eHive + CFC = eMapping

The CFC Prototyping Intensive, as part of the CFC Media Lab, is a unique yet relevant asset to the Digital Futures program at OCAD University and as such it was the source of great learning during the first half of my summer. A project that myself and two of my peers, Cathy Chen and Maayan Cohen, had developed was to be taken into the CFC Intensive and developed further based on principles of Usability Testing and Iterative Design. I very much enjoyed the weekly challenge of designing iteratively based on feedback from a diverse group of knowledgable mentors.

The eHive project was taken to the next level and refined in an effort to develop a more practical application. eMapping was the result of the journey.

eMapping: An app that can be used by a group of people, in real-time, to anonymously contribute to the emotional temperature of the collective–the overall mood as well as the moods of individuals are visible upon one’s own contribution.

Download the App: http://harjotbal.com/eMapping.zip

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Digital Futures Exhibit

On the evening of May 29th, the DIGF class hosted a showcase of various projects that were created by students over the course of the first year. The exhibit was also a chance for the new incoming cohort to mingle with current students and faculty. Speeches were given, food and drinks were had, and perhaps most importantly, a good time was enjoyed all around. It was a great way to wrap up an intense first year with faces both familiar and unfamiliar.

Me playing the digital game “Rescue Tom” by Shuting Chang and Linh Do:

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GRAND 2012

In the process of being recruited by the Mobile Experience Lab to help with the development of the Mindfulness Technologies project, I was presented with an opportunity to attend the GRAND conference in Montreal. The conference took place May 2-4 and was held almost entirely within the beautiful Le Centre Sheraton hotel–with the exception of the NFB event over at Concordia University. I was very impressed with the innovation across different projects from institutions all over Canada. Although I don’t have much in the way of pictures from GRAND 2012, a few highlights include: robotic simulation of animals and their behaviour, a chair that moves in correspondence with a style of music, and real-time 3D drawing.¬†There was also a great discussion on ‘ludic engagement as real research’.

All in all, a great success–I look forward to GRAND 2013.

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