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Technology hub opening in Louth this month

4th October 2013
Technology hub opening in Louth this month

The Louth Technology Hub is set to open in the town’s state-of-the-art leisure facility later in October.

The venture will be officially opened on October 17 on the upper floor at the Meridian Leisure Centre on Wood Lane, Louth.

The aim of the Louth hub is to demonstrate how effective 3D display technology can be when it comes to teaching and learning, with a focus on sports groups and clubs. 

Working with the University of Lincoln, Onlincolnshire will offer cutting-edge motion sensor filming using spot technology – where high-definition lights are placed on a sportsman or woman – who is then filmed by a specially equipped 3D camera. 

The footage, which could range from football techniques to batting skills, will then be edited together to allow coaches the chance to analyse their technique and improve their game. 

The university has taken on a graduate for the next 18 months to do the filming and editing, while a 3D TV will be based at the centre to play back the edited footage.

The hub will also house an easy-to-use 3D camera that can be hired and used directly by businesses. 

Use of the equipment purchased by the project is free of charge to eligible businesses, with just a small fee to cover materials or insurance.

Earlier this summer Onlincolnshire has piloted the Louth Technology Hub in the first stage of preparing the venture for its official opening.

Onlincolnshire, along with the University of Lincoln, set up 3D cameras, a 3D television and motion capture technology at the England v Pakistan women’s match at Louth Cricket Ground on July 1, to demonstrate how this technology can help sports people improve their technique.

Councillor Colin Davie from Lincolnshire County Council said: “Our hubs, and indeed the Onlincolnshire project as a whole, are about opening up a world of digital technology and opportunities in areas which might not otherwise have access to such things.”

The Louth Technology Hub is the second of its kind in Lincolnshire after the Mablethorpe Technology Hub opened at the end of May.

Further hubs in Boston, Horcastle and Lincoln technology hubs are also being planned.

All ventures are part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).