More than 150 students from across London attended a taster day looking at future technologies at Middlesex University's Hendon Campus today.
The ‘Digital Futures’ event was made up of a number of practical workshops for pupils to experiment with innovative new technologies and create devices themselves. Some of the activities students took part in included a GPS treasure hunt where they built, programmed and then used a handheld location device to find points of interest on campus.
Other workshops enabled students to create unique video projections for their favourite songs (a technique used regularly in concerts) and setup a digital telephony system based on voice-over-ip (VOIP) technology.
Students also experimented with Middlesex’s new haptic robots that allow people to ‘feel’ physical objects in the virtual world. These were used by students to become to virtual music DJs and conduct an orchestra of haptic robots using hand movements picked up by sensors.
The event is designed to inspire the next generation of scientists and technology experts.
Photo: students from Barnet and Southgate College use their newly built location device on the campus treasure hunt.