Archive for the ‘Mobile’ Category

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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Introduction to Mobile UX

July 30, 2013

Check out IMM instructor, Andrew Smyk’s Introduction to Mobile UX article.

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Mobile has changed the way we interact with content. As UX practitioners, we need to rethink the design paradigm for the web. Simply translating desktop designs to mobile screens is not an option. Small touch screens on smartphones, tablets, and e-readers change the way users input and interact with content.

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Sheridan IMM Alumni TVO Ping Pong App Makes iTunes Front

February 1, 2013

Sheridan IMM TVO Ping Pong mobile app

Sheridan Alumni – David Neumann (2004), Paul McMonagle (2010) and Yohei Yamaguchi (2012) worked on the TVO Ping Pong App available in the iTunes app store at https://t.co/JfyZtoua.  The app was featured on iTunes Canada and has received over 10,000 downloads.  Congratulations!

Neumann is Manager – TVO IdeaShaker Innovation Lab and also teaches Web Design and Development in the IMM program.  He reports that the alumni created the idea for the app, the game play, interactivity and prototyped a proof of concept.  They also created HTML5 banner ads and other campaign assets.  The team including other IMM grads have made apps for TVO (http://ww3.tvo.org/apps) but in this case, due to campaign timing, the final development was outsourced.  What an exciting concept to play ping pong between two players with devices as paddles.

More news can be found here: http://torontoist.com/2013/01/polkaroo-provokes-public-to-play-ping-pong/20130123-carly-polkaroo/ and here: http://docstudio.tvo.org/special/ping-pong

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PIXELLER – Kit da Studio Wins FWA!

May 3, 2012

Pixeller -try it out!

Kit Man (IMM 2002) has been creating excellent work for years at http://www.kitdastudio.com and has just launched a mobile pixel editor called PIXELLER.  The app has just won an FWA – so major congrats on a great app!

Here is the story from Kit – enjoy!

Why make it?

Coz there’s no such a serious-enough pixel art editor in the market, so i decided to make one – for myself and for people like us [:)] which allows us to create pixel art anytime anywhere when we have 5 or 10 minutes free

Why pixel art?

It is a style that never grow old; and it always remind me the golden age of gaming – which means the age where multimedia craftsmen need to push their skills, imagination and playability design to the very-edge under the limited resources. I still think the games of the 80s from Nintendo are the best game to spend time with.

What was a challenge?

I am new to the imaging part of objective-C. So I don’t really know where to start; after I’ve done sketches of Pixeller on scrap papers. The solution is step-by-step and bit-by-bit. I’ve broken things down into very small single tasks – and solve it one-by-one. Like playing puzzle. And through which I become more confident in programming [:)]

It looks complicated!

It has been a dilemma to me, to make it quickly OR to make it like drag-and-drop pixel art editor. Finally i decided to support more features to make it a serious-enough pixel art editor – reason : tools are here to support creativity and it can’t be too limited.  In the end, it took from design to product – 2 months time

What’s next for Pixeller?

I’ve done 80% of what I’ve sketched on the design notes. The next step would be ANIMATION ! With the introduction of a timeline – and pixel artists can make an animated GIF out of it ! the video and features info will be here – http://www.kitdastudio.com/?p=513 and screencaps can be grabbed from here – http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pixeller/id511355490?mt=8 If you have more questions I would love to answer them [:)] Pixeller v1.1 http://www.kitdastudio.com

Sheridan Interactive Multimedia Open House 2012

April 20, 2012

Sheridan Interactive Multimedia Open House 2012

Sheridan Interactive Multimedia invites you to their Open House 2012

// Tuesday May 1, 2012
// 4PM – 7PM
// Studio Huddle
// 97 Niagara Street, Toronto

Come see the latest in Mobile, HTML5, Flash AIR, Augmented Reality, 3D and more!

Our Post-grad Graduates would like you to meet them and view their portfolios.
Partake in refreshments and mingle with the Interactive Industry.
Please bring colleagues and you are encouraged to pass along the invite.

http://imm.sheridanc.on.ca/openhouse/2012/

http://facebook.com/events/289635944448455/

See you there!

Dan Zen & IMM Crew.

Professor & Coordinator
Sheridan Interactive Multimedia
Canadian New Media Educator of the Year 2008
http://imm.sheridanc.on.ca/

PS – portfolios currently online are still being completed.

