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AI could turn your blurry phone videos into slow-mo masterpieces

Permalink - Posted on 2018-06-24 10:00, modified on 2018-06-21 17:09

Cool new tech from Nividia!

Via C-Net:

Nvidia wants to help you turn any old video shot on your phone into a blur-free, slow-motion masterpiece, and it’s using artificial intelligence to do it.

Researchers at the company have developed a new deep-learning system that can convert standard video into slow-mo by adding additional frames after the video has been shot. The result would turn a video shot at 30 frames per second (standard for a phone shooting a regular video) into something that appears as a 240 fps video.

To create the slow-mo AI, researchers used 11,000 videos of sport and everyday activities shot at 240 fps to train a neural network, which learned to predict the extra frames.

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Media Invited to Preview Expedition to Ocean Twilight Zone #NASA

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Media are invited to Seattle on Friday, Aug. 9, to preview a seaborne epedition to study microscopic organisms in the dark depths of the sea that play a critical role in removing carbon dioxide from Earth’s atmosphere.

Led by NASA and the National Science Foundation, the Export Processes in the Ocean from Remote Sensing (EXPORTS) expedition is the first effort of its kind to study microscopic plankton and their impact on Earth’s carbon cycle– important information for climate modeling.

Media will hear from EXPORTS scientists and tour the University of Washington Applied Physics Laboratory, home of the Seaglider autonomous underwater vehicle that will be used in the expedition.

Research Vessels Roger Revelle and Sally Ride, operated by Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego, also will be open to media for tours. These seaborne laboratories are equipped with an array of scientific instruments, from high-resolution microscopes to underwater robots, to explore the properties of the ocean as far as a half-mile down into a region with little or no sunlight, referred to as the twilight zone. At these depths, carbon produced by plankton can be confined in pockets and kept out of Earth’s atmosphere for decades, or even thousands of years.

Media interested in attending this event must send their full name (as it appears on a government-issued photo identification), media affiliation and phone number to Steve Cole at stephen.e.cole@nasa.gov no later than Monday, July 16.

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Hunchy’s Virtual reality SIM RIG

Permalink - Posted on 2018-06-24 08:00, modified on 2018-06-22 15:12

Hunchy shared his amazing setup on Youtube!

Having entered the world of virtual reality last summer I decided to design and construct my own sim rig as I could not find anything commercially available that had all the features I wanted.

I designed my system for flexibility and comfort. It can be used for both racing games and flight sims. The seat frame can be adjusted forwards and backwards so when I am not using the steering wheel and pedals, I can move the seat back over 30 cm which allows me to stretch my legs while still having access to the HOTAS, mouse and gamepad.

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Your Home on Pangea

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via The Verge

Before there were the continents, there was Pangea. Two hundred million years ago, the enormous land mass began to break apart and we’ve been separated ever since — but a map tool can help you find where a given town would have been on the supercontinent.

This ancient earth tool is a rotating view of the world at various points in time. You can select the time period (“what did the Earth look like 750 million years ago?”) or search by event, such as “first multicellular life” or “first insects.” To figure out where you would have lived on Pangea, input your address and select “Pangea supercontinent” from the options on the far right.

My hometown in California, as it turns out, was still a coast. But my current location in New York was on a strip of land that had the northeastern US (obviously) on one side, and Morocco on the other.

If stepping through time isn’t enough, the Antipodes map lets you input a location and find the exact other location on Earth. The antipode of my location in New York is some water near Australia, while the antipode of my hometown is… some water near the southern tip of Africa. But the antipode of the hospital where I was born, in central China, is a place in northern Argentina. That’s more like it.

Ancient Earth Tool

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Astronomers Observe Planets by Detecting Molecules Not Present in Planets’ Star

Permalink - Posted on 2018-06-24 06:00, modified on 2018-06-20 20:29


From National Centre of Competence in Research PlanetS via ScienceDaily:

Jens Hoeijmakers from UNIGE (ERC FOUR ACES and PlanetS team member), wondered if it would be possible to trace the molecular composition of the planets. “By focusing on molecules present only on the studied exoplanet that are absent from its host star, our technique would effectively”erase” the star,leaving only the exoplanet,” he explains.To test this new technique, Jens Hoeijmakers and an international team of astronomers used archival images taken by the SINFONI instrument of the star beta pictoris, which is known to be orbited by a giant planet, beta pictoris b. Each pixel in these images contains the spectrum of light received by that pixel. The astronomers then compared the spectrum contained in the pixel with a spectrum corresponding to a given molecule, for example water vapour, to see if there is a correlation. If there is a correlation, it means that the molecule is present in the atmosphere of the planet.

The host star beta pictoris remains invisible in all four situations. Indeed, this star is extremely hot and at this high temperature, these four molecules are destroyed. “This is why this technique allows us not only to detect elements on the surface of the planet, but also to sense the temperature which reigns there” explains the astronomer of the UniGe. The fact that astronomers cannot find beta pictoris b using the spectra of methane and ammonia is therefore consistent with a temperature estimated at 1700 degrees for this planet, which is too high for these molecules to exist.

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7 Books About the Interplay of Technology and Humanity #SciFiSunday

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Great list from Katie Williams over at Electric Lit.

Since Frankenstein first gave his creature the jolt — and the creature gave the scientist an existential jolt right back — novelists have been asking, “Will science save us or destroy us?” Ponder for a moment and you’ll find compelling evidence for each side of the question. Nuclear power on one hand, and nuclear warheads on the other. Antibiotics and superviruses. The Internet and…the Internet. What is certain is that science and technology are a part of our everyday lives and, therefore, a part of us. Take, as an example, yourself right here and right now: You are reading this article on a piece of technology, an item you fondle hundreds (thousands?) of times a day and gaze at for hours. Oh that your lover garnered such attentions!

Read the full list here.

Every Dinosaur In ‘Jurassic Park’ Series Explained #SciFiSunday

Permalink - Posted on 2018-06-24 04:00, modified on 2018-06-20 17:32

Fun video from WIRED!

Nathan Smith, associate curator in the Dinosaur Institute at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, talks about every dinosaur that appears in the Jurassic Park films. How realistically were the dinosaurs in the films portrayed? Is the T-Rex actually the king of the dinosaurs? Is the real life Dilophosaurus actually SCARIER than its film counterpart? Nathan uses his dino-expertise to highlight the similarities and differences between what we know now, and how the movies depicted them.

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New Products 6/20/2018 Featuring Adafruit RGB Matrix Shield for Arduino!@adafruit #adafruit

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Browse through all that’s new here!


