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To ensure our libraries become hubs of knowledge,creativity and innovation, we are investing $10,000 in a mobile digital hub to showcase digital technologies to the community, including schools, community centres and service clubs. Various technologies will be covered,such as 3D printing, basic coding and robotics, drones, augmented and virtual reality.

To ensure our libraries become hubs of knowledge,creativity and innovation, we are investing $10,000 in a mobile digital hub to showcase digital technologies to the community, including schools, community centres and service clubs. Various technologies will be covered,such as 3D printing, basic coding and robotics, drones, augmented and virtual reality.

  • Electronics kits on the way

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    7 months ago

    The Mobile Digital Hub will soon include a set of electronics kits.

    The kits are based on the easy to use (and fun) Arduino micro-controller and will include a wide range of plug in modules such as LEDs, buzzer, infrared receiver, servo motor, temperature sensor, touch sensor and much more.

    Arduino is an open-source electronics platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software. Arduino boards are able to read inputs - light on a sensor, a finger on a button, or a Twitter message - and turn it into an output - activating a motor, turning on an LED, publishing something...

    The Mobile Digital Hub will soon include a set of electronics kits.

    The kits are based on the easy to use (and fun) Arduino micro-controller and will include a wide range of plug in modules such as LEDs, buzzer, infrared receiver, servo motor, temperature sensor, touch sensor and much more.

    Arduino is an open-source electronics platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software. Arduino boards are able to read inputs - light on a sensor, a finger on a button, or a Twitter message - and turn it into an output - activating a motor, turning on an LED, publishing something online. You can tell your board what to do by sending a set of instructions to the micro-controller on the board using the Arduino IDE software.

    It can be used to build a huge range of projects from simple flashing LEDs to complex projects such as robots or unique like a fingerprint scanner door lock.

    The aim of these kits is to introduce users to basic electronics and programming.

    Learn more about Arduino.



  • Usefulness of 3D Printing

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    8 months ago

    Here is an example of the usefulness of 3D printing and how it can be used to produce replacement parts around the home.

    One of the recycling bins at Brighton library was missing a lid pin (this holds the lid in place and lets it swing up and down).

    One of the Library staff suggested 3D printing one.

    We found a 3D file online by searching Thingiverse (a free online repository of 3D printable designs).
    The design can be viewed here.We printed two so that we had a spare.

    The print time was 45 minutes (for both) and the...

    Here is an example of the usefulness of 3D printing and how it can be used to produce replacement parts around the home.

    One of the recycling bins at Brighton library was missing a lid pin (this holds the lid in place and lets it swing up and down).

    One of the Library staff suggested 3D printing one.

    We found a 3D file online by searching Thingiverse (a free online repository of 3D printable designs).
    The design can be viewed here.We printed two so that we had a spare.

    The print time was 45 minutes (for both) and the total cost of materials used was 25 cents.
    After being printed and sanded down a bit the results are pictured.


  • Sphero

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    9 months ago
    A collection of Sphero mini robots have been added to the growing collection of items for the Mobile Digital Hub.

    A Sphero is an app enabled robotic ball that can be used to teach coding using Javascript.

    It can also be driven using the app on a smart device such as an iPad and these particular versions have "face drive" where users can use their facial expressions to drive the ball.

    Packed with teeny tiny tech, Sphero Mini has a little gyroscope, accelerometer, and LED lights and come in various colours.

    These little devices should be fun for all ages.

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    A collection of Sphero mini robots have been added to the growing collection of items for the Mobile Digital Hub.

    A Sphero is an app enabled robotic ball that can be used to teach coding using Javascript.

    It can also be driven using the app on a smart device such as an iPad and these particular versions have "face drive" where users can use their facial expressions to drive the ball.

    Packed with teeny tiny tech, Sphero Mini has a little gyroscope, accelerometer, and LED lights and come in various colours.

    These little devices should be fun for all ages.

  • Research continues

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    9 months ago

    Our library staff have started round of visits to SA Libraries to see what they are doing with Makerspaces and looking for ideas and tips on running the mobile version.

    Many libraries have simple electronics kits which would be great to take out to the community and/or run
    sessions in the library.

    Our library staff have started round of visits to SA Libraries to see what they are doing with Makerspaces and looking for ideas and tips on running the mobile version.

    Many libraries have simple electronics kits which would be great to take out to the community and/or run
    sessions in the library.

  • Virtual Reality Head Sets purchased

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    9 months ago

    A set of 4 Oculus Go headsets have been purchased for the kit.

    These are all in one units meaning that the screen is built into the headset and they don't need a phone or external computer to run.

    There are a wide range of applications that can be run on these.They are easy to use and also comfortable to wear. The sets are currently being configured and tested.


    A set of 4 Oculus Go headsets have been purchased for the kit.

    These are all in one units meaning that the screen is built into the headset and they don't need a phone or external computer to run.

    There are a wide range of applications that can be run on these.They are easy to use and also comfortable to wear. The sets are currently being configured and tested.


  • 3D Printer - the first addition to our mobile hub

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    9 months ago

    A brand new 3D printer has been purchased for the Mobile Digital Hub.

    The Flashforge Adventurer 3 is a printer that was able to be sourced in Adelaide.
    The size and weight makes it it ideal for transporting to external venues and it can be used for programs inside the Library.

    Here it is in action printing a filament spool holder.



    A brand new 3D printer has been purchased for the Mobile Digital Hub.

    The Flashforge Adventurer 3 is a printer that was able to be sourced in Adelaide.
    The size and weight makes it it ideal for transporting to external venues and it can be used for programs inside the Library.

    Here it is in action printing a filament spool holder.



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