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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Four of Seven RIM PlayBook Demos by Sheridan Grads!

February 28, 2011

RIM Blackberry Playbook Tablet

Research in Motion (RIM) came in to the FITO user group – one of the largest Flash user groups in the world to demonstrate apps running on their new tablet, the PlayBook.  The audience of over 100 developers and designers found the speed, interface and quality of the Playbook to be just dandy – it was nice to get my hands on one even for a short time.

What was really nice to see for us at Sheridan was that Three of the demonstrators of apps running on the Playbook were from our Interactive Multimedia Program and two other presenters are with Jam 3 which was started by IMM’ers and another speaker was from the Sheridan Computer Graphics program.  So that left only one presenter, Matt Rix of TrainYard fame (and fortune) as the non-Sheridan connection.  Matt’s ScoreKeeper app looked and ran great – super interface work.

Sunil John demonstrates Robot Skinning RIM Playbook App

Sunil John (IMM2010) presented his 3D Robot Skinning App, Salpy Kelian (IMM2009) showed a recipe app, Matt Fabb (IMM2001) showed a StickerYou app and Hugh Elliot (CG1999) showed his haiku movie sorting app.  Both Salpy and Sunil are with Jam 3 so they had four presenters there that night – wow!

 

Matt Fabb Demonstrates Sticker You PlayBook App

Salpy Kelian cooks up a storm on the PlayBook

Hugh Elliot's Movie Haiku app on the BlackBerry Playbook Tablet

Sheridan IMM Program Coordinator of Curriculum, Dan Zen, attended and is now currently creating a PlayBook app using Flash Builder Burrito – and digging the tooling.  He says, “I find it a lot easier, straight-forward and powerful compared to the xCode / Interface Builder on the Mac for iOS – but then again, I have been working with Adobe tools for years. ”  The experiences of working with Mobile can somewhat be found on the facebook – Flash to Mobile group we started.

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Photos courtesy of Michelle Messina adjusted by Dan Zen.

Sheridan Interactive Multimedia Grad Update – Cam at Disney, Club Penguin

February 19, 2011

Sheridan Interactive Multimedia Grad at Disney Club Penguin

Just sent off a little “hello, what’s up – any news for a grad-update blog post?” message to Cam Warnock, IMM 2006 and here a response that is always nice to get 😉

Hey Dan,

Well the last little while has been really busy. My wife and I just moved to Kelowna, BC after I got a position at Disney Online Studios. I’m an AS3 programmer on their Club Penguin product. Club Penguin is a MMO for kids where you create your own penguin and and then proceed to play games, chat, complete quests, take care of pets, etc.. It’s a really great gig! You can find out more at http://www.clubpenguin.com/

Before that I had been going full tilt on developing iPhone apps at Indusblue. I was the lead programmer on apps for CTV, Rogers, MTV, Much Music and CityNews. It was a really hectic year, but I gained a lot experience wise.

Here are some links for the apps I’ve worked on;

CTV Olympics – http://indusblue.com/portfolio/post/official_mobile_app ctv_olympics/
Rogers Cup – http://indusblue.com/portfolio/post/rogers_cup_iphone_app/
MTV 10 Spot – http://indusblue.com/portfolio/post/mtv_10_spot_iphone_app/
Much Concerts – http://indusblue.com/portfolio/post/muchconcerts_iphone_app/

Hope all is well. How’s program going these days?

Cheers,
Cam

Sheridan Interactive Multimedia IMM Grad on CTV Olympics Mobile App

We love to hear from grads so send me an e-mail or facebook message anytime!

Dan

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Sheridan Interactive Multimedia Students Work on 3D Mobile Game for the Ontario House Pavilion at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics

February 25, 2010

Steph, Su, Nancy and Isaac with ICICONS!

Sheridan Interactive Multimedia students helped build a 3D digital game called IC3D for the Ontario House Pavilion at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games. The game lets players move “ICICONS”,  Ontario attractions that have been frozen in ice, around on a 3D monitor using mobile devices as a controller.

