MT Fusion Labs is a software development and technology integration group. The mission of MT Fusion Labs is to create enriching educational experiences that combine Mathematics, Physics, and Computer Science concepts by leveraging the power and appeal of emerging technologies.
Truly Three-Dimensional Graphing Calculator
By Jaki Bonds, Austin Benton, Jedidiah Lindborg, and German Vargas
Leveraging the power of emerging technologies CCGA students are making true 3-Dimensional graphing a reality. Until now the term 3-D graph signified a 2-Dimensional perspective projection of a 3-Dimensional object. Now, unbounded by the constraints of the physical world we will overcome this inadequacy by creating a 3-Dimensional Graphing Calculator in a virtual reality environment. Using the Oculus Rift (Virtual Reality Head Mounted Display) it is possible to create a virtual environment where a graph can be created and perceived as if it is in the room with you rather than on a computer screen. The user friendly environment allows you to control and create new and unique graphs, or gain a deeper understanding of classic ones. The graphs can be manipulated by the user not, just by inputting changes in the UI (user interface), but by simply reaching out one’s hand and moving the graphs. With technology increasing our aptitude for academia, not only in learning but also in teaching, it is critical to stay on the cutting edge. To reach this goal we employed the programming language C# in the powerful development platform Unity3D, combined with the Oculus Rift and the Leap Motion sensor. The end result is a harmony of technology and creativity to bring an old concept into the 21st century. Now we can experience truly 3-dimensional graphs in an immersive environment that compels our understanding to a new depth.