Click one of the buttons on the stylus, and the part of the object you’re pointing to becomes transparent, allowing you to see inside. Click another button, and you can see labels for the various parts of the object.
But the technology’s most useful feature is that it enables students to move around, turn over, and otherwise manipulate virtual 3D objects within the immersive desktop space.
Watch the technology in action here:
zSpace demonstrated the technology during the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) annual conference in Austin last week.
Executive Vice President Mike Harper said the company plans to sell lab bundles of the zSpace system. The bundles aren’t cheap: For about $30,000, schools can buy a package that includes six lab stations, a teacher station, 50 pairs of glasses, and the CyberScience software.
The CyberScience software that comes bundled with the zSpace system covers topics such as human anatomy, botany, zoology, earth science, chemistry, engineering, and paleontology. zSpace will be expanding its offerings to include modules in physical and space science as well, the company says.
The Los Altos, Calif., Town Crier reports that the Los Altos School District is piloting the zSpace system with students in the middle grades.
“Through our partnership with zSpace, we will help develop and expand STEM learning tools in Earth, space, physical, and life sciences for students in third through eighth grades,” Alyssa Gallagher, director of strategic initiatives and community partnerships, told the newspaper.
If the pilot project is successful, the district will expand its use of the technology to all nine schools, Gallagher added.
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