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Humber faculty and students create an app that facilitates app prototyping
April 22, 2015
AppSeed Studios Inc. is a startup company created by Humber faculty members Greg Goralski, Adam Leon, and Andrew Dertinger. The company’s innovative technology allows users to easily and accurately turn hand-drawn sketches into interactive app prototypes, bridging the gap between traditional pen-and-paper and digital through the use of computer vision.
In 2014, following the success of a KickStarter campaign that raised $45,000 and with support from Ontario Centres of Excellence, AppSeed partnered with Multimedia Design and Development program coordinator George Paravantes and Web Design and Interactive Media students Ariel Gelbard, Tanya Grimes, Tristan Darwent and Dustin Gamble to develop the user experience and user interface (UI) of AppSeed’s innovative prototyping application. Throughout development, the student team worked with industry collaborators Tom George, BitBlitz Apps Inc.; and Bolo Michelin and LordAlex Leon, LordAlex Works; and Humber alumni Eric Eddy and Andrew Apperley. The result of this collaboration is an app that can identify an enclosed space on a hand-drawn sketch and allow users to make it into a button, a map, or another UI element and input text.
Since partnering with Humber, AppSeed received the 2014 FITC (Future. Innovation. Technology. Creativity.) Award for Mobile Apps, and their app was released in the Apple iTunes store on March 24, 2015. The app is available for download, here.
Left to right: Eric Eddy (Humber alumni), Andrew Apperley (Humber alumni), Tom George (industry collaborator), Dustin Gamble (Humber student), and Humber faculty and AppSeed cofounders Greg Goralski, Adam Leon, and Andrew Dertinger