HoloDEC is the first virtual prototype lab of its kind in Québec, inaugurated by INÉDI, "le Centre collégial de transfert de technologie (CCTT) en design industriel de Cégep régional de Lanaudière. HoloDEC brings the classroom into the 21st century, and will be an extremely valuable learning resource for the next generation of trade and industrial design students in Québec. While the lab will be available by reservation for external professionals, the primary focus of the space and technology will be in the capacity to serve as an experiential learning space to facilitate creative design and co-creation. By transforming the traditional classroom into a space of co-design, virtual prototyping and immersive visualization INÉDI hopes to bring about cross-industry partnerships and collaboration, that will ultimately improve the Canadian design sector at large.
Réalisations firmly believes in the value of using new technology to build environments where creativity will flourish, particularly in an educational setting. Réalisations is extremely proud to have created HoloDEC's 3D projection wall, and provided the technical specifications and software for auto-calibration. The virtual prototype lab is also equipped with a 360° camera, 3D and 2D projectors and virtual reality headsets, widening the realm of possibility for educators and students alike. The various technologies will allow students to live out location simulations in 3D and develop prototypes that can be rotated in 360° to be viewed from all angles and within the virtual environment.
These resources will advance the capabilities of students and match the digitally progressive age of industries beyond the classrom, thus preparing students for the possibilities of what is to come, with an emphasis on co-creation. In the morning, the classroom could take the form of a train interior, while in the afternoon students could find themselves inside the mouth of a dental patient. The immersive technology will serve a variety of purposes to different students, and the multifunctional nature of the space ensures it will benefit a diverse array of fields of study.