Post by Joy Smith Last week we held a lunch and learn in partnership with Boltmade where Yang Chen, talented User Experience designer, taught us how to conduct a card sorting workshop. If you've never heard of card sorting before, it is a powerful and intuitive research tool that helps you design a product, such as a website or app, in a way that makes sense to your users. Card sorting helps the user experience

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Post by Joy Smith You can't talk about potentially disruptive technologies without including augmented and virtual reality in the conversation. These technologies could not only redefine how and where we work, but could impact the very nature  of the work we do. With various headsets hitting the market over the new few months, the buzz around these technologies is at a fever pitch. In fact, our bi-monthly meet-ups are seeing an ever growing number of

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Post by Joy Smith You wouldn't expect this to be the main piece of advice given by the very people of Mechdyne Corporation -  a company built first on a passion for technology. But this was the key take-away offered by Jeff Brum, a Technical Sales Consultant with the company. Mechdyne, an international hardware and software company with a focus on integrating emerging technologies has always been a company of technology leaders. Being the first

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Post by Joy Smith It's that time of year again. The leaves are changing and the sound of school bells ring in the air. Which means that the Felt Lab is reopen and once again holding our popular Lunch and Learns! This past Friday was our first lunch and learn of the new school year, and we were happy to welcome Robert Weeks, CEO of FiNUVO. Robert joined us to talk about hydrographic printing and

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Post by Joy Smith *PHOTO: MATT BORLAND – JOHN MARTENS, FOREMAN AT THE STEED & EVANS HEIDELBERG GRAVEL PIT An exciting project has been in development for several weeks now at the Felt Lab and around St. Jacobs. While we have shared some fun pictures of the developing project on our Instagram account, we are finally able to talk about the project in more detail. The Felt Lab recently partnered with Inter Arts Matrix, a local

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To many, the words "virtual reality" are just buzz words. A concept. Yet for content creators with an eye to the future, it is the new world of possibilities and unique challenges that they need to learn how to overcome. And soon. With HTC's Vive set to release in time for this holiday season at the end of 2015, and the Oculus Rift scheduled to be released commercially in early 2016, virtual reality is poised

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Guest Post by Jennifer Janik Art-Mersion is an event that was created to explore new ways to experience a deeper understanding of a piece of art through technology. When we heard that Amy Ferrari was going to create a new exhibit called “Serene Yellow Spaces,” we gathered a team and started brainstorming what we could do to communicate beyond just the surface view of her paintings. The team consisted of students, artists and experienced technology

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Guest post by Justin Van Daele This past Friday’s lunch and learn, we were lucky to have Ryan Van Stralen from Palette come talk to us about a new hands on control device for any software. The “Palette” is a hand controller which resembles that of a DJ panel, which was in part the inspiration when founder Calvin Chu, a University of Waterloo graduate, first designed it. What Calvin really wanted was a hands on device

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Guest post by Kirk Zurell Inspired by the art of Amy Ferrari, Amy's Garden is an interactive visual installation that will be on display at Art-Mersion, March 13th-14th at Waterloo's Button Factory Community Art Centre. I created the work using off-the-shelf web and 3D technologies, with a Christie Digital display and MUSE headband on loan from REAP. I built up a lot of expertise in WebGL and Three.js freelancing on an ill-fated public sector project, and

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Guest post by Kirk Zurell Inspired by the art of Amy Ferrari, Amy's Garden is an interactive visual installation that will be on display at Art-Mersion, March 13th-14th at Waterloo's Button Factory Community Art Centre. I created the work using off-the-shelf web and 3D technologies, with a Christie Digital display and MUSE headband on loan from REAP. I built up a lot of expertise in WebGL and Three.js freelancing on an ill-fated public sector project, and

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