Posts Tagged ‘FITO’

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.

IT’S ALIVE! Sheridan Interactive Multimedia Open House

April 11, 2009
Click for Interactive Invite

Click for Interactive Invite

We are having our Sheridan Interactive Multimedia Open House at Function 13 this year in Kensington Market in Toronto.  This is the home of FITO – the largest Flash User Group in the world and also FITC – one of the top digital media conferences.  As such… we are thankful for Shawn and the crew for providing a FREE FITC Ticket as a door prize!  So come on out!

The invite this year is exciting as usual.  It was created by the students and in particular Rob, Salpy and Matt with theme and organizational help from all of us.   It includes an interactive augmented reality 3D portion.  You print a page and look at the page with a Webcam and it shows a surprise 3D figure.  This is something that we will be continuing at the open house in a very amusing way 😉 and also is involved in how we give away the FITC ticket.

Here is a link to the Invite:

http://imm.sheridanc.on.ca/go/openhouse2009wp

Anyone can see the invite but for the second stage with the FLAR and 3D portion you will need to have a Webcam – if you don’t or just want to take a quick look at what it is like… here is a video of professor Dan Zen trying it out:

http://imm.sheridanc.on.ca/go/youtube2009wp

Please drop on by the event page in facebook and RSVP!

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IT’S ALIVE – Modeling Life…
Sheridan Interactive Multimedia Open House 2009

addEventListener…

April 22, 2009
2PM – 7PM
Function 13 Gallery (Home of FITO and FITC)
156 Augusta Ave – Kensington Market (at Dundas)
Toronto

var tech:Array = [“AS3”, “3D”, “Inverse Kinematics”, “Tilt”, “Motion Graphics”,
“AIR”, “PHP”, “MySQL”, “JQuery”, “AJAX”, “Project Management”, “Web Design”];

var apps:Array = [“Adobe CS4”, “Flash”, “DreamWeaver”,
“Photoshop”,  “Illustrator”, “Premiere”, “AfterEffects”];

All the best… Dan Zen

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Sheridan Represents Educators at FlashinTO (FITO is the Largest Flash User Group) Panel

May 2, 2008

FlashinTO - FITO - Flash in TO - Toronto Flash User Group

Sheridan Interactive Multimedia Professor, Dan Zen, joined Simon Conlin (sherpa & consultant), Ryan Andal (agency technical), Nick Stupa (recent grad), Ryan Wolman (agency design) as an educational representative at the FlashinTO user group panel talk about the state of the new media industry.

The talk was moderated by James Eberhardt (Mobile Guru) who asked questions such as our thoughts of the recent FITC festival…, what skill sets are missing or in demand in the industry…, what keeps you going… etc. These questions and many others from the attentive audience led to animated discussion lasting almost two hours without lull. Cheers to all for such a fun-filled and informative evening.

Dan Zen articulated his vision of education that being to help make Canada and indeed all of us more innovative where graduates possess the latest techniques and have created content that is relevant to these techniques. Examples are learnings and projects in video motion cursor work (like the Wii), sound frequency analysis, interactive walls and mobile work with the latest applications like Adobe CS3 with AS3, AIR, etc. When the grads go into industry, it helps rejuivinate and push the industry culturally.

Dan Zen also concluded the talks with a message that should go out to us all no matter what our area of expertise. The environment. We hold in our hands the tools of the media, commerce and culture. They can be used in many ways from a subtle refocusing of consumerism to outright activism.

FITO or FlashinTO is the Toronto Flash User Group which has been said to be the largest in the world with thousands of members. The group meets on the last Wednesday of each month at Element156 – Digital Media Center 156 Augusta Avenue. (Just North of Dundas, Just West of Spadina). If you are interested, please come on out!

Dan Zen Gives Pecha Kucha Talk on Focuso at FITO, Toronto Flash User Group

November 30, 2007

Focuso FITO Talk

Inventor and Professor, Dan Zen gave a Pecha Kucha talk Nov 28th, 2007 at FITO the Toronto Flash user group, largest of its kind in the world: http://www.flashinto.com. The event was packed and was held at the Pixel Gallery in Kensington Market, Toronto – (Element156 – Digital Media Center, 156 Augusta Avenue Just North of Dundas, Just West of Spadina – a great gallery to check out!)

Pecha Kucha, apparently Japanese for chit-chat involves showing 20 slides for 20 seconds each, traditionally with a format of no speaking or sound – however, we have westernized it to include speaking and sound. The gist of Dan Zen’s Pecha Kucha is as follows:

Focuso Pecha Kucha Talk

http://www.danzen.com/focusotalk/

As interactive designers and developers, we often build features with a foreground and a background where the content for the foreground is created by the user. We design the background or the environment.

If the foreground is considered in focus, the background might be considered out of focus. It is the context for the content.

Focuso is the art and philosophical aspect of out of focus or Focus out – Focuso. In particular, it can be demonstrated by photographs that are purposely out of focus for artistic reason.

This Pecha Kucha talk shows how Focuso has been used in a number of Dan Zen features, often as background, yet it stands alone as an art form as the pictures to the right attest.

It is hoped that the samples will encourage designers and developers to think about focus as a way to handle background much like we drop opacity. These days, with the blur filter in Flash, it is very easy to do – but of course, there is always the camera!

Dan Zen

http://www.danzen.com
mad inventor
meets Internet
finds peace

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

Focuso.org
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