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Ruby the Red LED Limited Edition Enamel Pin: Ruby the Red LED is the ingénue of the group, and something of a Pollyanna. She is the youngest, the most talkative, and gets easily excited about everything. Ruby has a lot of energy and she’s always ready to go on an adventure. Ruby’s wanderlust sometimes gets her in trouble. Her best friend is Mho, the resistor, who shares her idealism without sharing her urgency or naiveté. Ruby speaks with a super excited young girl’s voice who talks really, really fast. Her catchphrases are “superriffic!”, “let’s go adventurizing!” and other hybrid superlatives. Read more.

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Billie the Blue LED Limited Edition Enamel Pin: Billie the Blue LED doesn’t just sing the blues, she lives the blues. Billie has a good heart, and sings the blues just like Billie Holiday. That means she sometimes sees glass as half-empty (even when it’s full), and shies away from trying new things. Billie has a big-sister relationship with Ruby and admires her enthusiasm. Billie sings and speaks in a rough and breathy alto. Her catchphrase is “it’s enough to make a girl feel kinda blue…”, typically before breaking into song. Read more.

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Gus the Green LED Limited Edition Enamel Pin: Gus the Green LED is the smartest member of the group but also the most coarse. Gus is the closest thing to an engineer in the group: he is pragmatic, realistic and somewhat world-weary, but not a total downer. He will sometimes cut people off mid-sentence because he is impatient, not because he’s trying to be mean or rude. Gus will occasionally make pithy observations that shed light on some problem or other. He is a sort of older brother figure to Ruby. He often says things like “that ain’t gonna work” or “maybe we should do somethin’ else.” His catchphrase is “don’t go nuts,” typically in response to some crazy scheme, though he is usually ignored. Read more.

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Crickit Sticker Sheet: Who is this adorable little bug in Blinka-purple sneakers? Yes, it’s a new member of the Adafruit family! Please give a warm welcome to Crickit, a chirping cyber creature who will gladly help you with all the robotics projects in your maker imagination! This sheet features three shiny, vibrant stickers. Goes great with any of our Adafruit Crickit boards. Perfect for laptops or the workbench! Read more.

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GPIO Stacking Header for Pi A+/B+/Pi 2/Pi 3 – Extra-long 2×20 Pins: Connect your own PCB to a Raspberry Pi B+ and stack on top with this normal-height female header with extra long pins. The female header part is about 8.5mm tall, good for small HATs that do not to clear the USB/Ethernet jacks. This header has extra long 10mm pins, compared with our plain version which is the same base height but has 3mm header pins instead. With 10mm you can have a HAT that has extra pins to stack another HAT on top! Read more.

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Plastic Pop Rivets for Cardboard Crafts (20-pack): Enter the world of cardboard construction and build playful robot friends!

Instead of slapping on tape or waiting for your hot glue to warm up, you can use these Large Plastic Rivets! So easy to install. Just poke them through the cardboard and fasten with the back piece. This will ensure clean, movable joints and attachments. You can even remove them with some effort (but they’ll hold as long as you don’t pry them apart). Read more.

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64×32 Flexible RGB LED Matrix – 4mm Pitch: If you’ve played with multiplexed RGB matrices, you may have wondered “hey, could we possibly manufacture these on a thin enough PCB, so it’s flexible?” and the answer is Yes! This LED panel is just like rigid 64×32 style ones, but without the plastic supports. This matrix has a thin, bendable PCB backing that can be gently bent and curved around surfaces. Read more.

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Adafruit RGB Matrix Shield for Arduino: RGB matricies are dazzling, with their hundreds or even thousands of individual RGB LEDs. Compared to NeoPixels, they’ve got great density, power usage and the price-per-LED can’t be beat. But…(isn’t there always a but?) You need to use our special library to control them and they require a bunch of wires to be plugged in. Tougher than a single-wire connection for sure. Read more.

New Products 6/20/2018 Featuring Adafruit RGB Matrix Shield for Arduino!

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Issue 8 – HackSpace magazine @HackSpaceMag @arduino #arduino

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Issue 8 on sale now! — HackSpace magazine.

Go behind the scenes at Arduino to find out the story behind the hottest microcontroller releases of the year – the new version of the Uno, the line of MKR boards, and their very first FPGA. Hardware development has never been easier.

We also learn the ancient craft of blowing glass, peer up to the cosmos with the Open Space Agency, make the ultimate ice cream and more.
Also in this issue:

  • The making of a guitar synthesizer
  • Take a look inside the Artists Asylum space
  • Build your own light up handbag
  • Programming a Z80
  • And much, much more!

Buy issue, subscribe, and here is the PDF!

Also in this issue, a review of CRICKIT! SeeSaw overview, good work Dean @adafruit on SeeSaw!

6 Years of Battle Ends In Victory @zenmagnets #makerbusiness

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6/2018: 6 Years of Battle Ends In Victory | Zen Magnets. Interesting (end, maybe) to magnets being banned (BuckyBalls, etc) –

Back in 2012, when we were the first company to get sued for a mandatory CPSC recall prior to record of injury, we had no idea what we were getting into. The original plan was to defend ourselves in court, because who needs a lawyer ughhhh.. ohh. Hahahha….

By the time Buckyballs and Magnicube both settled with the CPSC, we were two years less naive but no less outraged at – what seemed to us to be – a blatant attack on the fundamentals of Consent, Warnings and Democracy. We were literally the last ones standing, and “You’re going to lose”, was standard line from almost every lawyer and consultant we spoke to about a prolonged legal scuffle with the big Fed CPSC. “Yea, probably,” we thought.

Along the way we eulogized burnt magnets, uncovered CPSC injury data dishonesty, spent two dozen days in court over four years, all while a blizzard of legal motions flew around us.

The nationwide magnet ban meant we were without income for most of 2015. After downsizing from 12 employees in a big warehouse to one loyal part time in a spare bedroom, 2016 was when we had our first significant victories. The CPSC’s nationwide magnet ban was overturned months after the first appeal of the Zen Magnets recall was ruled in our favor.* Rather unexpectedly, we’ve had more success resisting the CPSC than any company in 33 years.

Read more & “Zen Magnets: Judge Overrules Federal Agency’s Stop-Sale Order.

Tracy Chou #INWED18 #RaisingTheBar @WES1919

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Tracy Chou is the co-founder of Project Include, #MovingForward and The Arena.


From The Triketora Press:

Tracy Chou is an entrepreneur, software engineer, and diversity advocate. She is currently exploring and advising a range of new projects across the startup world, civic tech and engagement, and diversity activism.

From 2011 to 2016 Tracy was an engineer and tech lead at Pinterest, with roles on home feed and recommendations, ads products, web, infrastructure, API, email, and growth. Before Pinterest, she worked at Quora, also as an early engineer there. During the previous federal administration she was on reserve with the U.S. Digital Service as a technical consultant as well.

Alongside her engineering career, Tracy is most well-known for her work pushing for diversity in tech. In 2013, she helped to kick off the wave of tech company diversity data disclosures with a Github repository collecting numbers on women in engineering. Tracy is now a founding member of Project Include and focused on driving solutions in the space. For her advocacy and activism work, she has appeared on the covers of The Atlantic, WIRED, and MIT Technology Review; been named Forbes Tech 30 under 30, MIT Technology Review 35 Innovators under 35, and Fast Company Most Creative People in Business; and been profiled in Vogue, ELLE, and other media outlets.

Read more from The Triketora Press, Vogue, Quartz, Mother Jones, and MIT Technology Review and see more from Tracy Chou on Medium

Stephanie Butler #INWED18 #RaisingTheBar @WES1919

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Today we celebrate Stephanie Butler, a Technology Innovation Architect at Texas Instruments who has also been honored by the Society of Women Engineers. The University of Texas at Austin McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering reported on the award back in 2016:

Alumna Stephanie Watts Butler (M.S. ’89, Ph.D. ’91) is the recipient of the 2016 Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Achievement Award for her outstanding technical contributions for more than 20 years in the field of engineering.

The Achievement Award is the highest award given by SWE and is a part of the organization’s annual awards program, an honorable acknowledgment of achievers and leaders within various fields of engineering. The annual initiative aims to recognize the successes of SWE members and individuals who enhance the engineering profession through contributions to industry, education and the community.

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Kerrine Bryan #INWED18 #RaisingTheBar @WES1919

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via Womanthology

Kerrine Bryan is an engineer working in the oil and gas industry, as well as being a STEM ambassador with a passion for educating children as to what engineering is really about. In order to help raise awareness of women in male dominated careers and to challenge gender stereotypes, Kerrine set up her own publishing company, Butterfly Books, and wrote titles including My Mummy is an Engineer, My Mummy is a Plumber and My Mummy is a Scientist. Kerrine is also a volunteer mentor for the IET and STEMNET.

I spent a week at a university, getting a taste of life as an engineering undergraduate and learning about potential engineering careers. From then on I was hooked! I changed my path and pursued my engineering dream.

Oil and gas industryAfter graduating, I joined a large oil and gas contractor on their graduate scheme. My first role was as an electrical engineer within the engineering design team of a new LNG (liquid natural gas) import terminal. I was responsible for technical management of electrical packages and then went on to a site assignment, in construction, and eventually moved into commissioning.

This two-year assignment entailed managing sub-contractors, interfacing with the construction team and liaising with the client. I soon became one of the youngest lead electrical engineers. I was responsible for all aspects of electrical design as well as project planning and manpower forecasting.

I have worked on various projects including LNG plants, offshore fixed platforms and FPSOs [floating production storage and offloading vessels]. My work often involves travelling in order to witness equipment tests or to attend meetings with clients or suppliers worldwide. Most recently I have worked in a non-technical role as a contract development manager.

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Kids’ Drawings of Engineers and Women in Engineering | #INWED18 #RaisingTheBar @WES1919

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Awaiting the announcement of the winners of the 2018 installment of Draw an Engineer Competition, you can still check out the 2017 winners (links below). These are great, genuine, at times hilarious renderings of kids’ perceptions of engineers and engineering, with an emphasis on Women in Engineering:

As part of our celebrations for INWED17 we once again launched a fantastic competition for young engineers (3-11 years), asking them to ‘Draw an Engineer’ using their creativity and artistic skills.

There were just under 100 entries to the competition and the 6 winners have been chosen by Maeve Higham, Caroline Carslaw and Holly Goodwin from the Women’s Engineering Society Young Members Board. Each winner will receive a copy of ‘Rosie Revere, Engineer’ by Andrea Beaty and every entrant will receive a participation certificate.

Congratulations to our winners, whose entries can be seen on the right. To see all the fantastic entries we have had this year, please click the below links.


You can see more drawings here (1.4Mb PDF) and here (caution, 30Mb PDF of several dozen drawings!)

Jeri Ellsworth #INWED18 #RaisingProfiles @WES1919

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Jeri Janet Ellsworth is, American entrepreneur, an autodidact computer chip designer, inventor. She gained fame in 2004 for creating a complete Commodore 64 system on a chip housed within a joystick, called C64 Direct-to-TV. That “computer in a joystick” could run 30 video games from the early 1980’s, and at peak, sold over 70,000 units in a single day via the QVC shopping channel.

Here’s a feature article on Ellsworth from Polygon:

Flame-throwing race car driver, circuit board hacker, computer store chain founder, toy maker, game tweaker, car builder: Before co-founding her own augmented reality headset company, Jeri Ellsworth was a technology chameleon, finding niches in electronics and mechanics, mastering them and helping redefine how they worked.

Without formal training, without a high school diploma, Ellsworth MacGyvered her way through childhood and into an industry not only reluctant to welcome women, but not really designed for an autodidact.

Today, Ellsworth is known as a preeminent classic hacker, modding and brute-forcing her way to success. And as CastAR co-founder, she’s also one of two innovators fueling what may be the first release of a major consumer-friendly augmented reality headset.

With the consumer release of a new CastAR headset less than a year away, I sat down with Ellsworth to chat about the company and how she came to help launch it.

As with electronics, Ellsworth ultimately figured out racing, and soon she was so good she dropped out of high school. She was making money in the races and selling cars to other people, and she even came up with a bit of a tech solution for speeding around the dirt-track curves. Her homemade, computer-controlled traction system tended to shoot raw fuel into her car’s exhaust, causing flames to shoot out the side of the vehicle. The audience loved it, but it got so hot that it melted the paint away from inside the driver’s compartment. After some tweaks, Ellsworth perfected the system and started selling it. Soon afterward, it was banned from the races.

After four years living the life of a small-town race car driver, Ellsworth decided to give it up.

“It was really a hard life,” she said. “There was a lot of welding. My hands are all scarred up from welding and hammering on metal. So I got tired of that.”

And so, skilled in electronics, adept at building cars from nothing more than pieces of metal, now in her 20s, Ellsworth made the obvious career change: swapping out welding and hammering for the precision work of building computers in her own shop in town.

Jenni Ellsworth

List of INWED18 events! Get involved! #INWED18 #RaisingTheBar @WES1919

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Take a look at this regularly updated list of International Women in Engineering Day events here! Via Inwed.org

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Camilla Barrow #INWED18 #RaisingTheBar

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Camilla Barrow is a Civil Engineer an deputy project manager for London’s Crossrail project.

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Via In Your Area:

It is her job to ensure the smooth running of the project – now in its final stages.

“The biggest challenge has been mitigating the impact on the surrounding environment, “ said Camilla.

“There is a lot of work going on to make it all happen and the logistics of getting it all in and out through the roads and tunnels without impacting the communities around it, that’s been the biggest thing.

“We have six 10-tonne fans, three at each end that ventilate the tunnel.

