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Category: Electronics Engineering

Artificial skin could allow robots to feel like we do

Researchers are running tests on pig skin to come up with an artificial alternative for robots. Credit: Dr Aisling Ni Annaidh at University College Dublin Artificial skin with post-human sensing capabilities, and a better understanding of skin tissue, could pave the way for robots that can feel, smart-transplants and even cyborgs. Few people would immediately recognise the skin as our bodies’ largest organ, but the adult human has on average two square metres of it. It’s also one of the…

3-D printing technologies transport students to ancient greece

The use of 3-D printing technologies in Victoria University of Wellington’s Classics Museum has students using ancient Greek artefacts the way they were intended—from interacting with 3-D printed ancient objects to designing their own amphorae (storage jars). Dr Diana Burton, senior lecturer in Victoria’s School of Art History, Classics and Religious Studies, wanted students to have practical experiences with the objects in the Museum without risking damage to the historic pieces. “In Greek art, pretty much everything is functional—they…

The Case Against Kotlin – Pinterest Engineering – Medium

Ryan Cooke | Android Engineer, Core Experience It’s a big decision to start using Kotlin in your app. Right now, Kotlin may be nearing the “Peak of Inflated Expectations” in the Hype Cycle. You can find endless quality blogs, podcasts and videos on the virtues of Kotlin. For this post let’s assume you understand the benefits of it. Here we’ll look in-depth at the challenges Android developers will likely face with Kotlin and offer solutions. There are real costs to…

Open Sourcing Jaqen, A Tool For Developing DNS Rebinding PoCs

Editor’s note: Members of the information security team at LinkedIn have an opportunity to work on research topics under a well-defined framework that allows them to evaluate new products and technologies, as well as explore the related threat surface. The team strives to find new and innovative ways to help simplify and strengthen security and contribute back to the community where possible to do so. In early 2017, Luke Young had the opportunity to make use of this framework and…

No one knew just how many Ubers and Lyfts were out there—until now

Northeastern researchers Alan Mislove and Christo Wilson created a program that works to determine the volume of drivers for these ride-hailing services in San Francisco, collecting data that are typically held closely by both companies. Credit: Northeastern University In urban areas—and in not so urban areas—around the globe, Uber and Lyft are ubiquitous. But knowing just how many are out there at a given time is a problem that’s eluded municipal transportation officials since the ride-hailing services burst onto the…

Chaos Automation Platform – Netflix TechBlog – Medium

We are excited to announce ChAP, the newest member of our chaos tooling family! Chaos Monkey and Chaos Kong ensure our resilience to instance and regional failures, but threats to availability can also come from disruptions at the microservice level. FIT was built to inject microservice-level failure in production, and ChAP was built to overcome the limitations of FIT so we can increase the safety, cadence, and breadth of experimentation. At a high level, the platform interrogates the deployment pipeline…

3-D shape acquisition using water displacement as the shape sensor for the reconstruction of complex objects

3-D scanning using Dip Transform. The object is dipped in water (left) using a robot arm, acquiring a dip transform by which the object is reconstructed (right). The team’s method produces a complete reconstruction of the complex shape, including its hidden and inner regions. Credit: ACM SIGGRAPH 2017 A global team of computer scientists and engineers have developed an innovative technique that more completely reconstructs challenging 3D objects. An ancient scientific breakthrough serves as the foundation for the team’s modern,…

Introducing Chameleon: A Global CMS from Uber Engineering

Uber’s tech stack is composed of a diverse set of mobile and backend systems working together to deliver reliable transportation worldwide. Riders and drivers alike use our website on web and mobile browsers to keep up-to-date on logistics, such as how to sign up for Uber or where to request a trip from a given airport, as well as regulatory compliance requirements and other region-specific information. To effectively serve Uber’s global user base local teams create and publish content specifically…