3D in Education - I enjoy reporting on new products that have their eye on reaching the education market. One such product is the new Whoosh 3D. Whoosh3D is a three-pronged solution: a 3D app; a 3D-enabled screen protector/anti-glare overlay for smartphones, tablets, and iPads; and a screen installer. (The screen protector can serve as a permanent attachment to a mobile device). While retaining all of the device's 2D functionality, at the touch of a button, it ushers the device and the student into a 3D-enabled world, without the need for glasses. There is a brief overview of this product's functionality in the video here.
As you can gather from the video, Whoosh3D wisely offers important adjustable and personalized viewing features, providing viewers more intuitive control over the stereoscopic depth effect from their device to suit personal preferences. Simon Gemayel, the founder of 3D Vision Technologies, Ltd, explains: "We took great pains to research and incorporate these features because most people have different stereoscopic comfort zones, and therefore perceive the 3D effect in different ways".The Backstory
Whoosh3D has slowly been earning steady yet quiet props in building up towards a planned January US roll-out, followed by a late Q1 roll-out in Europe:
People from all ages, from different cultures across the globe now all share a common denominator, that of photo and video sharing, and personalizing content". Of course, the recent explosion of social networking apps for smart phones and tablets supports his notions.An App for That
Building on its proprietary technology, 3DMe has now created a 3D mobile app, "Whoosh3D". This 3D app can convert photos, videos and movies; it can also be used to share, personalize and print in 3D, in real-time, using conventional smartphones and tablets. And, of course, it does this with glasses-free 3D. According to Gemayel, the Whoosh3D app is initially being launched as a 3D player and 2D-3D video converter. He adds: "We are currently developing other features, such as augmented reality, 2D-3D photo conversion, social networking/chat, filters and apps to read medical and engineering files in various 3D formats". Although initially launched as an entertainment app, the Whoosh 3D is being aimed at a full ecosystem of market segments: education, video gaming, manufacturing, printing, medicine and more.What's Next?
I have been following this group for many months, cautiously listening, watching and learning about its offering, trying to make the pieces fit into my sense of what its potential could become in the educational marketplace. Now, with an actual product in my hands, I have been giving Whoosh3D a complete work over, from an educator's perspective. In my next installment, I am going to weigh in on the effectiveness of this tool - (does it perform as stated?) - and explore its potential for the education marketplace.- Len Scrogan