What is nanotechnology, and how does it help us everyday?
To answer this question, the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN) partnered with the Games Institute (GI) to create a playful online education app. This project aims to explore and explain how nanotechnology is used in our everyday lives using digital visual storytelling and game technology.
For our first joint effort, we will showcase the research of WIN members Roderick Slavcev, Emmanuel Ho and Marc Aucoin on DNA vaccine nasal spray which can help inoculate against COVID-19. For this, they collaborated with Lennart Nacke’s HCI Games Group at the GI to design the online app. The project visually shows how the nasal spray will administer the DNA-based vaccine that will enter the cells in targeted tissues and cause them to produce a virus-like particle (VLP) that will stimulate an immune response in people. This will hopefully be the first of many similar projects between WIN and GI designed to highlight aspects of key theme areas of nanotechnology and how it impacts our lives daily.
The research featured in this tool developed by researchers and interaction designers from the Stratford School of Interaction Design and Business, the Department of Systems Design Engineering, and the School of Public Health and Health Systems and international partners, is also an interdisciplinary collaboration between professors from the School of Pharmacy and the Chemical Engineering department at the University of Waterloo.