In the spring 2013 semester, ETC student project team Bravura along with ETC-SV Co-director Jiyoung Lee set about the semester to create an app that would encourage kids to create music. At the end of the semester Nate Levin, Michael Lee, Albert Gea, Cheng Yang, Romain Deciron, Meng Xie, and Pei-Lin Lu had created TuneTrain. TuneTrain is a music creation app, where kids can quickly create and edit melodies through a fun line-drawing mechanic.
The app is now available for the iPad on iTunes and was featured in USA Today as on the 4 playful apps to introduce kids to music. The app was also featured on the website Good Free Apps for Kids and apps playground
Congratulations to Jiyoung and the rest of Bravura team!
Recently, the FOURTH ANNUAL 'BACK TO SCHOOL WITH THE HISTORYMAKERS' event highlighted The HistoryMakers program work in preserving and sharing the life stories of thousands of African Americans. The HistoryMakers is a leader in helping to educate and enlighten millions worldwide through refashioning a more inclusive record of American history.
ETC faculty members Mike Christel and Scott Stevens, staff member Bryan Mayer and ETC alumni have with collaborated with The HistoryMakers on improving access to their large digital video archive of African American life oral histories. Through NSF funding The ScienceMakers: African Americans and Scientific Innovation oral history collection has grown a collection of interviews with scientists. The collection was designed to increase awareness of the contributions of African American scientists, raise awareness of STEM careers and increase the understanding of STEM concepts.
To read more about the work of the ETC faculty with speech recognition, image processing, and language technologies visit Informedia Digital Video Library.
Last week the Pittsburgh Technology Council held the Tech 50 Awards in recognition for the area's tech companies and paid homage to a shift that has made Pittsburgh a top region for startups to bloom and grow.
ETC faculty member Jesse Schell's company Schell Games won the award for Interactive and Application Developer of the Year.
Congratulations to Jesse and all our friends at Schell Games!
ETC student Albert Shih presented his game prototype, Museum of Simulation Technology, at the Sense of Wonder Night event at the Tokyo Game Show. He won the Audience Award and the Best Technological Game Award.
Sense of Wonder Night is an event modeled after GDC’s Experimental Gameplay Workshop with the goal of showcasing games that “give a sense of wonder.” This year, nine presenters were selected from 125 entries.
Museum of Simulation Technology is a 3D first-person puzzle game based on the idea of forced perspective illusions. If you've ever tried to squish the moon between your thumb and forefinger or seen a photo of some giant person holding up the Leaning Tower of Pisa, you've had experience with forced perspective illusions.
Visit this Gamasutra article for more information on Sense of Wonder Night 2013.
Great work Albert!