The IC Collaborates with CWRU Dance Legend Gary Galbraith to Stage the First Holographic Dance Performance

The IC has partnered with CWRU dance faculty member, Gary Galbraith, to stage the first dance performance using Microsoft HoloLens. In this performance, the entire audience of over 80 people will wear a HoloLens. On stage they are able to see animated holographic set pieces, as well as visually stunning "digital costumes", including particles and tornadoes, that follow the dancers on stage. As far as we know, this represents the largest number of people simultaneously engaged in the same virtual experience anywhere. We see this as opening a door into a whole new artistic medium. As dancer Karen Opper says, “We’re able to invite the audience into our imaginations.” The production runs from November 10 until November 18th at the Mather Dance Center at CWRU.

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August 14, 2017

Case Western Reserve's Work on HoloLens Featured in CIO Magazine

CWRU's work on HoloLens was featured in CIO Magazine alongside Bosch and Boeing. Sue Workman, CIO of CWRU, is featured prominently in the article describing how AR technology can impact an institution's network infrastructure. “The infrastructure is where you have to concentrate,” Workman says. “The biggest impact has been with Wi-Fi, and we’re working through those issues now.” We look forward to continuing to push the boundaries with Sue and her team in the coming year!

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August 1, 2017

The IC and Boulevard Arts Launch HoloLens App

The new partnership between the Interactive Commons and Boulevard has launched a new HoloLens app focused on bringing arts and cultural artifacts from the world's best museums into your living room. This particular app includes impressionist paintings from the Courtauld Gallery and ancient artifacts from The British Museum. The app includes narration from author Neil Gaman and Patricia Wheatley, Head of Broadcast for the British Museum. We see this as the first of many apps that will allow users to virtually experience museums all over the world.

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July 11, 2017

CWRU is Featured in Computerworld Magazine as Winner of Digital Edge 50 Award

Case Western Reserve University was named a winner of a DigitalEdge50 Award by Computerworld Magazine for our work using HoloLens to transform education. The group was given the award earlier in the year, and you can now learn more in print in the actual magazine. Sue Workman, CIO of CWRU, and Sue Wish-Baratz, both huge supporters of our work in the IC, are featured prominently in the article.

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June 26, 2017

The IC is Featured in On-Stage demo at Smart Connected Cities and US Ignite Conference

The IC's work on HoloLens-based education and data visualization was featured on stage at the NSF-sponsored conference on Smart and Connected Cities and US Ignite. After an introduction by Case Institute of Technology graduate and CTO of US Ignite Glenn Ricart, IC directors Mark Griswold and Erin Henninger demonstrated how HoloLens could be used for topics ranging from anatomy education to how HoloLens could be used to visualize data from an array of interconnected Internet-of-Things devices across a whole city. The demonstration garnered significant attention including the tweet linked below.

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June 21, 2017

The IC and New Partner Boulevard Get Second Place at HoloHack NYC

IC developer Henry Eastman joined IC's new partner Elizabeth Reede, CEO and co-founder of Boulevard Arts, Inc to participate in the invitation-only HoloHack NYC event sponsored by Microsoft. As a prototype for our future work together, they worked on an innovative way of installing and sharing works of art using HoloLens. The photo here shows a scene from the final result, with Henry, Elizabeth (r) and Isabelle Erb (also from Boulevard) standing by a statue of Ramses II from the British Museum. For their work, the team was awarded the silver medal by the event organizers. Keep an eye out for more information on our partnership with Boulevard in coming months.

June 20, 2017

The Interactive Commons Performed Live Demonstration of HoloAnatomy at Cleveland Clinic's "Ideas for Tomorrow" with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

The IC's work on HoloAnatomy was featured on stage at Cleveland Clinic's Ideas for Tomorrow lecture series with Satya Nadella and Toby Cosgrove. After a few days of preparation, the IC team was able to demonstrate a live broadcast from our own custom camera rig showing the holograms that the on-stage presenters could see. The demonstration begins at about 45 minutes into the linked video. For the record, Toby's request to see the brain at the end was completely spontaneous. Thankfully the IC team is always prepared!

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June 10, 2017

Interactive Commons Featured in New Microsoft Education Video

Physics professor Mike Martens and several other IC staff and students were featured in a new video produced by Microsoft highlighting some of the new educational applications of HoloLens. The video focuses on the first three physics pilot classes in electromagnetics that Mike and student Jake Carlin ran in the spring semester. These classes had over 30 students in each class simultaneously viewing the same course material. Portions of the video were filmed earlier in the year at the IC and prominently features IC's LED display wall and student Ellen Kendall at the beginning and end of the video. Former student Danny McKinnon is one of the key students interviewed during the video. Other staff members Kerrin Sunshine, Lauren Ulrey, Katie Binder, Henry Eastman and Erin Henninger can all be seen in the video as well.

