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20 Posts authored by: Cabe Atwell
Roblox Studio will allow users to create their own games and give them a gentle introduction to the programming world. Roblox gaming. (Image Credit: http://www.idtech.com/)   Roblox is a gaming and a development platform that allows users to deign, program and play their own games - including those designed by other games. The company has officially introduced a new initiative that's designed and aimed towards kids and teens of the gaming user-base. The education is meant to be targeted at ...
LEGO has developed a way for their customers to code and connect to play services using a Powered Up platform that makes these an option - even if it isn't something that's intended. In this scenario, some sets will have full programming and mobile device control while others will be remotely controlled or powered and others will be regular LEGO Kits with Powered Up support only as an option.   LEGO previously used this idea in connected toys which allow kids to build up a variety of items ...
A Pennsylvania education institute is launching a new program for undergraduate focused on Artificial Intelligence, the first in the United States. Flyer for the new AI program at Carnegie Mellon University. (Image via cmu.edu)   Carnegie Mellon University was born in 1967 out of the merger between the Mellon research institute and Carnegie Tech. Carnegie Tech is an institution created in 1900 by Andrew Carnegie, the richest man in the country at the time, to empower those who had little a ...
A new toolkit developed by Google called Android Things has just been released to all developers. It was originally released to preview for selected developers. The new toolkit aims to help developers build up software to make their hardware products run more smoothly with the Internet of Things. It was originally announced at the end of 2016.   Google's Android Things is a toolbox that makes connecting IoT devices as simple as writing an Android application. Most of the hard work involved ...
One of the projects Google sponsors to support its employees lead to an app that will be teaching the users how to code using the most common software. Display of one page in the app from an android phone. (Image via Google)   Many tech companies like Facebook, Microsoft and Apple launched programs and applications to help every day people learn coding. From the look of it, Google does not want to miss out on the opportunity that such endeavor present. Hence the new app developed by a Goog ...
The University of Michigan is home to a new research facility dedicated to testing drones. The facility might be the first of its kind. M-Air building. (All images via University of Michigan)   Autonomous vehicles are the rave this year. On the one hand, the world is impatiently waiting for autonomous cars to be available for sale. On the other hand, there is another type of vehicle, the autonomous aircraft, which might not be of interest for most individuals but will change the way certai ...
According to the report, the US leads the world in science and engineering, however China leads in total volume of science papers published. (Image credit: Pexels)   According to the National Science Foundation’s 2018 Science and Engineering Indicators report, the US is the global leader in science and technology (or engineering). To put that into a general perspective ─ The US invests the most in R&D endeavors (both academic and commercially), attracts the most venture capital ...
Apple launched an app that will teach children not only how to code but also how to build augmented realities. Swift Playgrounds Displayed on iPad. (Image via Apple)   Technology companies have been expanding their reach to the younger audience through their education tools. A study has proven that there are more jobs in tech than there are graduates to fill those jobs, so tech giants like Microsoft and Google started programs to nurture children’s interest in programing or coding. T ...
A bet with his fellow club members pushed a high school student in West Virginia to build an AI that can rap. Robert Barrat from Jefferson High School, image from Jefferson County Schools website.   In a discussion about the possibility that artificial intelligence could perform certain tasks better than humans, Robbie Barrat insisted to his friends that it was possible. The high school students, members of a programming club, then betted Barrat that he would not be able to prove his theor ...
Light Emitting Diodes... LEDs - we interact with them on a daily basis and can be found in or on nearly every piece of electronics or electronic devices from SBCs (Single Board Computers) to street lighting and everything in between. The technology isn’t exactly new, in fact, they’ve been around since their modern inception in 1927 by Russian inventor Oleg Losev with no practical purpose in mind. Only decades later would they find function in communications, indicators, illuminators, ...
The Walt Disney Company is donating money to encourage the expansion of STEM curriculum for children from poor households. Pictured is Shuri, the tech genius in the movie Black Panther. The coolest character in the show, in my opinion. (Image courtesy of Disney)   What do The Incredible 2, Avengers, and Black Panther all have in common? They are all movies distributed by the Walt Disney Company. While the name Disney usually reminds people of all the animated movies from their childhood, ...
Coming late spring 2018, a new toy will help children use their imagination while learning mathematics. (via 3Doodler)   Another amazing learning tool, presented at the 2018 Toy Fair, the 3Doodler Start Kits. Even though the 3Doodler kit is not a new product, this new edition of it appears more appropriate for children than the previous version. Each kit is different, but all still encourage kids’ creative genius. The kit revolves around a 3-D enabled pen that melts plastic and spits ...
Sony is now exploring the realm of Education with its robotic toy KOOV. (KOOV kit displayed, image via SONY)   At first glance, the KOOV kit might look like confectioneries; but it is a new set of electronics fashioned to increase children’s interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). The KOOV kit is one of SONY’s brainchildren, part of its global education program. Even though SONY’s new baby resembles the LEGO toys, the Japanese corporation is, in fact, ...
Zachtronics’ Shenzhen I/O lets players join an electronics company to design circuits and write code. (Image credit: Zachtronics via YouTube)   When it comes to video games for engineers, we tend to think of Tetris, Minecraft or even Sim City perhaps, but those are geared for more entertainment rather than relying on trade skills to complete. Zach Barth of Zachtronics created a different game with engineers in mind with his Shenzhen I/O, which pits players in an imaginary tech compan ...
(Image credit: Taito Corporation)   I saw this and wonder if it’s possible to bring to the Raspberry Pi.   It’s been 40 years since Taito released their iconic Space Invaders video game back in 1978 and four decades later the music still haunts me- that deep bass that rolls faster as those ships get closer to your bases. The hardware for the game amazes me as well, considering the game’s creator Tomohiro Nishikado designed the arcade board using an Intel 8080 CPU wi ...