EDITOR'S NOTE: Last week the UIC Electronic Visualization Laboratory introduced a 3D version of its popular Cyber-Commons' technology-enhanced classroom and meeting room, developed in collaboration with Planar Systems, using 3-D ultra-thin border, flat-panel displays. On November 16, 2011, UIC NEWS published the article "Learning in 3-D," which includes recent photos of our new 3D wall.
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LEARNING IN 3D
Paul Francuch, UIC NEWS
The Cyber-Commons displays form a cinematic blackboard that Leigh describes as “democratic” in its use. Anyone in the room with a laptop or tablet device can wirelessly grab space on the Cyber-Commons wall and simultaneously display multiple images, from documents to videos.
Users can call up stored images, positioning and sizing them with their fingers on a touch-sensitive display surface. They can work in real time with others around the world, using high-performance networks and EVL-developed software called SAGE -- Scalable Adaptive Graphics Environment.
"3-D is more than Hollywood gimmickry,” says Jason Leigh, professor of computer science and director of UIC’s Electronic Visualization Laboratory. “Humans understand information much more effectively in 3-D."