The Innovation Hub at the Research Library provides NIST staff with access to tools, software, and services. The project was launched in December 2013 with two 3-D printers and has since expanded to include access to software programs, 3-D scanners, large format printers, a video display wall, and more than two dozen devices on the Technology Bar.
A series of data visualization resources and programs support collaboration and external communication at NIST. Since their launch in 2017, these tools have supported application development in robotics, fire research, and high performance visualization. Products include:
- the data visualization wall, a large-scale video display with a touch control console
- a data visualization computer with access to a variety of visualization tools on a powerful computing platform
- 360 degree cameras
- virtual and augmented reality headsets for three-dimensional visualizations
Over two thousand prints have been produced at the Library since the 3-D printer program’s inception, allowing NIST researchers to create research apparatus, data visualizations, and prototypes. A 3-D scanner, a Sprout 3-D design computer, and a series of modeling programs support the effort. Library staff conduct monthly training sessions.
The Technology Bar contains specially curated technology that can make administrative and laboratory tasks more efficient. NIST staff can experiment with digital note-taking devices, collaboration tools, cell phone-based measurement devices, Arduino kits, virtual reality headsets, and more. Customer favorites include the HoloLens augmented reality headset, a Livescribe smartpen, and a telepresence robot. The Library’s consumer technology experts provide one-on-one consultations to NIST researchers.
Note: At present, only NIST staff, NIST associates, their registered guests, and conference attendees can visit the Research Library.