Simon Fraser University

SIAT at the 2010 Olympics

The School of Interactive Arts + Technology at SFU Surrey is proud to announce that we will have a number of free displays located throughout Metro Vancouver as part of the Olympic Games and Cultural Olympiad.

West House - Located at David Lam Park, Vancouver - Feb 12-28 inclusive.


West House is a made-in-Vancouver demonstration of a sustainable laneway home. It showcases leading-edge small footprint residential design, energy efficient, integrated systems and interactive technologies that encourage a sustainable lifestyle. Westhouse is the brainchild of SIAT Professor’s Rob Woodbury, Lyn Bartram, and a small army of graduate and undergraduate students, and is sponsored by SFU, The City of Vancouver, BC Hydro PowerSmart, Western Economic Diversification Canada, The Government of Canada, and a number of private companies. It will have a long term research home within the City of Vancouver.

For more details, see and read recent news on West House in the Vancouver Sun.

LOCATION: David Lam Park (Vancouver Live Site), Vancouver, BC - Drake @ Pacific Blvd; adjacent to Yaletown-Roundhouse Canada Line Station.

weBLIMP - Located at Surrey Celebration Site - Feb 17-21 inclusive.


weBLIMP is a crowd collaboration flight experiment - featuring a helium remote controlled airship, weBLIMP is piloted by the movement of an individual or a crowd within a space. A tiny camera is mounted inside the gondola of the blimp that allows the operator(s) who are located in another room to remotely view where the blimp is flying. When the operator(s) move left, the blimp flies left; when they move forward, it flies down.

For more details and video, see

LOCATION: Surrey Celebration Site: Holland Park - 100th Avenue @ King George Blvd, Surrey, BC - adjacent King George Skytrain. Adjacent SFU Surrey. Located in the Arts + Culture tents south of the skating rink.

Futura - the Sustainability Game - Located at Surrey Celebration Site - Feb 12-28 inclusive.

Futura is an interactive tabletop game created by IAT assistant professor Alissa Antle and her students. It’s a multiplayer simulation game played on a multi-touch digital tabletop. Loosely based on the City of Vancouver and created with the help of graduate students Sijie Wang, Katie Seaborn, Josh Tanenbaum and Allen Bevans, the goal of the game is to work with the other players to support a growing population as time passes while minimizing negative impact on the environment.

For more details on Dr. Antle’s research, see

LOCATION: Surrey Celebration Site: Holland Park - 100th Avenue @ King George Blvd, Surrey, BC - adjacent King George Skytrain. Adjacent SFU Surrey. Located in the Sustainability House beside the ice rink and miniature forest.

Tendrils  - Located at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design (Granville Island) - Feb 12-21 inclusive.

tendrilscolortryptic_smTendrils is an interactive kinetic garment that responds to collective touch. Lush and quirky, the Tendrils garment is reminiscent of an active and intelligent skin that responds by shivering and ‘alighting’. These skin-life responses are actuated by a series of small, inter-connected motors and light that reflects the inner flow of the energetic nervous system of the garment. Based on biological structures that alter their structural form as a response to touch, Tendril’s subtle movements reflect its ecological connection to our larger movements as a whole.

For more details on Tendrils and the Cultural Olympiad see

LOCATION: Emily Carr University of Art and Design at Granville Island.

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