Are you into liberal arts and design? Do you have an interest in the entertainment industry? Have you ever heard of the Academy of Art University? Well, if you haven’t heard, then just know that this is one of the leading schools for the arts in the U.S. The school is actually located in the heart of San Francisco, California. It has exhibits, has galleries, has an extensive automotive museum and has student housing. There are more than 12,500 students here as well as an estimated 283 full-time teachers. In addition to that, the school has up to 1,150 part-time teachers, and it offers a wide variety of degrees and certificates.
On another note, the Academy of Art University is using its brilliance to come-up with ideas to better serve its community. Some of the school’s tech students have decided to use their philanthropic nature to cut-down on crime in the city’s Tenderloin District. Bordered by downtown and Nob Hill, the Tenderloin District is one of the oldest neighborhood’s in San Francisco as it dates back to the California Gold Rush. With time comes change and this specific area of a quarter-square mile has up to 25,000 people. Thanks to having such large amounts of people who live in a rather small area, crime has risen to unthinkable levels.
Academy of Art University’s tech students have designed a technologically advanced application that can be used via smartphones. This application will use emojis/moods to represent certain aspects of the district. By using augmented reality, the technology will overlay on top of the city’s geographical landscape. The project is known as Tenderfeels, and it will provide real-time data of how the inhabitants feel about specific points-of-interest.
The proposal of this particular project has already been submitted to the Chief Innovation Officer of San Francisco. If everything goes well, some much needed improvements will be taking place shortly, which will make a huge difference in safety on how the residents of the area feel.