In the past year NYC Media Lab, in partnership with its Member Companies, has collaborated with dozens of the City's faculty and students across disciplines ranging from engineering and computer science to design and journalism on prototyping and entrepreneurship. From explorations of blockchain and artificial intelligence to startup companies targeting markets ranging from women's health to music to digital media rights, the prototyping projects and startups that emerged from the Lab this year point to the future of emerging media applications.
Below, see details of five projects that will participate in the Project Showcase at NYCML'18. Faculty and students will take center stage to share their research and technical developments, highlighting new areas of inquiry and innovation across industries. These projects will be among more than 100 demos, 16 workshops and Mainstage presentations and discussions about the future of media.
NYC Media Lab Program: Verizon Connected Futures III
Corey Bertelsen and Maria Mishurenko, NYU Game Center
Impromptu is a multi-user AR experience that empowers non-musicians to participate in an audio visual jam session.
NYC Media Lab Program: Havas Fellowship, Prototyping the Augmented Island
Cécile Ragot, CUNY Lehman College, EON Reality. With: James Huerta, Havas; Sarah Krautheim, Trust for Governors Island
IslandAR provides mysterious puzzle pieces that unlock shared AR experiences, hidden characters and fun stories from past and present on Governors Island.
NYC Media Lab Program: The Combine
Jesal Trivedi, NYU, Interactive Telecommunications Program
Aduri is creating a connected meditation system that combines live content and a physical multi-sensory environment with the goal to help you become a consistent, more engaged meditator.
NYC Media Lab Program: NBCUniversal Blockchain Research Project
Sowmya Gottipati, NBCUniversal
Dana Martens, The New School
An exploration into the potential benefits and challenges of blockchain for media through prototyping its applications and use-cases in the near, mid, and long-term. NBCUniversal addresses how it and other media companies are approaching emerging technologies such as blockchain and artificial intelligence in order to enhance customer experience.
NYC Media Lab Program: Publicis Health Digital Health AR Startup Bootcamp and The Combine
Jane Mitchell and Courtney Snavely, The New School, Design + Technology
Ovee is a platform and community that supports women as they navigate their sexual and reproductive health.
Let’s Make History
NYC Media Lab Program: A+E Networks Mobile AR Storytelling Fellowship
Ilana Bonder and Hadar Ben-Tzur, NYU, Interactive Telecommunications Program. With: Nestor Nieves, A+E Networks
Travel back in time to Washington Square Park through augmented reality, and join Wallace and June – two young activists on a 1968 spring day, in a cinematic experience.
The Secret Club
NYC Media Lab Program: Tech, Media & Democracy
Rongxin Zhang and Kirollos Morkos, Cornell Tech
Colum Murphy, CUNY Journalism School
Andy Gallardo, CUNY Queens College
Yijia Wang and Jenni Wu, The New School
The Secret Club was inspired by a team member’s experiences with censorship in China. The journalist — a foreigner who has spent more than a decade in Greater China — had their stories “taken down” from the internet on several occasions by their employer, a China-based English-language publication. Such censorship would occur when the publication deemed the subject matter too “sensitive” and removed the article from its website. Wiping content from the web meant important voices were silenced. It also left journalists involved in the project frustrated and deprived readers access to vital information. The Secret Club is an attempt to circumvent such practices, and allows for the creation of a permanent and shareable record of the story.