The Experiential Design and Gaming Environments (EDGE) Lab is a trans-disciplinary research lab devoted to researching learning, play and social innovation with an emphasis on autonomy and user-initiated design in the context of lived experience. As a unique facility in Canada, comparable to a select few labs world-wide, EDGE lab leverages the insights of local, national and international researchers from social science, humanities, engineering, and digital technology for applied projects with institutional, community and industry partners.

The EDGE Lab provides researchers with a rapid prototyping lab; a virtual world development lab; adaptive design studio, portable networking units, design tools, modular electronics facilities in an experimental monitoring space and indoor/outdoor deployment environments. This infrastructure can be used to develop and study mixed-reality applications in small trials and urban spaces to create and evaluate integrated software, hardware, networking and business paradigms as they relate to real-world use.

The EDGE lab is funded by the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation and Ryerson University. Projects are funded, in part, with grants from SSHRC, NSERC, GRAND NCE, Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, and MITACS NCE.

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