Digital Petting Zoo

We’re always on the lookout for new emerging technologies that will impact, or even disrupt, the journalism media landscape in the future. The main room of Newhouse 2, 494 is a space that Professor Pacheco affectionately refers to as the “Digital Petting Zoo,” a collection of media technologies that are on the digital edge of innovation. They’re available by appointment in the Digital Petting Zoo so that students can get their hands on them and utilize them for their projects.

Current animals in the Digital Petting Zoo include:

  • Two Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets (a DK1 and DK2).
  • A high-end graphics PC running Unity3D with software that can generate environments for the Oculus Rift.
  • Two camera-equipped drones (a DJI Phantom 2 and an AR Parrot).
  • A GoPro Hero 3 camera that can be used standalone, or with the DJI Phantom.
  • A Structure sensor that can create 3D “photos” of people and objects when connected to an iPad.
  • Gesture-based interfaces, including the LeapMotion and local hacker NoirFlux’s fully body-responsive display.
  • Arduino and Raspberry Pi units for hacking together sensors that record things like motion, light level, air pressure and air quality.
  • COMING SOON: a Giroptic 360-degree camera that works with Oculus Rift and a Haptix multitouch sensor.

The Digital Petting Zoo also has a short-throw wall projector, a rear-projection screen, reconfigurable tables and two large white boards. If you need a space to collaborate on a new project with a team, feel free to contact Professor Pacheco about using any of these resources.