About this idea

SmartSpace is a beautifully designed interactive study environment that recognizes the user allowing for a more personalized study experience. Triggered by an RFID tag, in this example embedded on the student’s matriculation card, the students own individual desktop would then load on to this curved multi-window touch screen. The study booth is primarily aimed at University students, but will also be of benefit to everyone at the University who wishes to use it.

SmartSpace will facilitate electronic learning, by allowing the user to personalise the way they work. Their desktop can be set-up to match that individual student’s learning style. Our system is designed to be compatible with, and build-on, pre-existing University systems while revolutionizing how we think about our library experience. Our aim is to encourage a mind-shift, for students to work smarter, to allow the information to come to them. We may not get lost endlessly browsing in shelves as students once did. Now the books are suggested by the system based on our own likes and previous searches.

SmartSpace has already won the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design #HackTheUni competition sponsored by RS Components; where our concept was chosen over 9 other teams. Upon winning this competition we have had support from University of Dundee Library as well as other teaching staff giving us their backing to take the idea forward.

Moving forward: We have a clear idea of the aesthetics of the design for the desk itself and are confident of producing a full-sized prototype. However, for this concept to become a reality we would want to work with a programmer to create the seamless login and consider the outsource of the interactive screen design.

The next stage for this project would be to prototype the desktop set-up on multi-screens to test the log-in to a personalised desktop which could be stored and opened on another workstation at a later time. To achieve this we would look to technologies that sync between platforms, holding the settings information in the cloud rather than on stand alone machines. Once we are confident that the a robust solution has been found, then we would hope to prototype the curved touch-screen.

We believe there is a need for improvement in this field and feel that SmartSpace is the solution for a seamless interactive study environment within any university or college library.