UVic librarian Rich McCue with an Arduino ‘Magic 8 Ball.’ A slight tap and the small processor randomly displays one of the answers from the classic 1980s 8-ball. Users can adjust the program to create different answers while learning applied coding and technology. (Travis Paterson/Black Press)

Library’s “Tech Petting Zoo” shows the lending future is here

UVic library makes 3D printer, tech gadgets available

UVic librarians spent the lunch hour inside the McPherson Library hosting a Tech Petting Zoo on Wednesday.

On display were a series of cameras (a 360-degree camera) virtual reality goggles, gadgets and other modern electronic-based technologies such as a 3D printer, an Arduino ‘Magic 8 Ball’ (see main photo) and more.

In conjunction with the available technologies in the digital makerspace, UVic offers a series of free workshops.

The possibilities for creative output and problem-solving are as diverse as the technology itself, often leading to real-life career opportunities for students, said librarian Rich McCue.

For more information visit the workshops and the digital scholarship commons.

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