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  •   Home > News > Technology

    New Christchurch library to be high-tech

    New Zealand's biggest interactive touch wall will be a top feature in Christchurch's new central library, which is set to open mid-2018.

    Christchurch will be home to the country's biggest interactive touch wall - which will see users swipe their way through a virtual world of information.

    The flagship technology will feature inside Turanga, Christchurch's new central library, and will span seven metres.

    The high-tech wall is set to become a valuable tool for learning and attracting new visitors to the library and will be ready for its scheduled opening in mid-2018.

    Navigating your way through the touch wall's virtual world is interactive, immersive and exciting. It's something that people can explore together, sharing the experience and learning along the way, says head of libraries and information Carolyn Robertson.

    "People can even upload their own stories, photos and video, contributing directly to the library's online heritage collection from their devices."

    Ms Robertson says the wall's virtual "cityscape" will be set up in a way that is uniquely and intuitively Christchurch.

    "It will be a big drawcard for visitors, allowing them to learn more about our city's history and its future, in a fun and engaging way."

    The $92 million public library, which is being built on the corner of Cathedral Square and Gloucester Street, will be the largest in the South Island and a third larger than the city's former earthquake-damaged central library.

    Other high-tech features planned for Turanga include laser cutters, 3D printers, virtual reality consoles and robotics.


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