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Cute Circuit, SoundShirt

Alumnus Ryan Genz wins Time magazine Invention of the Year

Alumnus Ryan Genz and his partner Francesca Rosella of  CuteCircuit have won one of Time magazine’s Best Inventions of 2020. Their “SoundShirt” is outfitted with 30 tiny haptic motors that vibrate according to sound, enabling the wearer to feel music “in a visceral way.”

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Knowledge Bites webinar on New Media careers

“Knowledge Bites” webinars offer digital skill-building, career advice

Following the success of New Media’s December “Knowledge Bites” webinar on coding a mobile app, this webinar tackles a topic requested by three-quarters of respondents to our recent poll: how to find and get jobs that make creative use of digital media and computing. The presenters will be recent graduates of the University of Maine’s […]

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New Media seniors win seven university research awards

New Media seniors have been honored with a record-setting seven university awards for 2020-2021. The creative approaches recognized by these prestigious fellowships include apps, games, and an installation designed to help students cope with the anxieties of contemporary life, especially under a global pandemic.

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TikTok news story on ABC news, 2020

New Media faculty weigh in on TikTok ban

Is the US government right to outlaw TikTok because it might share data with a foreign power, or is the security threat overstated? News outlets interviewed New Media faculty to get a different take on a proposed ban on the popular social media app.

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Learn to make mobile apps with these free tutorials

 Knowing how to make mobile apps in 2020 is like knowing how to make a website in 2000: a skill much in demand but known by few. Now anyone hoping to learn to create apps for iOS or Android can take advantage of a free suite of interactive tutorials from the University of Maine’s New […]

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At the Edge of Art by Joline Blais and Jon Ippolito

Can artists help us design ethical technology?

How has the boundary between art and non-art shifted in the Internet age, and what does that mean for design, activism, science, and other creative activities? This question is the subject of a Dario Moalli’s fall 2019 interview with New Media faculty and Still Water co-directors Joline Blais and Jon Ippolito in the venerable periodical […]

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Joline Blais and Stephanie Burnett in the Roger Clapp Greenhouse

Student-built app helps Maine farmers grow food year-round

Consumers are increasingly eager to eat local produce, but farm-to-table options in the cold season aren’t always easy to find in a northern state like Maine. That could change thanks to a new mobile app designed to help farmers optimize greenhouse conditions in the winter months, from a team led by New Media faculty and […]

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QuaranZine, 2020

New Media students craft Covid19 stories

COVID-19 came suddenly and with a wallop, forcing classes to operate remotely, canceling sports events, and leaving campuses empty last spring. Fortunately, New Media faculty and students have already been experimenting with digital tools for collaboration, like e-portfolios, web-based F2F classes, videoconferencing and discussion platforms like Slack.

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Coronavirus Tips

How to Manage Your Loneliness  April 20, 2020  New York Times The Cigna study indicated that 79 percent of those aged 18 to 22 considered themselves lonely. Among this group, heavy social media users were more likely to say they’re feeling lonely, Dr. Nemecek said, “so leveraging social media in the right way to make […]

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Web archiving

Saving the web

Digital Curation webinar focuses on saving the Web As more of our work and entertainment moves online, the challenge of preserving websites and social media becomes increasingly urgent. In an interactive discussion on 17 April 2020 entitled “Web Archiving for Everyone,” the latest guest speaker in UMaine’s Digital Curation program presents new tools and techniques […]

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American East Farm Hackathon

Still Water Co-director Joline Blais was part of the team that helped organize the 2019 America East Hackathon, which focused on developing inexpensive apps and systems to sustain local farmers.

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Preview of New Media Capstones

New Media capstone students have developed capstone projects reflecting and extending a range of skills learned in the program including web and mobile app development, AR and VR applications, interactive educational video, and 3D design and printing of accessibility devices. Many of our students are working with outside clients and/or field testing new software platforms. […]

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Digital and Genetic Code at Colgate

New Media alumna Margaretha Haughwout invited Still Water co-directors Joline Blais and Jon Ippolito to explore the connections between different types of code and how they can be open-sourced, digitally and biologically, in a series of talks and workshops at Colgate University in November 2018.

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