FITC, one of the largest and longest running design and technology conferences in the world, had its 10th anniversary and the Sheridan Interactive Multimedia students provided an installation piece using Flash and FLAR (Augmented Reality) connected up to Facebook for a social media connection.
The installation let visitors digitally fist-bump each other (10 year anniversary) with the winner being the person with the most fist bumps. The process was to first find out who they were by scanning a FLAR marker on their conference badge then to capture their face for a customizable avatar. At this point they could also connect their marker to their Facebook account. On a big screen, they scanned again to fist-bump a challenger who had followed the same process. Big fists did the bumping, the totals were tallied and the winner was presented along with the custom avatars. It was always a laugh seeing people’s avatars. Your bump partner’s contact info was then sent off to Facebook.
Overall there were about 400 unique fist-bumpers and lots of smiles and contacts made. Congrats to the group for their hard work: Abeiene Nejar, Antonio Carito, Cherry Argana, Darren Neville, Jacky Kam, Joanna Ong, Justin Howlett, Tyler Lindo and Tyson Leslie. The students explored a wide range of advanced interactive technologies such as augmented reality, face recognition, social media API’s, as well as traditional work with coding, motion graphics and database work.
If you would like to talk to the students or find out more about the project and program, please note we are having an open house on Friday, May 13 – click SUPERSTITION to find out more. Thanks to Shawn Pucknel at FITC for providing the students with such a great opportunity.