Infinite Z Announces Academic Advisory Council
October 24, 2012

Infinite Z Announces Academic Advisory Council

Olin College, USC, and UCSD partner with Infinite Z to educate students around 3D technology and drive research.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA — Infinite Z, a technology provider that enables natural interaction with virtual-holographic 3D imagery, has launched its Academic Advisory Council, a network of universities focused on advancing innovation and design. These universities have partnered with the company to provide constructive advisement on the continued advancement of Infinite Z's platform zSpace. The firm announced initial partnerships with esteemed universities including Olin College, the University of Southern California (USC) and the University of California San Diego (UCSD), and will continue to expand the council through additional partnerships in the near future.

Through partnering with academic institutions on the forefront of innovation, Infinite Z hopes to connect with the next generation of designers and engineers to foster an evolution in how humans interact with computers, enhance the zSpace platform based on user experiences, identify additional uses for the technology and recruit top talent for Infinite Z's development team.

"The immersive 3D environment of zSpace enables students to create user interactions that better match the physical world," said Scott Harris, distinguished visiting engineer, Olin College. "With the new school year under way, we are excited to dive into new, innovative research projects such as 3D puzzle solving, molecular modeling, UAV flight planning and protein nesting. The zSpace environment and the Unity engine provide a platform that expands the approach to solving these complex problems."

Students at partner universities have an opportunity to research, learn and explore the potential of zSpace first hand, while providing the company with valuable feedback that will help further enhance the platform through the research and development of new concepts, new technologies, new or enhanced software applications and discovery of new methods of utilizing virtual holographic imagery in a variety of markets.

Remo Rohs, assistant professor at USC, finds that the zSpace technology will lend itself to visualizing interactions between biological molecules with a new 3D technology that is attractive to students. "We look forward to being able to fully visualize and therefore better understand the complexities of the interactions between proteins and DNA using the zSpace technology," Rohs claims. 

"The realistic nature of the zSpace holographic environment is truly remarkable, and we are thrilled to be part of a process that not only empowers UCSD students, but also contributes to the advancement of an innovative platform," said Jürgen Schulze, research scientist, UCSD. "Already we have seen heightened enthusiasm from students to interact with the technology and anticipate that exciting technological developments will evolve from this partnership."

Advancements in 3D technology are changing the way people interact with computers by allowing for increased control and accuracy, which paves the way for improvements across a number of industries including manufacturing, entertainment and healthcare, among others.

"It's a privilege to work with universities like Olin, USC, and UCSD that truly empower innovative students and their advisors to drive innovation and creativity," said Paul Kellenberger, CEO, Infinite Z. "The feedback we receive from researcher and student experiences will be incredibly important to the continued enhancement of zSpace. We look forward to working closely with these institutions, and others in the future, as we strive to develop the markets around zSpace and the capabilities of 3D. Many of the creative, new, market developments are coming from university projects and we hope to help foster the 3D revolution by using ZSpace as a catalyst."