November 18, 2017

Custom Whiskered Away Xbox Controllers Made By Local Startup

Whiskered-Away indie game

The Phoenix Global Game Jam returned to UAT for the second consecutive year in January, bringing game developers from all over the Valley to our campus. UAT Game Studios students came out in full force forming small teams and collaborating their skills to make a playable game in just 48 hours. The result was over 20 completed indie games revolving around the theme of waves, which gave team “Whiskered Away” a fun idea for a 2D party game. See the most recent trailer here. Picture a beach with cute, colorful cats collecting shiny coins, but this treasure belongs to Poseidon….

Spooky Locations Give “Help Falls” Horror Film Cred

Help Falls-winners at Student Innovation Project Fair (SIP)

“Help Falls” is the collaboration of UAT Digital Video cinematic innovators who dreamed up the idea for this interactive, horror film that allows the viewer to interact along with the movie and choose the ending on behalf of the main character, featuring up to 30 possible endings. A choose your own adventure of the horror variety… let’s see what happens next! As a team, Jordan Wippell, Brandon Scott and Gwyneth Christoffel, make up Brandingo Films and have collaborated on numerous shorts in their time spent at UAT. “We started working together on an official music video project for They Might…

UAT Film Crew Shoots Fan Film “Mitch Rapp: Off Book” – Behind the Scenes Extras

Off Book: Mitch Rapp

When Hollywood actor Andy McDermott asks UAT for help filming the fan film adaption of author Vince Flynn’s hero Mitch Rapp, of course Digital Video Program Champion Paul DeNigris eagerly agreed, putting his film crew of UAT Digital Video students to work. The independently produced short film “Mitch Rapp: Off Book,” is the first large-scale action film that UAT has shot to date. With only a few months to write, film and edit the complete film, the crew dedicated long days on set, but even with lost sleep, students said the experience working with major Hollywood actors was incredible! When…

Virtual Reality Gains Traction in Mainstream Industries

Virtual Reality Degree at UAT

Virtual Reality (VR) has been around for decades, but in the last year VR has been making a name for itself as a rising career in today’s world. What is VR? Virtual Reality is a computer-generated simulation of a three-dimensional image or environment that can be interacted with in a seemingly real or physical way by a person using special electronic equipment, such as a helmet with a screen inside or gloves fitted with sensors. Some examples of Virtual Reality devices include Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, both of which can be demonstrated in the New Technologies Lab on UAT’s…

UAT Announces the Return of the Virtual Reality Degree

Virtual Reality Degree at University of Advancing Technology

UAT’s Virtual Reality Degree Makes a Comeback 25 Years Later The world of Virtual Reality (VR) has been around for decades. Over 25 years ago, University of Advancing Technology (UAT) led the country as the first university in the nation to offer a fully accredited degree in Virtual Reality. Having been created in 1991, the initial VR degree offering may have been a bit before its time, but UAT is pleased to announce that the Virtual Reality degree is back and available to students for the 2016 fall semester. What is Virtual Reality (VR)? Virtual Reality is a computer-generated simulation…

Bubble Wrap: Pop A Palooza – Now on Google Play

Bubble Wrap PopAPalooza

Do you have friends or siblings who like to pop Bubble Wrap? Most people enjoy this simple, yet satisfying task, which is why it’s the perfect idea for a video game! “Bubble Wrap: Pop A Palooza” was produced by Ara Shirinian, Principal Designer at WePlay Media and Tyler Weiss, a UAT student dual majoring in Game Programming and Advancing Computer Science, in partnership with Sealed Air, the official Bubble Wrap brand. Bubble Wrap: Pop A Palooza is a fun game with fundamentals which resemble the old “Whack A Mole” carnival game but replaces the mole with fun activities and gameplay…

Baking Cookies With A Solar Oven

Solar grill construction

Photo above: Students Will Peterson (Network Security), Matthew Miller (Network Security) and Marlon Burno (Network Security) work together and design their solar oven. Last week, students constructed solar ovens in Professor’s Jill Brumand’s Sustainability in Practice class. Groups of students from all different disciplines brainstormed ideas and turned their plans into man-made solar ovens. This example of a solar oven was designed by Network Security student Will Peterson. He constructed the box to capture and focus sunlight from multiple angles. The main body was constructed out of plywood and the reflectors are old cabinet doors that we covered with tin foil. They are connected with standard…

Avnet Tech Games – 2016 Winners

Avnet Tech Games 2016

On Saturday, April 2, UAT Campus was packed with student innovators prepared to compete in tech games ranging in Network Security, Marketing and Social Media, Robotics and more. Winners were rewarded with scholarships and awesome tech swag, as well as bragging rights against local competitive colleges. Almost 200 students from 16 local colleges showed up making 2016 a year of stiff competition! The 11th Annual Avnet Tech Games included the following STEM challenges: CISCO Network Expert Security Battle, Desktop Domination, HP Fastest IoT Computer Build, IoT Sensor Fusion Challenge, WWT/Palo Alto Server Search, Java Blitz, Robot Race Obstacle Course, Social Media Mania, and Solar Scrimmage. If you…

Live in the Game Jam

live in the game jam

Benjamin Pope, UAT Game Design Alumni and owner of Live in the Game, LLC, is in the process of organizing the company’s first solo Game Jam scheduled for the weekend of April 15-17, 2016, at University of Advancing Technology. Some of you may be wondering, “what is a Game Jam?” Some of you may be wondering, “what is a Game Jam?” A Game Jam is a gathering of game developers for the purpose of planning, designing and creating one or more games within a short span of time, usually ranging between 24 and 72 hours. Game developers are generally made up of programmers, game designers, artists…

New UATDV Film – “Secure. Contain. Protect”

UATDV students have finished their horror comedy “Secure. Contain. Protect” and it’s now on YouTube. There were some very cool “firsts” in the making of this one. We were the first crew to film at the historic Hayden Flour Mill in Tempe (thanks to Kris Baxter-Ging and Chris Hansen in the city government). This was also the first UATDV film to use a drone as part of principle photography (for the “monster vision” sequences in the Mill). Synopsis: “A secret government organization called “The Foundation” protects society from supernatural creatures. When one of the creatures classified as “SCP-106″ escapes containment, hapless friends…