“They are big old things and we had to use air skates to put them in and think about what routes we could use, we had to bring them over from the East India side, avoiding busy times.

“That was a massive logistical challenge in itself and there was a lot of coordination with partners in the local area.

“There is a lot of infrastructure that has been delivered, hopefully without too many people noticing.”

There was also a piece in the DailyMail about the women on the engineering team for the project:

Project manager Camilla Barrow spent nine years working on rail schemes in Qatar, California and Washington DC, ‘but when I found out they were building the largest infrastructure project in Europe in London, my home town, I wanted to come back.

‘It is such an exciting industry. The world is your oyster when you graduate. There is a real skill shortage now, of women and men.

‘Having more women engineers is better for everyone – if you have diverse people on a project, you will get better ideas. If everyone thinks the same, you’re less likely to get innovation.

Read more from the Daily Mail and In Your Area.

Dr. Phillipa Gill #INWED18 #RaisingTheBar @WES1919

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Dr. Phillipa Gill is an assistant professor at UMass Amherst who focuses on measuring online information control with Calipr and ICLab.


From Stony Brook:


Phillipa Gill is affiliated with the Department of Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst. She maintains a relationship with Stony Brook through several research grants. Prior to joining Stony Brook University, Phillipa was a postdoctoral fellow at The Citizen Lab in the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto where she worked on measuring Internet censorship around the globe. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Toronto in 2012 and holds an M.Sc. and B.Sc.in Computer Science from the University of Calgary. During her Ph.D., she spent time as a visiting researcher at AT&T Labs–Research, Boston University, and Microsoft Research.


Phillipa Gill´s research area is computer networks with a focus on network measurement and characterization. She uses novel network measurement techniques, data analysis and ideas from economics to improve security and reliability of networks. Through dialogue with relevant stakeholders on the Internet — standardization bodies, government organizations, and network operators — she works to have real world impact with research.

Read more from UMass, Stony Brook, Calipr, ICLab and MIT Technology Review

Sister Mary Kenneth Keller #INWED18 #RaisingTheBar @WES1919

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Today we celebrate Sister Mary Kenneth Keller, the First Woman PhD in Computer Science who was also a Nun.

Mental Floss has a story on her here:

Sister Mary Kenneth Keller, born in Ohio in 1914, entered the Sisters of Charity in 1932 and professed her vows in 1940. She went on to study at DePaul University, where she received a B.S. in Mathematics and an M.S. in Mathematics and Physics. Before this, very little is known of her life; even her birth year is disputed.

In the 1960s, Sister Keller studied at the University of Wisconsin. She also studied at Purdue, the University of Michigan, and Dartmouth College. Dartmouth relaxed the rule barring women from its computer center, which allowed Keller to help develop the computer language BASIC. (Before BASIC, only mathematicians and scientists could write custom software; BASIC allowed anyone who could learn the language to do so, making computer use accessible to a much larger swath of the population.)

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via MIT

Human Performance Captured from Monocular

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Maela Baker #INWED18 #RaisingTheBar @WES1919

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via Built Environment Hub

Maela is a Civil Engineer at Pick Everard, a growing multi-disciplinary consultancy in the property and construction sector with over 450 employees across 11 UK offices.

After being selected to attend access summer schools in Finland and Cambridge, her views of potential careers changed and she quickly realise she wanted to be an engineer. With the help of the Construction Youth Trust, Maela secured her first job working on The Eden Project, and inspirational project which soon had her eyes securely fixed on Civil Engineering.

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via Pick Everard

But there was once a time when I never dreamed I would get to where I am today.

My dyslexia meant school was a struggle for me; I only started to read aged 11 and was told to expect nothing better than G grades in my GCSEs, meaning the prospect of pursuing a professional career path was remote.

I had been led to believe people like me were dumb, thick, stupid. I took solace in my music, something I was good at, and while performing around Cornwall I happened to hear about how Richard Branson, himself dyslexic, did not let this stop him and became hugely successful.

This inspired me to overcome my own challenges. I threw myself into my studies – climbing nine sets in English to teach the top set – and achieved a B in GSCE English out of a total 11 GCSEs all with A and B grades.

Excited at the opportunities available to me, I took up summer school placements in Finland and Cambridge and decided I wanted to become an engineer. However, as a woman in what remains an industry dominated by men, finding my way in was always going to be a challenge.

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This Device Pulls Water Out of Desert Air

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Berkeley researches are developing a system to extract atmospheric water from extremely arid climates. The device uses solar energy and relies on metal-organic frameworks.

Via Smithsonian:

The key to the water harvester is a new class of materials called metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). These MOFs are solid but porous materials with enormous surface areas—an MOF the size of sugar cube can have the internal surface area as big as many football fields. This means they can absorb gases and liquids, and then release them quickly when heat is added.

“Certain MOFs as we showed here have an extraordinary ability to suck in water vapor from the atmosphere, but then at the same time do not hold on to the water molecules inside their pores too tightly so that it is easy to get the water out,” says Omar Yaghi, a professor of chemistry at Berkeley, who led the research.

The harvester itself is a box inside a box. The inner box contains a bed of MOFs. The outer box is a two-foot transparent plastic cube. At night, the researchers left the top off the outer box to let air flow past the MOFs. In the day, they put the top back on so the box would be heated by the sun. The heat would pull the water out of the MOFs, where it would condense on the inner walls of the plastic cube before dripping to the bottom, where it could be collected.

“The most important aspect of this technology is that it is completely energy-passive,” says Eugene Kapustin, a Berkeley graduate student who worked on the research.

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#SheCanEngineer Celebrates Women in Engineering | #INWED18 #RaisingTheBar @WES1919

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Instagram account SheCanEngineer profiles women in engineering – from historical profiles to contemporary civil and mechanical engineers to students studying to be future engineers. Their profiles are focused on British-based members of ICE, IChemE, IMechE, and other organizations. Here are a few of the profiles already posted:

Registration with tea and cake will be held this evening in the aptly named Haslett room

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Roshni Wijesekera, Fire Engineer at AECOM⠀ “I am so glad I chose to be an engineer. It is an exciting and rewarding career that really makes a ⠀ difference to society. I would encourage every young person out there to talk to engineers and take on work experience so that you can find out everything you can about engineering. It will surprise you to discover how broad and diverse engineering roles, disciplines and industries are and if you are someone who enjoys solving problems, you will definitely find that an engineering career is for you! “⠀ #shecanengineer #womenengineers #womeninstem #womenofengineering #stemcareer ⠀ #engineering #inwed18 #inwed #ICE #IMechE #IChemE #IStructE #CIBSE #CIWEM SPONSORED BY ⠀ @AECOM #AECOM

