Exhibits: November 2009 Archives

Google Tools

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Presenters: Janet Fransen, Academic Programs - Science & Engineering; Jon Jeffryes, Academic Programs - Science & Engineering; Jody Kempf, Academic Programs - Science & Engineering
Time: 11:00 am-1:30 pm
Location: Andersen 120B/C
Description: We'll be demonstrating Google Tools that can help you collaborate, work more productively, and research.  We'll answer your questions about resources like Google Docs, Google Reader, Google Sites, Google Books, Google Scholar, Google Wave and more!
Handouts: GoogleForResearchers.doc
Additional Resources: Google for Researchers (Presentation on Moodle)

Presenters: Kristen Mastel, Academic Programs - Agricultural, Biological & Environmental Sciences, Anne Rojas
Time: 11:00 am-1:30 pm
Location: Andersen 120B/C
Description: Del.icio.us and other social bookmarking sites can be used for sharing useful links with staff at the references desk, sharing your bookmarks with others, or classes working to create a list of resources together.  YouTube is used for marketing, outreach, reference and beyond. 

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23 Things on a Stick entry regarding social bookmarking: http://23thingsonastick.blogspot.com/2007/11/thing-13-tagging-and-delicious.html

Examples of libraries and related organizations that use del.icio.us:
Information Literacy Collaborative: http://delicious.com/UMIL

EFW Library Links: http://delicious.com/efwlinks

U Libraries in the media: http://delicious.com/marlowelshons/buzz

Subject guide example from Buley Library: http://library.southernct.edu/physbib.htm

Course example of delicious: http://delicious.com/g300
ARLISnap: http://delicious.com/arlisnap

23 Things on a Stick entry regarding YouTube: http://23thingsonastick.blogspot.com/2007/11/thing-17-youtube-other-online-video.html

Presenters: Liya Ai, Information Technology - Library Enterprise Operations; Amy West, Academic Programs - Data Services
Time: 11:00 am-1:30 pm
Location: Andersen 120B/C
Description: Facebook, Twitter, Ning, LinkedIn, ALA Connect
Handouts: Expo_SocialNetworking.pptx
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Gadget Sandbox

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Presenters: Mike Sutliff, Information Technology - West Zone Computer Support; Peter Weinhold, Information Technology - East Zone Computer Support
Time: 11:00 am-1:30 pm
Location: Andersen 120B/C
Description: Kindle, iPodTouch, Sony Reader, Dell Netbook, Android TTS, Pico Projector
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Presenters: Kate Petersen, Academic Programs - Coordinated Education Services
Time: 11:00 am-1:30 pm
Location: Andersen 120B/C

Description: Camtasia Relay allows you to easily record your face-to-face sessions.
Also allows you to create quick n' dirty recordings from your computer.

Pros:

  • Easy to use
  • No cost (supported by University)
  • Records audio and computer screen (such as PowerPoint or demonstration),
  • Provides access to session 24/7 and allows users to go back over content.
  • Many output options (web link, iPod, iTunesU, embed code, etc.)

Cons:
  • Very little editing capabilities
  • Can slow down demonstrations during live session.

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Presenters: Jan Roseen, Staff Development & Education
Time: 11:00 am-1:30 pm
Location: Andersen 120B/C
Description:
Handouts: Jing-Snagit Expo Handout
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That's NOT All, Folks

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SED and the IT Council plan to sponsor Emerging Tech Expos in the future. We will need to keep scanning what is out there and either useful or potentially useful to keep in mind for those future events.

Some ideas we've discussed in the planning group and that I've had myself include:
  • Google Wave
  • Microsoft Surface
  • Turning Point Instant Response Tech (Clickers) and the idea of using mobile phones to be the individual clicker
  • Password Management Applications
What are other technologies - hardware - software, etc. that we should consider for future Expos? I'll create a thread for this topic on our discussion board.

Presenters: Claudia Sueyras, "Archives & Special Collections and Digital Collections Unit"
Time: 11:00 am-1:30 pm
Location: Andersen 120B/C
Description: Pachyderm is an easy-to-use multimedia authoring tool. Designed for people with little multimedia experience, Pachyderm is accessed through a web browser and is as easy to use as filling out a web form. Authors upload their own media (images, audio clips, and short video segments) and place them into pre-designed templates, which can play video and audio, link to other templates, zoom in on images, and more. Once the templates have been completed and linked together, the presentation is published and can then be downloaded and placed on the author's website or on a CD or DVD ROM. Authors may also leave their presentations on the Pachyderm server and link directly to them there. The result is an attractive, interactive Flash-based multimedia presentation. http://pachyderm.nmc.org/

Handouts: Pachyderm_EmergingTechExpo2009.docx

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The University of Minnesota has adopted Pachyderm as a multimedia authoring platform to be used statewide by faculty, students, and staff.
The Minnesota Digital Library is tasked with statewide training  at the k-12 level. For more information, go to: http://www.mndigital.org/projects/pachyderm/

Presenters: Kirsten Clark, Government Publications Library

Time: 11:00 am-1:30 pm

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Description: Use of UMConnect continues to grow in the Libraries.  UMConnect allows for people to connect over large distances and participate in group discussions from mulitple locations.  Learn about ways this software can be used for a variety of meeting and conference venues.

