Between 2010 and 2017, Cauli Le Chat, retired feline roving reporter for Mooresville Public Library (Mooresville, Indiana), reported all things interesting to cats (and humans) happening at the library. Related stories from across the state (and beyond) were also included.
Cauli Le Chat
Cauli Le Chat, MPL Roving Reporter
Monday, February 27, 2017
The Holodeck, It's Not
Lady RaDA sent my minions an email announcing that my library now offers a virtual reality headset (called Cynoculars) to checkout at the circulation desk. The holodeck, it's not, but it's a start. Here's what the headset looks like:
Something Like This, I'll Venture
Yep, Pretty Much
You'd Better Not Grab My Tail
(You've Been Warned)
This is what Lady RaDA had to say about the new Cynoculars:
"We now have a Virtual Reality headset available for
circulation. It has a 7-day circulation period with no renewals, $.25 per day
overdue fine, and $20.00 replacement fee. It is holdable. Please note that the
patron will need an iOS or Android Smartphone that will fit into the cartridge.
Larger Smartphones may not fit, so you may want the patron to see if theirs
will work. The patron will need to search “VR” in the App Store or Google Play
for apps to download and use with the headset.
"Here is a link to the Cynoculars website: http://cynoculars.com/b2/ I strongly advise you to view the video on this website to
learn about how it works (and to enjoy some rather bad acting)." Can-do, Lady RaDA.
Lady RaDA continues: "For
now, we are going to keep the VR headset in a kit bag. The bag includes a
remote control with 2 AAA batteries and a polishing cloth. It also has 7
laminated instruction cards on a ring."
To checkout the device, you'll need an Evergreen Indiana library card issued by Mooresville Public Library (our name is printed on the back, and our barcode numbers begin with 27323...). If you have the correct technology to work with the headset, it's yours for the taking. Well, the checking-out, anyway. You can't just take them. Unless you're on the holodeck. But that's not until the 24th century.
Your (Retired) Roving Reporter On The Go,
Cauli Le Chat
P.S. The pilot episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) introduced us to the holodeck. Here's a clip with Commander Riker (Jonathan Frakes) and Lt. Commander Data (Brent Spiner) discussing the technology.