Guest post by REAPster Amy Debbane As a student in the Global Business and Digital Arts program at the University of Waterloo, I am always looking for opportunity to learn various technologies, and mashing them up in new and interesting ways. This is why I was extremely excited when my friend and classmate Filip Jadczak shared with me his experience working as a REAPster with REAP. When I learned that I would be paid to

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Guest Post by REAPster Filip Jadczak I have just completed my second of a three part sprint where I am currently creating an Augmented Reality application that utilizes the Meta 1 Glasses. Below, I share my process during this second phase of my project and the results of the usability tests I conducted with the help of Quarry Integrated Communications. The purpose of conducting these usability tests was to see if it is ultimately worth

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Guest post by REAPster Mahir Hoque I decided to work with motion capture and projection mapping for my research sprint with REAP.  My idea was to capture human movement in real time using the Kinect and then incorporate performance during the live projection of that movement. The focus of my sprint was researching how projection can be used effectively in performance, and the technological challenges of incorporating this technology in a live performance environment, and

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Guest post by Casey Bettridge What is it about small, brightly coloured, adhesive pieces of paper that is so alluring? These sticky idea squares are a ubiquitous symbol of inspiration and collaboration, guaranteed to be found at your local innovation hub or design studio. With the traditional pen and paper approach, physical Post-it notes still come out on top over digital substitutes. My first design sprint here at REAP has just wrapped up, investigating the

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Guest post by Michelle Gordon My name is Michelle Gordon and I’m a third year co-op student in the Environment and Resource Studies program at the University of Waterloo. This is the story of how REAP research sprints are helping me develop my skills to pursue my interest in design and visual communications. REAP has some fascinating lunch and learn sessions, and I made the habit of attending them whenever I was able. In September,

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Guest post by Julia Meriel Hi, my name is Julia Meriel and I’m a REAP alumni in my 4th and final year of the Honours Psychology program at UW. This is the story about how I learned about the REAP initiative, and how it has been instrumental in my growth as an undergrad. I first heard about REAP through my TA, Marta Borowska, in a class called Introduction to Digital Media Studies. She had mentioned

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Post by Joy Smith Traditionally, the word "entrepreneur" evokes the image of a visionary leader who valiantly leads society towards a previously unimagined brighter future. However, most successful entrepreneurs will tell you that the reality is very different, and the recent development of new models of entrepreneurship are evidence of this. Ideas like platform entrepreneurship and co-creation are rapidly growing in popularity, and there are many reasons why: less risk, more reward, higher engagement, and increased

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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 Filip Jadczak. My name is Filip Jadczak, and this has been my first term working with REAP. I am a student at the University of Waterloo in the Global Business and Digital Arts program, so naturally the work I do in my classes fits in well with what is going on at REAP. I originally heard about the opportunities at the Felt Lab through another student in my program, so once things

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Guest post by Filip Jadczak. My name is Filip Jadczak, and this has been my first term working with REAP. I am a student at the University of Waterloo in the Global Business and Digital Arts program, so naturally the work I do in my classes fits in well with what is going on at REAP. I originally heard about the opportunities at the Felt Lab through another student in my program, so once things

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