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Sophie Morris, Assistant Construction Manager, Mace ⠀ “I studied Civil Engineering at University College London to apply my scientific skills in a practical way and have since discovered the wealth of responsibilities and constraints an engineer needs to take into account. As a former UCL student, I am pleased to be based on site back on campus helping to deliver their New Student Centre, a high quality sustainable building that has been designed with student learning in mind. I enjoy watching the project evolve under my eyes – every day on site is different and it’s a great feeling to be a part of it! ⠀ My experience of working in very male dominated environments so far has been supportive and welcoming. I regularly take part in Women in engineering promotion events to help build the next generation of female engineers. If you have an interest, my advice is to not hesitate to pursue a degree or a career in engineering – with the number of fun and rewarding projects you can get involved in throughout your career, it’s a no-brainer!”⠀ #shecanengineer #womenengineers #womeninstem #womenofengineering #stemcareer #engineering #inwed18 #inwed #womeninengineering #ICE ⠀ #IMechE #IChemE #IStructE #CIBSE #CIWEM SPONSORED BY #macegroup @macegroup

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Silvia Fiorini, Environmental Engineer, Ferrovial Agroman. “What do you want to be when you are an adult? A fireman, a doctor, a vet…I never thoughts to be an engineer. I wanted to be an actress. Engineering was challenging for me as I wasn’t sure I could do it but I was a really curious and determined girl so…here I am! ⠀ I had the privilege to start my career on one of the biggest infrastructure project: Crossrail and now I work in another amazing project: Thames Tideway Tunnel. ⠀ Engineering is excitement, ideas, passion, movement and I am honoured to be part of the ⠀ engineering world.” #shecanengineer #womenengineers #womeninstem #womenofengineering #stemcareer #womeninengineering #engineering #inwed2018 #inwed #ICE #IMechE #IChemE #IStructE #CIBSE #CIWEM SPONSORED BY ⠀ #ferrovialAgroman

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Natalie, Civil Engineer, Aecom: ⠀ “I am really fortunate to have had the chance to take a sabbatical very early on in my career. ⠀ I spent six months total in the capitals of Zambia and Togo working on projects with the Department of International Development. People are surprised to hear I wasn’t out there teaching children or building something. Despite undertaking non-engineering related work, I developed my confidence and leadership skills significantly which I have brought back to my team at work! I would definitely encourage all engineers to explore the breadth of experiences available through volunteering, and meet a diverse group of people that you can learn from”. #shecanengineer #womenengineers #womeninstem #womeninengineering #womenofengineering #stemcareer #engineering #inwed2018 #inwed18 #inwed #ICE #IMechE #IChemE #IStructE #CIBSE #CIWEM SPONSORED BY #aecom @aecom Twitter: @nataliegcheung | Instagram: @nataliegarbo

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Chyneze, Work Experience Student Engineer, ⠀ “I have really enjoyed my experience here at Arup, learning about how facilities and objects I use every day are built and the involvement of each discipline. I have had the chance to work on different projects, giving me an understanding of how to use different software, allowing me to visualise my project in more depth, alongside a different individual each day which has given me an insight to what they do day to day as an engineer. Overall I have had a great time and would encourage other girls to look into engineering.”⠀ #shecanengineer #womenengineers #womeninstem #womenofengineering #womeninengineering #stemcareer #engineering #inwed2018 #inwed18 #inwed #ICE #IMechE #IChemE #IStructE #CIBSE #CIWEM

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The Atlantic’s Compiled Photos of Ramadan 2018 #celebratephotography

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From The Atlantic:

This year’s Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting and prayer, will come to a close with Eid al-Fitr, the festival of the breaking of the fast, on June 14. For the past month, Muslims around the world have refrained from eating, drinking, smoking, and having sex during daylight hours in order to focus on spirituality, good deeds, and charity. Collected here, a look at the traditions, ceremonies, food, and community of Ramadan 2018.

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We #celebratephotography here at Adafruit every Saturday. From photographers of all levels to projects you have made or those that inspire you to make, we’re on it! Got a tip? Well, send it in!

If you’re interested in making your own project and need some gear, we’ve got you covered. Be sure to check out our Raspberry Pi accessories and our DIY cameras.

Marlyn Meltzer #INWED18 #RaisingProfiles @WES1919

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Celebrating Marlyn Wescoff Meltzer, one of the six original programmers of ENIAC, the first general-purpose electronic digital computer.

From the Engineering and Technology Wiki:

Marlyn Meltzer was born as Marlyn Wescoff. After graduating from Temple University in 1942, she was hired by the Moore School of Engineering of the University of Pennsylvania to perform weather calculations as she knew how to operate an adding machine. In 1943, she was hired to calculate ballistics trajectories. The Moore School at UPenn was funded by the US Army during the Second World War. Here a group of about 80 women worked manually calculating ballistic trajectories – complex differential calculations. These women were called ‘computers’. In 1945, the Army decided to fund an experimental project – the first all-electronic digital computer and six of the women ‘computers’ were selected to be its first programmers. Among these six was Marlyn Meltzer.

The ENIAC was the first all-electronic digital computer, a huge machine of forty black 8-foot panels. The programmers had none of the programming tools of today and it was a challenge to make the ENIAC work. The six programmers had to physically conduct the ballistic program using 3000 switches and dozens of switches and digital trays to route the data and program pulses through the machine. Marlyn Meltzer was in a special team with Ruth Teitelbaum within the ENIAC project. They used analog technology to calculate ballistic trajectory equations. In 1946, the ENIAC computer was unveiled before the public and the press. The six women were the only generation of programmers to program the ENIAC. Though mentioned in the Woman of the ENIAC, Marlyn Meltzer and the other women did not receive due recognition at the time.

Marlyn Meltzer resigned from the team in 1947 to get married before the ENIAC was relocated to the Ballistics Research laboratory at Aberdeen, Maryland. In 1997, Meltzer was inducted into the Women in Technology International Hall of Fame with the five other original programmers of the ENIAC.

Here’s more on the history of the ENIAC from the Computer History Museum:

More about Marlyn Meltzer


The Holographic Classroom

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In Ernest Cline’s bestselling novel, Ready Player One, the main character Wade Watts describes his online lessons on the virtual planet Ludus.  Unlike the online courses of today, which mostly consist of videos, forums, and multiple choice tests, Wade’s classroom is far from dull.  His World History class takes his avatar to Egypt where the teacher can flip through different time zones, showing ancient Egypt and then when King Tut’s tomb is discovered.  He can walk through the chambers of the heart and the aorta or visit the moons of Neptune.

Though this seems like something out of the holodeck, we can already virtually enter space, go inside the body, swim underwater, and travel to distant lands.  Google Expeditions is available for teachers in VR and AR.  More than one million students in 11 countries have gone on these virtual field trips.

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LEGO Hasselblad 503CX #celebratephotography

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From LEGO Ideas:

This is a Hasselblad 503CX Film Camera.

I Lego-designed this camera because I am also a photographer and this
camera has been one of my favorites.

