Press Clippings: Emerging Technologies

The initial listing of news clippings was culled from a variety of sources we monitor on a regular basis. We'd love to see your clippings here as well! Please use the edit this page button to add more, or add comments on how or why you think they may or may not be important. As is the convention throughout the Horizon Project Wiki, we ask you to identify items you think are of high interest to us, as I have done here by typing 4 tilde (~) characters -- - Larry Larry Apr 6, 2011 (note - to keep the wiki clean, please put spaces on either side of your marks). This will help us to sift through the articles and determine which ones resonate most strongly with the board as a whole.

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  • Class Badges > > Class badges is a free online tool that allows teachers to select and customize badges to recognize student accomplishments. The record of digital badges can be accessed from anywhere and shared with family and friends. - Sam Sam Sep 5, 2013 I think badges are a great way to recognize both teachers and students for their accomplishments in an informal and fun way.- barbara.wasson barbara.wasson Sep 16, 2013 This reminds me of Class Dojo, which some of my Masters students tried out with some Norwegian teachers.Important and can have good effect if it's used on a systematic way Is not really depended on the technology - vibeke.klovstad vibeke.klovstad Sep 22, 2013

  • Creating a Braille smartphone for blind people > > The touchscreen revolution has left out one sector of society – the visually impaired. The lack of textured buttons means blind people are unable to use them. Designer Sumit Dagar has invented a prototype Braille smartphone which may give the world’s 300 million visually impaired people the first phone developed with their needs in mind.- ingvill.rasmussen ingvill.rasmussen Sep 13, 2013 - barbara.wasson barbara.wasson Sep 16, 2013 - oysteinjohannessen oysteinjohannessen Sep 18, 2013(~) Maybe interesting to study what already works on existing products, ie: Worked a lot with DAISY and I am currently making online reading for visually impaired now in TV 2 Skole -.[user:yngvar.nordberg] - Kristin.Skeide.Fuglerud Kristin.Skeide.Fuglerud Sep 21, 2013 While I think tactile technologies are interesting because they may provide a more direct interaction experience, particularly for visually impaired people and in "eyes buzy" situations, we do not need to wait for this technology to be mainstream to be able to include visually impaired people in mobile learning technologies. Visually impaired learners can use VoiceOver on Apple devices and TalkBack on Android devices, provided that the application follows principles of universal design.- vibeke.klovstad vibeke.klovstad Sep 22, 2013

  • Google’s Project Loon > > Two-thirds of - sven.o.brekke sven.o.brekke Sep 8, 2013 the world’s population does not yet have Internet access. Project Loon is a network of balloons traveling on the edge of space, designed to connect people in rural and remote areas, help fill coverage gaps, and bring people back online after disasters. - ingrid.melve ingrid.melve Sep 7, 2013- ingvill.rasmussen ingvill.rasmussen Sep 13, 2013- morten.soby morten.soby Sep 13, 2013 - oysteinjohannessen oysteinjohannessen Sep 18, 2013 Interesting example of tech being used as an equalizer of digital divides, resembles the approach in the DeForestAction Project.- vibeke.klovstad vibeke.klovstad Sep 22, 2013

  • Robots: not human, but getting closer > > It may seem uncomfortably close to science fiction, but robots are moving ever nearer to having humanlike abilities to smell, feel and see their surroundings, allowing them to operate more independently and perform some of the dangerous, dirty and dull jobs people don't want to do. This article describes how the “gasbot” developed by the mobile robotics and olfaction lab at Orebro University in Sweden, picks up smells using two laser beams.

  • Slideshow: Robots Get More Thin-Skinned > > An artificial skin that's sensitive to touch could help robots adjust the amount of force they need to hold and control objects of different shapes and sizes. Faculty scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laborator envisions that the material could have a number of applications in addition to robotics, such as coating various objects to form a new type of human-machine interface (HMI). A couple of possibilities are a top layer of material on a car's dashboard that lets drivers gesture to change the controls, or wallpaper that also operates as a touchscreen display. Other potential applications include artificial skin for prosthetic limbs.

  • Trial run for biggest battery in Europe that could help power Britain > > A trial of the largest battery in Europe, which proponents hope will transform the UK electricity grid and boost renewable energy is due to start in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire. Storage technology to store energy from wind and solar generation has been difficult to translate from small devices such as batteries and laptops to the enormous scale needed to balance demand and supply on the national grid.

      • Mindsy Wants to be the Netflix of E-learning >** > Instead of selling individual courses as per sites like Udemy and Skillshare, the company is repackaging some of the same premium video content in a subscription ‘all you can eat’ model, costing $29 per month.