About us

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Meet the founders

Tomás Dorta

Architect and Designer
Co-founder & CEO, Systèmes Hybridlab

Tomás Dorta has a background as a practitioner architect and designer. His research interests include the design process and co-design using new technologies and the development of new techniques and devices of design in the virtual realm. He obtained his Ph.D. (2001), studying the impact of virtual reality as a visualization tool into the design process. As a design educator, Tomás Dorta joined the School of Design of Université de Montréal in 2003 where he is now full professor. Tomás Dorta is the principal designer of Hyve-3D and Co-founder and CEO of Systèmes Hybridlab

Michael Hoffmann

Computer Scientist
Co-founder, Systèmes Hybridlab

Michael Hoffmann is a design-thinking programmer and researcher. He holds his Master of Computer Science from Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (2005) together with a diploma from Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle (Germany), where he was engaged as a research assistant and developer on new concepts for human-computer interfaces and the authoring process of immersive 3D environments and virtual reality systems. He joined the Hybridlab in 2009 to contribute with his expertise. Michael Hoffmann has worked on Hyve-3D and it’s precedent Hybrid Ideation Space as the lead programmer.

The beginning of Hyve-3D

In the process of combine freehand sketching with virtual reality we succeeded to develop a hybrid working prototype call HIS (Hybrid Ideation Space) in 2007. After several years of using the HIS locally and remotely, we made the step to bring the live-sized immersive sketches to 3D sketches in a multi-user product we called Hyve-3D. We presented the Hyve-3D for the first time at Siggraph 2014 at Vancouver in the emerging technology and studio projects. In the following edition of Siggraph 2015 at Los Angeles we introduced the 3D cursor.