I love the manual mechanisms of this particular camera very much.

This Lego-designed camera, just like the real camera is true to form with the interior parts as well.

I added a glass piece to the lens, so that you can see through the viewfinder.

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We #celebratephotography here at Adafruit every Saturday. From photographers of all levels to projects you have made or those that inspire you to make, we’re on it! Got a tip? Well, send it in!

If you’re interested in making your own project and need some gear, we’ve got you covered. Be sure to check out our Raspberry Pi accessories and our DIY cameras.

Valerie Davidson: Blazing a trail for female engineers #INWED18 #RaisingTheBar @WES1919

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Valerie Davidson is blazing a trail for female engineers. She is the founder of the Ontario Network of Women in Engineering and a professor for 25 years, via McMasterUniversity

As a student, a researcher and an academic, Valerie Davidson has led a pioneering life.

In 1971, Valerie Davidson was one of four women registered in first year engineering.

Oddly, that fact gave her some comfort when she arrived for orientation. At least she wouldn’t be alone. Or so she thought.

“As I walked around the corner of the engineering building, all I could see was a large crowd of males, but it was too late,” she recalls. “I had been spotted.”

“It turns out I was the only female student in year one to attend. So I was asked to sing a solo first verse of the Engineers’ hymn and that was it. No further embarrassment.”
Not surprisingly, her visibility continued throughout her McMaster studies. And those early years did have their challenges for females.

“At that time there were only a few women’s washrooms in the engineering building,” recalls Davidson. “I do remember climbing at least two flights of stairs from our basement study room to reach a women’s washroom, and I often thought of using a can of black spray paint to mark “wo” on a few of the men’s facilities.”

But overall, being one of only a few female students in the faculty was largely a positive experience for her.

“There was a very kind gentleman who sported a beret, and when he met me on campus he would stop to talk to me,” she says. “I didn’t realize it was Jack Hodgins – the first Dean of Engineering – until he became chair of chemical engineering in my final year.”

Hodgins would eventually become one of several faculty mentors who would convince Davidson to go on to graduate studies.

After graduating in the Chemical Engineering class of 1975, Davidson earned a Masters degree in food science, then her PhD in chemical engineering.

Convinced that she didn’t want to become an academic, she worked as an engineering consultant and in manufacturing between degrees. “The academic world wasn’t inviting, especially for a woman at that time.”

But eventually the draw of teaching and her interest in the newly-developing field of food engineering led her to a position at University of Guelph.

“My interest was in the interface between engineering and food, including food processing and food safety,” she says. “Guelph covers the whole spectrum from food production to processing to the hospitality side.”

Cross-disciplinary research – something that was relatively novel in engineering at the beginning of her career – has given her a deep appreciation for the value of learning from others in different disciplines.

“One of the first challenges is getting people to recognize that they may not have all the expertise that’s needed and they have to have a certain respect for other people’s expertise.”

An engineering professor from 1988 until her retirement in 2013, Davison helped bring about changes that have attracted increasing numbers of young women to engineering faculties across the country.

In 1992, she sat on the Canadian Committee on Women in Engineering, which travelled the country and investigated the state of women in the profession, in light of the 1989 shooting at École Polytechnique.

“It was one of the first phases of a real focus on trying to get more women into engineering,” she says.
Since then, Davidson has been at the centre of several decades of efforts to build female enthusiasm for STEM careers.

Her biggest accomplishment was the founding of the Ontario Network of Women in Engineering (ONWiE), a collaborative effort that brings together the province’s engineering schools to create outreach programs aimed at young women. The organization’s Go ENG Girl and other programs attract about 2,000 participants each year.

The Beauty of China’s Bicycle Graveyards #CelebratePhotography

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A series of photos by The Guardian that shows an aerial view of the rental bikes removed by authorities in Chinese cities such as Beijing, Nanjing, Wuhan and Shanghai and the patterns they create. These shared bikes, which customers rent using their smartphones and can be dropped off anywhere, are considered a nuisance since they block pavements and apartment entrances. Inexperienced riders sometimes swerve into traffic and the bikes are often damaged, vandalized, or abandoned. Some of these bike share companies have gone bankrupt, leaving behind thousands of bikes that represent waste on an enormous scale.

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Present-Day Paper Production

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via National Geographic

Gangolf Ulbricht is one of the last papermakers in Europe that is still making his craft by hand. He uses wood-free fibers like cotton, flax, hemp, rags, and Manila hemp as the foundation for his creations. In this short film by Kings & Kongs, watch the process unfold as he works in his studio in the Kreuzberg borough of Berlin.

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International Women in Engineering Day!! #INWED18 #RaisingTheBar @WES1919

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Today is International Women in Engineering Day and we will be celebrating in the blog all day long! The theme this year is ‘Raising the Bar.’

Every hour we will have new post featuring an important or influential woman in the field of engineering! You can also participate on social media with #INWED18 #RaisingTheBar

From INWED.org:

​​International Women in Engineering Day is an international awareness campaign to raise the profile of women in engineering and focuses attention on the amazing career opportunities available to girls in this exciting industry. It celebrates the outstanding achievements of women engineers throughout the world.

Learn more at INWED.ORG, you can find resources and even print selfie cards!

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Flash Facts #SaturdayMorningCartoons

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“For a long time, every DC comic had something like this, a little half- or full-page filler like “Flash Facts” or “Metal Facts and Fancies”, possibly so that they could claim some portion of their content was educational. Of them all, I prefer “Science Says You’re Wrong if You Believe That…” because it’s the only one that flat-out insults the reader. These things are terrific insights into what the heck people were caring about at the time that they were written, or at least what comics writers were caring about. For example, read enough stuff from the 60s and you’ll see that bit about deadly gasses from the tail of a comet coming up again and again, though nowadays it’s gone the way of the classic plot to kill someone with a weak heart by scaring them to death. So were people obsessed with comets or was it just a case of writers getting as much use as they could out of a stlye of disaster with a lot of dramatic appeal?”

These read like the old Ripley’s Believe it or Not! comics in many ways, but as we know they were eventually more closely incorporated into the story of the comics. The leap between these types of examples and the, more often than not, third person narration of comics was a relatively easy one to make as the narrator – often spelling out exactly what the reader was seeing – was omnipotent and so could easily opine on science facts to explain how the Flash did all the thing she could.

This, with the rise of first person narration and better printing techniques that required less hand holding, eventually saw the facts transfer over to actually being said by Barry, and later, Wally. I can’t check right now, but I think it was during Morrison’s run on The Flash, specifically The Human Race arc, where Wally actually directly mentions how Barry’s science background meant he often referred to things as ‘Flash Facts’ while trying to explain things to/train Wally. (Click for larger image.)

