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Category: Electronics Engineering

New developments enabling blind people to see again

Credit: Radboud University Enabling blind people to see again is the dream of many neuroscientists. We still have a long way to go to make this happen, but we have also made a lot of progress over the last twenty years, says Richard van Wezel of the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour. He presented his research into the development of a ‘prosthetic for blind people’ on the occasion of World Sight Day (12 October), an annual event that…

New simple method determines rate at which we burn calories walking up, down, flat

The SMU study tested 32 adult subjects individually under 90 different speed-grade and load conditions on treadmills at the SMU Locomotor Performance Laboratory. Credit: SMU Locomotor Lab When military strategists plan a mission, one of many factors is the toll it takes on the Army’s foot soldiers. A long march and heavy load drains energy. So military strategists are often concerned with the calories a soldier will burn, and the effect of metabolic stress on their overall physiological status, including…

5 Smart Home Trends Which Should Be Part of Your Build

Are you one of those people who love to be at the top of the latest trends in technology? Do you want your home to be that little bit smarter and work with you? Within the world of technology trends, we see home tech as one of the latest areas. Low maintenance products, appliances and the list go on; smart home trends can give you a more comfortable life, let you save money on your energy bills and cut down…

appeals process – Engineering Growth Framework – Medium

In rolling out our growth rubric, we’re starting a more formal conversation about growth at Medium. This gives engineers the opportunity to understand the progress they’ve made, how they can progress in the future, and how that translates to their overall level. This is the beginning of our efforts to have more ongoing and intentional conversations with engineers about their growth. Using the growth rubric, a review panel determines the current progress measurements for each engineer. This group will formally…

frequently asked questions – Engineering Growth Framework – Medium

Q: Do I have to become a manager to grow in this framework? A: This framework isn’t designed to benefit managers. In fact, that’s something we consciously worked to avoid in creating this framework. We strongly believe that there are many paths for engineers to increase impact, and that leadership comes in many forms. There are different ways for someone to achieve the highest level without needing to formally manage any direct reports, and your group lead can help you…

tracks – Engineering Growth Framework – Medium

Executing The best idea in the world is worthless without great execution. Delivering great software products in teams requires rallying people behind an idea, strong technical leadership throughout the project, a focus on quality, and excellent communication to keep everyone aligned. Project Management Delivers well-scoped programs of work that meet their goals, on time, to budget, harmoniously There is a limit to what people can achieve individually, and coordination of multiple people on a project is very important. We need…

introduction – Engineering Growth Framework – Medium

Until recently, the process around progression and promotion as a Medium engineer was relatively opaque. We did have the concept of levels, and senior leadership were reasonably well calibrated on what being at a certain level entailed. However, engineers did not know what their level was, or the kinds of work they specifically needed to do to progress in their career. Instead, we relied upon the trust relationship between an engineer and their group lead, and in senior engineering leadership…

TC4D: Data Quality By Engineers, For Engineers

Changing an engineering culture is one of the biggest challenges for any organization. It requires challenging an existing way of working, and introducing compelling improvements that are adopted by individuals as well as the departments. Tackling tech debt instead of amassing it, using new tooling and infrastructure, or in this case, increasing test coverage. After leading numerous failures to influence the quality of Spotify’s big data, there was finally one success. TC4D, Test Certified for Data-Focused teams, is a gamified,…

3-D mapping of rooms using radar

Developed by the Institute of Integrated Systems in Bochum, the radar sensor is no bigger than this. Credit: © Roberto Schirdewahn Engineers from University Alliance Ruhr have developed novel signal processing methods for imaging and material characterisation with the aid of radar. Their long-term objective is to use these techniques in combination with radar-based localisation of objects. Their vision is a flying platform capable of generating a three-dimensional representation of its surroundings. The technology might be, for example, useful for finding…

Predictive Analytics Can Be a Powerful Tool That Can Help a Business

Every business has to scramble so that it can provide a unique and ultimate experience for every transaction that is made by its customers. In today’s world, customers do not think twice before they abandon vendors or providers or even give up transactions because they have had a poor experience in dealing with a particular business. Customers in today’s world require services to be delivered with a smile and pleasant manners – and this is needed even when you are…