3D visualisation consultancy Nextspace has signed agreements with three tertiary institutes providing students and lecturers with access to 3D software from Right Hemisphere and Esperient.
The agreements are with AUT University, Wellington Institute of Technology (WelTec) and NorthTec (Northland Polytechnic). Students will also have the opportunity to be involved in research and development and industry projects as well as having contact with experts from Nextspace, Right Hemisphere and Nextspace cluster members.
According to a statement from Nextspace, AUT University and the consultancy are investigating several collaborative projects with a focus on motion capture technology and research and development opportunities in health and sport. AUT is also working to create teaching and research interfaces for Right Hemisphere software.
WelTec plans to integrate 3D visualisation as a core tool in several areas of its curriculum. Its Centre for Creative Technologies in conjunction with the Centre for Smart Product is using 3D visualisation software as part of its REA Formula One project - a secondary schools competition in which groups of students design and manufacture pressurised gas powered model Formula One cars.
NorthTec is investigating using 3D teaching material in its automotive, nursing, fashion and hospitality programmes.
According to Wikipedia, Esperient Creator was originally called Cosmos Creator. It was developed by Radish Works in 2003 as a game authoring tool.The rights to the Cosmos Creator were acquired by Right Hemisphere in 2004 and it was renamed Deep Creator. However, it was never actively marketed as a standalone product. Esperient was founded by the development team of Deep Creator in 2007 to buy Creator from Right Hemisphere and continue its development. A deal was struck in mid 2008, with Right Hemisphere taking equity in Esperient.
Nextspace says it aims to make Graphical Communications Technology (GCT) a $1 billion industry for New Zealand, using the Right Hemisphere Graphics Management System. It describes itself as a "think tank, catalyst and mentoring organisation".