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March 24, 2015

Andrew Smyk will be presenting “Digital Kids on Branding, Privacy and Technology Bias” at this year’s FITC Toronto in April.

Learn why the next generation of tech savvy kids will change how we design and deliver content and digital experiences. This cohort will break down the traditional ideas of branding, marketing and personal privacy and continue in their dependence on online information and social media.

Andrew Smyk is the Program Coordinator of Interactive Media in the Sheridan Interactive Media one year post grad, Oakville, Canada where students learn to build mobile and Web environments in which users can create, communicate and play.

CreateInTO Presents Dan Zen on ZIMjs Interactive Media Modules

February 27, 2015
CreateInTO Presents Dan Zen on ZIMjs

CreateInTO Presents Dan Zen on ZIMjs

Inventor, Dan Zen, will give an introduction talk about the ZIMjs library of interactive media modules at the upcoming CreateInTO event, 7PM on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at the Handlebar in Kensington Market, 159 Augusta Avenue, Toronto, ON, Canada.

zim.drag(circle); plus 60 more fantastic functions!

Inventor, Dan Zen, introduces ZIMjs – a free library of interactive media modules. CreateJS gives us the nesting power of Flash. ZIMjs extends CreateJS to give us new hit tests, parallax, damping, components, swipes, grids, guides, responsive layouts for mobile and more making front end coding easier. Bring a colleague out to CreateInTO to learn about the new jQuery of the Canvas – ZIMjs.

 

CreateInTO is a user group of creative developers, designers, hackers, makers and more.  Everyone is welcome to the Wednesday meetup:  http://www.meetup.com/CreateInTO/events/220783293/ There will be two tickets to the FITC Conference given away to winning attendants, courtesy of FITC, a founding supporter of CITO.

Dan Zen is a professor of Interactive Media in the Sheridan Interactive Media one year post grad, Oakville, Canada where students learn to build mobile and Web environments in which users can create, communicate and play.

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

David Neumann to Give First SPOTLIGHT HTML5 Talk

December 2, 2011

David Neumann, the Web Design / Web App Development teacher at IMM is giving the first talk at the Spotlight HTML5 event in Toronto on Saturday Dec 3, 2011.

In this session we will walk through the main features of the HTML5 Geolocation API. From privacy concerns to fall back plans if location can’t be determined, we will look at an overview of what is for now an optional “nice to have” on many mobile web applications, but will be in the future a standard feature with interesting potential.

Hope you can make it there – SPOTLIGHT HTML5

Adrian Belina from Jam3 Media Gives Talk to Sheridan Interactive Multimedia

March 14, 2009
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Adrian Belina from Jam 3 Visits IMM

Adrian Belina from the award winning Jam 3 Media at http://jam3media.com came in to give a talk on Motion Graphics to the students of the Sheridan Interactive Multimedia one year post grad program.  Adrian is a co-founder of Jam 3 along with Mark McQuillan and Pablo Vio.  All three graduated the same year from Sheridan Interactive Multimedia and have gone on to form their own company in Liberty Village in Toronto.

It was great to see the motion graphics tips and tricks they use to add value to their client work.  Adrian gave a two hour talk and answer period that really solidified the learning the students have been doing in the Motion Graphics course.  We thank Adrian for his time and care to give back to educate the new generation of students.

Inventor Professor Dan Zen with Co-founder Adrian Belina from Jam 3

Professor Dan Zen with Co-founder Adrian Belina from Jam 3

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Sheridan Interactive Multimedia Visits GestureTek to view Multitouch Tables and Motion Interface Systems

February 7, 2009

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We had another great visit to GestureTek in Toronto where Vincent Jon Vincent showed us around the gesture control systems – like Minority Report and the multitouch tables.

A couple groups of students are making applications to run on the GestureTek systems for the upcoming Ontario Premier Awards as part of their combined Multimedia Pioneering / Client Project curriculum.

Please visit our IMM Facebook page for more pictures.

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Wayne MacPhail on Web 2.0 and Second Life

February 20, 2007

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Wayne MacPhail from W8NC came in to our Sheridan Interactive Multimedia lab and gave an fantastic overview of Web 2.0 Applications discussing primarily the social aspects surrounding tagging, RSS, bookmarks, etc. He also showed his work in Second Life, the virtual world. Below you will find Blog entries from the students about the talk and the topic.

Seeing The Future Through The Past

May 17, 2004

Bill Buxton of Alias | Wavefront fame reminded us at the recent Digifest conference that “Technologies take 20 years to reach fruition”. Many technologies of the day are based on the work of pioneers.

Dan Zen, Professor at Sheridan in the Interactive Multimedia Program, was at Digifest preparing for this year’s newly launched Multimedia Pioneering course in which emerging technologies are examined.

“It is great seeing technologies like Steve Mann’s mediated reality eye-glasses and digital walls of OLED screens but often the pioneers are looking for people to make content for their platforms.” says Dan Zen. “Our interactive multimedia graduates are the perfect candidates for such ventures with their background in creating interactive environments through design and programming.”

