Decimal Lab has been very busy this summer! With it rapidly coming to an end, we want to take some time to highlight some of what Decimal Lab has been up to. In addition to the progress made towards Decimal Lab’s Social Robots project, members of our team have attended numerous conferences this summer which we will examine below.

President’s Future Forum

Dr. Isabel Pedersen speaking at the President’s Future Forum hosted by Ontario Tech University.

Decimal Lab’s summer opened with the President’s Future Forum at OnTechU, this year’s theme being Tech With a Conscience. Dr. Isabel Pedersen spoke at the first panel, alongside Dr. Tiago Falk of the University of Quebec, Domingo Huh from Thomson Reuters…


[Image Description: a green background with an illustrated arm holding a balanced scale with a heart on one side and a brain on the other side. Overtop the image, the text box at the top reads “FABRIC”. A text box in the centre of the image reads “Implanted and Embedded Medical Devices”. A text box at the bottom on the image reads “Curated by Katharin Gruber, Stephanie Gawtry, and Jonathan Peterson”].

Curators: Katharine Gruber, Stephanie Gawtry, and Jonathan Peterson | University of Minnesota | April 2019

Collection Editor: Isabel Pedersen
Acquisitions Editor: Ann Hill Duin
Collection Archivist: Sharon Caldwell

FABRIC is excited to release the final curated collection from our pilot collaboration project with the University of Minnesota, Implanted and Embedded Medical Devices.

This collection introduces the newest advances in implanted and embedded medical devices, spanning from the brain to the ankle. These devices are used to replace, repair, or enhance organ function and limbs. Some of the devices, such as the leadless pacemaker, have already been approved by regulatory agencies…


[Image Description: A pale yellow background with an illustration of a woman with long brown hair and a yellow sweater. She is wearing a VR/AR headset over her eyes. Overtop the image, the text box at the top reads “FABRIC”. A text box in the centre of the image reads “AR From Conception to Reality”. A text box at the bottom on the image reads “Curated by Rachel Blissenbach, Nathan Brummer, Danijela Krstic, and Christina Yoong].

Curators: Rachel Blissenbach, Nathan Brummer, Danijela Krstic and Christina Yoong | University of Minnesota | April 2019

Collection Editor: Isabel Pedersen
Acquisitions Editor: Ann Hill Duin
Collection Archivist: Sharon Caldwell

FABRIC is excited to release the curated collection, AR From Conception to Reality.

What is Augmented Reality, why is it important, and what industries does it affect? What products are available or in the making? Augmented Reality (AR) is a technology that composites computer-generated visuals with real-world environments, providing users an immersive experience. …


[Image Description: A dark blue background with an illustration of a black silhouette of a person wearing virtual reality glasses. A circular world map with various buildings and modes of transportation surrounding its perimeter is being projected in front of the person. Overtop the image, the text box at the top reads “FABRIC”. A text box in the centre of the image reads “Cultural Reality — a VR Experience”. A text box at the bottom on the image reads “Curated by Nathan Snyder, Parkker Burgan, and Hannah Wind”]

Curators: Nathan Snyder, Parrker Burgan, and Hannah Wind | University of Minnesota | April 2019

Collection Editor: Isabel Pedersen
Acquisitions Editor: Ann Hill Duin
Collection Archivist: Sharon Caldwell

FABRIC is excited to release the curated collection, Cultural Reality — a VR Experience.

Many schools, organizations, and other groups have begun to explore the world of Virtual Reality (VR) and how to use it to innovate storytelling techniques. VR, not to be confused with Augmented Reality (AR), is an interactive experience typically portrayed through a device that offers both audio and visual experiences, which are inputted by an external computing device.


[Image Description: A light blue background with an illustration of a hand holding a megaphone with a speech bubble coming out the end of it. Overtop the image, the text box at the top reads “FABRIC”. A text box in the centre of the image reads “What Language Sounds Like: Wearable Devices in Translation Communication”. A text box at the bottom on the image reads “Curated by Kris Ryan, Miranda De la Victoria, and Sue Loly”].

