Director of Learning Spaces , UITS Learning Technologies
Indiana University
The Idea Garden is a place for students to be creative, to explore, to collaborate. It's a Thinker Space, fully equipped to give students an organic experience with emerging technologies. It's where you connect with the community, learn from local tech leaders, and gain exposure to innovative ideas. The Idea Garden serves as fertile ground for student vision, cultivates thought and provides for growth, and produces entrepreneurial thinkers.
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Media/Computer Lab


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Public College/University
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Touch Enabled Interactive Wall
Touch Enabled Display Tablets
Samsung Flip Interactive Whiteboard
PCs Running the Video Wall
Soft Seating


  • active learning
  • flexible learning
  • prototyping
  • Instructional use
  • Non-instructional use
  • Undergraduate
  • Graduate
  • Professional
  • online booking
  • walk-in
  • Herman Miller
IQ Wall
Eight panel touch screen video wall for presentations
Display Tablets
Two 27" Dell Canvases and two 28" Microsoft Surface Studios for 3D Modeling, Slicing files for 3D Printing, Digital art, and general use
Lulzbot TAZ 6 in Enclosure
11" x 11" x 9" Heated Build Plate Printer, accepts 3mm PLA filament, in enclosure for higher quality printing with noise reduction
Google Jamboard
Interactive Whiteboard with drawing assistance and various writing modes
Lulzbot TAZ 6 on Cart
11" x 11" x 9" Heated Build Plate Printer, accepts 3mm PLA filament, on cart for transportation for outreach
Soft Seating
Mobile soft seating for custom seating arrangements, perfect for an audience to a presentation or group meetings
Samsung Flip
Interactive Whiteboard
Ideation Rooms
Group meeting area with whiteboard walls for collaborative work
Solstice Monitor
Solstice monitor in Ideation Room for presentations and broadcasting student's assignments to the monitor as they work
Portable Charging Tower
Portable tower to charge usb powered devices away from outlets
Meeting Area
Small meeting area with four Herman MIller Eames style chairs and a coffee table near the entrance
Work Tables
Three counter height work tables that seat four each, all on wheels to rearrange for different event types
Virtual Reality Stations
Three Virtual Reality Stations for student use recreationally and as a development tool. Utilizes the HTC Vive Pro


IQ Wall: • 7680 x 2160 resolution, 17 million pixels (using the ultra-resolution PC) • 32-point capable touch screen (most applications will only use 10-points of touch) • Capable of displaying multiple computer sources from around the room • 13 ½ feet wide • Designed and installed by the UITS Advanced Visualization Lab Dell Canvas: Dimensions Height: 17.6 inches (446mm) / Width: 31.2 inches (792mm) / Depth Front 0.51 inches (13mm); Screen Size: 27” Resolution: 2560 x 1440 QHD Surface Technology: Direct bonded Anti-Glare Corning® Gorilla® Glass with 9H Mohs hardness rating Color Support: 1.07 billion colors Aspect Ratio: 16:09 Active Area Height: 13.2 inches (336mm) / Width: 23.5 inches (597mm) Color Gamut: 100% Adobe RGB (typical) Multi-Touch: Yes, 20 points of touch Pressure Levels: 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity Pen Battery Required: No Microsoft Surface Studio: CPU: 2.7GHz Intel Core i7-6820HQ (quad-core, 8MB cache, up to 3.6GHz) Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M (4GB GDDR5 VRAM) RAM: 32GB DDR4 Screen: 28.125-inch, (4,500 x 3,000) PixelSense Display Storage: 2TB, 5,400 rpm Rapid Hybrid Drive Storage (128GB SSD) Ports: 4 x USB 3.0, SD card reader, mini DisplayPort, headset jack Connectivity: 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 Operating system: Windows 10 64-bit Camera: 5MP Windows Hello camera Weight: 21.07 pounds (9.56kg) Size (display): 25.09x 17.27 x 0.44 inches (63.7 x 43.9 x 1.14cm W x D x H) Size (base): 9.84 x 8.66 x 1.26 inches (25 x 22 x 3.22cm W x D x H) Lulzbot TAZ 6 3D Printer: Print Surface: Heated borosilicate glass bed covered with PEI film Print Area: 280mm x 280mm x 250mm (11.02in x 11.02in x 9.8in) Top Print Speed: 200mm/sec (7.9in/sec) Print Tolerance: 0.1mm (0.0039in) in X and Y axes. Z axis is dependent on layer thickness Layer Thickness: 0.050mm – 0.50mm (0.002in – 0.02 in), Dependent on nozzle size Capable Materials: ABS, PLA, HIPS, PVA, wood filled filaments, Polyester (Tritan), PETT, bronze and copper filled filaments, Polycarbonate, Nylon, PETG, conductive PLA and ABS, UV luminescent filaments, PCTPE, PC-ABS, and more every day Filament Diameter: 3.00mm Prints best with MatterControl and MatterControl Touch for a truly standalone experience HTC Vive Pro: STEAM VR 2.0 TRACKING - From seated to standing to full 20’ x 20’ room-scale. Ideal for multi-user environments for sub-millimeter tracking accuracy. HIGH RESOLUTION DISPLAY - Dual-OLED displays with industry leading resolution of 2880 x 1600 pixels for unparalleled visual fidelity of graphics, text, and textures. SPATIAL AUDIO WITH NOISE CANCELLATION - hi-res, high impedance headphones, 3D spatial sound with active noise cancellation for an immersive experience without distractions from real-world noise sound MULTI-USER AND EXTENDED USE – Even weight distribution of the headset, easy on and off, and adjustments for head size, glasses and interpupillary distance (IPD) makes multi-user and extended use easier than ever. VIVE TRACKER ECOSYSTEM – Expand business use cases by adding real-life objects to VIVE Tracker bringing the object into your virtual simulation. Ideal for motion capture, automotive, aerospace or heavy equipment simulation. INCLUDES VIVEPORT SUBSCRIPTION – Get a free 6-month subscription to VIVE’s content store. Try up to 30 different apps during the free trial period.

The Story

Planning and Design

See the Idea Garden website here.
Click here to see the recorded live tour of IU’s Idea Garden: Idea Garden – IUPUI Thinker space – Organic Experiences with Emerging Technologies .

Impact and User Response

Article fromTech & Learning University: here.

Additional photos

Ideation Rooms
Lulzbot 3D Printer in Enclosure
Ideation Rooms
Class using Idea Garden
Virtual Reality Stations
Google Jamboard
Lulzbot 3D Printer on Cart
Portable Charging Tower
Meeting Area
Soft Seating
Idea Garden Mission Statement
Work Stations
Solstice Monitor