The ten technologies featured in this year’s multimedia pioneering course included Virtual Reality, Mobile Technologies, Immersion Screens, Mediated Reality, Artificial Intelligence and more.

Among the prominent speakers were the Governor General’s Award Winning artist, David Rokeby speaking on Interactive Installations; Cyborg, James Fung, on pattern recognition in Mediated Reality; Macklin Williams, New Media Award co-winner for her interactive architecture tools.

Students went on visits to pioneering locations such as the Immersion Studios in Toronto and our own Sheridan Immersion Studios. Speakers brought working demos such as Vincent Jon Vincent creator of JesterTech software who provided a green screen virtual reality set letting learners see themselves onscreen and use their actions as an interface to games such as to save soccer balls.

For more information please see the individual press releases on the Sheridan Interactive Multimedia site: http://imm.sheridanc.on.ca.

The Sheridan one year post-grad Interactive Multimedia program also provides courses in Web and Disc authoring and design using primarily Macromedia and Adobe software. They combine programming and design to make Web applications and tools; games and puzzles; artistic and experimental work; and simulations for education and entertainment. Graduates can do everything from audio visual and motion graphics to database communications and multi-user applications.

Applications will be accepted until the end of the summer. Successful applicants are accepted on a first come first serve basis. Please contact imm@sheridanc.on.ca or visit http://imm.sheridanc.on.ca for information on how to apply to this exciting and ever-changing field.

Apply now and help build Canada’s pioneering future.

Adam Gallant From Microsoft Previews Longhorn

March 23, 2004

Adam Gallant from Microsoft previewed Longhorn, the upcoming Microsoft Operating System. Of interest to the students was the new WinFS where meta information is stored in a database to make file-finding easier, Avalon to ensure that everything including the Operating System interface gets access to accelerated 3D and Sparkle which provides XAML access to animated buttons, etc. that would be hooked up to some programming language through the .NET architecture.

It was an interesting experience for the students as everyone loves to hate Microsoft. Comparisons were made to Lynx and Mac operating systems and further wish-lists for perhaps a segmented set of operating systems ensued. It would be cool if we could run an operating system for designer / developers or a futuristic experimental operating system with Voice control, 3D interface, etc.

Learners prepared McLuhan Tetrads for Multimedia Installations based on the talk and on in-class research and presentations. Learners analyzed what the technology enhances, makes obsolete, retrieves and flips into. The lecture / lab experience is part of the Sheridan Multimedia Pioneering course where a new technologies with respect to Interactive Multimedia are examined and working samples are explored. The technologies are:

  • The Web
  • Online Communities
  • Virtual Reality
  • Multimedia Installations
  • Immersive Screens
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Mediated Reality and Wearable Computing
  • Peer-to-peer Chat and File Sharing
  • Mobile Technologies
  • Disk Technologies
  • Architecture – Digital Walls, Smart Homes & Walk-throughs
  • Microsoft Longhorn Operating System
  • Course Coordinator: Professor Dan Zen
    For further inquiries please contact imm@sheridanc.on.ca

    In_Situ Co-Founder Opens Walls To New Media In Architecture

    March 2, 2004

    Maclin Williams, Co-founder of In_Situ, brought to light advances in Architecture as architects move to create digital walls with OLED technology. There was brief exloration of visualization tools such as In_Situ which superimposes upcoming architecture on existing architecture through augmented reality making it the winner of the Design Exchange / National Post New Media Award. But the main focus of the engagement was on how the end user will be able to use digital media in their environments.

    This topic goes beyond “Smart” homes where conveniences are found through digital interfaces and monitoring. We are looking at completely immersing occupants in a digital environment of their choosing or of someone else’s choosing. We can provide digital floors that leave footprints or echo footprints – real or customized. Our walls might make it seem as if we are in the middle of a Toronto sidewalk or a Dundas forest and allow us to superimpose and mix with a gesture of the hand.

    The students are already thinking about prototyping in Flash and Director for such a world. Best of luck to them turning their visions into reality. After all it is our role to build environments so we are well prepared to become the architects of this century.

    Learners prepared McLuhan Tetrads for Multimedia Installations based on the talk and on in-class research and presentations. The Tetrads are available at: http://imm.sheridanc.on.ca/tetrads/architecture.html. Learners analyzed what the technology enhances, makes obsolete, retrieves and flips into. The lecture / lab experience is part of the Sheridan Multimedia Pioneering course where a new technologies with respect to Interactive Multimedia are examined and working samples are explored. The technologies are:

  • The Web
  • Online Communities
  • Virtual Reality
  • Multimedia Installations
  • Immersive Screens
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Mediated Reality and Wearable Computing
  • Peer-to-peer Chat and File Sharing
  • Mobile Technologies
  • Disk Technologies
  • Architecture – Digital Walls, Smart Homes & Walk-throughs
  • Microsoft Longhorn Operating System
  • Course Coordinator: Professor Dan Zen
    For further inquiries please contact imm@sheridanc.on.ca


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