The concept of Leonar3Do is rooted in design. The original intention was to break with the 2D approach in which all designing methods are rooted (the paper and pencil paradigm), replacing it with a three dimensional creative environment and so to realize the old dream of being able to visualize the designs in real space that we have envisioned.
Leonar3do’s mission is no less than to revolutionalize innovation itself and decided to dedicate their platform to the greatest innovator of all – Leonardo da Vinci. Hence Leonar3Do – virtual reality for all.
May 2005, Phoenix, AZ (USA): Young inventor Daniel Rátai and his Leonar3Do project rake up six first prize awards at Intel’s ISEF, the world’s largest international pre-college science competition, including the Best of Category in Computer Sciences and the Best of The Best awards. In addition, it offered Daniel with the opportunity to give a lecture in Stockholm at a seminar organized by SIYSS and to attend the Nobel Prize Ceremonies of 2005.
One widely quoted jury member comment was “World leading companies and research institutes spend billions of dollars on solving a problem, when a 19-year old teenager comes by and puts the system together using straws, Christmas lights, and fence wires.”
3D for All Ltd. was founded shortly after the Phoenix event as a family business and succeded by 2010 to turn Daniel’s invention into a finished product, and began manufacturing the Leonar3Do VR kits. In 2011 PortfoLion, a Hungarian Venture Capital company decided to invest into this business, enabling the company to put its plan into action to bring affordable, no-compromise virtual reality to the global markets.
Find out more about Daniel Ratkai and his company: www.leonar3do.com
Photos: courtesy of Leonar3do.