Dig­i­tal think­ing gen­er­ates ideas

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Jack Lawrie jack.lawrie@cnbtimes.com.au

RES­I­DENTS who at­tended the Think Dig­i­tal work­shop run by BIEDO in Monto on Thurs­day last week got to see some ex­cit­ing new de­vel­op­ments in vir­tual tech­nol­ogy.

VR head­sets shocked peo­ple who had never used them be­fore, while the aug­mented re­al­ity app Quiver brought the house down by turn­ing a draw­ing of a cow and a fire truck into a mov­ing 3D model.

Th­ese demon­stra­tions were en­ter­tain­ing but the goal of the work­shop was to show how th­ese ideas could be im­ple­mented prac­ti­cally to ben­e­fit the com­mu­nity.

At­tendee Anita Dent sug­gested us­ing 360-de­gree photography to show­case the area’s na­tional parks to tourists.

“If I can up­load a 360 photo of Kroom­bit Tops, peo­ple who’ve lived in the area and never been there can ex­pe­ri­ence that through my eyes,” Mrs Dent said.

Kris­tine Din­gle sug­gested it could be use­ful for agri­cul­tural pur­poses, such as get­ting pho­tos of cat­tle from within a pad­dock so in­ter­ested buy­ers could get up close with them.

Coach Tim Gen­tle was im­pressed with the sug­ges­tions peo­ple put for­ward on how to use the tech­nol­ogy.

“Once they know how to do it, any­body with a smart­phone can do it,” Mr Gen­tle said.

“I’m al­ways in­ter­ested to see what peo­ple come up with. I want them to use the knowl­edge how they need.”

PHOTO: JACK LAWRIE

WAY OF THE FU­TURE: Tim Gen­tle shows off the power of the Quiver app.

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