Capstone Announcement 2013 heaThe 2013 New Media Night opens tonight from 6-8pm at the University of Maine to celebrate the unveiling of a new center for whiz-bang art and innovation.

Funded by a $3.9M bond in 2009, IMRC (pronounced “immerse”) is chock full of cutting-edge toys, from 3d printers and laser engravers to 360-degree projections and moveable walls.

This opening show is the 8th annual New Media Night, where our best students exhibit their visions of the future. This year’s crop ranges from walk-in immersive videogames to autonomous shadows to social networks for gardeners and boulder climbers.

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UMaine New Media graduate Chris Bagley stepped outside of the box in 2009 when he switched from a Web-based capstone to start a local business premised on building environmentally responsible skis. The do-it-yourselfer built his own ski press in his garage and began turning out prototypes–and turning heads on the slopes. As the Bangor Daily News reports, this will be the first season his skis will be available to the general public, custom-built for both East Coast skiing conditions and to customer specifications.

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Have you ever played a guitar that sounds like a thunderstorm? Worn glasses that automatically upload a photographic history of your everyday life? Schussed down Sugarloaf with skis made from organic materials?

MelansonThis Wednesday, thirty-five New Media seniors will rock the U-Me campus with a night of curb-jumping capstones.

CatalinaHeld in Lord Hall from 4 to 6pm on Wednesday 28 April (Maine Day), this event showcases senior projects that reveal or transform what we take in with our eyes, ears, and even taste buds. More than one-off student projects, many of these startups already have sizable audiences, proving that an economy in the dumps is little deterent to the creative undergrads of the University of Maine’s New Media Department.

Open Your Eyes: The 2010 Capstone Night

Wednesday 28 April 4-6pm

Lord Hall

Find out more about projects featured in the 2010 Capstone Night

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Kickstarter is a funding platform for artists, designers, filmmakers, musicians, journalists, inventors, explorers.

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Kickstarter is a funding platform for artists, designers, filmmakers, musicians, journalists, inventors, explorers.

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