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Feb 20 2014

NCSU Libraries Now Lending Google Glass for Research Projects

Computer Science graduate student Arpan Chakraborty checks out the Libraries’ first Google Glass, for accessibility and augmented reality work in the department’s Knowledge Discovery Lab.

The North Carolina State University Libraries has acquired one of the limited number of available Google Glass and has begun a pilot program to make the wearable computer available to researchers on campus as part of our Technology Lending Service.

The NCSU Libraries always aims to provide the university community with access to the latest technologies that can enable the transformational learning and research at the core of our mission.

Currently the Libraries lends over 200,000 technology items a year, including everything from DSLR cameras and e-readers to digital media equipment, design and modeling tools, and electronic prototyping platforms such as the Arduino and MaKey MaKey inventor kits.  Adding the Google Glass helps to ensure that our researchers have access to a key tool that is promising to dramatically change how humans interact with computing resources.

Initially, our Google Glass pilot program will be available to selected faculty and graduate students with an urgent research need for the technology. In mid-March the Libraries will begin accepting requests from other researchers working with augmented reality, innovative computer interfaces, and other key uses of the new tool.