The team that created DIVIDR participated and placed first in the 2016 iOS App Challenge competition which took place earlier this semester. The event was a hackathon sponsored by Apple. The mission of this year’s app challenge was to create an app that utilized multiple operating systems. For those that don’t know, Apple currently supports four operating systems: iOS, OS X , watchOS, and tvOS.
The DIVIDR team initially created their game app for iOS using Apple’s native language, swift. Then, taking that same app, they optimized it for the tvOS system. The hackathon ran from Thursday, January 28th through Midnight on Sunday the 31st. Out of the 25 teams that entered the hackathon, DIVIDR rose to the top, taking first place.
Now, you may be wondering what kind of app could work on multiple devices. So, now I introduce to you, DIVIDR.
At Imagine RIT, you will be able to experience the different control methods for this app on cell phones, tablets, and a television. To operate the app on the phone, the team had to develop the game to work with the new pressure technologies. On the tablet, they are experimenting with using gyroscopic tilt control of the Apple Pencil to manipulate the game. Then, for the television application, they plan on using the swipe gestures of the remote’s track pad to navigate.
This fun exhibit will be located in the Recreation Zone in the Gordon Field House at Imagine RIT on Saturday, May 7th, 2016. To add this exhibit to Plan Your Day go here: https://www.rit.edu/imagine/planyourday16/exhibit.php?id=606 For more info on the hackathon and their app visit: http://ritios2016.devpost.com/submissions.
Can you believe it’s already time to announce the Imagine RIT poster design contest winner? We are only 50 days away from Imagine RIT 2016! We hope you are getting as excited as we are. We’ve got so many new and fun exhibits this year, plus the crowd favorites.
Now, it is time to announce the winner of the annual poster design contest! The RIT community and Dr. Destler have collectively casted over 10,000 votes and have come to a consensus. Without further ado, the winner of the Imagine RIT poster design contest for 2016 is Kelly Hurlburt! She is a third-year majoring in new media design here at RIT and is from Webster, NY. As the winner of this contest, she will be awarded with $500 Tiger Bucks.
Her poster consists of various details that truly emulates what Imagine RIT is all about. If you look closely enough you might be able to find the popular S’mores machine seen at previous Imagine festivals as well as Dr. Destler’s weather machine.
This was one of the many 75 great designs that RIT students put forward this year. We would like to highlight Noah Greene who placed 2nd in this year’s design contest. He will get an award of $250 Tiger Bucks. Be sure to get your free copy of this poster at Imagine RIT on Saturday, May 7th from 10a.m. to 5p.m.!
You won’t believe your eyes when you first see these incredible pieces of art! They are definitely not your ordinary paintings. All of these paintings are made from coffee. Yes, coffee. The Coffee Drip Painter created by RIT’s own photography professor, Ted Kinsman, can paint portraits of people just by using some leftover coffee.
This printer doesn’t require any inks, but runs purely on coffee. However, it can use other liquids. Kinsman was inspired by his left over coffee every morning and decided to play with the medium a little bit more. To achieve different looks, the machine can experiment with the height at which the droplets are dropped, the intensity of color, size of the droplets, and the material being printed on. All of these will affect the outcome of the final image.
The printer is particularly great at printing photos of human faces once they are simplified. The machine is powered by a microcontroller and has memory to store enough for approximately an 80 x 100 pixel image. If you’re wondering how long it takes to print a portrait, it’s about an hour. The longest part of the whole process is waiting for it to dry, which takes about a full day.
If you want to see this awesome machine in action, be sure to come to Imagine RIT: Innovation + Creativity Festival on May 7th, 2016!
With over 30,000 visitors annually, the Imagine RIT festival can attribute its success to its various planning committees, volunteers and sponsors. One sponsor in particular has returned, now for the 6th year in a row, as our premier sponsor, providing the festival with significant support both in terms of marketing and visitor engagement. Time Warner Cable (TWC), through their Connect a Million Minds (CAMM) program, has helped broaden the Imagine RIT audience beyond Greater Rochester and has brought STEM awareness and activities to more students than ever before.
The Time Warner Cable logo next to the Connect a Million Minds Logo
Stephanie Salanger, Northeast Community Investment Manager at Time Warner Cable, has worked with Connect a Million Minds since its creation back in 2009. “The program came about at the time when President Obama had an initiative to get more kids [K-12] engaged in STEM programs” said Salanger. “This presented us [TWC] with the perfect opportunity to lend support with a program like CAMM.”
Launched officially in 2009, Connect a Million Minds is a one hundred million dollar grant funded initiative aimed at addressing America’s declining proficiency in science, technology, engineering and math. Using its media assets, TWC has created nationwide awareness of the issue encouraging parents, teachers and mentors to inspire 1,000,000 young minds with after school STEM programs. Despite having exceeded their target of one million minds in May 2014, TWC continues to support events and organizations year-round so that K-12 students develop the STEM skills needed to become the next generation of problem solvers.
What Salanger loves about Imagine RIT is its ability to engage people the minute they reach the campus and maintain that connection until they leave. There’s a wide variety of exhibits for everyone to enjoy – more than 400 of them to be specific, and these include very interactive activities. Even more importantly, kids are learning without even knowing it! Beyond Imagine RIT, Salanger has also worked with the Rochester Museum and Science Center, YMCA, Rochester Community Robotics, and Geva Theater.
On behalf of all the organizers of Imagine RIT, we thank you, Time Warner Cable, for your continued support!
Have you ever been watching a film and wished that you were not confined to what the director wanted you to see? Maybe you wanted to take in some of the scenery, or maybe you were wondering if something cool is happening outside of the frame. These wishes could soon be fulfilled with the help of virtual reality cinema, which will be on display at this year’s Imagine RIT.
Victoria McGowen, a third year Motion Picture Science major and her team over in RIT’s Virtual Reality and Imaging Detector Lab have created a means for capturing video that can be used in virtual reality. This is accomplished by affixing multiple Gopro camcorders to a surface to make a “GoPro Platter” as team member Sean Cooper calls it. That along with the help of some image stitching software can allow a director to film hemispherical video. After the videos are gathered and stitched together the team uses an Oculus Rift headset to display the images in virtual reality.
An Oculus Rift is a headset that is worn over the user’s eyes and displays a different image for each eye giving off the illusion of virtual reality. It also uses the movements of the user to further the feeling of virtual reality. The experience is truly spectacular and the team wants to share the experience by allowing Imagine RIT visitors to try on the Oculus Rift and experiencing it for themselves.
Back: Kayla Mouriz, Matt Setlow, Sean Cooper, Noah Kram, Andrew Gillie
Front: Anna Dining, Hollie Grant, Victoria McGowen
Once this project has been completed the Virtual Reality Cinema team hopes to let the school of Film and Animation utilize their creation to make truly unique videos. “We work with the film department and we wanted to kind of bring in a cinematic experience to virtual reality.” said McGowen. Though the team seemed very excited about the future of their project, they also want the opportunity to showcase many of the other interesting aspects of Motion Picture Science. The team wants to showcase a different project every year, and we are excited to see what they come up with! Check them out at this year’s Imagine RIT.