Posts Tagged ‘Sheridan’

FITC Wearables 2014

November 15, 2014

Had a great time at FITC Wearables 2014 – congrats to Shawn and crew.  It was good seeing old friend Computer Steve (Mann) who was doing the keynote.  Also nice to meet Dr. Helen Papagiannis, Sheridan IMM (2001) who did a great job co-hosting the conference in digital dress (a MeU.  Professor, Dan Zen, was there wearing Hangy trying to convince everyone they can just wear their current devices.  Got to try the Muse and meet Kate Hartman.  Loved seeing the Myo in action.  It was great to see a bunch of IMM grads in attendance at displaying projects such as the award winning Sleepy Hollow Oculus Rift feature by Ryan Andal (IMM 2003) at Secret Location.  IMM 2001 grad Matt Fabb also worked on that project.  Our current students were out volunteering and connecting.

Sheridan Interactive Media Doubles HTML5 Teaching by adding CreateJS

October 29, 2014

Sheridan Interactive Media (IM), formerly Sheridan Interactive Multimedia (IMM), has taught both the HTML side and the Flash side of Interactive Media for over fifteen years. Now, with improvements in HTML and overwhelming industry support, IM will take the teaching hours from Flash and apply them to advanced interactivity in HTML, CSS and JavaScript commonly known as HTML 5 but perhaps it would be more accurate to use the acronym: HCJ.

HTML5Professor, Dan Zen, has been one of the longest standing supporters of Flash having amassed countless libraries of code – for instance his Flash Feathers series of advanced interface classes: http://flashfeathers.com. He will now work his way through the converting classes to the HCJ platform as have many Flash coders before him.

Flash Feathers

Advanced Interfaces in Flash to be converted to HTML 5

In addition to past Flash features, Zen has been building informational Web pages and apps in HCJ for many years and last year launched one of the most complex HCJ parallax projects for the entrance to the Dan Zen Museum at http://danzen.com.

Visitors can swipe, drag, mousewheel or page up the stairs of the museum and the characters on the stairs move in 3D parallax. “In a sense, the Museum steps project was a test to see the performance of HTML 5 and it turned out very well.” says Zen.

The museum feature was built using the CreateJS framework http://createjs.com and more specifically EaselJS to manipulate the new Canvas tag in HTML 5.

CreateJS - JavaScript Libraries for Interactive Experiences

CreateJS – JavaScript Libraries for Interactive Experiences

Grant Skinner, who founded the CreateJS libraries is a renowned Flash developer who moved over early to help out the HCJ world. Skinner says:

“We are excited that the CreateJS libraries and tools are being taught by prime educational institutions like Sheridan. Sheridan graduates have a strong influence on the interactive media culture and they will surely add to the success of CreateJS being used in creative digital applications such as Professor Zen’s Museum.”

Zen explains, “Removing Flash will essentially double the time applied to the HCJ platform allowing the students to go deeper into more advanced interaction like multiuser, physical computing, gaming and mobile apps essential to advancing our Canadian digital culture.”

We look forward to an exciting year in Interactive Media.

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FITC Awards (Future, Innovation, Technology and Creativity) for Sheridan Interactive Multimedia Grads

April 30, 2014

Congratulations to Jam 3 and partners who took home 3 FITC awards the other night! Enjoy Your Privacy (Best Narrative) & Heart of the Arctic (Best Visual Design and Best of Show!). Also congrats to John Iacoviello for Best Developer Website. And to Secret Location for Web Based Game in Flash/Unity. Well done Sheridan IMM Grads! We may have missed some too http://fitc.ca/awards/2014/10264691_10152349189096206_2192706178575113448_n

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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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Jam3 Win Gold at Cannes 2012 – Cyber Lion for Sheridan Interactive Multimedia Alumni

June 21, 2012

Congrats to Jam3 for their Gold win at Cannes.  Below are a few screen shots of the excitement!  It is getting a little difficult to keep up with Jam 3 and their awards – wow.

Jam 3 (http://jam3.com) was founded by three Sheridan Interactive Multimedia grads – Adrian Belina, Mark McQuillan and Pablo Vio.  The Sheridan Interactive Multimedia program is a one-year post grad taught in Oakville, Canada, just outside of Toronto. http://imm.sheridanc.on.ca

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Sheridan Interactive Multimedia Alumni Win at FITC Awards 2012

April 30, 2012

Jam 3 Crew!

Secret Location Crew!

Wow!  What a night at the FITC Awards, firstly, I was getting there early, walked around the corner and bumped into Vincent Morriset coming the other way – the doors were not open yet.  So we went for a drink at the Office Pub (current home of FITO) and had a great talk about interactive storytelling, etc.  Highlight of the conference for me and it was a great conference!

FITC Awards - Future, Innovation, Technology and Creativity

I arrived at the awards just as the first award was being awarded – and it went to Jam 3, founded by three IMM alumni (Pablo, Mark and Adrian) as did the next award.  That was followed by Secret Location winning (Ryan Andal is there) and then Jam 3 again – after that, I lost track ;-).  Joanna Ong, graduate from last year was a Developer’s Site finalist as well!  Congrats to you all and all the other winners!

More pictures of the conference are here:

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150856572211369.473397.515286368

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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 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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