Friday, 19 September 2008

New Laptop Loan scheme in Kevin St Library

Laptops are now available to DIT Kevin St. students for use in the library on a 3 hour loan basis. The laptops are wifi enabled so students can access the DIT wireless network and the web.

To borrow ask @ the Library Desk for a laptop loan form. Contact the library at 01-4024894 or for more details.

Friday, 5 September 2008

Kevin Street Library Information Literacy Classes 2008-2009

Any one interested in attending Information literacy sessions run by Kevin Street library staff should contact Julie de Foubert/library staff to make a booking. All categories of students, from 1st years to postgraduates, are catered for! One on one sessions can also be arranged.

Kevin Street Library Opening Hours

Please note that normal term time opening hours for the library resume on Monday September 22nd. These hours are as follows:

Mon – Fri: 9.30am – 9.30pm

Saturday: 10am – 5pm

Sunday: Closed

Welcome back to college everyone:-)

Ultrasound to give feel to games

The power of ultrasonic waves has been harnessed to produce "virtual" objects in mid-air.
The field of haptics - integrating computing and the sense of touch - has been around for some time but has required gloves or mechanical devices to impart a sense of feeling.
Now, a team of Japanese researchers has developed a system that uses focused ultrasound to do the job. They have demonstrated a simple haptic device that employs a number of ultrasonic transducers, which emit ultrasound.

The team's prototype system includes a camera which tracks the position of a user's hand and shifts the output from the transducers to move the focus around with the hand. The result is a feeling of tracing the edge or surface of the virtual object. At the moment, the system provides a small force only in the vertical dimension, but the team is improving the geometry of the array and the amount of power it can produce so that future devices will provide a stiffer feel and more contoured objects. Source

Thursday, 4 September 2008

Foundations of Chemistry

This is a useful introductory chemistry resouce - notes are provided on the properties of several functional groups, including alcohols, phenols, ethers, aldehydes and ketones, carboxylic acids, esters, amines and amino acids.
These notes form part of the online Virtual Chemistry course from the Department of Chemistry, University of Oxford. They are based on an extract from the book "Chemistry, Matter and the Universe" by Richard E. Dickerson and Irving Geis, used with permission. url=