I recently published an article in the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies. The link to the article on ScienceDirect can be seen here:

A copy of the article can be yours for only $35.95! If you're a student at a college or university your should be able to access it for free.

A few years ago, when The Emoti-Chair project was fairly new, we decided to put on a rock and roll show. We put together a few amazing bands and brought out five Emoti-Chairs to a great venue in Toronto called Clinton's. These were very early prototypes, but already we could see that people were enjoying them. This little show grabbed the attention of the media for a few days in 2008. Here was one of the interviews I gave about the show and the research project, this one for the local morning show in Barrie, Ontario. The one and only Fox Jaws was with me as well.

I have been teaching an introduction to programming course this semester and have been recording my lectures. I've posted them to YouTube for all to enjoy free of charge.  I've assembled all the videos into a playlist here:


I've set up a course page here: http://carmenbranje.com/wordpress/?page_id=380

The course isn't quite complete yet, but to date we've covered variables, loops, conditional statements, arrays, classes/objects and methods. I'm teaching these concepts using Visual Studio 2012 C#.

I'll create a page later on once the course is finished that will include assignments and lab problems.

From CNW

TORONTO, Oct. 3, 2013 /CNW/ - What do you get when you combine a good old-fashioned game of capture the flag with players in power wheelchairs or scooters and a GPS-based smartphone app? The Mobility Games. And it's coming to Toronto's Joel Weeks Park on Saturday, October 5 at 3 p.m.

The concept of Mobility Games is this: developers map out a virtual capture the flag playing field, and players download an app that displays the field on their smartphone, which then tracks the GPS coordinates of the players in real-time as they move. Players simply snap their smartphone into a wheelchair-accessible mount that essentially turns their smartphone into a side-mirror-level GPS. Players who can't interact with their smartphone directly can access the mobile devices using technology developed by Komodo OpenLab, a startup based in the Digital Media Zone at Ryerson University. Their device, Tecla Shield, is a wireless interface that allows users with disabilities to control smartphones and tablets using their wheelchair-driving controls or other type of assistive devices. (Detailed rules of the game are explained in this YouTube video.)

The brainchild of innovators from Centennial College, Ryerson University, and Bridgepoint Active Healthcare, the Mobility Games is part of a broader body of research into inclusive technologies, being funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). Recognizing that technology often excludes people with disabilities, the team aims to create an inclusive virtual entertainment and technology solution that enables people in wheelchairs or scooters to actively participate in a traditionally non-inclusive social and physical activity.

I've been leading a great team of Centennial College students in the development of a mixed reality video game targeted at users of mobility scooters and electric wheelchairs.  It uses 3G internet connections, Google Maps and GPS to implement a game layer over real space. How does it work? Check out the video below.

The app is still in the development stage but will be available for both the Android and iPhone platform. This app is being developed in conjunction with the Inclusive Media and Design Center @ Ryerson University and industry partner Komodo Open Labs