Meet one of our awesome Maker Faire sponsors: The Office of Research and Innovation at George Brown College
As we organize the Toronto Maker Faire, we have come to rely on our sponsors and community to help us make the Faire the most awesome event it can be. It may not come as a surprise to you to hear that our sponsors are makers, innovators and organizations dedicated to making things happen. Let us introduce you to one of them: the Office of Research and Innovation at George Brown College.
When we had a chance to meet with Robert Luke, the Assistant Vice President of Research and Innovation College at George Brown we knew we were in front of someone who is at the forefront of research and innovation advocacy and education. And to our delight he gets the importance of ties between making, higher education, prototyping and innovation! He will totally feel at home at the Faire and so will all the George Brown students.
Over the years, George Brown College has engaged industry, faculty, students, and the community-at-large in applied research and training in areas of Health & Health Promotion, Green Technology & Sustainability, Food Product & Recipe Development, and Business Innovation & Entrepreneurship.
George Brown College Research and Innovation collaborates with industry and community partners on a wide range of projects. Here are some of the projects that caught our eye:
Medicine Dispenser: George Brown College students got to build an easy-to-use unit that can be programmed by a pharmacist to dispense medications based on each individual’s needs, with recordable voice reminders.
Heart Monitoring Vest: Ocorant Inc. and Ross + Doell Industrial Design & Brand Development have partnered with George Brown College to further the development of a heart monitoring device that improves upon current FDA-approved heart monitors by using algorithms that can compress electrocardiogram signals.
iSmartMeter: iPhone Bluetooth Smart Home Controller Application. Students and faculty got to make an iPhone app that controls electrical components of a household and saves lots of energy and money. And these are just a few of the prototype that students and industry have completed at George Brown. Curious to hear more? Well, we got you covered!
We are very excited to have George Brown on board and we are looking forward to meeting some George Brown makers at the Faire in September.