CES Gadgets and 3D Printing: ThinkTank Emerging Technologies Meeting 21

Jacqueline Frank developed the ThinkTank prompt for this month. So I’m passing the microphone… Here’s Jacqueline:

Hey think tankers,

I found a lot of interesting content on new technologies, the hard part was paring it down…there seems to be a lot of links below, but they are all very short videos/articles except for one…

Guiding questions:

  1. What new gadgets/technologies do we think will influence libraries in the future?
  2. Does the library have an obligation to provide access to new & emerging technologies?
  3. How can academic libraries contribute to their institutions goals of research, discovery, and creation? What role does technology play in this?

Some interesting new technologies…some more applicable to libraries than others.

Try these first if your short on time:

Huffington post 17 most intriguing gadgets of CES 2013 (slides) – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/11/best-gadgets-ces-2013-tvs-smartphones-hapifork_n_2444321.html#slide=1969015

Mind control headset at CES 2013 (short article): http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-57564142-1/brains-on-with-muse-interaxons-mind-control-headset/

4-D printing (2 min video) : http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/10/tech/innovation/orig-ideas-4-d-printing/index.html?hpt=hp_t4 – courtesy of Greer, who passed this on to me

3-D printing pen (2:34 min video): http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1351910088/3doodler-the-worlds-first-3d-printing-pen?ref=live

Flexible displays (USA Today article): http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/tech/news/story/2012-04-05/flexible-displays-computing-screens/54064128/1

Printing circuits with micro manufacturing (NY Times article): http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/09/science/tiny-chiplets-are-a-new-level-of-micro-manufacturing.html?hpw&_r=2& – courtesy of Bonnie, who passed this on to me since we talk engineering

More interesting stuff:

3-D printing (7min video): http://video.pbs.org/video/2339671486/

Virtual keyboard (:39 sec video): http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/e722/

Example of offering tech/Media Services at FSU (webpage of services offered)- http://guides.lib.fsu.edu/multimedia#newAdditions

Re-envisioning the library – BiblioTECH goes bookless (short article): http://www.npr.org/2013/01/15/169412670/a-new-chapter-a-launch-of-the-bookless-library

The new interface is you (42 min video) – http://ces.cnet.com/8301-34456_1-57563160/cnet-explores-tech-that-is-an-extension-of-you/

Combine printing circuits with flexible displays and you as the interface, and the future could be CRAZY!!!


Notes from the discussion:

  • New & Emerging Technology

    • 3-D Printing

      • basic concepts: layering materials with robotically-controlled mechanisms to create a new object

      • Food printing that matches a person’s dietary needs

        • Food printing that presents old foods in new ways

      • Stem cell printing

        • replacement organs

        • medical advancements

      • New business opportunities

        • on-demand fabrication

        • low overhead

    • Brainwave technology

    • Gadget technology

      • alert user to food allergies


  • implications for libraries

    • flexible displays

      • any surface in the library can become a display

    • Library makerspace

      • technology showcase

      • rapid prototyping

      • new research possibilities

      • space communicates purpose

        • where to place emerging tech?

    • how best to combine technologies

      • flexible displays with brainwave technology: interact with the library from anywhere

    • does the library have an obligation to provide access to emerging tech?

      • how does new technology fit our mission?

      • how does the library define itself?

      • research implications for academic libraries

      • Library can partner with others across campus

      • Library as technology center

      • New services for students and researchers

    • Library space

    • when do libraries adopt new tech?

      • what’s the strategy?

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