3D images become teaching manipulatives with a new ‘immersive desktop’ system
Imagine being able to learn about the human heart by picking up a still-beating heart, turning it over, peering through its outer walls, and watching the various valves open and shut as blood pumps through them.
Talk about bringing science to life!
For the last few years, three-dimensional science curriculum software has been available to schools with 3D-capable digital projectors. While these programs have allowed students to visualize various structures in much more vivid detail than the static, two-dimensional images found in a traditional textbook, they’ve come with certain limitations as well.
For instance, students couldn’t manipulate the 3D images as if they were holding the objects in their hand—a key sensory experience that enhances understanding.
That’s about to change with new technology from a California company called zSpace, which makes 3D learning more interactive for students.
zSpace offers an “immersive desktop” environment that consists of a 24-inch, high-definition 3D display, a stylus, 3D glasses, and CyberScience 3D curriculum software from Cyber-Anatomy.
Using the special stylus, students can “pick up,” rotate, and otherwise manipulate the images they see on the 3D monitor—giving them a unique way to explore and interact with 3D content.
(Next page: Learn more about the zSpace system—and watch a video of the technology in action)