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New company’s technology lets quadriplegics use the phone without physical assistance

A day after Oded Ben Dov appeared on Israeli television to promote his video game technology, which allowed players to control their games by moving their heads, a viewer called him with another suggestion for the software. “I can’t move my arms or legs,” the viewer told him. “Can you make a smartphone that I can use?” That conversation more than four years ago led to the creation of Open Sesame, an app that allows people to control a…

New occupancy detection device designed to save home energy use

Ya Wang, center, and her Mechanical Engineering students are testing the SLEEPIR sensor prototype in the laboratory. Credit: Stony Brook University Photoelectric infrared (PIR) sensors are the current choice for occupancy presence detection in buildings. The sensors are used for smart thermostats to control heating and cooling based on occupancy. A major problem is that these PIR sensors only detect individuals who are moving. A Stony Brook University research team is developing a new type of PIR sensor that is…

Digital App Marketplace can help Governments improve Public Sector Operations.

A government digital app marketplace is a digital storefront where a government can showcase its cloud-based applications for general public or internal use. This gives emerging civic technologists and startups a single platform to launch their innovations for a greater good of the society. The apps could provide novel implementations of the engaging public, having transparent systems, providing alerts and updates about new policies, declaring emergency conditions, providing identify verification, etc. All such applications would be part of one government…

Integrating imperative APIs into a React application

by Sriram Rao The Netflix TV app plays videos not only when users choose to watch a title, but also while browsing to find something great to enjoy. When we rewrote our TV user interface in React, we set out to improve the developer experience of integrating video playback into the UI so we could more rapidly experiment with various video-centric user experiences. A key piece was to expose a declarative interface to the underlying imperative video playback API that…

Nearly 300 undergraduates lauded at Commencement Ceremony

The keynote speaker was Mike Brown, the chairman, chief executive officer and president of Euronet Worldwide and a 1979 graduate of Mizzou Engineering with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. Brown is seen here with Mizzou Engineering Dean Elizabeth Loboa. Photo by Brandan Haskell. Nearly 300 undergraduates celebrated their graduation from the University of Missouri College of Engineering at Saturday’s Commencement Ceremony at the Hearnes Center, taking their place as the next generation of Mizzou Made engineering leaders. A total…

Upsilon Pi Epsilon hosts annual Interactive Coding Experience

UPE is the International Honor Society for the Computing and Information Discipline and is part of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department. Their annual Interactive Coding Experience is a key outreach event that benefits local middle school students. Photo courtesy of Dale Musser. The Mizzou chapter of Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE) held its annual Interactive Coding Experience for young students on Nov. 18 on the campus of the University of Missouri. UPE is the International Honor Society for the…

Grading health of open-source projects on Goggins’ radar

Mizzou Engineering’s Sean Goggins is a founding board member on a project that aims to answer key questions about the health of open-source projects. Today, more than 80 percent of the software in any technology product or service is open source. And this trend is growing. According to a recent study by Sonatype, every day the supply of open source across all ecosystems increases by about 1,100 new projects and 10,000 new versions. This raises important questions about which open-source…

Capstone cultivates creativity in solving real-world problems

Mizzou Engineering puts a twist on its capstone courses, frequently partnering with outside clients to give students the opportunity to tackle real-world problems. One group worked with the City of Columbia on its sustainability efforts. University of Missouri capstone courses are the culmination of years of undergraduate education, a chance for graduating seniors to bring the fruits of their labor to bear in one final course. Mizzou Engineering puts a twist on its capstone courses, frequently partnering with outside clients…

How we use StackOverflow to support our developers – Square Corner Blog – Medium

These are some of the tools and techniques we use to answer your questions about Square’s APIs; they might help you support your community, too! StackOverflow is an invaluable resource for developers of all skill levels, and is a part of millions of developers’ regular workflow. All of that knowledge is only useful if people are answering questions. We use a combination of tools, design, and analytics to make sure we can efficiently answer the questions we know best. Tagging…

Book with Confidence – Airbnb Engineering & Data Science – Medium

By Yi Hou, Li Fan & Tao Cui Introduction People like it when things are fast. We want our deliveries within an hour, our downloads within a minute, and our news in an instant. That is why we need to help our Airbnb community to book listings they want instantly. Instant Book is a key lever in our product to empower the Airbnb community to book places immediately without prior host approval and increase acceptance. Our landscape of Instant Book…