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14 September 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Green Screen Technology

Green Screens are used as part of a process in filming and photography, to replace the background image with an alternate image choice. A great example of this kind of technology at work is on the nightly TV weather reports, where the weather person stands in the foreground and the background screen constantly changes between satellite images and temperature tables. If you’re a film maker or photographer, or aspiring to become one, share with us your experience. DLM-TIC is interested in the green screen technology and wants to know what you know! If you’re not familiar with the technology, check out the video.

05 September 2012 ~ 2 Comments

3D Printing

Technological advances in 3D printing will bring new opportunities to many industries, including, medical, engineering, automotive, aerospace and general manufacturing.  These advances are also an exciting development for makers, DIY enthusiasts, hobbyists and STEM educators.

We are excited that DLM-TIC gives the Orange County Library System the opportunity make this new technology available to our community.  We recently began the process by meeting with a 3D printing vendor and understanding FDM®.  Our team plans to thoroughly investigate various 3D printers and printing methodologies and to choose the most suitable model for our community.

If you would like to know what a 3D printer does, take a look at this video.

30 August 2012 ~ 0 Comments

A Test Flight . . . Close to the Real Thing

The use of simulation in education is becoming widely recognized. In schools, simulators are used to supplement teaching and in the medical and aeronautical fields, simulators are used for training in realistic simulated environments.  The crew at OCLS went on a tour to explore the world of simulation and took a test flight in the cockpit of an aircraft carrier from a remote island. With the sound and realistic visual effects, it was close to the real thing. So what type of simulator have you experienced …or would like to experience in the DLM-TIC?

23 August 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Plans for the DLM-TIC Continue to Move Forward

Working with our consultants, FX Design Group in partnership with Design Island, we’ve held meetings to discuss project goals and priorities. Out of those discussions, a preliminary floor plan has been developed. Also,  work on documentation to  serve as the basis for securing architectural and engineering services is underway.

New to the DLM-TIC concept is the addition of a “Simulation” area. Comprised of a classroom area and a Simulator experience area, we will create an immersive, game based experience. The experience begins with learning to use mathematics principles to plan and plot flight plans and ends by putting those principle to use by executing that flight plan in a simulator.

To help determine which services may generate the greatest interest and adoption in the community, we developed a survey for our users. Nearly 900 individuals shared feedback with us taking surveys online and in paper format in house. Results of those surveys are included here.   The good news is that on average, half of respondents believed that they were at least somewhat likely to use the services of the DLM-TIC! If you didn’t get a chance to take the survey go ahead and share your opinion now!

17 August 2012 ~ 0 Comments

A Glimpse into the Future

There has been an exciting development recently in bringing robot technology closer to our daily lives. The Florida legislature has passed a bill to provide for “operation of autonomous motor vehicles on public roads.” People with an interest in technology have been watching the development of the Google Robot Car and recent tests on roads and highways in Nevada have been very promising. Several major car companies also say that they are currently developing this technology for their vehicles. Technology specialists believe that robotic technology will be available for our vehicles in the next 3-5 years. When DLM-TIC opens, we won’t promise to have a full-scale robot car, but we hope to bring fun and learning with scaled model robotics. In the meantime, keep watching our blog for updates and enjoy this glimpse of the future.