We all know that technology has taken education to another level but we’ve never experienced anything quite like the Cypher 3D Learning System. Now my kids can learn about animals, colors, shapes, modes of transportation, numbers, & letters in a three dimensional way without the glasses.
We received the Wild Animal Adventures kit which included 18 3D interactive learning cards and a software CD. Just install the software on your Windows PC and launch the program. That’s it! No registration. No profile to set-up. No configurations needed. We had our program up and running within 5 minutes.
To use the software, just click on the animal you’d like to learn about and locate the coordinating card. Bring the scan code up to your webcam and watch the magic happen.
Now, even though I had an idea of what to expect I was still blown away by what I saw. Right on my screen there was a 3D life-like image of a polar bear! Rotate the card and the image rotated, too. Bring the card further back or closer to the webcam to change the size of the image. Remove the card from view and the polar bear stayed right there on the screen . . . walking, moving, trying to catch a walrus, and making polar bear noises. It was truly amazing!
There’s also a narrator that shares some interesting facts about the particular animal and things you probably didn’t know yourself. For example, did you know that polar bears have oily fur which is waterproof? This allows them to shake themselves dry after a swim.
When I first introduced my kids to the program they were speechless. Kaila kept trying to touch the animals and couldn’t understand why they looked so real. Kiana loved playing with the cards and moving the images around on the screen. This gave her the ability to see the animal and their habitat through various angles. Even Kacie who thinks she can’t be surprised by anything anymore was pretty mesmerized. She loves animals so this was especially interesting to her. She enjoyed learning more about each animal and seeing them in their own environment.
My kids and I have always been very visual learners so the Cypher 3D Learning System was pretty awesome in our opinion. It has got to be one of our favorite educational tools that we’ve had the pleasure of reviewing. We’re looking forward to adding some of the other sets to our collection when they become available to the public in June 2012.
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