Tech Talk Thursday: Say Hello to the Google Pixel

Tech Talk bannerApple products hold a special place in our heart, but we would be remiss if we didn’t take some time to cover neat tech announcements from other successful companies as well. If you missed it yesterday, Google held an event officially unveiling their jump into the smartphone market, the Pixel and Pixel XL. The event also highlighted other hardware and software coming soon. We’ve got a recap for you right here!

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Tech Talk Thursday: CES 2016 Review

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The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) hosted by the Consumer Technology Association had its annual show this year January 5th-8th  in Las Vegas, Nevada. As one of the most anticipated electronics shows of the year CES should stand for “Can’t Even Start” to tell you about ALL the latest and greatest of innovation in technology! This one time I’m thankful that what happened in Vegas didn’t stay there. Great re-caps and editorials are provided at CESs website found here: https://www.cesweb.org/

The overall theme of CES this year was  “Big Data and the Internet of Things”. Both were referenced and used as the pivot point in almost every keynote presentation, which is valid with e-commerce on the horizon but presently driving our economy. CEO of IBM, Ginni Rometty was quoted saying “Big Data is the world’s natural resource for the next century”.

While there is more than enough award winning electronics and highlights to gush about, I definitely had my personal favorites. Here are a few droplets from the ocean of information given this year at CES!

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Apps & Gadgets: Holiday Shopping Bonus Edition

A big thank you to all who attended our Winter 2015 HSL Info Expo last Thursday! The library team presented on a variety of technology topics, with our usual dose of fun and some holiday good cheer. Our newest segment, Apps & Gadgets, made a return appearance, and this time it was all about holiday shopping.

We always have far more content to share with our guests than time permits, so today we’re bringing you Apps & Gadgets: Holiday Shopping Bonus Edition! Here are the cool apps and gadgets that didn’t make it into our presentation, but that you should definitely check out before the holiday shopping season comes to an end.

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The Library Technology Lab is Officially Open for Business!

3 weeks ago we held the official opening event for our new Library Technology Lab! It was a lot of fun, and we had a chance to show off a lot of the technology we have available to our College of Medicine patrons for checkout. Check out the time lapse video below and see if you can spot yourself amongst the crowd of eager visitors.

Of huge interest was the pair of Google Glass that we have. It was unfortunately experiencing some technical difficulties at the time, but we’re working with Google to try and get those resolved. We’ll be sure to keep you updated about when it will be available to play with again.

It can tell time AND do math! Wow!

It can tell time AND do math! Wow!

We also held a raffle. The entire event was “Back to the Future” themed, so naturally we had to raffle something that was a little retro, yet cool. Congratulations to our winner, we really hope you enjoy your brand new Calculator Watch!

In case you missed the event, you can check out the entire list of items we have available for checkout on the new Technology Equipment page on our website. Also, please feel free to stop by the Library Technology Lab if you ever want to get some experience with a device before you buy it, have any questions about your device, or want to check if we have anything new. Raney Collins, the library staff member running the lab, will be happy to chat with you. If you’d like to make an appointment to see her, you can contact the lab at medlibrarytech@ucf.edu or fill out this form.

Teaching through the eyes of Google Glass

Back in February, we made a post about a competition Google was holding to determine the lucky group of people that would be allowed the opportunity to purchase and try-out their new augmented reality eyeglasses. That contest is long since over, and lots of folks have had the chance to utilize the cool new technology as part of the Google Glass Explorers community. Check out this video from Andrew Vanden Heuvel, a physics teacher from Grand Rapids, Michigan, as he uses his Google Glass to show his brother’s physics class the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Switzerland!

What’s New on the Horizon?

horizon reportThe 2013 NMC Horizon Report: 2013 Higher Education Edition was released recently. The report is produced by the New Media Consortium (NMC) and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) and identifies emerging technologies that are expected to have a significant impact on worldwide education in the next five years.

Some of the trends and their times-to-adoption described in this year’s Horizon Report include the following:

  •  One Year or Less – Tablet Computing
  •  Two to Three Years – Games and Gamification; Learning Analytics
  •  Four to Five Year – 3D Printing and Wearable Technology

Some of these trends, including tablet computing and 3D printing are already being implemented, while others may take time to become mainstream.

To learn more about wearable technology, stay tuned for the Health Sciences Library’s Spring HSL Info Expo for UCF COM faculty and staff, coming April 4, 2013.

 

Read the entire NMC Horizon Report: 2013 Higher Education Edition HERE.

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