When it comes to science and technology, most people think about the Big Bang and Einstein, and not the work of Stephen Hawking.
But the two are intertwined, says Pauline Pfeffer, who is finishing up her B.A. in biology at Duke University.
She has been working with the Duke lab for the past five years and is now the chief scientist for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The lab is developing a technology that will allow students to create their own digital digital versions of their own books, Pfeerer says.
It’s a major milestone for the Duke research lab.
“The big challenge with digital storytelling is that it’s really easy to lose track of what the story is,” she says.
That’s why the team has developed a tool that helps students create digital versions.
They use a 3D scanner to scan the text in question and convert it to a digital file, which can be shared with a computer or printed out and printed again.
The project is a collaboration between the Duke and UNC labs.
The researchers have been using the technology for a few years to create digital copies of scientific articles, but it’s only recently that they’ve made the technology widely available to the general public.
“When we first started out, it was really a niche field,” Pfepper says.
“Now, with the advancement of technology, it’s become an industry.”
It’s not the first time the Duke team has been able to help students create their digital versions, either.
Pfeer and her team worked on the technology to create a digital copy of the book “How to Build a Star Wars Battle Cruiser” in 2011.
They used the same 3D scanning software that’s used to create copies of movies like “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “Captain America: Civil War.”
“It was an incredible experience,” Pyeer says.
But that was only one of several attempts by the Duke Lab to help create digital books.
The team’s technology can also be used to digitize audio recordings.
The Duke lab has developed tools to scan books from the library, Pyeers says, and it can do so from the classroom, as well.
She says she’s seen the same technology being used to make digital copies from books from a computer and even from a tablet.
“It’s been a real eye opener for us,” Peeffer says.
She hopes the technology can help students who have a hard time remembering what they’ve read.
“I’m really excited to be able to bring that technology into the classroom and give students the tools they need to help them remember,” Peesher says.