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Super Interactive Fun Times at the TIFF Kids digiPlaySpace!

As you probably already know, today is April Fool’s day. We figured that you already had you fill of internet pranks and hoaxes, so we wanted to focus on what April Fool’s day is really about – Fun!

At ChooseMuse, we’ve always made sure to make time for fun. This mindset has spurred spontaneous dance parties at our desks, practicing handstands between meetings, late night scavenger hunts and lots of laughs. We pride ourselves in fostering an energetic, open minded and playful work environment that encourages our team to be curious, ask questions and have fun together. So when we’re invited to exhibit as part of the TIFF Kids digiPlaySpace 2015, we knew we’d feel right at home there.

If you haven’t heard of it, the spectacularly successful digiPlaySpace is an annual interactive exhibition located on the ground floor of TIFF Bell Lightbox here in Toronto. Now in its fourth year, digiPlaySpace 2015 features new installations, learning-centric games, mobile apps, creative tools and production activities, all designed by acclaimed artists from around the world. Visitors, of all ages will be encouraged to learn about the world around them through discovery and laughter.

Some lucky ChooseMuse Staff members got to take a work day visit to the digiPlaySpace down the street from our office and we had a blast! We will admit that we arrived a little biased; aMUSEing Wonderland is our contribution to the exhibit, but the 23 other installations are too awesome to ignore! Check out these photos from our “Field Trip” to the TIFF Kids digiPlaySpace 2015.

Forest; Step into a luminous forest growing from floor to ceiling and navigate your way through twisting organic strands and interactive paths where bubbles of light slosh and flow, in this large-scale interactive light sculpture that encourages play, curiosity, and collaboration.
Our exhbit; aMUSEing Wonderland; This relaxing interactive animation of a lakeside environment presents you with an opportunity for personal discovery by being paired with Muse: The Brain Sensing Headband, a device that uses EEG to read the user’s brainwaves.
Touch Da Beat; Wave your hands in the air like you just don’t care! Start with a beat and build your own song as you take the stage and rock the party on the world’s most advanced DJ system, created by Canadian innovators SmithsonMartin.
Icewire Teensy Tennis is a local maker project by the team at the Icewire Makerspace in midtown Toronto. The display is made of 1344 RGB LEDs powered by a 350 Watt power supply, and controlled by a microcontroller programmed using the popular Arduino IDE.
Social Media Manager Paula, is flying high while playing “Be in the Scene Take 2” “Get really into the movie with digiPlaySpace’s green-screen technology and take off on your own big-screen adventure!”
Push Me Pull You: Dogs; Grab a partner and join in this fast-paced four-player videogame about friendship, wrestling, and barking!
Pong Invaders Reality; Grab a paddle and plunge into a fast-paced battle of reflexes against alien invaders who’ve come to steal your table-tennis equipment, in this brilliant mash-up of ping pong and retro gaming.
ChooseMuse staff play at the Build-a-Bot Lab with the innovative Cubelets to build a humongous hodgepodge of robots that drive, squiggle, crawl, bend, and glow!
Senior Manager of PR & Event, Jocelyn plays with Cubelets at the Build-A-Bot Lab.
Pop Lock and Dance Machine Posing TIme! Step into the spotlight and pop, lock and boogaloo like a pro with our crew of ghostly backup dancers!
ChooseMuse Team Members and hitchBot! Come hang out with hitchBOT, an outgoing and charismatic robot that began hitchhiking across Canada in July 2014 as part of a project by researchers from McMaster University, Ryerson University, and the University of Toronto to explore human-robot interaction and test whether robots can trust humans.
Six-Forty by Four-Eighty; Step into a screen and unleash your creativity with this new form of digital graffiti! Become part of the artwork as you use your body to rearrange and transfer colours across these incredibly smart pixels to create patterns and animations.

ChooseMuse Pop Lock and Dance Machine GIF:

Note: These are just highlights from our visit; there is so much more to the digiPlaySpace than we able to share here.
Being/having a child is not required to attend. This is appropriate for big and little kids of ALL ages.

The TIFF Kids digiPlaySpace is open now until April 19, 2015 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West) in Toronto.
For more information and to buy tickets visit here.

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