By Kevin Kelley
You’ve probably heard of Google Glass, the wearable technology offering from tech titan Google that allows a user to view information on a small screen attached to a pair of glasses. Interaction with the device is achieved through voice commands.
If you’ve never seen Google Glass in person, the “Make Event” Saturday at Westlake Porter Public Library is your opportunity to see a demonstration of the device.
The event at Porter, which will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., is designed to introduce visitors to the “maker movement,” a cultural and economic trend of individuals and groups using new technology to manufacture products. Some say the movement has the potential to do for manufacturing what the Internet, inexpensive printers and desktop publishing software did to publishing.
“The Make Event will be an exploration of creation, collaboration and innovation using new tools to create,” said Elaine Willis, Porter’s public relations associate.
Libraries have increasingly been a catalyst in the maker movement, Porter Director Andrews Mangels has said. The creation of ‘maker spaces’ at libraries was a trending topic at the American Library Association’s annual conference in Chicago last summer, Magels told West Life. Some libraries have purchased 3D printers, he said.
Google Glass will be demonstrated by Mel McGee and Shana Mysko of imageNation Web Experts, a Web development firm.
3Doodler, a 3D printing pen that operates much like a glue gun to make objects by hand, will be demonstrated by Holly Klinger of the Northeast Ohio Regional Library System. She’ll also demonstrate Sphero, a robotic toy controlled by a smartphone or tablet computer.
Porter staff member will demonstrate Raspberry Pi, a credit-card sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard. Designed to encourage learning of computer science through experimentation, the computer is often used in electronics projects.
Also participating in Porter’s Make Event will be Scott Kutz, an engineering teacher at Westlake High School, who will share technology projects from his classroom.
To register, call the library at 440-250-5460 or visit http://signup.westlakelibrary.org. Westlake Porter Public Library is located at 27333 Center Ridge Road.