Curators: Kristine Ryan, Sue Loly, and Miranda De la Victoria | University of Minnesota | April 2019

Collection Editor: Isabel Pedersen
Acquisitions Editor: Ann Hill Duin
Collection Archivist: Sharon Caldwell

FABRIC is excited to release the curated collection, What Language Sounds Like: Wearable Devices in Translation Communication.

This collection responds to a rising global trend in wearable devices used for language translation and international communication. This developing technology could revolutionize and disrupt the necessity to learn and practice new languages and remove hurdles that have previously existed in global business. With a view to immediacy, users are looking for easy…


Curator: Danielle Stambler

Archivist Team: Kamal Baker, Emma Begalka, Katharine Crockett, Sarah Elmes, Ky Lan Nguyen, Eric Olson, Kayla Prue, Raghd Qamhiyeh, Abraham Robles-Quito, Somanea Touch, Regan Wood, Jinghui Zhou

Collection Editor: Isabel Pedersen
Acquisitions Editor: Ann Hill Duin
Senior Archivist: Sharon Caldwell

FABRIC is excited to release the new curated collection, Wearables and Carryables for Everyday Communication: Past, Present, Future. As part of the WRIT 3562W Technical and Professional Writing course led by instructor Danielle Stambler at the University of Minnesota, 12 undergraduate students have located emerging technologies across multiple industries with the attempt to actively understand past, present…


Curator: Jason Tham, University of Minnesota, USA | January–April 2019

Archivist Team: Khadir Albert, Bennett Christenson, Becca Waletzko, Brianna Cochlin, Sydney Rottman, Kelly Wolfe, Mariah Mullen, Adam Scow, Kevin Tchalla, Guangwei Wu, Taylor Huntley, Baylee Bessingpas, Sean McNally, Sarah Cohen, Irma Frlj, Nicole Gocker, Haley Sventek, Zachary Thomas, Timothy Kutyla, Matthew Stellpflug, Amir Coffey, JaeHeui Kim, Eleanor Stenglein, and Kendra Vigdal

Collection editor: Isabel Pedersen
Senior archivist: Sharon Caldwell

FABRIC is excited to release the new team-based curated collection, Emerging Technologies for Technical Communication. As part of the WRIT 3562W Technical and Professional Writing course led by instructor Dr. Jason…


The Quantified Aging & Digital Culture Team at the Centre for Social Innovation in 2018. Left to Right: Dr. Wendy Martin, Dr. Kirsten Ellison, Dr. Barbara Marshall, Dr. Isabel Pedersen, and Dr. Stephen Katz.

We’re happy to introduce the newest member to our team — Dr. Kirsten Ellison. Kirsten brings her cutting-edge Age Studies research to the Digital Culture and Quantified Aging research group at Trent University as a postdoctoral fellow after completing her doctorate degree in Communication and Culture at the University of Calgary. Her dissertation, “Molecular imaginaries of aging and age intervention,” examines the representational modes through which molecular understandings of aging and the body are popularized for mass consumption, looking specifically at the use of image and metaphor.

Broadly, her research has interrogated the intersections of health, science and technology in…


Can you tell us a little about yourself?

Jayden: I’m a 3rd-year undergraduate student in the Communications and Digital Media Studies program at UOIT. I’m an avid fan of all things science fiction, enjoying books, film, and of course games. My favourite technology to read about is virtual reality and I can’t wait to see it reach a mainstream audience. I hope to one day go into developing my own fictional works, likely games, but I also consider film and novels to be a potential outlet as well.

Jack: I am 20 years of age. I am currently studying Communications and Digital Media Studies at UOIT. My goal…


Curator: Sharon Caldwell, Digital Culture and Media Lab (Decimal Lab), University of Ontario, Institute of Technology | June 2018 ongoing

Collection Editor: Isabel Pedersen
Collection Archivist: Sharon Caldwell

FABRIC is excited to release the new collection, Aging, Culture, and Technology.

According to a United Nations (UN) 2017 report, there are an estimated 962 million people aged 60 or over in the world, and that this population is growing at a rate of about 3 per cent per year. As the world’s population continues to age, there has been a surge of research initiatives dedicated to addressing, as the UN puts…

Decimal Lab

Researching and tracking wearable, implantable, and augmented reality devices to better understand their effects on human life and culture. @DecimalUOIT

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