zSpace presented us with their latest virtual holographic visualization tool that allows 3D interaction with virtual “objects” in environments ranging from education to medical to engineering. Speck Design was called upon to transform something inherently fragile, a virtual reality device, into something that conveyed boldness and confidence, encouraging interactive experiences.
Speck Design knew that zSpace had a product with applicability across business and user environments. As such, the zSpace system needed to be approachable and easy to use for a range of users. The main challenge was the placement of and interaction between elements, including the 24" HD display, four discrete motion tracking sensors, proprietary glasses with tracking beacons, and a handheld stylus. In doing so, the design team was determined to create a thin and high-end display that integrated seamlessly into the current customer environment, while blending the real with the virtual.
As a platform that creates real world 3D virtual holograms, we designed a type of virtual "hologram arena," in which the main attraction (the 3D image) floats above the liquid crystal display. Surrounding sensors played the role of stadium lights illuminating the field of play. What resulted was an iconic design solution that made the zSpace system enticing, immersive, and suitable for users around the world.
Today, zSpace is used by thousands of students in schools in California, New York, Florida and Texas. zSpace was named the Best Digital Device for Education in the 2015 British Educational Training and Technology (BETT) awards; the 2014 “3D Education Product of the Year” by the International 3D and Advanced Imaging Society; a Best New Product from 2014 Tech and Learning Magazine’s Awards of Excellence; and 2014 Cool Vendor in Education by Gartner, Inc, an information technology analyst group.