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Each Saturday Morning here at Adafruit is Saturday Morning Cartoons! Be sure to check our cartoon and animated posts both nostalgic and new that inspire makers of all ages! You’ll find how-tos for young makers, approaches to learning about science and engineering, and all sorts of comic strip and animated Saturday Morning fun! Be sure to check out our Adafruit products featuring comic book art while you’re at it!

Assistive Tech web interface for target practice at gun range with Raspberry Pi, Pi Wing (FEATHER adapter and CRICKIT) @at_makers @raspberry_pi @adafruit #adafruit

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Micheal (about him here) he says about himself’ “he doesn’t walk, nor does he breathe without the assistance of machines… Michael also doesn’t speak due to a little breathing tube in his throat.” Micheal has SMA, spinal muscular atrophy (This American Life).

This quick video shows how we automated a pistol for Mike Phillips to check off an item on his “Things to Do” list. We also talk about the Raspberry Pi – Feather adapter I made and how we plan to use web interfaces to automate future projects.

On Saturday at 2pm ET (June 23, 2018) watch the event live on Facebook:

You can read Mike’s blog here:

And the GitHub repository for our hardware is here:

ATMakers.org introduces Makers and Assistive Technology (AT) users and give these two communities the tools they need to collaborate.

AT users and those who support them desperately need engineers and technologists to help them with everyday tasks. High School STEM and Robotics students, hobbyists & DIY electronics enthusiasts have the skills necessary to create innovative solutions today:

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LIVE! Creative Robotics chat with Ladyada! @adafruit @hackaday @hackadayio

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Subscribe to the Adafruit Youtube channel! #Youtube #AdafruitLearnSystem

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Are you subscribed to the Adafruit Youtube channel? If you’re not already subscribed, click here! http://adafru.it/subscribe . It’s a free and easy way to keep up with our newest episodes. Here’s some of what we’re up to.

Electronics show and tell with G+ On-Air hangouts every Wednesday at 7:30pm ET. Want to show a project on an upcoming show and tell? Leave a comment on the show and tell announcement on Adafruit’s G+ page: http://google.com/+adafruit

Every Wednesday night at 8pm ET join us for our weekly live video & chatroom! Visit http://adafruit.com/ask for more info. You can ask anything about electronics, kits at Adafruit or just stop in to meet other makers who are building cool things! At the end of the chat we give away a kit from Adafruit to the winner of our trivia question!

Hang out with Noe & Pedro Ruiz every week and discover 3D printing! Get your 3D news, projects, design tutorials, shop talk and more each week..

New Products – Updated Fridays

Each week Ladyada shows the newest great electronics at Adafruit!

Join Ladyada streaming live for circuit board layout design, code writing, surface mount soldering and more fresh engineering and even some gaming! If Ladyada’s working on it, you’ll find it here first.

where Collin Cunningham covers a seemingly random variety of topics from the world of electronics, science, music, etc, etc …

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    Custom Vison AI on Azure IoT Edge #piday #raspberrypi @Raspberry_Pi

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    Via Microsoft Developer on YouTube:

    Running artificial intelligence directly on IoT devices seems like something straight out of sci-fi movies, right? It’s now something you can do pretty easily with Azure IoT Edge. And thanks to the Custom Vision Cognitive Service, you don’t even need to be a data scientist to create AI Custom Vision models!

    Emmanuel Bertrand, PM in the Azure IoT Edge team, shows us how it’s done making a Raspberry Pi recognize a banana from an apple!

    See more and check out GitHub for more details!

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    Folding Bike + Homemade <em>Folding</em> Rowboat = NYC&#8217;s Most Novel Commute

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    I haven’t seen Tommy Lutz on the water or west side bike path yet but now I’ll be on the lookout – would love the see the boat up close, which looks light but durable:

    (Tommy’s story is the first ~90 seconds of the video – the latter part of the video is basically a Brompton commercial.)

    Tommy Lutz works at Google in New York City. He bought a Brompton folding bike to commute from the train station to his office. Eventually, he thought the train was taking too long, so he began looking for another route. That’s when things got interesting.

    DIY Vivarium Lights #piday #raspberrypi @Raspberry_Pi

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    Ronald Nelson shared this project on Youtube!

    This video is part of a series where I show how I build an automated, bioactive vivarium.

    In this video I build the lighting panel. There are LED 14 lights in total all from V-Tac (https://www.v-tac.eu/). Five lights are 210 lumens and ten are 500 lumens giving a total of 5840 lumens across the vivarium (they use just over 80 watts and do not generate a lot of heat). I measured the lux at the soil level at 2500-3000 lux. This should be adequate for the plants I am growing.

    The fan is mounted at a 10 degree angle between the lights and help to circulate the air internally. Two fans are mounted on the lid to extract air see more about these here: https://youtu.be/GJKF9WaQCKk

    All the electrical components are controlled by a Raspberry Pi. I use a app to run some of scripts manually allowing me to turn the lights on and off.

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    Create Stop Motion Animations aka Animated GIFs with Guizero-Wrapped stopmotion.py Program | #piday #raspberrypi @Raspberry_Pi

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    Simple project – and good tip about guizero – from stuffaboutcode for creating stop motion animations using a simple python script. You can see the source code here and follow the simple step-by-step tut here.

    In preparation for a Raspberry Pi event I decided to create a simple GUI for creating stop motion animations using the Pi camera module to use for a demo.

    Its a really simple application, you start it up, you click “take image”, you re-position the scene, you click “take image” and so on until you are happy with your animation and you click “save” to store it as an animated gif.

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    Raspberry Pi Steam Box #piday #raspberrypi @Raspberry_Pi

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    via PiMyLifeUp

    This tutorial is perfect for anyone who loves video games, but something like the Raspberry Pi retro game emulator is a little too old school for you. With this, you will be able to play most modern games, but you will also need to have a computer that is powerful enough to run them. This setup is the closest thing you will get to an actual Raspberry Pi Steam box unless Valve ever releases an ARM version of Steam.
    One of the most significant downsides to this tutorial is that you will need a Nvidia graphics card in your computer. Unfortunately, there isn’t an AMD equivalent of doing the same thing at the time of when I wrote this tutorial.

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    New Products 6/20/2018 Featuring Adafruit RGB Matrix Shield for Arduino! (Video)

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    @grow_slow Time-Lapse #piday #raspberrypi @Raspberry_Pi

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    Grow slow 11days

    This art project tweets a photo of the same plant every single day using a Raspberry Pi. It has been tweeting now for over 2 years. You can follow the account @grow_slow and check out the concept and build details at Nicole He’s blog:

    @grow_slow is a meditation on nature and technology. Every morning at 10:17 am, a webcam takes a photo of my fiddle-leaf fig plant and tweets it.


    Often, I’d be going about my life, happen to take a glance at my plant and think, “huh, when did it grow so fast?” I found it easy to forget that plants – being alive and all – are not just household decorations, but organisms that move and change and grow.

