zSpace Inc., a leading-edge technology company, today announced the world’s first all-in-one desktop virtual reality solution for education. Introduced at ISTE 2015, zSpace for Education is a streamlined hardware and software solution that allows students to manipulate virtual, 3D objects ranging from human hearts to helicopters to learn concepts such as math, physics, engineering and biology.
Tens of thousands of students across the country are already learning with zSpace STEM labs. Previously, the zSpace system consisted of a virtual reality monitor and separate computer. To develop the new all-in-one product, zSpace collaborated with Foxconn Technology Group, the world’s largest electronics contract manufacturer. The partnership will lead to greater availability and lower cost for schools, which typically purchase a zSpace STEM lab: a set of 12 student virtual reality stations and a teacher station, each outfitted with an interactive stylus as well as a wide variety of educational software.
“The zSpace for Education all-in-one system is more advanced and simpler to use,” said Paul Kellenberger, CEO of zSpace, Inc. “We want to radically change how people use technology in schools. We do not live in a flat world. Our goal as a company is to bring this type of interactivity and virtual reality to as many people as possible, and zSpace for Education makes that possible in schools.”
zSpace for Education is an all-in-one virtual reality desktop featuring education software that is easy-to-use, natural and intuitive. In addition, zSpace for Education includes:
• High-speed head-tracking, enabling smooth interaction between students and 3D objects
• The world’s only virtual reality stylus, enabling students to learn by doing
• A new touch-screen, enabling more intuitive use of zSpace and Windows applications
• AMD FirePro graphics and liquidVR technology, resulting in the most realistic and comfortable real world virtual reality experience
More than 90 school districts are using zSpace across the country. Los Altos School District is starting its third year using zSpace and has seen a direct impact on student learning. “Students like learning with zSpace because it is so much fun,” said Katie Farley, STEM Teacher at Covington Elementary, Los Altos School District. “But the teachers and administration chose zSpace because of its ability to engage students and immerse them in a world that would otherwise be impossible to re-create in a classroom. Students truly embark on an expedition into knowledge that revolutionizes learning for all students.”
In the districts already using zSpace, students have explored virtual volcanoes and built advanced electricity boards. The system provides students with a realistic learning environment and a personalized learning experience that aligns to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), Common Core and state standards. Virtual-holographic images can be “lifted” from the screen and manipulated with the stylus. Some applications provide multi-sensory feedback; for example, students working with a virtual heart can see it pumping, hear it, and feel it beating.
Unlike other virtual reality solutions that can be isolating, such as head-mounted displays, zSpace for Education encourages interaction and group collaboration. Best of all, zSpace for Education empowers students to “learn by doing” in a virtual environment where it is easy to undo mistakes, make changes, and not worry about material costs or clean up.