zSpace Interactive System
7/30/2014 By: Phil Hintz
www.zSpace.com • Retail Price: Approximately $5,000 per station
ZSpace provides a virtual
reality environment for
immersive learning. The
zSpace system includes
design software and a
high-definition 3D monitor with
full resolution images rendered for
each eye. It uses sensors to track
the viewing angle of the user, a PC
workstation to run the specialized
software, polarized passive 3D
eyewear, and applications for K-12
students. The program is also ideal for medical schools and corporate
training, and it provides a development platform for creating new
applications and integrating new input devices.
Ease of Use: After an initial configuration process of about 10
minutes, the system loads and functions in a manner very similar to
using software for an interactive whiteboard. The zSpace comes with
easy-to-follow instructions and set-up procedures.
Creative Use of Technology: Although watching the video on the
Web site is a good introduction to zSpace, it shows only about 1/5 of
the potential zSpace has for bringing full, experiential
learning to your students. It is not until you put
on the 3D glasses, use the stylus, and get into
the proverbial “driver’s seat” that you
realize this is
learning at its full
potential, with all
When you can pick
up a beating heart,
feel the pulse through the stylus in your hand, and look inside each
ventricle to observe the heart valve mechanisms at work—that is when
you are taken from the reality that surrounds you into the augmented
reality that zSpace can provide.
Suitability for Use in a School Environment: The zSpace system
works best in a lab situation. A typical lab consists of 12 zSpace STEM
stations (immersive and interactive systems, including computers).
The system comes with two zView augmented reality presentation
packages, teacher professional development, and zSpace learning
applications. Not only does zSpace fit smoothly into any STEM
curriculum, but it will amplify any lesson in these areas to a
redefining level. zSpace is constantly adding new models to
its library. Currently it offers: solar system models;
anatomy models; technology models, including
engines, vehicles, and motor models; etymology,
microbiology, and zoology models; industrial models;
electronics/appliances and tool models; and systems
models. Models are divided into two categories:
segmented and non-segmented.
• Virtual Learning: zSpace provides a platform for augmented,
virtual, and 3D technology. This is the direction that all schools
should be heading in terms of bringing experiential learning
into the hands of all students.
• Quick Set-up: zSpace is quick to set up and is perfect for schools
trying to augment or begin a meaningful STEM curriculum.
• Vast Library: zSpace already has a plethora of models
and learning applications. However, zSpace is committed
to developing its library further and into more areas of
interest. As zSpace grows, so will your library of presentation
zSpace has so many
possibilities for the
classroom—and it is just getting
started. The only feature that
would make this less appropriate
for school settings is the price.
However, a school might purchase
one of these systems and it could
be shared among teachers for
their curriculum maps
throughout the year.