2014 Imagine RIT: an Innovation and Creativity Festival in Rochester, NY

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Metal Imagine RIT Sign

Every year, the Rochester Institute of Technology hosts Imagine RIT, an innovation and creativity festival “that showcases the innovative and creative spirit of RIT students, faculty and staff.” The festival is free to the public and really brings the community together to celebrate technology, science, art, innovation, and creativity! We had the chance to attend this weekend and we had a blast looking at all of the engineering projects on display.

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Attention: Imagine RIT Exhibitors!

 Attention: Imagine RIT Exhibitors!
 
We are distributing t-shirts and meal cards to confirmed exhibitors today and tomorrow in Eastman Hall Lobby, 11am-2pm
 
Group pick up is allowed (please be prepared to show ID) – shirts/meal cards will not be available on Saturday, May 3 

 

Robotic S’more Machine Revisited

Remember the Robotic S’more Machine? Check out their new video which demonstrates the s’more machine from all angles! This fully automated work cell can produce a delicious s’more from start to finish in 45 seconds! Get hungry and come visit the Robotic S’more Machine exhibit in the Gordon Field House at Imagine RIT, Saturday, May 3, 2014!

Smartphone-controlled Buggy Ride

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Each Tuesday between now and Imagine RIT on Saturday, May 3, 2014, we will share exclusive festival highlights.
Want to try your hand at driving a friend or family member through a crazy maze on a remote controlled scooter? Check out Smartphone-controlled Buggy Ride located in Clark Gym at Imagine RIT! One person will sit on the remote controlled scooter while the other person drives the scooter using a joystick application that you can download on your phone. The test is to drive your team mate through the maze as quickly as possible! Check out this cool video for a sneak peak at the Buggy Ride!
Designed by Ray Ptucha, Aditya Daryanani, and Josh Milas, this scooter was specially modified for Imagine RIT! Be sure to ask the Buggy Ride team at their booth about what modifications they made to have this scooter ready for the festival.

RIT Center for MAGIC hosts Adobe’s Michael Gough!

The RIT Center for MAGIC is excited to host Michael Gough, Vice President of Experience Design and Creativity at Adobe and the leader of Adobe’s Experience Design (XD) Team, an internal design practice focusing on the next generation of digitally enabled experiences. Mr. Gough is eager to demonstrate the opportunities for collaboration between RIT and Adobe.

Mr. Gough will also be touring the campus that day to visit with students from MAGIC, New Media, IGM, Design, etc. He is particularly interested in seeing and commenting on student work, meeting with members of the RIT community (both faculty and staff), and “seeing what Imagine RIT is all about”. We look forward to receiving Mr. Gough as a special guest as this is a one-time opportunity that you and your family won’t want to miss at Imagine RIT, Saturday, May 3, 2014!

Here is a short video Adobe put together as an homage to creativity. Imagination matters!

 

 

Sonar Class Adaptive Sailing Devices

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Each Tuesday between now and Imagine RIT on Saturday, May 3, 2014, we will share exclusive festival highlights.

Sailing is an activity that promotes lifelong wellness and a sense of freedom not easily experienced on land. Two senior design teams from RIT came together to build devices for people with physical limitations so that they too could experience the feeling of sailing. Each team has focused on a specific crew member role in order to create an adaptive device that allows a physically disabled person to overcome these challenges and be able to experience the joys of sailing.

One of the teams focused on the jib trimmer role (the person who adjusts the trim of the smaller sail closer to the bow while simultaneously traversing the width of the boat to counterbalance the heel) while the other team focused on the skipper role (the person who controls the direction of travel by moving the rudder). The Jib Transfer system allows a person to move from the port side of the boat to the starboard side, and vise versa, without the use of their legs and with only limited core usage. The Skipper’s Chair provides a secure and stable seat with an integrated steering mechanism to allow a person to control the movement of the sailboat without also requiring usage of their legs or any significant core strength. This project was also selected as one of 6 finalists for a podium presentation at  the 7th World Congress of Biomechanics in Boston, MA!

Check out the Sonar Class Adaptive Sailing Devices in the Unity Quad May 3, 2014 – at Imagine RIT!

 

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Exhibitors include: Nicole Conway, Katy Wurman, Matt Brunelle, Mike Kennedy, Jeff Flowerday, Richard Dzionara-Norsen, Jon Nguyen, Kassandra Schlott

 

 

Play a Game and Imagine Your Future

Imagine Your Future is back! This monopoly-style game has been growing in popularity amongst parents, teachers and our younger visitors since its inception at the 2009 Imagine RIT festival.  Four hundred exhibits can be overwhelming and having a game to play can help families decide where to go first, especially if they have a limited amount of time to spend at the festival.

The object of the game is to travel to exhibits listed on the game board (located within each zone at Imagine RIT) collecting “stamps” from each exhibit visited. The more stamps you collect, the more chances you have at winning an Imagine RIT Prize Pack.  Every person who plays will receive an Imagine RIT badge.

Each exhibit on the Imagine Your Future game board is targeted towards 7-15 year olds, giving kids an extra layer of fun and engagement during their festival experience.  Traverse the galaxy at “Space Adventure”, interact with marine life at “RIPPLE: Explore the Coral Reefs”, or create a necklace from your own DNA at “DNA Necklaces”…imagine.

View and print a copy of the Imagine Your Future game here, and bring it with you to the festival, or pick up a free copy at any Welcome Center the day of the festival, Saturday, May, 3 2014, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine.

Imagine Your Future Game Board

Plan Your Day

Imagine RIT Website



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