Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings gets glimpse of virtual worlds
Premier Lara Giddings has visited the University of Tasmania’s state-of-the-art HITLab facility at the Newnham campus.
HITLab co-director Dr Dan Rolf hosted the visit along with a special guest appearance – by video link – from HITLab founder Professor Tom Furness.
Ms Giddings was shown a host of cutting-edge HITLab projects, including augmented reality displays, 3D virtual reality models and student projects.
“It is a very exciting project that the University of Tasmania has worked on, with the Washington HITLab, to see us actually training people into these new industries, these new technologies that are going to revolutionise the way we do life,” Ms Giddings said.
“It will revolutionise the way we educate people, the way we provide health care to people, but also in terms of how we use information available to us … Even in the way we can make something as basic as reading a book far more exciting for students and kids and get them engaged.
“It has been an amazing experience here, to see just how far we’ve come in being part of the development of this form of technology.”
After seeing several student projects first-hand, Ms Giddings described the work of the HITLab as “exciting.”
“It is critical that we are training people to be the innovators of the future,” she said.
“This sort of technology will be underpinning future economic growth and service delivery.”
Picture: Premier Giddings plays with an augmented reality jigsaw puzzle.
Authorised by the Executive Director, Student Centre
16 September, 2011