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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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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Post by Joy Smith with help from Bernie Roehl 2016 will be a banner year for virtual reality if companies like Facebook's Oculus, and HTC have anything to say about it. While virtual reality is by no means a new technology, with precursor technologies like the View-Master invented in 1939 and The Sword of Damocles invented in 1968, interest in the technology waned in popularity due to the clunky hardware and limitations in video rendering

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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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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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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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