Yesterday we went to Selkirk College‘s Tenth Street campus where the Digital Arts New Media program happens.  It was a really fun morning with our tour guides and creative geniuses, Jason Taylor and Justin Beaulieu, and a good fit for our New Media GIS 321 class.

We saw a demo for remotely controlling maps using human movement, learned about screen goo, played with home made arcades, learned about laser etching and cutting, 3D printing and a whole bunch of other neat stuff including supporting open source software, websites and community groups.

Here’s a list of notable sites to check out for more info:

  1. Kinect http://www.kinecthacks.com/  Kinect-controlled interactive lasers.
  2. Natural User Interface http://nuigroup.com/log an open source interactive media community researching and creating sensing and display techniques to benefit artistic, commercial and educational applications
  3. Makerbot replicator http://store.makerbot.com/replicator-404.html 3D printing.  With the MakerBot Replicator™, you can invent the future and also be a hero around the house. Make shower curtain rings, bath plugs, door knobs, or create custom gifts for special occasions
  4. 123d http://www.123dapp.com/ make awesome stuff in 3D cause flat is boring
  5. Meshlab http://meshlab.sourceforge.net/ open source, portable and extensible system for the processing and editing of unstructured d 3D triangular meshes
  6. Tinkercad https://tinkercad.com/ mind to design in minutes – an easy way to turn your idea into a professional 3D cad model
  7. Ardunio http://www.arduino.cc/ Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It’s intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments.
  8. Raspberry pi http://www.raspberrypie.org/ a very small computer – about the same size as a credit card but packs a punch and is priced at $25 .
  9. Makerzine: http://www.makezine.com  Makes, unites, inspires and informs people who undertake projects in their own backyard.
  10. Thingiverse http://www.thingiverse.com/ – digital designs for real physical objects
  11. Ashoka http://canada.ashoka.org/ changemaker: A global association of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs – individuals with system-changing solutions for the world’s most urgent social problems.

And some photos of the day:

enjoy!