About the IQ-station
The IQ-station, which stands for Inexpensive Interactive Immersive Interface, is a virtual reality tool by which University of Idaho researchers can interact with complex datasets in three dimensions. The University of Idaho library's version uses a 73-inch, 3D television combined with two computers, monitors, and six tracking cameras to enable three dimensional effects.
An IQ-station user wears a pair of 3D glasses that allow him/her to perceive the screen projections, along with a controller -- which looks and functions much like a PlayStation 3 controller -- that is tracked by the system and allows a user to drive the experience, i.e. to manipulate and move different aspects of the visualization as well as to change his/her own perspective within the field.
The IQ-station renders specific types of datasets into three dimensional visualizations that a user can explore and analyze. Currently, the machine is equipped with a number of demonstration datasets, including LIDAR and MRI. To explore ones own dataset, a user must import the data using a thumbdrive or other external hard drive device; the data must also be of a type that the software currently loaded on the system can render.
- Authorized users must sign in on arrival in the room if others will be accompanying you, they must also sign in.
- No more than 5 users in the room at a time.
- Do not touch the cameras as this will require recalibration.
- To become an authorized user, fill out the access application form. You will be contacted to set up a one-time training session.
- To access the room, check out the key from the Circulation Desk on the first floor. Remember: Your Vandal Card is your ID. You must have it to use the room.
- To schedule a session, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You will be contacted by library staff to confirm your appointment.
- If no one is on the schedule or using the IQ Station, authorized users can stop by the library's Circulation Desk and check out a key for use without prior scheduling.
- Use is restricted to 2-hour blocks
- The IQ-station is available during standard library hours.
Storage of data
- All user data will be erased on August 1 of each year. To keep data beyond August 1, contact Bill Kerr (email@example.com).
Appointment Schedule for the IQ-station
First time users:
Read the access policies and fill out the access form before scheduling.
To schedule a time, email firstname.lastname@example.org.