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June 7, 2017

Sheryl Sandberg Gets a Tour of HoloAnatomy

Chief operating officer (COO) of Facebook and founder of, Shery Sandberg, came to Cleveland as part of Cleveland Clinic's Ideas for Tomorrow lecture series. During this visit, she got a demo of our HoloAnatomy program from Erin Henninger and Kerrin Sunshine. She posted a nice summary on Facebook.

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June 1, 2017

National Geographic Highlights IC Work on HoloAnatomy

The venerable magazine National Geographic, with a global circulation of approximately 6.5 million per month, featured the HoloAnatomy work of the Interactive Commons and Cleveland Clinic. The full page article by Nina Strochlic showed two medical students experiencing the HoloAnatomy application and described our efforts from 2014 through to today. We are very thankful to be featured in this revered publication!

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May 10, 2017

Katie Couric Experiences HoloAnatomy First Hand

International journalist Katie Couric visited Cleveland as part of her reporting series "Cities on the Rise." As part of this story, she went on a virtual anatomy tour with Toby Cosgrove and Mark Griswold. This was an experience of an early version of the curriculum that will be used in our new Health Education Campus. Mark also got to hold her hand for a moment.

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May 9, 2017

The Interactive Commons Named Finalist in US Department of Education EdSim Challenge

The U.S. Department of Education announced that the Interactive Commons is one of five finalists in the EdSim Challenge. The Challenge called upon the virtual reality, video game developer, and educational technology communities to submit concepts for immersive simulations that will prepare students for the globally competitive workforce of the 21st century. The IC competed against nearly 300 entries. The IC now moves forward to the final round where they have the potential to secure a $430,000 final prize.

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April 21, 2017

HoloAnatomy Featured in Fortune Magazine

Fortune Magazine Editor in Chief, Cliff Leaf, visited the Cleveland Clinic to discuss new disruptions in healthcare. As part of this visit, he tested the HoloAnatomy program being developed at the Interactive Commons with faculty director, Mark Griswold. Besides seeing the body in detail, Cliff said, "Seeing this demo with Dr. Cosgrove, a former heart surgeon who pioneered techniques for valve repair that are widely used to this day, was an extra treat."

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April 2, 2017

The IC is Featured at Managing The Disruption Conference at the Greene Institute

IC Executive Director, Erin Henninger, and staff member, Kerrin Sunshine, were invited to the Greene Institute for a conference on Managing the Disruption. The conference focused on how new technologies, such as artificial intelligence and robotics, could affect the global economy. Erin spoke after Governor Chris Christie and on the same day as former UK Prime Minister, David Cameron. During the rest of the conference, Erin and Kerrin demonstrated the HoloLens technology for other prominent guests. They also were able to demonstrate the technology for students at the Greene School, all of whom were very excited to be able to see the exciting work from the IC.

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January 17, 2017

Interactive Commons goes to the World Economic Forum

The Interactive Commons had the honor of being invited to attend the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland to show the potential for HoloLens to revolutionize education. Eight IC staff members demonstrated the technology to over 450 world leaders throughout the week. These included the leaders of multiple national governments, international corporations and non-profit organizations. Our booth could also be seen on the cover of the New York Times one day during the conference.

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January 8, 2017

Interactive Commons Featured on CBS Sunday Morning

The IC and its work on using HoloLens to teach medical anatomy was featured in a broader story on CBS Sunday Morning about virtual and augmented reality. Cleveland native David Pogue visited the IC and saw HoloAnatomy first hand. They also interviewed multiple students, including Nicole Wise, who was featured in the story. IC Faculty Director, Mark Griswold, and HoloLens inventor, Alex Kipman, are also featured. If you look closely, nearly every member of the IC staff can be seen in the video.

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January 5, 2017

Interactive Commons Demonstrates HoloLens at the Consumer Electronics Show

Interactive Commons team members Jeffrey Mlakar, Henry Eastman and Rob Gotschall traveled the to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) with a contingent from Case Western Reserve University to highlight our work on HoloLens. Several hundred guests were treated to a tour of some of our anatomy work as well as views of our solar system. Their work was featured in a university-wide video linked below. Our section is about 2 minutes in.

