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The way you interact with your mobile devices is about to change

December 3, 2014

TORONTO, ON—Poking at your smartphone with your finger is so 2014—it’s time to find new ways to interface with the mobile devices we all carry.

That’s the challenge Professor Parham Aarabi of The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at University of Toronto posed to his graduate class.

“I encouraged students to think outside the box of how we interact with mobile devices, including wearables,” says Professor Aarabi. “I wanted them think: can we do better?”

On Monday, December 8, 2014, graduate students will present the six strongest products to arise from the exercise. Expect to see totally new ways to leverage the smartphones, tablets and wearables you rely on daily.

The finalists are:

Barcode Passport—Never carry a wallet again with a virtual barcode that replaces your cards
Whistle Finder—Lost your phone? Whistle for it, and it whistles back
Motion Cam—Forget fumbling for buttons—take a picture with a flick of the wrist
Clap Controller—Ditch the handheld clicker and clap to advance a presentation
OweME—Who still owes you for dinner last night? Keep track of money leant and borrowed
PlaceIt— Ever wish you had virtual location-based sticky notes? PlaceIt is exactly that, reminding you of notes as you arrive at different destinations

Professor Aarabi and each of the groups will be available for interviews following the presentations.

Event Details

What: Unveiling the Future of Mobile UI
When: Monday, December 8, 2014
Time: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Where: Bahen Centre for Information Technology, Room 1210, 30 St. George Street, University of Toronto M5S 2E4


For more information, contact:

Marit Mitchell
Senior communications officer
The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering