Create and Collaborate at Newman Library

Create and Collaborate at Newman Library


[Cheerful ukelele music] [Narrator] Meet Moose. He’s a therapy dog at Cook Counseling Center,
and he’s recently gotten interested in virtual reality. He heads to the Virtual Environments Studio
on the fourth floor of Newman Library. This studio space is a place for students,
faculty, and patrons to experience virtual reality in a relaxed setting without having
any prior knowledge of the technology. The studio staff are ready to help Moose try
virtual reality, but when he tries to put on a headset, he realizes
that they were definitely not made for dogs. He wonders if he could make a version that
would work for dogs. Luckily, there are other studios in Newman
that can help. He starts in the 3D Design Studio, located
on the second floor of Newman Library. Here, he can experiment with 3D printing in
a variety of materials, all for free. He’s never tried 3D printing, so he gets
some help from the studio employees to design VR goggles that he can wear. The studio features a number of different
printers and printing materials, and the studio employees help him design and print a couple
of prototypes before he lands on the perfect version. Now, he’s able to wear VR goggles that fit
perfectly. They fit so perfectly, in fact, that he begins
to wonder if there’s a market for these. He recruits his fellow therapy dogs Derek
and Wagner to form a team, and they submit an application to work in
the Fusion Studio. The Fusion Studio is a collaboration space
that provides the resources and space needed by teams of students working on long-term
projects. Groups receive access to the studio and supplies,
regular advising from the studio manager, opportunities to interact with other project
teams, and small-group workshops on topics related to collaboration, innovation, and
interdisciplinary research. Moose’s application is approved, and his
team sets to work. They decide that one of the things they need
is some data to show investors. They conduct a survey of other dogs to find
out if there’s a market for these goggles. When they’re ready to process and visualize
their data, they head to the data visualization studio for help creating a visual representation
of their data to show potential investors. The Data Viz Studio provides consultations,
workshops, and group or individual tutorials on all things covering data visualization,
design, interaction, and communicating information graphically. The studio team helps Moose, Derek, and Wagner
create a visualization that will help the team communicate the potential value of the
VR goggles. They’re almost ready to pitch their product. Before they meet with investors, they decide
to make a commercial. First, they head to Media Design Studio A,
located on the Torgersen Bridge. Here, they can check out anything they need
to create multimedia projects: cameras, microphones, light kits, tripods, and more. They can also use the studio’s computers
to edit their work. Once they’ve shot the footage, they head
to Media Design Studio B, located on the second floor of Newman, to record the voice over
for the commercial. Media Design Studio B is a bookable space
where students can use the studio’s technology to record high-quality audio in the sound
booth, record in front of a green screen, or edit their work, all with help from the
studio employees. Looks like Moose, Derek, and Wagner are ready
to share their idea with the world. If you, like Moose, have an idea to explore,
check out the studios in Newman Library. We’ll help you take your idea and turn it
into reality – or virtual reality, whatever the case may be.

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