A catalyst for the future of advanced manufacturing

A catalyst for the future of advanced manufacturing

Every company looks ahead for what it can do to improve manufacturing, whether that’s imagining the future of the next quarter or of the next business cycle. The University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) is doing that too, but it’s looking to what might happen decades ahead. And, to the surprise of some who may see universities as thriving in isolation of the real word, UOIT is looking at the future of advanced manufacturing in concert with business. UOIT demonstrated its engagement with advanced manufacturing at a half-day conference in April at the university’s campus in Oshawa, Ontario. Several Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) members participated at the conference, including Siemens Canada, IBM, General Motors and Cimetrix Solutions. UOIT is one of Canada’s newest research universities, having opened its doors in 2003. The university has grown to 10,000 students in seven faculties, with an emphasis on studies and research in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. UOIT has earned 11 Canada Research Chairs (CRC); one, Dr. Dan Zhang, the CRC in Advanced Robotics and Automation, focuses on the next-generation of industrial robotics — innovations that help to perform tasks faster, more accurately and with greater adaptability to changing work assignment and conditions. (Click Here to read the full...
IFTech Announce The Release Of New SDK For ARAIG

IFTech Announce The Release Of New SDK For ARAIG

IFTech Inventing Future Technology Inc. are pleased to announce the release of their Software Development Kit (SDK) for ARAIG As Real As It Gets, a high-tech, multi-sensory gaming suit. Created by a Canadian father and son team, the ARAIG gaming suit provides a new unique immersive experience through multi-sensory feedback. Whether it is for gaming, training, virtual reality, augmented awareness or another market entirely, ARAIG can deliver the most cutting edge technology to its users. People wearing the ARAIG gaming suit will experience a level of immersion that has never been reached and felt before. “We have pushed technology in the creation of ARAIG and now there is a new standard for human perception based on sensory stimulation and sensory manipulation,” said Michael Stanfield, Founder and Co-CEO of IFTech. “The ARAIG technology provides real world sensory stimulation for all virtual world environments.” The ARAIG SDK is used to integrate the ARAIG gaming suit into a customer’s software and properly activate the suit’s various sensors. The software development kit is currently available to companies that have demonstrated they are leaders in their marketspace. ARAIG Software Development Kit provides: • Ability to learn how to integrate the ARAIG SDK into customers software • Access to developer support • Feedback to help IFTech better support a customer’s needs and development process “The ARAIG SDK is a big first step to providing developers and solution providers with a means of integrating ARAIG into their games and software,” says Brodie Stanfield, Founder and Co-CEO of IFTech.“We are looking forward to seeing how developers take the ARAIG SDK and create experiences that have never before...
New summer program to help Durham entrepreneurs

New summer program to help Durham entrepreneurs

Durham College is introducing a new summer program to help local students, youth and alumni get their business ideas to market faster. The DC Summer Accelerator program runs from May to August and will offer a support team to help with advice and operational support, as well as access to office space, bookkeeping and special rates on professional services. There is no cost to participate in the program, being offered in collaboration with Spark Centre. Applicants must have a compelling business venture with the potential for large market sustainability and be committed to working day-to-day with the Spark Centre team. Some participants may opt to work part-time during the evenings or weekends while participating, which is acceptable as long as progress continues on their start-up activities. Those interested must apply before Monday, April 20. CLICK HERE to apply and for more...
iApotheca On Next Gen Den!

iApotheca On Next Gen Den!

by Spark Centre Spark Centre client, iApotheca recently appeared on an episode of CBC’s Next Gen Den, which is Dragons’ Den for an online world. Shorter and made for mobile, Next Gen Den is a launching pad for young entrepreneurs, pitching startups and early-stage businesses to the next generation of Dragons. We talked to Spencer Turbitt, CEO & Co-Founder of iApotheca Healthcare to talk about his experience pitching his pharmacy software solution to the Dragon’s. Tell us about iApotheca. iApotheca Healthcare is software for pharmacies and nursing homes. Right now it comes in three different sections of modules. The first is a Compliance Tool which helps reduce the risk pharmacies have in keeping and following all procedures and policies that the different regulatory boards in Canada put it place for them. It digitalizes these policies and procedures and it allows managers and owners of the pharmacies to see reports of who has and hasn’t confirmed that they have read new policies online. This tool also allows you to share the information across many pharmacy locations. The second is Incident Tracking which allows you to create different categories of incidents such as a delivery or dispensing. The module can track these incidents on a monthly basis or a yearly basis and reduce them over time. It has shown to reduce incidents by approximately 50% through a series of tests. The Incident Tracking module also digitalizes the process of narcotic drug destruction. The third module is iApotheca Workflow Module which monitors things like delivery orders and medication changes for med pouches and blister packs. We also offer an accounting suite for...
Spark Client Tiko 3D Reaches Kickstarter Goal

Spark Client Tiko 3D Reaches Kickstarter Goal

Tiko 3D, the creators of the most affordable, elegant, and easy to use 3D Printer officially launched their Kickstarter campaign on Monday. Within three hours, they reached their goal of $100,000. As of right now, the campaign continues to climb! The company is bringing delta printing technology to the masses in a user-friendly, affordable desktop device called Tiko. Tiko 3D are clients of the Spark Commercialization and Innovation Centre and were recently announced as part of the first Cohort of the Thrive Accelerator Program. The company are currently co-located with Spark Centre at The Loft in Durham Region. They are also the winners of the General Entrepreneur category at the 2014 Ignite Durham Startup Competition where they won $25,000 to use towards their business. To contribute to their Kickstarter campaign, please...