zSpace and Dictionary Publisher Merriam-Webster Announces Partnership to Bring High Quality Language Information to Education AR/VR Customers at ISTE 2018

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Students learning with zSpace will now have access to millions of definitions, meanings, and pronunciations on the AR/VR platform

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zSpace is the perfect partner for us to move aggressively into the powerful world of AR/VR classroom learning.

Today at ISTE 2018 Merriam-Webster, America's leading dictionary publisher, and zSpace Inc., Silicon Valley-based AR/VR education provider, announced a partnership to bring Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary for English word definitions and pronunciations to zSpace’s latest augmented and virtual (AR/VR) applications for the education market. This vocabulary building feature will be rolled out in zSpace’s latest software release to hundreds of thousands of students around the world for back-to-school 2018.

The zSpace hardware/software platform combines elements of AR and VR on a computer to create lifelike experiences that inspire curiosity, create engagement and deepen understanding. The computer has sensors that use the position of glasses and stylus to create the interactive learning experience. The software enables experiential learning that support existing K12 and CTE curriculum. Now with this partnership, students can use the stylus to highlight words within a zSpace application to look up the word’s meaning and pronunciation from Merriam-Webster.com – the popular, regularly updated, online dictionary with content and engagement features specifically designed for the digital user.

”Merriam-Webster has a long history of using emerging technology platforms to reach learners wherever they may be,” said Matt Dube, vice president of business development for Merriam-Webster. “zSpace is the perfect partner for us to move aggressively into the powerful world of AR/VR classroom learning.”

zSpace applications also include hundreds of standards-based activities aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards and state standards. Students move seamlessly between zSpace experiences and normal computing tasks, and is designed for the classroom to encourage student collaboration and academic conversation.

“Our platform for AR/VR learning, combined with Merriam-Webster’s trusted language references, provide students with powerful tools for immersive learning backed by more than 180 years of expertise in language information,” said Paul Kellenberger, CEO of zSpace. “This partnership combines the most innovative education technology available today with content from America’s most trusted authority on language.”

About Merriam Webster
For 180 years, in print and now in digital media, Merriam-Webster has been America’s leading and most-trusted provider of language information. Each month, our websites and apps offer guidance to tens of millions of visitors. In print, our publications include Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate® Dictionary (among the best-selling books in American history) and newly published dictionaries for English-language learners. All Merriam-Webster products and services are backed by the largest team of professional dictionary editors and writers in America, and one of the largest in the world.

For more information, visit Merriam-Webster.com, an official Webby Award Winner for 2017, and follow @MerriamWebster on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

About zSpace
zSpace® combines elements of AR and VR to create lifelike experiences that inspire curiosity, create engagement and deepen understanding. Among its numerous awards and accolades, zSpace was named “Cool Vendor” by Gartner, Inc., “Best in Show at ISTE” by Tech & Learning Magazine for three consecutive years and was ranked two years in a row on the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing companies. zSpace is a privately held, venture-backed company located in Sunnyvale, California, and has been granted more than 40 patents for its innovative technologies. For more information, visit http://www.zspace.com, or follow on Twitter @zSpace.

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