media release

Photo Ops at SFU Surrey’s Open House May 28

May 26, 2011

Marianne Meadahl, PAMR, 778.782.3210/9017; 604.209.5770 (cell);

SFU Surrey is located at 250-13450-102 Ave (off University Dr and 102nd Ave).
Parking is available in a lot off University Dr.

Demos, projects, displays, presentations – along with music, kids activities and a campus expansion – all are features of Saturday’s community open house at SFU Surrey. The day runs from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and parking is free.

Here’s a sample of visuals:

  • The Cyclosonic Cradle (rm 2779), a sensory deprivation chamber, combines biofeedback, music, meditation and art therapy – it’s all to reduce stress;
  • SFU’s team GUARDIAN, a group of mechatronics (engineering) students, will highlight their unmanned aerial vehicle (rm 3260);
  • The Reading Glove (rm 3880), is an artificial intelligent-driven tangible/wearable interactive story-telling system – designed by students;
  • Sumo wrestling robots (rm 3260), the product of first-year students, will battle it out for bragging rights – by pushing each other out of the ring – all day;
  • Digital Vandalism (rm 3695), involves multiple electronic touch screen canvasses with content that exists digitally and is open to the public to view – and alter;
  • A hoard of “balancing” robots and an iRobot (rm 2985) will show off their latest capabilities;
  • EnVella is a kinetic dress that provides a sense of comfort and safety for the wearer by “responding” during a perceived threat – an invention of students from interactive arts and technology;
  • Tessella is an interactive, interweaving of light and origami shapes designed by students, many unusual patterns and designs;
  • Vehicles of the future – eVaro is a futuristic hybrid electric car complete with new age cooling system and batteries and other new technologies (displayed outside by the south access doors);
  • Physics’ Camera Obscura (2975, podium 2) turns an entire room into a pinhole camera and projects an image of the outside onto the wall of a darkened room;
  • The Virtual Meditative Walk, (podium 2, Pain Studies lab) uses virtual reality technologies, biofeedback and a treadmill, allowing users to walk through a virtual forest that reacts to their galvanic skin responses – a method used to aid chronic pain sufferers;
  • Lego mindstorms and iRobots – the latest in programmable building blocks, demonstrate their creative capabilities;
  • To the delight of high schoolers, Canadian artist singer-songwriter Karl Wolf performs on centre stage at 2 p.m.;
  • For your health, demos using skeletons, exercise displays and healthy living exhibits (biomedical physiology lab, podium 2);
  • Explore the architecturally striking campus – and a new expansion of more than 50,000 sq ft of specialized classrooms and labs;
  • Rock climbing, bungee jumping, face-painting, games and live music  - all day.

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