ZenFri Inc. | Augmented Reality & Virtual Reality

ZenFri – Innovative Creative Arts & Entertainment

ZenFri Inc. is an award-winning creative arts company with a deep passion for pushing the boundaries of storytelling. Working across an array of mediums including augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), interactive narratives, film, literature and visual art, we fearlessly go wherever the story takes us. Using our unique style and visionary leadership, we drive teams of artists and innovators to craft best-in-class experiences for audiences around the world.

Currently, our main focus is on a narrative-driven Virtual Reality game titled “The Last Taxi”.

Accolades

Grants, Honours & Awards 2016-Present

Grants, Honours and Awards 2008-2015

Talks & Presentations

Video & Radio Appearances

Articles

Art Shows & Screenings

  • Open Juried Competition and Exhibition: Visual Art, Mixed Media “Sanguine”, Manitoba Society of Artists’ Open Juried Competition and Exhibition Art Show, September – October 2017
  • Open Juried Competition and Exhibition: Visual Art “Blue”, Manitoba Society of Artists’ Open Juried Competition and Exhibition Art Show, August-September 2016
  • Group Show: Artists Showcase, Mona Lisa Ristorante, July/August 2016
  • Group Show: Caked with Love, July 2016
  • Group Show: The Fresh Art Show, June 2016
  • Group Show: Art in the Park, June 2016
  • Group Show: Great West Life, May/June 2016
  • Group Show: Small Papers Show, May 2016
  • Group Show: Forum Art Fair, November 2015
  • Group Show: Art From the Heart Show and Sale, November 2015
  • Open Juried Competition and Exhibition: Visual Art “Mirrored Mask”, Manitoba Society of Artists’ Open Juried Competition and Exhibition Art Show, June-September 2015
  • Group Show: Affordable Art Sale, November 2014
  • Group Show: Scattered Seeds, October 2014
  • Art Publication: “Creative Hiding”, “Moon Drop” and “Dreamed Presence”, Rip/Torn Collective Vol. 4, September 2014
  • Group Show: Artwork, Affordable Art Sale, Forum Art Centre, November 2013
  • Group Show: Artwork, Artist’s Village, Forum Art Centre, June 2013
  • Group Show: “Infinite Stuggles of Man”, A Taste of Art Show, 2012
  • Screening: “Infinite Struggles”, $100 Film Festival, Calgary 2012
  • Screening: “Infinite Struggles”, aluCine Film Festival, Toronto 2011
  • Group Show: “Obstruction Series”, Art From the Heart Show and Sale, Winnipeg 2011
  • Screening: “Infinite Struggles”, Hell of Silence, Winnipeg 2011
  • Screening: “Infinite Struggles”, Gimli Film Festival, 2011
  • Screening: “Infinite Struggles”, Winnipeg Film Group Membership Premiere, 2011
  • Screening: “Anniversary”, University of Manitoba Film Festival, June 2011
  • Screening: “Infinite Struggles”, University of Manitoba Film Festival, June 2011
  • Solo Gallery Show: “Infinite Struggles of Man”, GoSA, 2010
  • Screening: Long Lost Lovers, University of Winnipeg Film Festival, June 2009
  • Screening: “Bye/Die Brother”, Winnipeg Short Film Massacre, 2009
  • Screening: “Attenuate”, 48 hour Film Festival, 2009
  • Screening: “Bye/Die Brother”, University of Winnipeg Film Festival, 2008
  • Screening: “Bye/Die Brother”, Manitoba Creativity Contest – Film, May 2008

Research & Publications

Research Projects

  • Supporting operator awareness of team members in a multi-robot search and rescue scenario,” with University of Manitoba [HCI Lab], 2017
  • Distinguishing the types of flow“, SSHRC Partnership Development Grant with University of Manitoba [Asper School of Business] and Arizona State University, 2017-2020
  • From motion-based to standard gameplay controllers: developing mappings that maintain player immersion,” NSERC Engage with University of Manitoba [HCI Lab], 2o17 
  • Flow in business: Facilitating Flow in Virtual Reality trials and exploring the outcomes for product evaluations,”  MITACS Accelerate with University of Manitoba [Asper School of Business], 2016-2017 
  • 3D scene analysis and semantic labeling for augmented reality in mobile applications,” NSERC Engage, with University of Manitoba [Department of Computer Science], 2014-2015
  • Computer vision 3D environment recognition in augmented reality mobile games“, MITACS Accelerate, with University of Manitoba [Department of Computer Science], 2014
  • Dynamics between consumers and augmented reality“, MITACS Accelerate, with University of Manitoba [Asper School of Business], 2014
  • Middleware-Layer for Mobile Game Architecture“, MITACS Accelerate, with University of Saskatchewan [Department of Computer Science], 2013
  • Evaluating Player Empathy and Narratives with New Media Interactive Characters“, NSERC Engage, with University of Manitoba [HCI Lab], 2012

Publications

  • Academic Research Paper: “Conveyor: A Dual-Task Paradigm for Studying VR Dialogue Interfaces“,  Graphics Interface (GI’18). 2018. Poster, with University of Manitoba [HCI Lab], authors Patrick Dubois, Daniel J. Rea, Kevin Hoang, Meghan Chua, Danielle King, Corey King, James E. Young Ph.D and Andrea Bunt Ph.D, April 2017
  • Academic Research Paper: “Ethical Concerns and Corporate Social Responsibility Related to Virtual Reality,” University of Manitoba [Asper School of Business] as co-authors “Corey King and Danielle King” 2017
  • Academic Research Paper: “Poor Thing! Would You Feel Sorry for a Simulated Robot? -A comparison of empathy toward a physical and a simulated robot”, ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI 2015), with University of Manitoba [HCI Lab] as “Corey King Co-Author”.
  • Art Publication: Creative Hiding, Moon Drop and Dreamed Presence, by Danielle King, Rip/Torn Collective Vol. 4, September 2014, by Danielle King
  • Short Story: “Fountain of My Youth”, Leaf Garden Issue 9, May 2010, by Corey King
  • Short Stories/Poems: “Fried Brains and Sam: Notes from Purgatories Hardest Working Chump,” The Manitoban, 13 Part Series, and other works of short fiction from 2009-2010, by Corey King
  • Journalism: “Entering the ‘real world’ my parents warned me about,” Winnipeg Free Press – A View from the West, December 10, 2009, by Corey King
  • Journalism: Over 25 Articles in The Manitoban, From 2008-2010 by Corey King
  • Journalism: “Gas Prices — let them soar, let them soar, let them soar”, Winnipeg Free Press – A View from the West, April 30th 2008, by Corey King
  • Journalism: “Minimum wage punishes hard work, loyalty,” Winnipeg Free Press “A View from the West”, April 2, 2008, by Corey King
  • Poem: “My Favorite Mascot”, The Maelstrom – Issue 1, February 8, 2008, by Corey King
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