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3D technology – the next industrial revolution

As schools across the country are beginning to prepare children for what some have called “the next industrial revolution” by assimilating 3D printing technology into their curriculum, toy manufacturing giant Hasbro is planning to incorporate the technology into kids’ playtime. More here and here References:http://www.3dprinterworld.com/article/3d-systems-hasbro-team-bring-3d-printing-playtime http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/feb/17/hasbro-3d-printing-children-kids

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Creating digital art via touch

Touch screens aren’t the only way of doing this. Shillito is leading a team that has developed software that allows artists to receive physical feedback when designing virtual 3D objects. The team’s approach uses a haptic device called Falcon, which vibrates and moves to allow users to “feel” virtual objects. Originally developed for 3D gaming, Falcon is a cross between a joystick and a mouse. ...

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Free program certificate — Teaching and Learning in MultiUser Virtual Enviroments

——The European funded MUVEnation project has just launched ‘Teaching and learning with MUVEs’. This is a one year postgraduate programme, delivered online, for future and in-service teachers who want to use innovative methods and tools to address learners motivation and participation issues in compulsory education. What impact can 3D virtual worlds, such as Second Life, really have on our learning and teaching settings? The course ...

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new art, new writings, new music — it’s moonshine!

Lots of new writings, new art, new music. I’m finishing up my art interviews with artists (the creativity series) and a short (!) book review.Oh, and of course, the cover graphic is mine. 😉 ————————-These are the dog days of summer, is it any wonder that everything seems to droop a little? Stay inside in the cool and check out the latest writings, music, paintings, ...

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Library news roundup: nexgen catalogs, institutional repositories, and more

Well, since I have so many little library related tidbits floating around in my reader, I’m just going to do a roundup: Over at the shifted librarian, she has a nice blog post about the new startup project, bibliocommons @ the Oakville, Ontario library, to build a library catalog interface from scratch. The interface includes things like reviews, tagging, faceted searching, etc. Looks very drupalesque ...

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opensource alternatives to common commercial products

Although the introduction of this article is overly simplified in terms of the changes in library technology (I couldn’t help but laugh a little in a couple of places) , once you’re past that, the rest is a good little overview of some of the more popular opensource products. I’ve hotlinked and listed the products below, the article gives a more indepth overview. The products ...

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