BerrySync allows access to relevant Firefox browser information from a user's internet connected computer within their blackberry portable device (examples being bookmarks, history, active tabs, etc). This is based on the concepts established in the Firefox Sync plugin that is bundled with Firefox 4 and it's companion iPhone application named Firefox Home. Initial completion of BerrySync v1.0 was completed at the start of Sept 2011.
CATGames (Creativity Assistive Tools for Games) was a research network led by Seneca College. CDOT's activities focused on the web browser as a 3D gaming platform and developed tools and technologies to integrate interactive 3D content within the established 2D framework of the Web without having to download any plug-ins.
Clara.io (3D Digital Editor)
Furthermore, the processing power requirements are much lower than traditional 3D content creation software because the actual rendering of the content is done in the cloud. There are also plans to develop a marketplace for Clara.io so that users can buy and sell their own plugins and software additions which can be added to the already impressive tool suite available with the software. The project is another great example of open-source software being taken in a new and innovative direction.
Modern medical devices have data communications capability using technologies such as Bluetooth. The problem with leveraging this connectivity is that in most cases the device is designed to work only with specific software designed by the manufacturer. As a partner in the Connected Health and Wellness Project (CHWP), CDOT is developing tools to systematize the collection of medical device data by smartphone software. This will enhance the healthcare industry immensely as much of the testing that has traditionally been done in medical offices and institutions will now be able to be done in the comfort of the patient’s home.
One of our partners, NexJ Systems, initially developed a model to monitor health and transmit data directly to healthcare providers using Blackberry devices. Recent work at CDOT has focused on expanding the number of supported medical devices as well as the variety of target smart phones, which now include iOS and Android devices. The ultimate goal is to develop a software layer that compensates for device variances and provides a standard interface to health-focused software applications.
Turtlesback.ca is a digital exploration of the histories, languages and cultures of Canada’s Aboriginal peoples. CDOT used leading-edge interactive technologies to create games, interactive videos and a GPS app to share stories and knowledge as well as raise awareness and appreciation of the Aboriginal experience in Canada.
The typical method used to represent 3D graphics for applications such as video games is that of a textured meshed. Essentially the object is made up of a mesh of flat triangles and a 2D texture graphic that is applied over the mesh to give it its colour and depth. However, this is not the only way to represent 3D graphics. Another method for representing 3D graphics is that of a point cloud which is a set of coloured points in 3D space. While a point cloud is usually larger than a textured mesh in terms of amount of data, it provides a level of realism not found in a mesh. Furthermore, some 3D scanning equipment such as 3D scanners, LiDAR equipment, medical scanners, and MicroSoft's Kinect all deliver their data as point clouds.