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IQ-Table

Background

The IQ-Table is part of a distributed visualization initiative here at the Indiana University Advanced Visualization Lab. The goal of this initiative is to use commercial-off-the-shelf hardware and open-source software to provide low-cost, advanced visualization resources for the University community and beyond. The IQ name stems from the four qualities: Inexpensive, Interactive, Immersive, and Interface (I-quaded or IQ). Another key quality of any IQ system is its ability to be relatively easily built, installed, and configured in a variety of spaces.

Overview

The IQ-Table features a single 55" monitor equipped with 32-point multi-touch capabilities as well as a small, built-in computer and shipping case which make it easy to ship, setup, and teardown. It is ideal for building lobbies, libraries, or off-site exhibits. 

Current deployments

  • Two IQ-Tables at the Advanced Visualization Lab at IUB.
  • One IQ-Table at the Advanced Visualization Lab at IUPUI.
  • All are available for borrowing and are routinely deployed to various locations throughout the campuses, including, but not limited to, the Cyberinfrastructure Building, Innovation Center, Wells Library, Indiana Memorial Union, and IUPUI Campus Center.

Suggested user communities and use cases

Digital media collection showcases. The flat surface of the IQ-Table allows a couple of users to comfortably and simultaneously explore collections of images and video using only their fingertips.

Adobe Days IUPUI

Novel human-computer interface development. An IUPUI Informatics student used the IQ-Table to build an online interface concept for live synchronous musical performances.

Music Interface

Geospatial visualization. The IQ-Table is a comfortable platform for geospatial visualization and exploration. Google Earth and related software are popular applications.

Geospatial Visualization

Cost

As of early 2013, the total cost for an IQ-Table, including the computer is less than $6,000.

Building an IQ-Table

The IQ-Table is an open design. While we will gladly support building, installation, and/or configuration requests for future IQ-Table deployments within Indiana University, we do not plan to manufacture or install these for groups outside of IU. We would, however, very much like to see additional systems built and a wide network of visualization experts, users, and developers connected and working together to share improvements. We will do our best to answer questions or offer limited consulting for anyone interested in building a Table.

If you are interested in building your own, please feel free to download the current version of the parts list for your reference. Please note that prices and specifications may differ from ours to yours. The parts list we provide resembles the most sophisticated and recent IQ-Table built at Indiana University and is meant to get you started toward building your own. 

You may contact us if you have questions, need help solving unanticipated problems, or to simply let us know you are building your own.

IQ-Table parts list (xlsx)

Acknowledgement

If you choose to use any of this information and build your own, please acknowledge and reference the help of the Indiana University Advanced Visualization Lab. The Advanced Visualization Lab is a unit of the Research Technologies division of University Information Technologies Service and is affiliated with the Pervasive Technology Institute at Indiana University.