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Apps, co-ops, startups at NU

The app was one of the many under­grad­uate, grad­uate, and fac­ulty research projects on dis­play last Friday at RISE:2013, Northeastern’s inno­va­tion, schol­ar­ship, and research expo held in the Cabot Phys­ical Edu­ca­tion Center. The annual event, spon­sored by the Center for Research Inno­va­tion and the Office of the Provost, high­lights research across many dis­ci­plines and show­cases the breadth and depth of inno­v­a­tive thinking at Northeastern.

Ever walk by a con­struc­tion project in the city and wonder what the site will look like one day? Well, a team of seven seniors at North­eastern has cre­ated a new app for that.

For their inter­ac­tive media cap­stone, the stu­dents devel­oped what they call arc—a mobile appli­ca­tion that bridges the gap between archi­tects and the public in regard to city plan­ning. Here’s how it would work: Archi­tects upload project specs, and com­mu­nity mem­bers walk to the con­struc­tion site and use an iPad’s camera-??view fea­ture to see an aug­mented reality overlay of the pro­posed building over the cur­rent site. Users could view details like foot traffic, wind pat­terns, and the building’s shadows throughout the day, and then post feed­back directly to the architects.

March 22, 2013 - From left, College of Engineering seniors Alex Mazzotta and Nate Lavins display the "vi-RABT: Virutally-Interfaced Robotic Ankle & Balance Trainer" to Nina Lowery, College of Science '14, during RISE: 2013, the Research, Innovation and Scholarship Expo, held in the Cabot Cage.  RISE, which is organized by the Center for Research Innovation, showcases student and faculty research at Northeastern University.  The team won the award for "Greatest Entrepreneurial Potential."

Picture: “Courtesy of Brooks Canaday/Northeastern University”