Previously, only a web-based version of THE BOX was available. To create an even better and simpler user experience, the Osteology Foundation decided to develop the app version. Christian Schmitt, Germany, member of the Osteology Foundation Expert Council and project leader of THE BOX project says: “Enhancing discussions and exchange within the field of oral regeneration is one of the goals of the platform we developed. By making the platform more accessible to those using smartphones, I think we made a huge step into this direction.” Referring to the symposia function of the app, Schmitt explains further: “It is possible to ask questions to the speaker, read abstracts, browse through the posters submitted and see the programme of the Osteology congresses. In my opinion, this adds real added-value for the participant.”
Merging online and offline
Among the established features, a new feature was also integrated into the app - an augmented reality interface. Augmented reality is the perfect technology to add extra value to offline content. Multiple scanning points were available at the Osteology booth as well as around the congress centre in Barcelona, creating a new experience for the congress participants and brought the activities of the Osteology Foundation even closer to the participants in a creative way.
What is THE BOX?
THE BOX, which was launched at the International Osteology Symposium 2016 in Monaco, is an online platform that provides information and tools while connecting scientists and practitioners worldwide. Tools like the Case Box, the Challenges & Complications Forum and the Surgical Checklists support the clinician in his daily life. Tools like the Research Wizard or the Biostatistics Wizard are there to support researchers in setting up a research project or to find the right test for their data. Among these tools, additional information is available on the Global Osteology Community Platform. The user can find the online versions of “Oral Regeneration in a Nutshell” and the “Osteology Research Guidelines” there. Last but not least, users can participate for free in the Oral Regeneration Topic (OR Topic). The OR Topic, which is chosen every six months, consist of a scientific radar, a conversation with the author of an important study on the subject and an interactive webinar.