New Lab Space, Interactive Display, and Google Glass

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The STKO lab is moving up in the world (or down to be geometrically accurate). The new lab space opened at the beginning of this year on the 4th Floor in Ellison Hall (one floor down from our previous offices). The bullpen style of the new lab is something we have wanted for a while and really enhances the collaborative environment we encourage in the group.

Aside from the brand new whiteboard, projector and requisite espresso machine, we also recently installed a 23 inch touch screen monitor outside of the lab for displaying recent projects, lab member biographies and the "CoffeeCam" (webcam, coming soon). The touchscreen has been a great collaborative project for the STKO team and is the first of what will soon be many display screens to grace the halls of Ellison Hall.

Powered by an overclocked Raspberry Pi B (mini $35 Linux machine) and an Acer T232HL (bmidz) energy efficient touchscreen monitor, the interactive screen displays a swipe-controlled slideshow of previous and ongoing STKO projects. Additionally, a series of button on the bottom of the screen allow visitors to click on a lab member to view their academic biography.

Future projects for the PI include Temperature and Motion sensors, Bluetooth (see who is in the lab) reporting and lab Coffee station Webcam.

Lastly, the STKO has been given the chance to test and develop applications for the new Google Glass. For those unfamiliar with the term, Glass is a wearable computer with optical head-mounted display developed by Google with the purpose of augmenting your everyday life. Over the next few months, we will be exploring the hardware, existing software and developing new software in order to assess it's role as a spatial tool.

If you are in the area, come by Ellison 4829 and check it out.