How would you like your student to be able to strap on a pair of special glasses and see and manipulate detailed renderings of multi-layered objects in 3D? Sound a little too much like those faked holographic displays and other imagined technologies we see in movies that don't exist yet? Well the technology I'm talking about is here now.
You need special technology to do this, but it's available right now and while it is not inexpensive, it may be less costly than you think!
So first, check out the zSpace:
This is pretty cool too – here's a video explaining how they used the 3D technology to make it look like you are seeing what the zSpace user is seeing, but from your angle:
The zSpace technology is pretty awesome, isn't it?
Where do I get one? How Much Does it Cost?
To better understand pricing, I reached out to one of the listed reseller, Computer Logic Group, and they were really helpful. A single “Instructor” work station is available for about $6,100. It includes a computer, the Virtual Reality screen and Goggles, and the software needed. On a larger scale, they also sell a “STEM Lab” for $62K that consists of 12 workstations configured similarly to the aforementioned instructor workstation (other configuration are available as well).
Well, there you go … zSpace looks amazing. I imagine the cost and availability of tools like this will continue to improve and I can't wait until the day I can get my hands on them! Speaking of which, for those who might be close by and can make it (I can't (: ), the Computer Logic Group is hosting demonstrations in NY and Long Island next week, on May 13 and 14 – learn more and register here.