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September 28, 2016

David Pogue Visits The Interactive Commons

National technology journalist David Pogue visited the Interactive Commons to discuss our work using HoloLens for education. David toured the IC facility, and experienced our most recent digital anatomy content. He also interviewed Mark Griswold and several medical students. As David reported to Yahoo News at the link below, these experiences will all be a part of a piece that should air on CBS Sunday Morning sometime this fall.

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September 21, 2016

HoloAnatomy Wins International Science Media Award

The team from the Interactive Commons won the immersive virtual reality and augmented reality category in the 2016 Jackson Hole Science Media Awards competition. The team beat out Sir David Attenborough's Great Barrier Reef Virtual Reality Dive, a 20-minute film that provides a 360-degree view of Australia’s natural wonder and Google’s Tilt Brush, a virtual reality program that allows users to “paint” in three dimensions.

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August 5, 2016

CWRU HoloAnatomy Featured in Wall St. Journal Video

CWRU's efforts to transform anatomy education using HoloLens were featured in a nice overview video produced by The Wall St. Journal.

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August 1, 2016

HoloAnatomy Named Finalist for International Science Media Awards

HoloAnatomy, a demonstration app designed by the Interactive Commons to highlight how mixed-reality technology can transform education, is a finalist in the Jackson Hole Science Media Awards, an international competition that recognizes the best in science communications across a broad range of media. HoloAnatomy has two competitors left in the “Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality” category. One is globally renowned naturalist and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough, while the other is Google. The winners will be announced in September.

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July 6, 2016

Students Show HoloLens Senior Projects

A new CWRU video highlights three of the HoloLens-based senior projects that were supported by the IC this last semester. These projects include a tool to help musicians, a tool to help patients with psychotherapy and an interactive map that can be used to analyze energy usage on campus. All of these students have a bright future!

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June 9, 2016

Dr. Mark Griswold featured on CIFF persepectives panel--2016

Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) featured a first-ever exhibition for immersive storytelling, featuring interactive media, virtual reality, and more. As technology evolves, so too does the way we tell stories. With a new generation of creators, comes innovative collaboration and the capacity to envision multiple perspectives within a single story. Here you can watch the Perspectives Panel discussion in full, featuring creators, artists, and industry professionals - both local and national - talk about this new world of interactive media and virtual reality.

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June 8, 2016


Partners like Lowe's, Greg Lynn FORM, Case Western Reserve University, NASA, and more have moved from proofs of concept to pilot and are now putting Microsoft HoloLens to use in real business scenarios.

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June 2, 2016

Interactive Commons Develops First Third Party Application for HoloLens

Developers in the IC helped CWRU make history by delivering the first third party application in the Microsoft HoloLens app store. The application is a quick demonstration of how we plan to use HoloLens for anatomy education in the future. The accompanying video has already been viewed by millions of people from all over the globe.

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March 30, 2016


Dean of the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Pamela B. Davis, was on stage at the 2016 Microsoft //Build conference to update the world on our digital anatomy program. She was joined on stage by IC members Jeff Mlakar and Henry Eastman who did a live demonstration of the application. They also brought Mark Griswold on stage from a remote location to teach on-stage as an avatar. This was the only on-stage demo of HoloLens at the 2016 keynote lecture.

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October 14, 2015


CWRU researcher lands grant to build stealthy brain tumor treatment combining nanotechnology with traditional chemotherapy drug and resistance-inhibitors. As Stathis Karathanasis says, "It's the Midwestern mentality and the culture at Case Western Reserve that allows people to just talk. And then serendipity occurs."  

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OCTOBER 6, 2015


Microsoft announces HoloLens developer kit price, and a nice shout out to its partners, including CWRU (beginning at minute 16:30).   

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OCTOBER 1, 2015


Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic break ground on health education campus. Learn how technology is being incorporated into the health sciences.   

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April 29, 2015


Professor Mark Griswold was invited to present a demo live on stage to an audience of 5,000+ at the 2015 Microsoft //Build developers' conference.    


(Wired) "Microsoft Shows HoloLens’ Augmented Reality Is No Gimmick":

(PC Mag) "Microsoft Wows Build with HoloLens Hologram Show":,2817,2483455,00.asp

(Gizmodo) "Put A HoloLens in the Classroom and I'll Happily Go Back to School":

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Case Western Reserve, Cleveland Clinic Collaborate with Microsoft on ‘Earth-Shattering’ Mixed-Reality Technology for Education

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