Video of the game: http://www.sheridan3d.ca/videos

Five Blackberry smart phones were used and each player controlled one ICICON.  Once the ICICONS are put in the correct place the 3D scene advances.  3D work was done by Sheridan’s 3D Animation students.  The icons and various mobile interfaces and sound were done by our IMM students.  The 3D screen was provided by Spatial View and requires no 3D glasses.  The folks from Spatial View were guest speakers in our IMM Multimedia Pioneering course last year.  The whole project was coordinated and programmed by the Sheridan Visualization Design Institute upstairs in the SCAET building which also houses IMM.

3D Spatial View Monitor and RIM BlackBerry Smart Phones

The center of the icy sphere fills with the current icon.

Here are some thoughts from the students involved interspersed with pictures from the Olympics.  The students have been kept very busy with interviews almost daily since the launch of the game:

“We are grateful to VDI for inviting us to work on such a high profile and technologically forward thinking project. IC3D was a great opportunity for us to collaborate with talented people from diverse backgrounds. We worked closely with art directors, project managers, programmers, animators, new media specialists and fine artists, participating in the creative process from start to finish. The Visual Design Institute acknowledged our past experience, skill, talent, and ability to work independently, so we could dedicate ourselves to building a great final product. We respect the fact Sheridan works hard to promote the value of artists in the New Media industry, from programmers to fine artists.” — Sheridan IMM Team

The Ontario House Pavilion - Photo by Sheridan VDI

“IC3D project was a great opportunity for students from different discipline to collaborate with professionals. I took a part in integrating traditional illustrations with 3D game elements and it was amazing to see how everything worked out together in the end to create this beautiful interactive 3D game.” — Su Hyun Kim

“IC3D was an excellent experience for a traditional print designer making the transition into designing for digital media. Working closely with talented people from various disciplines, I was exposed to the dynamics of ‘their’ work flow, insights and challenges, thus helping me understand the overall bigger picture of what it takes to create a product of this magnitude. The team at VDI were extremely encouraging, and often welcomed new ideas and suggestions. Overall, the best part of this project was being able to collaborate with fellow classmates in a different environment and seeing how each of their own strengths and talents contributed to the success of the final product.“ – Nancy Ng

Crowd playing IC3D game at the Olympics - photos Sheridan VDI

“Working with everyone on IC3D was a lot of fun! I’m happy that, despite my lack of formal education in multimedia design, my portfolio and background in Philosophy were enough for VDI to trust I could be of value to the project. It was a great chance to learn from other students with design and fine art backgrounds. The opportunity to work closely with professionals on real projects and be involved throughout the entire creative process is essential to good education. Especially in graduate courses, it is important that students are introduced directly to professionals in the industry, and are offered opportunities for ‘real world’ experience outside the influence of the classroom.” – Steph Coleman

“Collaborating with VDI in one of Ontario Winter Olympics project was a very important first hands on experience for me in the new technologies and new media industry, coming from a pure programming background I had the chance to work and collaborate with artists from all different backgrounds. I can now understand the importance of design and functionality coming together to create a cutting edge final product. This unique experience gave me the chance to add tools to my belt that I’m sure are going to be key in my future career. I would gladly collaborate again on any VDI future project.” — Isaac Luy

More information can be found in the Sheridan Press Release.  Also, keep up with the news at the Sheridan 3D site.

Mobile Flash Open House

March 13, 2005

Sheridan Interactive Multimedia is having its Spring Open House:

MOBILE FLASH
Wednesday, April 13th
From 3pm-7pm
Room S139, SCAET Building
1430 Trafalgar Road, Oakville
Visitor Parking at Ceremonial Road

We will be featuring our graduate personal and client projects as well as Multimedia Pioneering prototypes for mobile applications in Flash. Whether you want to shop, date, identify an object or just find your keys – we’ve probably got a mobile sample for you.

Please pass along this invite to all who might be interested and have them send us an e-mail if they would like future invites.

This is an excellent opportunity to see graduate work or to discuss a client project for next year. We have had a great mix this year from charities to the CFL and The Canadian New Media Awards. Also, there are still positions open for September so if you know of potential applicants, please bring them along.

All are welcome, we look forward to seeing you,

Dan Zen
Sheridan Interactive Multimedia
http://imm.sheridanc.on.ca
Professor & Industry Liaison
Canadian New Media Awards Programmer of the Year 2002

IMM supports:
FlashintheCan :: April 9-11 :: http://www.fitc.ca
Canadian New Media Awards :: May 30 :: http://cnma.ca
Flash Goddess :: http://www.flashgoddess.com


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