Virtual (Already) Reality

Virtual Reality (VR) has been something of a mystery to the common consumer. Considered too avant garde to be massively marketed or designed specifically for video games, it has only recently begun to reach mainstream awareness. VR has in fact, been around for over a century, and today it is as easy to produce and watch content as it is to dial someone on the phone. 

The history of VR can …

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Wearable World

Wearable Wednesday Returns to Vancouver

After a sold-out inaugural event in April of this year, and months of requests from the local tech community, we’ve decided it’s time to bring it back: Weararble Wednesday Vancouver returns on November 19th.

This time around, we’re focussing on design as a theme, as it’s such a hot topic in the start-up and tech space, thanks in part to the announcement of Apple’s new line of wearable smart watches …

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Focus Taiwan News on Wearable Design

Focus Taiwan News: WEARABLE DESIGN: Developing an intimacy with devices

Designing a wearable device is actually about how to allow people better understand themselves, according to a technology designer at a Vancouver-based design company.

Kharis O’Connell, director of experience design at Global Mechanic, said that designing things that people want in a post-smartphone era is a process of learning what works and what does not. When a device is put on the users’ skin instead of going into their pocket, O’Connell …

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National Film Board: The Ice Men cometh

New Bruce Alcock exhibit features paintings wrought from the 1914 sealing disaster

“Ice Men” Christina Parker Gallery (Oct. 10-Nov. 1, 2014), 50 Water Street, St. John’s, NL

Opening reception: October 10th (artist will be present)

The tragic sealing disaster of 1914 is a seminal story of Newfoundland and Labrador – one that not only inspired the recent National Film Board animation, 54 Hours, but also a new exhibit by Corner Brook-born artist …

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Focus Taiwan News Channel: Canada’s Global Mechanic to give address at Taiwan Designers’ Week


Taipei, Oct. 3 (CNA) Global Mechanic, a Vancouver-based design company, will co-present a keynote speech at this year’s Taiwan Designers’ Week, an industry-leading design conference that kicked off Friday.

Global Mechanic said it is honored to be the only Canadian design company invited to present at the 10-day event that runs through Oct. 12 and to play a pivotal role in the international design community.

Kharis O’Connell, director of experience design …

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