As they sit in class, university students begin dreaming of changing the world. A student will listen carefully and soak up everything their professor teaches them and a select few will challenge the professor for answers to questions that no one knows. Those hard questions with few answers, are what universities were built.

The centers of growth, innovation and technology are inside classrooms. Companies like Orbbec were created by engineers who spent years fine tuning their skills at universities in the United States and China. Orbbec 3D cameras and sensors were designed to accelerate good practices in education and solve real world problems.

How 3D sensor technology is helping innovation:

3D Scanning/Printing: 3D scanning is the ability to take an existing physical object and re-create it in digital form. This is a process often used, at University, in the preservation of artifacts and in iterative design. The ability to take an existing object and re-create it digitally allows artifacts to be forever preserved and made more widely available through digital platforms.

Robotics: For robots, picking up a variety of shapes poses a significant challenge with a regular camera – this is where depth technology comes in. The University of California Berkeley recently built a database of contact points on 10,000 3D objects to help robots determine certain objects with their depth camera. The robot was nearly flawless in its execution of each grab, providing a very useful tool for the future of manufacturing.

Medical: There are many futuristic medical applications that Universities have designed for 3D sensors including scanning and printing new body parts. However, one of the most interesting uses came from John’s Hopkins University. They have developed a Smart Tissue Autonomous Robot to determine whether complex in-vivo surgical tasks, currently performed by surgeons, can be executed autonomously. Robots of the future will be using 3D cameras, like the Orbbec Astra, to perform surgeries that are more sterile and not prone to human error.

Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality: VR and AR are hugely important for University Campuses. The University of Nebraska, found VR/AR so critical for their success that they built a $119 million center that specifically supports VR/AR medical research. The future of VR will help people escape from the world into something amazing and the future of AR will allow us to use 3D sensors and depth technology to interact with the world around us, using our electronic devices.

Orbbec 3D cameras will allow Universities to prepare students for the jobs of the future, because we don’t know what those jobs are, yet. Universities remain today the center of innovation in our society. They provide people with technological advancements that enrich their lives and are a constructive place where students can come together across geopolitical borders to solve acute problems and create more innovative technology.