Archive for March, 2011

Kinect Fan Control via Arduino

March 26th, 2011

Check out the sweet hack/video of EDGElab RA, Vlad, controlling a fan using Kinect and Arduino.

New Design at the Adaptive Design Association

March 24th, 2011

It has been great to work with everyone at the ADA and to talk with Alex about policy, Lille about procedures for working with parents and families. Antoinette and Kenia have been teaching me techniques. I was able to show them some techniques for doing some custom freehand cutting with a dremel tool, though I couldn’t find the perfect attachment at the two home depot stores in manhattan, even though the web site says they’re in stock. (fail)

They made up a little blog post on the visit.
Which links to this video on flickr of me describing the chair prototype that I’m building for a child in Ryerson’s Early Learning Centre.

Adaptive Design in Japan

March 17th, 2011

Kono-san, an instructor at Miyagi Gakuin Women’s University is running a continuing education course “step up with cardboard: volunteer action class” starting May for 12 sessions every thursday for $150 for 15 people.

Kono-san visited us at the EDGE lab last summer to learn about adaptive design, and she was very excited to learn about what can be done with cardboard, and she is now hoping to bring what she learned to japan.

Konno Sensi visiting the ELC and EDGE lab to learn Adaptive Design

After the earthquake, we’ve not heard from Kono-san. She lives in the Japanese earthquake zone, and we’re hoping that she’s safe, and look forward to hearing from her soon.

Update. Konno-san is fine. The tsunami got within 1km from her house, but the house survived.

Privacy CampTO

March 11th, 2011

From News & Events: Privacy CampTO

PrivacyCampTO is back for a second year! This year, the one-day unconference will focus on children, youth, people with disabilities and privacy. Everyone is welcome: educators, techies, policymakers, students, academics, librarians and anyone else interested in digging into these issues. As an unconference, the day will be planned organically, online, partially in advance and partially live at the event, by all participants.

Privacy CampTO is funded by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, the Mozilla Foundation and hosted by the EDGE Lab at Ryerson.

WHAT: Privacy CampTO
WHEN: Start date/time: Saturday , March 19 at 9:00 AM
End date/time: Saturday , March 19 at 5:00 PM
WHERE: Rogers Communications Centre, 80 Gould St. 3rd floor

As well, there will be a 2 hour virtual chat session at the GimpGirl Community’s sim in Second life at GMT 7-9; EST 2-3; PST 11-1 (second life time). It will be hosted by the GimpGirl Community’s associate director Lucy MacDonald. The Second Life URL (surl) for the event is and for more information about the GimpGirl Community:

Gone Gitmo

March 4th, 2011

University of Southern California website featured EDGE Lab External Collaborator and USC Annenberg senior research fellow Nonny de la Pena and “her work developing immersive journalism — a field with the potential for building a fundamentally different way of experiencing the news by offering a “first-person” experience of the events described in news stories.” You can read more at Introducing a News Medium in Which You Are There.

The EDGE Lab hosts the Gone Gitmo project Nonny co-created with Peggy Weil. And here’s a short video of the project.