3D Visualisation and Virtual Reality in Science Education
visualisation of complex experimental or computer-generated data, models
or specimens always involves the use of various kinds of 3D and virtual
reality (VR) display technologies. There are six types of them which
can be easily shown on a multimedia computer and transmitted through the
Internet and they are listed as follows:
The key advantages of using 3D/VR technologies are that they could not only allow the learners look at the objects from different perspectives but also help to eliminate the learners' misconception or illusion arising from the projection of the real 3D objects onto flat 2D photos or drawing.
technologies can provide a sort of almost first-person experience to the
learner by allowing the learner to manipulate the objects freely in the
Left photo: Demo by a Science student to Dr. Pang on the use of 3D Photo Objects to study the structure of flowers.
|Some 3D and virtual reality technologies require the wearing of certain spectacles (e.g. LCD shutter glasses) for acquiring the real depth perception of the objects. Right photo: Real-time recording of 3D video on a computer.|
viewing methods may induce some sort of unpleasant feeling to the viewers
after prolonged viewing.
Left photo: Using red-blue filter glasses to view analgyph images.
Some typical software for creating the 3D/VR computer objects are shown below:
We have developed plenty samples of 3D/VR objects based on the aforementioned six types of technologies for educating the HKIEd students. Click the button below to browse some samples on the Internet.
Editors: Dr.YEUNG Yau Yuen, Dr LEE Yeung Chung and Mr. WANG Xiaojun
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