Worcester Library & History Centre demonstrates new technology 26.11.09

Worcester Library & History Centre demonstrates new technology 26.11.09

26 November 2009

Innovative new technology that could be used in the City's new library and history centre was showcased at the University of Worcester this week.



Innovative new technology that could be used in the City's new library and history centre was showcased at the University of Worcester this week.

The audiovisual technology, ScreenXtreme, TableFX and The Cube, were demonstrated as an example of the type of technology that may feature in the new facility.

Worcestershire residents, including parents from the University's crèche and pupils from Oldbury Park Primary School, were able to experience the technology first hand while offering their thoughts and opinions on the different samples.

Audiovisual technology is being considered for both the children's and young people's areas of the Worcester Library and History Centre, to aide learning and enhance the visitor experience.

Margaret Phillips, Deputy Head of Oldbury Park Primary School, said: "I think this type of equipment would be great for the new centre, as it's such an exciting way for the children to be involved in technology and to learn while having fun."

The schoolchildren agreed, describing the equipment as "phenomenal", "awesome" and "fantastic".

The technology uses interactive displays so that users can see themselves onscreen and control actions by gestures, such as moving their feet up and down on a floor mat to co-ordinate an object across the screen.

There were also other devices on display, including the software Turning the Pages, which displays books in a 3-D environment, using touchscreens to "turn the pages" and view the book.

Sue Bulley, who is leading the work on the use of information technology services in the new building, added: "Worcester Library and History Centre will be an outstanding centre for the community, and the level of audiovisual technology being sampled for the centre reflects this ambition."

For more information email Chris Garratt, team leader for information technology services, on c.garratt@worc.ac.uk.

 

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