Technology Sandbox Coming to D.H. Hill Library

July 30, 2010
By Cherry Crayton
A rendering of the Technology Sandbox. (Image courtesy of NCSU Libraries)

A rendering of the Technology Sandbox. (Image courtesy of NCSU Libraries)

D.H. Hill Library is already home to a playground of sorts with Xboxes and Wiis in the Learning Commons. Now, it’ll add what it’s calling a Technology Sandbox. Thanks to a $100,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the library will open a 1,700 square-foot technology center this fall that’ll feature two Microsft Surface tables and an 8-foot-by-3-foot touch-screen display wall. Check out the video below to see the capabilities of the display wall developed by Perceptive Pixel:

David Hiscoe, NCSU Libraries’ director of communication strategies, told  Library Journal:

The technology center will facilitate research for NCSU students and faculty. NCSU’s College of Natural Resources, for example, will pursue a research project in partnership with the Library of Congress, involving mashing up state and local data with geographic images to help guide government policy and research. . . .

Engineering, veterinary medicine, and design students . . . may use the screens to visualize blueprints or 3D models. One existing app allows forestry students to place a piece of wood on a tabletop screen, triggering images of the wood’s microscopic components.

According to a story on NCSU Libraries’ website, the Technology Sandbox will also serve as a test bed and showcase for technologies that will be available when the new James B. Hunt Jr. Library opens on Centennial Campus in 2012.


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