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Start-up develops special lens for 3-D photography and film

Until now, photographers and filmmakers had to use special equipment if they wanted to change the focus area in post-processing or reproduce an object three-dimensionally. The start-up K-Lens has now developed a special lens that can turn any standard camera into a 3-D camera. What began as a research project of the Max Planck Institute for Informatics and Saarland University, and was developed further with the help of the IT Inkubator, is expected to become available as a commercial product…

Screaming Circuits: Make that Three QFNs

It’s a new weekend, and I’m back to my obsession with stepper motors. If you haven’t read part one of this series yet, go back and read it here. That’s not an order; more of a plea. In any case, I’ve nearly completed the schematic now. It’s got four sheets. One for the FPGA, one for the stepper driver, one for the power supply, and one for switches and indicators. I haven’t yet put the switches in the schematic, because my choice…

Top Web Hosting Trends That We Have Witnessed So Far in 2018

A web hosting service is like a blank palette offered to the webmaster or web designer, who creates a website using the web host’s real estate. Apart from storing all the files and code that runs a site, a web hosting service also takes care of data, administration, security, maintenance and every other aspect of keeping the website up and running. Over the years, web hosting has seen several evolutions in its form and shape, and 2018 looks to be…

A new portable system of water quality assessment in developing countries

Credit: UPM Portable, easy-to-use water quality assessment systems are essential in developing countries where water access is limited and there is a risk of contamination. Researchers from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) have designed a new system for assessing water for human consumption that is better than the systems currently available. The new system is three to five times cheaper, and is more sustainable and long-lasting, making it ideal for use in development aid. Non-potable water and poor sanitation are…

Uncovering the secrets of the human body’s perception of touch

Figure 1: Children from 0 to 6 years old explore their environments to collect information necessary for their survival. Credit: ISETAN SHINJUKU Scientific research has yielded deep understanding on the human senses of sight, hearing, smell, and taste. But knowledge about bodily perceptions of the sense of touch is still limited. For example, during a handshake, who is shaking whose hand? The answer to this question is just one of the multifaceted aspects of touch being studied by ‘haptics scientist’…

Drone rapidly converts aerial photos into valuable information about crop health

Anthony Hearst is chief executive officer and co-founder of Progeny Drone, a Purdue-affiliated startup that has created software that rapidly converts aerial crop photos into useful information for plant breeding, crop modeling and precision agriculture. Progeny Drone rapidly turns images taken by unmanned aerial vehicles into custom-zoned quality-controlled growth and development metrics. Credit: Purdue University Progeny Drone Inc., a Purdue-affiliated startup, has created software that rapidly converts aerial crop photos into useful information for plant breeding, crop modeling and precision…

Paralympic snowboarder designs innovative gear—for rivals

In this Dec. 22, 2017, file photo, Mike Schultz, who is preparing to compete in the 2018 Winter Paralympics in South Korea, poses for a photo in his shop in St. Cloud, Minn. (Jason Wachter/St. Cloud Times via AP, File) Adaptive snowboarder Mike Schultz could very well have the winning formula at the Paralympics—whether or not he even crosses the finish line in first. He is the architect behind some of the most cutting edge prosthetic components out there, which…

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: Cloudflare Data Center #126

We are very excited to announce Cloudflare’s 126th data center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (only hours after launching in Reykjavík!). This joins our existing Middle East facilities to provide even stronger coverage and resilience for over 7 million Internet properties across the region. Our newest deployment was made possible in partnership with Zain, which now experiences reduced latency for every Internet user accessing every Internet facing application using Cloudflare. At least four additional Middle East deployments are already in the…

Celebrating Uber Bangalore’s Women in Tech

In honor of International Women’s Day (March 8), Disha Pancholi, Uber Bangalore Engineering’s Site Program Manager, sat down with members of her office to discuss their experiences as women in technology. When I started working at Uber in May 2017, many of my peers and former colleagues questioned my decision. Not only was I switching roles—transitioning from recruiting to program management—but I was coming onboard during a transformative time for the company. Nine months later, I can say with pride…

How to be a more influential engineer – Square Corner Blog – Medium

Spoiler alert: you need skills. One of the most significant transitions for an engineer’s career is when they break dependence on senior team members and start to actively contribute to the team’s decision-making process. Once this transition is complete, the engineer is contributing to the team at levels far more significant than the code they can sling. They become a more productive team member and help unlock team potential by freeing up others’ time and effort. How do you get…