Post by Joy Smith Two weekends ago the much anticipated Fluxible, the party disguised as a UX conference descended on downtown Kitchener. It was a jam packed two days of workshops, talks, and of course, partying (and some epic fail Rock Band playing by yours truly). It is interestingly, an exercise in user experience, as every aspect of the conference is thoroughly considered, tested, and designed with the attendees in mind. It was also an

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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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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 REAPster John Meade Digifest is an annual digital festival held in Toronto designed to showcase groundbreaking creations in the digital space in order to spur on innovation in digital media, art, design and technology. This year REAP sponsored three of our REAPsters to present their own project and to make connections among industry, academics and the public. John Meade, a long time REAPster shares his experience below: After experiencing the 2015 Toronto

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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 Filip Jadczak Filip Jadczak here, back again to share my experiences in my newest sprint here at the Felt Lab. This time I’ve been testing out a brand new piece of technology we’ve got here in the lab: the Meta 1. The Meta is a set of augmented reality glasses -- that is, they provide a layer of digital information on top of the real world. Unlike the Oculus Rift, which focuses on

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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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Every person who has ever written an essay or had to do an APA or MLA style bibliography knows the hassles that come with trying to organize and track all of your online and offline sources. When Salman Heman joined us for a recent lunch and learn to talk about how Axiom can help alleviate this hassle, we were excited to learn all about it. Axiom is an online service that allows users to organize

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