IQ Station

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.


General Policies:

  • 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 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 (

Appointment Schedule for the IQ-station

First time users:
Read the access policies and fill out the access form before scheduling.

Approved users:
To schedule a time, email

IQ-Station Access Application Form

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