Archive for July, 2012

How to make soft circuit buttons, video

July 30th, 2012

Here’s a tutorial video on how to make fabric buttons that conduct electricity.

View on YouTube.

Wooden Glasses!

July 19th, 2012

On my first day, actually within the first half an hour of arriving at the Adaptive Design Studio, I was whisked away by Jason and Vlad. They were going over to the laser cutter. Jason found a template for glasses on a website called Instructables. He made a few modifications to the design before going to the laser cutter.

This is what was cut out:
















Jason is working on making a pair of glasses made completely out of wood! The pieces in the middle (where the lenses would be), are different parts that would fit together to make the hinge. The little blocks under the bridge are pins that would hold the hinge together.

Here it is roughly put together. I’ve never seen frames made completely out of wood before:









This is Jason trying them on and graduate student, Melanie holding up the frames:









Jason plans to glue the pieces together. Once they are stuck together he will sand down the inside parts so the glasses fit flush to his face. This would prevent extra light from entering in from the top and block out distractions coming in from the bottom.









This is a work in progress. I can’t wait to see the finished product.

Margaret Atwood visits the EDGE Lab

July 17th, 2012

Hinged laser cut box made from MDF


Margaret Atwood visited the EDGE Lab today accompanied by Matthew Gibson, President of Syngrafii and Boris Koechlin, CEO of Syngrafii. More pictures of her visit to the DMZ, including some of the lab at the bottom of the page.

Corner chair

Talking sleeve

































The EDGE Lab, as Elizabeth Sees it

July 12th, 2012

This summer, our latest intern Elizabeth Wilfred, will be blogging about her experiences at the EDGE Lab. She is a 3rd year student in the School of Early Childhood Studies. Elizabeth’s posts will provide a unique perspective and should be of special interest to students considering placements or potential volunteers.

To see all her posts, just click on the Interns category on the home page and look for her name.


Working with Cardboard for the First Time

July 12th, 2012

After watching an instructional video on how to make the EDGE Lab’s famous rocker I decided to start the process on my first day. Here is a link to the two videos that break the steps down:

On cutting
On gluing

There are many stages in making a rocker, which can take one or two days to complete because after the gluing steps the cardboard needs several hours to dry completely before moving on.










Above is the template I used and the first piece I cut.  It was harder than I thought it would be to use a utility knife to cut the cardboard in a straight line. I later learned that using a ruler to guide the knife helps to make straighter lines. I had to cut 4 of these out and then glue them together. This will be used to make the seat of the rocker.









I then had to cut smaller pieces for the legs and glue them the same way. These glued pieces are then placed under something heavy so they can dry flat. I placed mine under an old computer tower.









The next morning I was excited to retrieve my work from the day before. The two pieces for the legs were completely dried and much strong. The base however was dented from the weight of the computer tower and it was not completely dry. After consulting with Rubina, the lab technician, we came to the conclusion that not all cardboard is made alike. The cardboard that I used for the seat was a bit softer than the cardboard I used for the legs. I was a little disappointed that I couldn’t continue with the making of the EDGE Lab Rocker. I will have to start a new base with different cardboard another day.



Deb Fels at #icchp2012

July 12th, 2012

@EDGElab researcher Deb Fels #icchp2012 regarding young #a11y researchers.

Melanie McBride & Noah Keneally | TIFF Nexus: New Media Literacies

July 12th, 2012

EDGE Lab researchers Melanie McBride and Noah Kenneally presented together at the TIFF Nexus: New Media Literacies conference last April 12. Their talk, “Escaping the Creepy Treehouse: Whose games? Whose play?”, examined the role of ‘adultism’ in the conceptualization, design and social relations produced by adult-developed digital and offline playspaces.

Play, Build & Explore: Three projects for teachers this summer

July 11th, 2012

TDSB Teacher/Librarian, award winning children’s author, and research collaborator with the EDGE Lab has a great post on projects for teachers this summer. Check out his books as well!

Congratulations Professor Alison Gaston

July 5th, 2012

EDGE Lab Alumnus Alison Gaston (MA Early Childhood Studies, Ryerson University 2011) has just been appointed full time professor in ECE at Sheridan College | Institute for Advanced Learning and Technology starting in August. When she’s gotten comfortable with her new digs we hope she will be help us to build new connections with Sheridan, collaborating on both Play and Adaptive Design research projects.




Raspberry Pi Case

July 4th, 2012

A laser cut box to house the Raspberry Pi. The box is held together with paper clips so it can be opened easily and has holes cut into the base for venting.