    The internet is fast, but plants are slow. This project is an experiment in combining those two things. @grow_slow follows the philosophy of the Slow Web. Any one picture might be mundane by itself, but as a collection, they become interesting over the course of time.


    @grow_slow’s photo is taken with a Logitech HD Webcam C310, connected by USB to a Raspberry Pi. A cronjob runs a Python script on the Pi. The code is available on Github.

    The plant is watered once a week, usually around Monday evenings.

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    (H/t Life Hacker)

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    ARKit 2.0 may allow AR to take off in K-12 classrooms #Arkit @Apple

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    Apple has been delivering major AR advancements to developers at a rapid pace since ARKit shipped last fall, and this is already the third major release. ARKit gives developers the tools to create AR experiences that change the way iOS users see the world in both fun and productive ways.

    via 9to5mac.com

    In collaboration with Pixar, Apple is introducing a new open file format, usdz, which is optimized for sharing in apps like Messages, Safari, Mail, Files and News, while retaining powerful graphics and animation features. Using usdz, Quick Look for AR also allows users to place 3D objects into the real world to see how something would work in a space.

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    When @IBM Hired Musicians as Programmers #retrocomputing

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    IBM Ad in the NYT, May 31, 1968

    User @sdw_nj on the Adafruit Discord #circuitpython channel shared this image on Wednesday, writing:

    Thanks for sharing, @sdw_nj. Join the Adafruit Discord for more interesting conversation. We’re open 24/7, 365 days a year!

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    Celebrating a year together as a community on Discord! @discordapp @adafruit #adafruit

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    Hi! Makers, hackers, artists, engineers, community members! We are celebrating 1 YEAR, that is ONE YEAR, since we started the Adafruit Discord server! As of right now, there are:

    6,649 members.
    Of the members 653 are online right now!
    Of the members, 6,646 are humans,
    And 3 bots help us run the topics/channels together.


    We’re thrilled to say Adafruit’s Discord is one of the largest open-source, electronics, sharing community Discord servers. Last year in July, Discord made Adafruit an official partner and it allowed us to do more things with the server like customization and cool features for the community.

    While Discord was developed for gaming, it’s used (by us and others) as a place to bring people together to share ideas, code, electronics. It’s where we develop CircuitPython, real-time and in the open (in #CircuitPython). It’s where we answer questions in our live shows like ASK AN ENGINEER, 3D Hangouts, John Park’s Workshop, Show and Tell (in #livebroadcast). It’s where have we have weekly community get togethers including ones from our friends at Digi-Key #Digi-Key-Discord.

    Discord is where we share, it is where we can tell our story, it is where the community tells their stories. Like our CircuitPython tagline CODE + COMMUNITY, Discord is the real-time community via text, video, audio, photos, and movies. It is people working together, making things they care about and sharing them, building, publishing.

    One of the members said it best in the chat: “The Adafruit Discord server is an online 24/7, 365, Hackerspace/Makerspace you can bring your granddaughter to.”

    There is a fantastic, caring, community of helpers, Adafruit team members (in NYC and remote around the world) that help keep the server family friendly and welcoming. Together we’ve made a code of conduct that not only gives guidance for us all being excellent to one another, it’s make an inclusive welcoming place for people who want to share and make things together. Thank you community helpers!!

    A special hug report to the CircuitPython team at Adafruit who day to day help bring together the community on Discord and beyond: Dan, Kattni, and Scott! Hug report sprinkles on top extra to Scott: thank you so much for suggesting Discord, not only in words, but in actions, in code, in caring, and in community. Your leadership and empathy for others in all the things you do made Adafruit Discord what it is. It is very much appreciated, and the community appreciates it as well.

    Thank you so much for a great year everyone! We’ll see you on Discord 🙂

    Posts on Adafruit from our 1 year together on Discord – Adafruit blog.

    Sci-Fi Writer Octavia E. Butler is Today&#8217;s Google Doodle | #googledoodle #sciencefiction #scifi

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    A 1995 recipient of the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant, Octavia E. Butler “brought elements of African and African-American spiritualism, mysticism, and mythology to her novels and stories.” – she passed in 2006, would have turned 71 today, and is today’s amazing Google doodle. The Xenogenesis series is highly recommended, and I’m looking forward to the future TV adaptation of it as well.

    Octavia E. Butler, a groundbreaking African-American science fiction writer who would have turned 71 on Friday, was honored with a Google Doodle that celebrates her contributions to the literary world.

    Butler was one of the first writers in science fiction — traditionally dominated by white male authors — to include diverse protagonists in her stories, and was widely admired for evocatively exploring hierarchies and human flaws in her work.

    Butler died in 2006, but her family released a statement to coincide with Friday’s Google Doodle that paid tribute to her legacy.

    Read more here on TIME.

    Also check out her bio on Wikipedia.

    Nemo-Pi #piday #raspberrypi @Raspberry_Pi

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    The organisation says there are two major threats to coral reefs: divers, and climate change. To make diving saver for reefs, Save Nemo installs buoy anchor points where diving tour boats can anchor without damaging corals in the process.

    In addition, they provide dos and don’ts for how to behave on a reef dive.

    To monitor the effects of climate change, and to help divers decide whether conditions are right at a reef while they’re still on shore, Save Nemo is also in the process of perfecting Nemo-Pi.

    See more!

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    PS3 Joystick Controlled Raspberry Pi Robot @Raspberry_Pi #PiDay #RaspberryPi

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    Here’s a project from Gurumurthy Swaminathan via hackster.io

    I have used Google Voice Hat for motor control, But,you can use any other motor DC motor HAT (eg Adafruit DC Motor HAT). If in case you are using Google AIY voice HAT ensure you isolated power jumper from raspberry pi power, Read AIY manual. Also you need 2DW robotic base, GoPiGo based, I have build some additions to manage the Pan Tilt which I am planning to use it for this project upgrade.

    See full project breakdown here!

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    Raspberry Pi Wiimote Controllers #piday #raspberrypi @Raspberry_Pi

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    In this Raspberry Pi Wiimote controllers guide, we will walk you through the process of setting up a Wiimote on your Raspberry Pi and show you how to setup both cwiid and wminput.
    Utilizing Wiimote controllers on the Raspberry Pi can be painful to deal with due to its handling of the Bluetooth stack. While they run over standard Bluetooth, their actual functionality is not picked up as a conventional joystick device like Xbox controllers and PlayStation controllers.
    Instead to support the full functionality of Wiimote controllers in a way that most applications can support we must utilize two pieces of software.

    Read more!

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    Raspberry Pi Golf Trolley @Raspberry_Pi #PiDay #RaspberryPi @AstroDesignsLtd

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    Super fun work-in-progress from Mark Cantrill, via Twitter.

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