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GIGxr Acquires Pearson XR Operations

A new company has acquired the immersive learning assets of a Pearson affiliate. GIGxr, formed for the express purpose of the deal, has specifically picked up Pearson TQ, which produces custom training and education solutions, including the customer base, staff and intellectual property. The new organization, founded in 2019, will continue delivering "extended reality" learning applications for healthcare, higher education, business and medical and nursing schools.



Existing offerings include HoloPatient and HoloHuman, intended to help healthcare professionals hone their anatomy learning and practice their clinical skills. The programs work on the Microsoft HoloLens and HoloLens 2. The concept is to immerse the learner in a setting where he or she can undertake complex activities that are too challenging and/or expensive to replicate in real life.



"The Pearson Immersive Learning group has been instrumental in driving research and pioneering technology for mixed reality learning," said GIGxr CEO, David King Lassman, in a statement. "We're thrilled to expand on their great work to grow the platform and suite of applications globally when demand for enhanced learning through immersive simulation has never been higher."

American customers in higher education have included Texas Tech University and Bucks County Community College, among others.

About the Author

Dian Schaffhauser is a former senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal, Campus Technology and Spaces4Learning.

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