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Presenters: Mike McGraw, Apple;  Gary Gruba, Apple
Time: 11:00 am-1:30 pm
Location: Andersen 120B/C
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Presenters: Scott Spicer, Academic Programs - Coordinated Education Services;
Tony Ihrig, Academic Programs - Science & Engineering
Time: 11:00 am-1:30 pm
Location: Andersen 120B/C
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Zotero

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Presenter: Kate Brooks, Academic Programs - Arts & Humanities;
Jody Kempf, Academic Programs - Science & Engineering
Time: 11:00 am-1:30 pm
Location: Andersen 120B/C
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Handouts: ZoteroHandout-SavingCitations.doc
Additional Resources: Zotero Presentation on Moodle

RefWorks

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Presenter: Julie Kelly, Academic Programs - Agricultural, Biological & Environmental Sciences;
Jody Kempf, Academic Programs - Science & Engineering
Time: 11:00 am-1:30 pm
Location: Andersen 120B/C
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Presenter:  Andrew Palahniuk, Academic Programs - Coordinated Educational Services
Time: 11:00 am-1:30 pm
Location: Andersen 120B/C
Description: Make Firefox work for you!  Add functionality to your web experience with add-ons like smooth-scrolling, research tools, web development tools and social media add-ons.  Learn where to find them, how to effectively search, evaluate, and eventually install and manage Firefox add-ons.
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Additional Resources: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/

Augmented Reality

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Presenter: Lisa Johnston, Academic Programs - Science & Engineering
Time: 11:00 am-1:30 pm
Location: Andersen 120B/C
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What is augmented reality? The real-world example is the artificial glow around the soccer ball or hockey puck to enrich TV sport-viewing. But, in short, augmented reality (AR) uses devices, like phones or web cams, to overlay virtual elements onto your real-world environment, thus created a "mixed reality." There seem to be many interesting possibilities for libraries too. Imagine aiming your camera phones at a row of books and "seeing" the LC subject headings hover above them?

Since most AR applications haven't left the lab yet, I've tried to include a video "demo" for AR apps presented here. It seems that the world of AR is quickly expanding; so many more recent tools may have already come into existence. But this technology is certainly something to keep an eye (real or computer-aided) on in the future.

International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality
The International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality (ISMAR) had its 8th annual meeting in Orlando Florida in late 2009. The expo event showcases hands-on demonstrations in addition to research and sci-tech presentation.  The website ReadWriteWeb.com reported on the three "Hottest Videos" from this year's ISMAR symposium. See the video demos .

There you will find a video of Sony PSE's EyePet, the virtual animal that interacts with your movements though your computer's web cam;  AR Sketch, a student paper award winner, which actually processes drawings and turns them into 3d simulations, and a potential future product from Microsoft.

Demo AR Sketch


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Smart Phone Apps

A slew of new phone applications have been created for iPhone (running 3GS) and Google Android phones. These apps usually require a digital compass that . Here are some of the most interesting examples of what this technology is doing to the smart phone industry:

Wikitude: Mobile Global Travel Guide
 
(Free, Android and iPhone)
Wikipedia entries pop into view when you can use this app to explore your nearby surroundings via your smart phone's camera. You can imagine the limitations of items not presently geotagged (Ie. coordinate metatdata), however, this product also allows users to add content and "geotag the world."

Pocket Universe, Virtual Sky app
  (iPhone app, $2.99)
Tilting your iPhone skyward this app will align with the area of sky you are viewing and display descriptions for major objects within view.

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Heads Up Navigator
  (iPhone app, Free)
The idea is simple, rather than looking down onto a map, the directions are projected forward into your real-world viewpoint via your phone.






Nearest Tube (iPhone,price varies)
Demo
Displays arrows on the ground in the direction you need to walk to reach the nearest subway station or bus stop. Cities now include Paris, New York City, London Bus, Washington DC, and more.

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 Layar , Bionic Eye , and Nearest Places (ITunes, $1.99) are newly released apps that display nearby points of interest based on your location
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Ooooh, Aaaaah: Augmented Reality Ad Campaign
They don't fulfill any need or solve a problem, but these ad campaigns are a quick and fun way to learn about AR. Try these two examples,

GE Smart Grid  and  Star Trek Augmented Reality by printing out the image and watching it interact with your computer's webcam.  Star Trek AR Demo

GE Smart Grid Demo

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Twitter Augmented Reality

Flyar is an AR app for your computer. It works like a screen saver by combining a twitter world animation with webcam video capture from your computer. The animations appear to react to your movements in the screen.
Flayar Demo

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Another popular twitter AR app is TwittARound, which shows you tweets from nearby locations displayed in your phone's video screen.
TwittARound Demo


Video EyeWear and Retinal Display

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AR enabling equipment, like these Vuizix video eyewear (Wrap™ 310, $349.95) are the next generation accessory of mixed reality experiences that leave your computer and smart phone screen behind. These so-called "head up displays" come in a variety of styles and prices that can be used for even non-AR applications such as watching a video from your ipod.

If this enhanced reality experience is still not enough, Slashdot reports two companies, like this one by Brother, which will beam images directly into your eye, like this one from Brother set to be released in 2010. According to the article, virtual retinal displays could be used to project subtitles of a foreign speaker in real time.


This is an excerpt from my November 2009 quarterly "Web Reviews" Column: Augmented Reality: The web meets your world. (Nov 2009). SciTech News. 64 (4).



Handouts:
Augmented reality.docx

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