Cutting edge tech sprouting in the Glass Box

Taunton Library’s Glass Box has taken delivery of another piece of cutting-edge technology for the public to get its hands on.

The Sprout Pro is an immersive all-in-one PC, which includes high-precision 3D scanning. In the coming months, schools, colleges, businesses and other groups will be invited to come and try out this revolutionary piece of technology.

The Somerset Libraries team secured the cutting-edge equipment after The Libraries Taskforce asked libraries to put forward bids to pilot the scanner. The Somerset Team’s bid was successful due to the innovative proposals for its use and the growing reputation of Taunton Glass Box as a digital skills hub.

Councillor Clare Aparicio Paul, Junior Cabinet Member for Resources and Economic Development at Somerset County Council, said: “We are delighted to be successful in bidding for this exciting new kit which will add to our digital offer at the innovative Taunton Glass Box.

“It will give local schools and colleges and other groups access to inspiring top-of-the-range technology, enabling them to explore 3D scanning and other interactive technology. We see this as part of our programme of activity to increase digital skills within the area and we will work with the community to make sure the HP Sprout is linked to different initiatives, all aimed at inspiring and growing digital talent.”

The Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism, Michael Ellis, who leads on public libraries for the Government, said: “I am delighted that this exciting partnership with HP will give schools and local people free access to this state of the art technology.

“HP were so impressed with the quality of applications for the pilot that they agreed to extend it to both Taunton Library and Oxford County Library in 2018.

“Libraries are more than just places to borrow books and this pilot is a great example of how they are modernising to best serve local communities.”