Digital Humanities – Appealia – 3D

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Digital Humanities utilizes new digital technologies to adapt traditional humanities topics to the modern world. For example, English Educators across the country have identified a need to redefine what it means to be literate for this generation. Serious games provide a potential method to address this issue. A “serious game” is commonly defined as any game that has a purpose other than strictly entertainment. Serious games provide virtual environments that allow students a realistic opportunity to practice and develop a variety of different competencies.

HALT: Heads-Up Assisted Lock-Out / Tag-Out

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Lock-out / Tag-out is a standard safety procedure used in industry to ensure that dangerous machines are properly shut off and not started again during maintenance or troubleshooting procedures. This project has developed a system that uses smart glasses to provide employees with hands-free access to Lock-Out / Tag-Out procedures in the field.

AIST Steel Wheel

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The Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST) and CIVS have created a 3D visualization of an interactive version of the Making, Shaping, and Treating of Steel Wheel. The Steel Wheel is a graphical representation of the processes required to convert raw materials into finished steel products. The 3D visualizations on the wheel include detailed models equipment and animations to show the functions and sequence of each process.

Retirement Investment Planning – Finance Educational Visualization and Interactive Tool

3D animation scene design of learning retirement planning concepts

People are living longer lives due to improvements in technology, medicine and quality of life. As time goes on, this trend is expected to continue. The government cannot afford the increasing cost of retirement and this need to be taken into account when planning for the future. There are two key issues faced by individual investors when making a long-term investment decision. First, how much money will be needed to satisfy an investment goal, e.g. retirement income. Second, how much should be saved today in order to accumulate that future amount. An investment planning and evaluation analysis was implemented to address these issues.

READY NWI Career Camp

A student sits in front of her computer which is displaying the 3D objects she created using a 3D modeling software.

Many professionals in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) related career fields in Northwest Indiana will be retiring in the near future creating a large employment gap that would jeopardize the region’s economic strength. Ready NWI and the Works Council of Northwest Indiana have created the READY NWI Career Camp in order to raise awareness about STEM-related career fields and help students understand the steps they will need to take in order to reach those careers in the region.