Category Archives: Tech in our lives

Computer Science Education Week Dec. 7-13, 2015

Launched in 2013, Code.org® is a non-profit dedicated to expanding access to computer science, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. Our vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science. We believe computer science should be part of core curriculum, alongside other courses such as biology, chemistry or algebra.

Code.org increases diversity in computer science by reaching students of all backgrounds where they are — at their skill-level, in their schools, and in ways that inspire them to keep learning.

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An Introduction to the STEAM Carnival by Two Bit Circus

Lasers, Fire, Robots: The Best of STEAM Carnival 2014

How Machine Learning Works, As Explained By Google

Confused about how machines teach themselves? Here’s an overview on machine learning to help.

Forget driverless cars, China just put a massive self-driving bus on the road

Google may have little pod-like driverless cars tootling about the streets of California, but a Chinese company recently sent a massive, self-driving bus packed with passengers on a 20-mile ride through the city of Zhengzhou.

Yutong, the firm that helped build the vehicle, said that on its maiden journey earlier this month the specially adapted bus “successfully completed a series of highly complex driving acts,” such as automatically changing lanes, overtaking, and responding to lights.

Read more: http://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/forget-driverless-cars-china-has-just-put-a-massive-self-driving-bus-on-the-road/#ixzz3o6PmrtIO
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Live Texturing of Augmented Reality Characters from Colored Drawings

Scientists develop algorithm that lets artificial legs re-tune themselves on the fly

Powered artificial limbs are a marvel of engineering and like most fine pieces of machinery, these prosthetic pieces require regular maintenance. Currently much of this fine tuning is handled by prosthetics experts in a painstakingly long and expensive process, but that reality may change thanks to a team of bioengineers from North Carolina (NC) State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The researchers are developing a software algorithm that would tune artificial limbs automatically while the limb wearer is walking throughout the day.

You might not realize it, but powered prosthetics are complicated pieces of machinery and require more than just a simple fitting before a wearer can take off for a stroll on their artificial limbs. The limbs need to be calibrated to each individual’s physical condition, taking into account their weight, muscle strength, and other characteristics; such as the joint angle of their gait All these parameters and more are adjusted so the limb can mimic the person’s normal joint motion and recreate their natural gait of walking.

Read more: http://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/artificial-limb-software-algorithm/#ixzz3o6J8LHO2
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