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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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Secret Location Wins Digital Emmy – Way to go Ryan and others!

April 2, 2012

Secret Location, the Toronto Interactive Agency has just won a Digital Emmy for their work on Endgame Interactive – http://www.showcase.ca/endgame/#interactive.  Ryan Andal graduate from the 2005 Sheridan Interactive Multimedia program is the Technical Director and VP of the four year old company.

Endgame Interactive is an online episode that integrates fans’ Facebook friends into a “choose your own adventure” mystery. Users interact with the original drama series’ star brilliant chess master Arkady Balagan. In the show, Balagan becomes a prisoner in his luxury hotel, terrified to step outside when traumatized by the murder of his fiancée.To pay his hotel bill, Balagan starts solving mysteries using an unlikely band of hotel employees and chess fanatics to do his legwork. On the site, users join Arkady’s investigators and participate in putting the pieces together to crack the online mystery.

Congrats on the award!  Pictured below is the team winning a Gemini for Storming Juno – what a cool opening navigation that had!  Ryan is the one on the left in the picture below.

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 Embarks on the Fall Tour Interactive (via Oddly & Folks)

October 20, 2011

Fall Tour Interactive Well… it was another great studio tour
http://www.falltourinteractive.com/ to many interactive agencies in Toronto.  The class joined a couple hundred others to spend a day visiting studios and talking with representatives about our industry – an invaluable experience.  Thank you very much to the organizers, volunteers and studios!

Japan visits Sheridan Interactive Multimedia class of 2012 – Pictures!

October 19, 2011

 

Japan Visits Sheridan Interactive Multimedia

The Osaka University of Electro Communications students of Gaming and Media came to visit Sheridan and are pictured below hanging out with the Sheridan Interactive Multimedia Post Grad class of 2012.  We went on to show our Gesture technology – waiving our hands at the camera to control motion in the computer.  We showed how it was done and made working applications.

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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Sheridan Interactive Multimedia Students’ Fist-Bump App a Success at FITC Conference

May 6, 2011

The Sheridan IMM Fist-bump booth at FITC 2011 - Scan Screen

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.

Visitors at the Fist-bump installation + custom avatars

Animated fists doing the bumping - 10 fingers!

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.

Some of the members of the Sheridan IMM Fist-bump Team

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.

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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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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.

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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