Colab: Creative Technologies

Ariel Hielkema Screencap

Colab student embraces digital for rehab

AUT Master of Creative Technologies student, Arien Hielkema, is making moves with his knee injury rehabilitation prototype, which could change the way patients manage exercises prescribed to them by their physiotherapist.

Arien's design makes use of smart fabrics, soft circuits, and nanofibre technology to allow patients to monitor their rehabilitation at home. The brace connects to software, indicating to the user if they are performing the movement correctly, reducing frustration and aiding healing progress.

Watch Arien talk about his synthetic knee brace on 
Colab is school of emerging technologies, a cutting edge research institute and a creative industries network. Stretching across the traditional boundaries between creative arts, design, digital media, computing, engineering and entrepreneurship, our multidisciplinary degree brings them together in one innovative, project-based learning environment.

When you study creative technologies, you’ll learn how to look at problems in the world and provide solutions that are unique. You’ll see how a spirit of collaboration, whether between students or between students and the industry, is beneficial in creating ideas that change and shape our world.

Creating technologies is the objective of this course; so we’ll provide the teaching and environment to allow you to do so, either side of graduation.

Bachelor of Creative Technologies
Bachelor of Creative Technologies (Honours)
Master of Creative Technologies
Master of Philosophy
Doctor of Philosophy

Details about our research areas, interests, projects and outputs 

Colab runs public events on and off campus regularly.

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Offering specialist technologies and expertise, our labs are accessible to staff, students and industry practitioners


Check out our Creative Technologies Future Career Sheet to find out about industry trends, job descriptions, what employers may be looking for, and much more.

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Last updated: 31-May-2016 10.46am

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