Hazard Community and Technical College Creates an Innovative Immersive Learning Environment with Installation of EON Mobile Icube

IRVINE, Calif., June 3, 2010 – EON Reality, Inc., the world’s leading interactive 3D software provider, announced the “first of its kind” installation of an EON Mobile Icube, a reconfigurable 3-wall system.  The EON Mobile Icube is located at the Hazard Community and Technical College’s (HCTC) Technical Campus in Hazard, KY.  This reconfigurable immersive environment represents a significant innovative milestone in high-end visualization systems development. “This mobile system is a revolutionary PC-based multi-sided immersive environment in which those participating are completely surrounded by virtual imagery and 3D sound – but in a scaled-down version of the original Icube,” stated John Handshoe, Project Director, Hazard Community and Technical College.

By using EON Icube software, portable active stereo projectors from ViewSonic Corporation, along with stereoscopic glasses and motion tracking position trackers, the result for learning is complete immersion.  3D glasses are donned by the learner allowing them to walk around or place themselves ‘into’ the virtual image before them, such as on a roller coaster ride – as shown in the image above.

“The portable Icube can provide access and flexibility to comprehensive information that can assist students in becoming effective, knowledgeable and productive employees,” Bart Massey of HCTC pointed out. “I’m giving it some thought on using this in the library,” said Elaine Couch, who’s the Director of the Perry County Public Library, which recently moved to their new home in Hazard. “Someone from California could talk to us virtually. Or we could give someone a virtual tour of our library.”

Typically, high-end immersive systems, such as the Fixed, 4-wall cube, have been, until today, complex and expensive to maintain.  Below you see a learner virtually immersed in a Fixed, 4-wall cube, one of which is installed at the main HCTC campus.  Here the learner is enjoying seeing the vivid detail and cross-sections of the different engine parts and is learning to disassemble an engine.

“We are very pleased about this collaboration with EON Reality,” said Erik Willey, Director of Product Marketing, Projector, ViewSonic Corporation. “ViewSonic is excited to see our 3D projection technologies utilized in such a way that increases student engagement, facilitates learning, and improves the design process.”


About Hazard Community and Technical College

Hazard Community and Technical College (HCTC) is a comprehensive community and technical college committed to learning success and is part of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.  We partner with students of all ages and backgrounds, helping each design a satisfying future filled with accomplishment. For further information, visit www.hazard.kctcs.edu.

About ViewSonic Corporation

ViewSonic® Corporation is a leading global provider of computing, consumer electronics and communications solutions. ViewSonic develops markets and supports a broad range of innovative products, including LCD TVs, computers, LCD monitors, projectors, digital photo frames, digital signage displays and digital media players. For further information, please contact ViewSonic Corporation at 800.888.8583 or 909.444.8888; or visit www.viewsonic.com


About EON Reality
EON Reality, Inc. is the world’s leading interactive 3D visual content management and virtual reality software provider. EON’s solutions enable all organizations to more effectively visually communicate, collaborate and accelerate knowledge transfer. Industry leaders include Atlas Copco, Bechtel, Boeing, Bombardier, Hon, Intel, Lexus, Lufthansa -Teknik, Peterbilt, Samsung, Siemens Medical, Suzuki, Toyota and Whirlpool use EON solutions to enhance the interactive user experience to effectively increase sales, better communicate product functionality and decrease the cost of service, training and technical support. Educational institutions and organizations who have adopted EON’s SBL technology solutions include: the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, the Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing and Technology (located on the campus of the Florence-Darlington Technical College), Honolulu Community College, Miami University, Old Dominion University, Marquette University, Milwaukee Area Technical College, Discovery World Museum, Oklahoma City Community College, Concord University, Texas State Technical College – Waco, El Paso Community College, University of Alabama, University of Hawaii, and University of Kentucky. For further information visit www.eonreality.com.