September 26, 2017

On Set in 360!

Alex Beaver’s Student Innovation Project transports viewers behind the scenes and into the middle of the action for the filming of UAT Digital Video’s upcoming military survival film “Instinct.” Written and directed by Killian Davies, “Instinct” tells the story of a Marine helicopter pilot downed in the hostile territory of Yemen, and chronicles her harrowing journey to safe extraction by her fellow Marines. “Instinct” filmed in a variety of amazing Arizona locations, including Pima Air and Space Museum which was kind enough to let the UAT students use their helo simulator for crucial scenes. If you’ve ever wondered what’s it’s…

Give Students Technology and They Will Innovate

VR demo with Tempe's Mayor Mark Mitchell

Put technology in the hands of UAT students Kenny Vorseth and Ryan McDonald and watch their ideas unfold as they create new ways to use tech devices. Last year, the two-student team developed a cost-effective Head Mounted Display for Virtual Reality, using a 3d printer and materials at UAT. The goal of the project was to create an innovation but also to build a device that actually worked. The long term goal is to decrease the cost by using lower resolution screen. This project wowed professors so much that Kenny and Ryan were asked to show off their innovation at…

Students Innovate Foot Mount for HTC Vive

HTC Vive Foot Mount

VR begins to evolve at UAT! UAT students from all different majors put their heads together to create a new adaption for the HTC Vive handheld controller. Currently the HTC Vive VR headset allows the player to use motion-tracked, hand controllers to interact in fully immersive environments. The controllers offer the ability for the user to pick up objects, communicate and explore different levels within the game. The more these students familiarized themselves with the HTC Vive, it sparked a neat idea. Because many of them played on the UAT soccer team, they were interested in finding a way to…

UAT Seniors Present Their Student Innovation Projects at the SIP Fair

Student Innovation Project Fair at UAT

The UAT Student Innovation Project (SIP) Fair is a showcase of semesters of hard work and innovative ideas. In preparation for the Fair, students research opportunities and overcome challenges as they strive to innovate new ideas and products that aim to bridge gaps within their fields and outside industries. Senior level students are coached and supported throughout the process and they learn to question their concepts and develop skills to move their projects forward. The upcoming SIP Fair for this Summer 2017 semester takes place on August 8, in the UAT Theater. It is an all-day event, starting at 10:30…

Congrats Spring SIP Fair Winners

Student Innovation Fair winners - All in Vein

The UAT Student Innovation Project (SIP) Fair was held April 20, showcasing over 20 innovative projects by many graduating students. This semester, the program was enhanced a bit to provide a unique experience for all UAT students and employees. The presentations were broken into five segments allowing each group time to play the project overview video, present the project and answer questions in the theater followed up by demos and further Q&A’s from judges, staff, professors and fellow students in the commons area. This year’s winners are as follows: Viewer’s Choice Award: “All in Vein” by Audrey McEvoy, Game Art…

Get Ready for Spring SIP Fair at UAT

Student Innovation Project Fair

The UAT SIP Fair for student innovation is continuing to advance. This semester, we take a full turn toward the future by enhancing the program to provide a unique experience for all UAT students and employees. To prepare for the SIP Fair, students explore opportunities and face challenges as they create viable projects. These projects aim to bridge gaps within their fields and outside industries. Throughout the pipeline of project completion, students are connected, coached, and supported through the process. They learn to question assumptions about their concepts and develop skills to move their projects forward, one step at a…

Student Innovation Project Fair – Fall 2016

Student Innovation Project Fair at UAT

The Student Innovation Project Fair (SIP) gave senior-level students a chance to present an innovative project to fellow classmates, faculty and staff. The SIP component is a requirement upon all students before graduation. The SIP is a reflection of the UAT Experience – developing ideas, prototyping the ideas into viable projects, and building the projects. This exercise also serves as a tangible project to showcase for future job opportunities. Under the guidance of Professor Natasha Vita-More, this fall semester students presented over 20 amazingly creative projects at the SIP Fair on Dec. 15. Please see the list and descriptions of innovations below. Student…

Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell Highlights UAT at State of City Address

Busta Worm demo with Jesse Rogers and Mayor Mark Mitchell

In preparation for the 2016 State of the City Address on Dec. 2, Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell spent a few hours at UAT familiarizing himself with UAT’s new Virtual Reality degree by testing out “Bust’a Worm”, a new virtual reality game students created for the HTC Vive, originally developed for a 48-hour game jam. Mayor Mitchell also met with students Kenneth Vorseth and Ryan McDonald as they demonstrated their cost effective version of a VR head mounted display (HMD) unit, a product they have been innovating all semester and have hopes of bringing the finished version to the consumer market. Mayor…

UAT Offers Hot New Courses Like Virtual Reality and The Walking Dead Analysis

Gothic Literature Class

Did you know that UAT offers a class on the hit zombie apocalypse drama The Walking Dead? Why yes, we do! You can also learn how to bring Virtual Reality products to market right as the industry is blowing up with new opportunities. No matter what you’re interested in, UAT has an epic selection of classes that lovers of technology like yourself can get excited about! Each semester UAT offers a variety of special topics courses in humanities (HUM388), science (SCI388), social sciences (SS388), and technology (SPT323). Classes are filling up for the Spring 2017 semester. Students can get immersed in technology in so…

The Process of Prototyping

How to Prototype in the Maker Lab

As a professional prop maker, UAT Maker Lab Tech Mike Syfritt knows his stuff when it comes to Digital Fabrication. Students can sign up for a demonstration to learn how to use the vacuum former, 3d printers, laser etcher and more. Mike is a helpful resource to students who want to bring their maker projects to life. He creates tutorials on how to get started including the process of how to prototype a part. First Mike modeled out the mold box using a 3D model of the part. Then he 3D printed the boxes on the Form1+ Printer from Formlabs using the…