Ann Arbor’s Saganworks has opened and is offering a new way to store and share knowledge in a virtual room format — users create their own 3-D room where files are stored on say bookshelves or in cabinets. Files can include audio, video, photos, word docs, excel sheets, and more.
“We don’t live in a 2-D world, yet that’s how we’ve been retaining knowledge and memories from the time of early cave dwellers until now,” says Donald Hicks, CEO of Saganworks. “Human interaction is due for innovation. We can do that by giving people tools to store their memories, work, and interests in a 3-D space that they can create and relate to.”
Hicks founded Ann Arbor’s LLamasoft, which offers supply chain design software, in 1998 and sold it in 2017.
The virtual rooms are designed to keep knowledge and information. For individuals, it can create a gallery of photos, help with personal organization, build a portfolio, keep track of recipes, or organize class notes.
Jesse Mason, a physics professor at Schoolcraft College in Livonia, has been exploring the software through its development. He used Saganworks to finish teaching his physics class online when the COVID-19 pandemic closed the school.
“The Sagan I built gave students a fun and memorable way for them to interact with the mountain of materials necessary to learn physics remotely – pdf assignments, YouTube lectures, and interactive simulations,” says Mason, who assigned building educational Sagans as his final project.
The name Sagan comes from “Spatially Accessible Gallery of Archived kNowledge,” according to Hicks. It also pays tribute to Carl Sagan, an American astronomer and physicist that Hicks admires.
“If this technology can make life easier, simpler for even one person by storing their knowledge and memories in a space they can relate to, we’re ready to open the door,” says Hicks.
More information on Saganworks can be found here. Users can select a free sample plan that provides mobile and web-based access to a Sagan with two GB of data storage or subscribe to a plan with full access to unlimited Sagans and 80 GB of storage. All plans include Chat Bot, Help Center, and unlimited community access to a library of Sagans.