Reverse the Perspective: It’s Time to Track the Development of Embodied Technologies and their Creators

Andrew Iliadis and Isabel Pedersen The term “wearables” has always been something of a misnomer. In tech circles, the term usually refers to things like fitness monitoring devices or smart glasses; we don’t tend to think of involuntary tracking technologies, like ankle bracelets or workplace tracking devices, as wearables. Wearables don’t accurately describe concepts like implanted and bionic technology, but… Read more →

Keynote Speech by Jane McGonigal Inspires New Questions and Ideas for Kids, Creative Storyworlds and Wearables Research

By Bridgette Atkins On March 23rd and 24th, I attended the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario’s 6th annual Transitions conference at the Royal York hotel with Dr. Shirley Van Nuland of the Faculty of Education.   Dr. Jane McGonigal provided the keynote speech on the second morning of the conference. I was inspired by so many aspects of her talk… Read more →

Q&A with Kirsten Ellison – Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Calgary

Attending a conference for the first time as an academic can be a little daunting for students – and being there as a presenter can be even more nerve-wracking. Kirsten Ellison, Ph.D. Candidate in Communication and Culture at the University of Calgary, recently presented a paper at the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) conference in Denver last year.… Read more →

Five Tips to Prioritize Study Habits

As college and university students settle into midterm assignments for the school year, they will be depending on a bundle of devices that would have been science fiction a mere decade ago. Gone are the days of sending students to school with notebooks, binders, and highlighters; parents are now expected to equip their kids with tech for everything from note-taking… Read more →

Decimal Lab Presents iMind in Osaka, Japan

On September 2, 2015 the Decimal Lab team, Dr. Isabel Pedersen, and students Nathan Gale (graduate student), Cameron Nicoll (undergrad student), and Samantha Reid (UOIT alumni and research manager) embarked on their Japan Odyssey. Flying halfway around the world to conduct field research, forge international connections, present their iMind technology project at the International Symposium of Wearable Computing (ISWC) Design… Read more →

Decimal Lab visits Tokyo, Japan

Visit to the Embassy The first location of interest to the Decimal Lab while visiting Tokyo was the Canadian Embassy. Before venturing to Japan, Dr. Isabel Pedersen had made contact with Counsellor and Senior Trade Commissioner at the Canadian Embassy in Japan in order to set up a meeting while we were in the country. He was kind enough to accommodate… Read more →