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Tech Studio Projects Fall 2013

December 11, 2013

Take an Arduino boards, add some sensors, mix in some code and action figures and you have the Fall 2013 Tech Studio Projects. A series of interactive projects ranging from a cookie jar alarm system, Artduino (the marriage of art and Arduino) and a sound visualization.1476003_10152056713438293_999269550_n

More projects and pictures on our Facebook page.

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More Arduino Fun This Year

September 16, 2013

Arduino fun starts early this year.

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Kinects for Windows

January 20, 2013

Kinects for Windows is coming to the IMM lab this term. This will be a great addition to the program and for the students!321363_10151338562478695_1876747229_n

Tech Studio Projects

December 23, 2012

Mix in some coding with external inputs and you have the inaugural projects for the first Tech Studio session this fall. Projects ranged from building interactive experience utilizing sensor inputs, to experiments with Processing and an Android App!

Check out the pictures on our Facebook Photo Album.

Brain Controlled Artificial Intelligent Mobile Remote Virtual Reality Accessories!

January 7, 2012

Sheridan Interactive Multimedia has a multimedia pioneering course that we have been running for almost 10 years.  It certainly has been exciting keeping up with the near future for so many years.  Some highlights for guest speakers have been: Bill Buxton, David Rokeby, Steve Mann, Vincent Jon Vincent, and dozens more.

We make sure the students build prototypes in technologies like multiuser, gesture tech, mediated reality (augmented and diminished).  We have prototyped tilt and multitouch for years – now these have moved into regular curriculum.

For the last few years we have also run club projects where groups run a club for various technologies.  For instance, last year we had Holograms, Reality Gaming, Ardino, Shape Recognition and Voice Recognition clubs.  The year before that was Wands, Second Life, Augmented Reality, iPhone, and 3D Vision.

This year the clubs were as follows with links to Blogs the students made for each topic:

Above, Professor Dan Zen tries out a Brain Controlled Game

IMM Students control a paper shredder from their mobile device

Sheridan Interactive Multimedia Visual Tour

July 2, 2011

Sheridan Interactive Multimedia Visual Tour
We used this picture as a visual tour for the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario to show them some of the works of our students.

For the presentation, we used a Flash AIR app called OrbitZoom (By Professor Dan Zen) to show the picture.  Being an AIR app, it works on the desktop as an image viewer or can easily be converted to mobile as AIR is on or can be published to iOS, Blackberry Playbook and future Blackberries, and Android devices.  There is a Web version CLICK HERE  Click the picture zoom and click the picture to stop zooming.  Press A for actual size – pan around by dragging.  Double click to return to full picture.

The Sheridan Interactive Multimedia one year post grad program is accepting applications for this September.  Please see our site at http://imm.sheridanc.on.ca.

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Creating Mobile Games and Apps a Reality for Sheridan Interactive Multimedia

February 28, 2011

After ten years of prototyping mobile apps… WAP (2001), Flash Lite Apps for PDA’s (2005) , tilt emulators (2008), etc. we finally have games and apps running on real mobile devices at Sheridan Interactive Multimedia one-year post grad program.

We had a few running second term last year but now all the students have them on iOS, Android with Windows Mobile 7 and Blackberry just around the corner.  In class we have a dozen iPhone, iPod Touc, iPads, Android ViewSonic and Samsung Galaxy devices.  The students have apps up and running on the devices primarily through using the Adobe Flash / AIR packagers for iOS and Android which lets them build once and publish across many devices.  We have a quick look at the native iOS apps as well and some of the students have done personal project work in this area.

Tyson Leslie's Punch Driven Android App

The tools and techniques to prepare apps for mobile devices are still in their early stages often requiring a dozen steps with installs and command lines, etc.  to run emulators, handle signing, etc.  We have been working through these steps in our second term Multimedia Pioneering course and some of the notes and discussion can be found on our Flash to Mobile Facebook group which is open to everybody to join.  The skills to build the applications in general are embedded in our other courses from Web Authoring, Motion Graphics, Web Design and Application Development where Web based apps are also looked at.

William Chong's DumbBots

The response from the students when seeing their apps on actual devices was so exciting.  Here are a few blog posts of the experience – certainly not all roses but that’s what happens when you pioneer technology.

