The newly-remodeled space in RJI’s Futures Lab is equipped with Windows-based laptops, tablets, hybrids and smartphones. The lab also includes Xbox 360 gaming systems with Kinect for Xbox 360-enabled motion, gaming and videoconferencing capabilities that will allow for new forms of interaction in business, communications and health care experiments.
In addition to hardware, software and furnishings, a lead programmer and lab manager will be on hand to help jump start key projects already on RJI’s agenda for Fall 2012:
- Hearst Innovation is sponsoring the sixth-annual RJI Student Competition. Journalism, computer science and business students will once again develop new products and services for one of the nation’s largest diversified media and information companies, this time using Windows 8.
- Faculty and RJI staff, including digital publishing director Roger Fidler, will supervise students as they build, test and train journalists to use Windows 8 applications for mobile newsgathering, publishing and marketing.
- Colleagues from the University of Missouri School of Medicine and College of Engineering will collaborate with RJI to experiment on Kinect-based gaming applications to educate and rehabilitate young female athletes who are significantly more prone than their male counterparts to suffer serious knee injuries.