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.