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  Kinect-controlled interactive lasers.
  2. Natural User Interface an open source interactive media community researching and creating sensing and display techniques to benefit artistic, commercial and educational applications
  3. Makerbot replicator 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 make awesome stuff in 3D cause flat is boring
  5. Meshlab open source, portable and extensible system for the processing and editing of unstructured d 3D triangular meshes
  6. Tinkercad mind to design in minutes – an easy way to turn your idea into a professional 3D cad model
  7. Ardunio 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 a very small computer – about the same size as a credit card but packs a punch and is priced at $25 .
  9. Makerzine:  Makes, unites, inspires and informs people who undertake projects in their own backyard.
  10. Thingiverse – digital designs for real physical objects
  11. Ashoka 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: