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Fully integrated circuits printed directly onto fabric

Sample circuit printed on fabric. Credit: Felice Torrisi Researchers have successfully incorporated washable, stretchable and breathable electronic circuits into fabric, opening up new possibilities for smart textiles and wearable electronics. The circuits were made with cheap, safe and environmentally friendly inks, and printed using conventional inkjet printing techniques. The researchers, from the University of Cambridge, working with colleagues in Italy and China, have demonstrated how graphene – a two-dimensional form of carbon – can be directly printed onto fabric to…

4 Cool Things You Didn’t Know Drones Could Do

Many of today’s consumers consider drones to be objects for recreational or governmental use. Drones are very powerful flight systems that can transport from one location to another, carrying items while recording along the way. As technology progresses, it seems their are limitless capabilities for what drones can achieve. Startups and major corporations are pushing the boundaries of tech to see how far they can take their drones. One thing is for sure: drones will be a large part of…

A new breathing monitor signals the coming generation of pervasive healthcare

Credit: 9nong, Shutterstock Pervasive healthcare is an approach which addresses the challenge of straining health services with evidence-based, preventative strategies. The increased accessibility of personal monitoring devices is helping breathe life into efforts. Researchers recently announced the development of technology which can monitor breathing rates using mobile phones. The team, publishing their results in the journal Biomedical Optics Express, report how they created new software to be used in conjunction with an inexpensive thermal camera. Breathing rates were tested in…

Too Many Ways to Talk

If you work in an office and want to get in touch with someone else in your organization, what is the first thing you think of?  Emailing?  Texting?  Phoning?  Walking down the hall?  For some people, the number of choices is getting to be a problem, according to a recent article in the Boston Globe.  There are chat programs like Slack, teamwork coordination programs like Trello, and don’t forget Google Calendar (I usually do).  And there’s the occasional oddball in…

Testing D3 Transitions – Wealthfront Engineering Blog

Transitions are an important tool in our D3 arsenal that we can leverage to relate understanding of visualizations to others. They can be used to draw attention to some representation of the data, emphasize change, or highlight the effects of user interaction, among other things. Given these benefits, it’s critical in a test-driven culture like ours that tests be able to handle transitions. This blog has touched extensively on our journey with D3, which can be read about here: The…

Mobile on-body devices can be precisely and discreetly controlled using a tiny sensor

The Saarbrücken researchers’ prototypes can be controlled precisely and discreetly using minimal movements. Credit: University Saarland Mobile devices like the Apple Watch have a drawback: their small screen size makes them difficult to use. Computer scientists at Saarland University have now developed an alternative, which they call “DeformWear.” A tiny switch, no larger than the head of a pin, is built into a ring, for example, and worn on the body. It can be moved in all directions, pressed, pinched,…

Team to debut wearables that warn and wow at UIST 2017

The 2.5-D RetroShape — a smart watch with a shape-deforming back — is among Dartmouth’s offerings at UIST 2017. Credit: © Da-Yuan Huang A watch that works in multiple dimensions and a smart ring that provides calendar alerts are among the top technology Dartmouth College will bring to the 30th ACM User Interface Software and Technology Symposium (UIST 2017). Other technology to be introduced by the Dartmouth team includes a thumb-tip recognition technique that optimizes interaction with computer applications. …

assessing progress – Engineering Growth Framework – Medium

At first glance, the growth rubric can be a little overwhelming. There are lots of tracks, and lots of examples. Engineers may be uncertain as to whether they qualify for a given milestone. It is important that everyone be clear on how we judge these milestones as they will directly affect an engineer’s level, and ultimately compensation. We must establish trust in the process and be as consistent as we can, judging people solely on the merits of their contributions.…

framework overview – Engineering Growth Framework – Medium

By Jamie Talbot and Madeline Bermes. Medium’s Growth Framework is a little different from how many companies approach development, recognition and leveling. This document describes its structure and some of the reasoning behind it. Goals We are attempting solve a number of problems with this framework, and avoid others that we recognised in other systems. At a high level, we are trying to achieve multiple goals: Allowing engineers to develop in multiple ways, rather than artificially reducing them to “engineer”…

A Celebration of Learning at Grace Hopper

Photo by Cloudflare Staff Over the course of my career, I’ve been to many conferences, interacted with thousands of candidates, and attended countless keynotes, roundtables, and sessions. I can say without a doubt, that the Grace Hopper Celebration, stood out from the rest. And I think my team would agree. During the three day event, we screened more than 50 candidates, conducted 24 onsite interviews, and had more than 600 people visit our booth. Not bad for a booth near…