Will – http://interactivewill.wordpress.com/
Greetings Pioneers! Let’s continue the MOBILE-STREAK!

Joanna – http://ongjf.wordpress.com/
At last, I finally got some of my flash applications into the iphone! I’ve been waiting for this moment since the start of the term!!

Antonio – http://otiracimm.wordpress.com/
I can now put my apps on Android devices!

There were many more and we look forward to presenting the apps at our Open House in April or May – stay tuned!

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Creating Sites, Apps and Social Media for The Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, FITC Design Conference, and Almost Naked Animals Sites through Sheridan Interactive Multimedia 2011 Client Projects

February 19, 2011

Sheridan Interactive Multimedia 2011 client projects consist of sites, social media and apps for The Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, the FITC Design Conference, and the Almost Naked Animals TV show.  We are doing a couple projects for each of the latter two and working with the Sheridan York Design program on His Honor’s site.  The client projects are part of the one year post grad curriculum and are managed through our Project Management course drawing from each of the other courses for content design and creation.  http://imm.sheridanc.on.ca

THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR OF ONTARIO
It was a great experience for our faculty and student to meet His Honour and hear his vision for a more interactive and social Web presence including facebook, Twitter and YouTube channels.  The students look forward to the challenge of designing for fresh ideas while reflecting our heritage.

Sheridan Interactive Multimed Designs the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario Website and Social Media

Sheridan Interactive Multimedia Group (right) Meets with His Honour

FITC DESIGN CONFERENCE
FITC Toronto is one of the largest and longest running design events in the world: http://www.fitc.ca.  The students are creating an interactive installation at the conference combining spatial id (RFID tags or QR codes) with head/eye tracking video and Adobe Flash.

FITC Design Conference Features Sheridan Interactive Multimedia Students

ALMOST NAKED ANIMALS
Students are making games for Web and perhaps Mobile for Almost Naked Animals the TV show that airs on YTV Kids television network .

Almost Naked Animals works with Sheridan Interactive Multimedia Students


So… certainly a variety of projects for this year’s designers and developers in the one year post grad, Sheridan Interactive Multimedia program.  If you are interested in seeing what the program entails, please visit our http://imm.sheridanc.on.ca site and check out the Course Outlines.  There are also links to apply for September.  So please pass along the news.

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Amazing native 3D in Flash plus Hardware Accelerated Video and Mobile Advances

October 28, 2010

3D with GPU acceleration is finally coming to Flash – with support for custom engines built on top and controllers.  You can watch Adobe talk about it here:  http://tv.adobe.com/watch/adc-presents/molehill-3d-apis.  Also here is a note from Unity 3D, currently the hottest 3D tool and plugin on the Web:  http://blogs.unity3d.com/2011/02/27/unity-flash-3d-on-the-web/.

Flash also recently added hardware acceleration for video with stage video as outlined here: http://www.adobe.com/devnet/devices/articles/video_content_tv.html.  Any earlier gripes about video in Flash being slow on the Mac are now solved going forward.

Flash has also finally there in mobile with Android well supported with AIR and Blackberry playbook supporting (and interface created by) AIR.  Flash is now allowed to publish to native iPhone/iPad code, Nokia is using the latest Flash lite, Windows Mobile, check.   The tooling for making mobile apps is happening http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/flashbuilder_burrito and device central, etc.  with support for multitouch and tilt technologies.

All in all, amazing response from Adobe to all constructive criticism.

Dan Zen

Sheridan Interactive Multimedia Teaches Adobe CS4 in 2009

January 3, 2009
Adobe Creative Suite 4

Adobe Creative Suite 4

As is the Sheridan Interactive Multimedia tradition, we teach the latest software even if that means switching in the middle of a school year.  Our Interactive Multimedia students will be learning Adobe CS4 in the second term starting January.

This gives our graduates an advantage in the industry and also helps industry keep trained and fresh.  We also have the students create tutorials on the new technology.  These tutorials have received thousands of views and have been a helpful resource – Dan Zen

Sheridan Interactive Multimedia is currently accepting applications for September 2009.  Please visit our site for more information:  http://imm.sheridanc.on.ca


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