Thanks to a grant from the Friends of the NIU Libraries’ Awards Program, Founders Memorial Library, in partnership with the Digital Convergence Lab (FO 340) is piloting Interactive Window Displays, the first on NIU’s campus.
To install the Interactive Window Display, the Digital Convergence Lab applied a rear projection film product by Proscreens to the back of the window glass. The film is designed specifically to display projected images and video. Projectors were mounted inside the windows and connected to a computer where the multimedia and interactive applications are controlled.
Interaction is provided through a new technology created by Microsoft Xbox 360 Kinect interfacing with Unity 3D and a web application. With the Kinect camera, the user controls the display through the movement of his or her body.
In the Digital Convergence Lab people come together in the exploration of new media, experiential learning, community outreach, and multi-disciplinary research. The DCL brings new media technologies to the attention of the campus community, and provides support for research and development activities leading to the creation new digital media applications and tools.
Experience. Experiential Learning Opportunities
Provide NIU students with an opportunity to benefit from a team-based, experiential approach to learning, with a real client/project focused on interactive digital media.
Discover. Shared Research and Development
Offers professional expert staff to support faculty, staff, and graduate students in the investigation, design, development, and research of digital and interactive media for education.
Create. Community Engagement
Foster community engagement by actively extending educational experiences for our diverse northern Illinois community, including workshops and camps for all ages
Oculus Rift – The Digital Convergence Lab is looking for students for Fall 2014 to work on a 3D virtual application using Oculus Rift.Contact Jason Underwood firstname.lastname@example.org or Aline Click email@example.com if you are interested in being on the Fall 2014 team.
Current projects include:
Online Collaborative Argumentation Tool – This spring a student team is designing an online collaborative tool to support collaborative argumentation in science for middle school students of different cultures.
"Ask NIU" Mobile App – This student team is developing a mobile app for NIU. The end product will help students and their families seek answers to pertinent questions regarding NIU. This project will bring together the areas of student retention, technology, interface design, and mobile application development.
Summer 2014 Video Games camp registration is open! Check out the calendar below for the schedule.
Also stay tuned for news about our new Video Games Club, that will include newsletters, tips and tricks, and live question and answer sessions with game designers and instructors Eric Russell, Eamon Newman, Jason Underwood, and virtual world instructor Aline Click.
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