What is LANWAR? A giant gathering of gamers… to play games! In this semi-annual three-day event the gaming lasts 40 hours straight, featuring games like Smash Bros., League of Legends, DOTA 2, Minecraft, Counter Strike, Strike GO, Hearthstone, and StarCraft 2. If you want to do your own thing, you can bring whatever games you want to play. You can also bring your own laptop, desktop computer, or even TV and gaming consoles if you want! Note that this event has a BYOC policy: Bring Your Own Computer!
For all of the car guys and girls out there, the Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE) is definitely one place at UOIT you should check out!
ACE is an independent business owned by UOIT which generates revenue from clients who come in to use its facilities. ACE has five different testing chambers, some of which contain technology that is the first of its kind not only in Canada, but in the whole world! Vehicles that operate on alternative fuels to gasoline and diesel (hybrids, electric cars, hydrogen vehicles, etc.) can also be tested here.
How are people’s lives different than those of previous generations because of the gadgets we have at our fingertips today? Some differences are clearly seen already, where for example many people cannot go a day without checking their phone and computer for messages. As the future likely holds further advances in these sorts of technologies, it is important for people like those at the Decimal Lab to understand the effects these gadgets can have on people.
Dr. Isabel Pedersen (pictured below) led the tour of the Decimal Lab, located in the 55 Bond Street building in downtown Oshawa, in Room 102B. Dr. Pedersen is the Canadian Research Chair in Digital Life, Media and Culture, as well as the director of the Decimal Lab and an associate professor in UOIT’s Faculty of Social Science and Humanities.
"Ever wished your computer could respond to your thoughts? Good news – it can."
This is the line with which Tobii -- the world's leader in eye tracking technology -- showcases its futuristic EyeX peripheral. What's more is that the technology described by this line is coming to UOIT.
In this month’s adventure, I was given a tour of UOIT’s Games And Media Entertainment Research (GAMER) Lab by its Research Director, Dr. Lennart Nacke. Dr. Nacke teaches in the Game Development and Entrepreneurship undergraduate program at UOIT, and has a PhD in Digital Game Development. Dr. Nacke’s vision is to “create interactive entertainment systems for everyday computers that are mobile and usable in everyday life.”
This lab is FULL of cutting-edge technology.
The first thing I noticed when coming to explore the medical lab at UOIT is how serious they are about health and safety. The medical lab is a level two biohazard lab, and one must take many precautions when in the laboratory.
The students who use the medical labs are in the second and third year of the Health Science program. Most of the students become Medical Laboratory Technologists (MLTs) but it is an excellent program for pre-med students. Students quickly learn their way around a medical laboratory and develop essential quality assurance skills.