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Mycroft: An Open Source Artificial Intelligence For Everyone by Joshua Montgomery —Kickstarter. Risks and challenges No one has built a stable, useful, home AI platform before. Until recently an AI for your home was science fiction. We believe strongly that the best approach to solving this problem is to leverage the power of the open source community. Our team of engineers, designers and developers have already spent months working on Mycroft.

We've come a long way from our original voice recognition loop and are getting very accurate results from the cloud. Our AI integration is top notch and 95% of the commands Mycroft is processing are coming back with match probabilities in excess of 90%. That said, there are no guarantees in this life. What we can promise is that we'll be transparent, honest and above all: open. We are committed to the open source philosophy and are excited to bring this project to you. Learn about accountability on Kickstarter. - Wonderwhizkids. 7 STEM Apps for Students. Like everything else, technology has transformed education. Students’ backpacks don’t just include pencils and notebooks anymore, but also chromebooks and tablets. Although some parents may argue those gadgets are distracting them from their studies, there is no denying that technology is also enabling greater learning for kids of all ages.

There are hundreds of apps available on iPhones and Android devices that are making science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fun for kids. Although apps can’t replace traditional teaching methods, they represent the kind of self-paced learning that’s guided by technology. Here are seven mobile apps that are enabling STEM education. Using Simple Machines children can learn how machines work.

Simple Machines Kids can discover how machines work or conduct their own experiments by exploring the playful side of physics in the Simple Machines app that features six machines: levers, pulleys, inclined planes, wedges, wheels and axels, and screws. Composites: SpaceShipOne. SpaceShipOne SpaceShipOne is a three-place, high-altitude research rocket, designed for sub-orbital flights to 100 km altitude. The unique configuration allows aircraft-like qualities for boost, glide, and landing.

The ship converts (via pneumatic-actuated feather) to a stable, high-drag shape for atmospheric entry. This “care-free” configuration allows a “hands-off” re-entry and greatly reduces aero/thermal loads. Designed for a “shirt-sleeve” environment, the 60” diameter cabin has a space-qualified ECS, as well as dual-pane windows. White Knight The White Knight is a manned, twin-turbojet research aircraft intended for high-altitude missions. Other White Knight mission capabilities include: reconnaissance, surveillance, atmospheric research, data relay, telecommunications, imaging & booster launch for micro-satellites.

Digital Designer You CAN NO longer order your models. The original Design byMe vision was for a unique customization service, where consumers could design whatever they imagined on their computer, and buy the real model in their own LEGO box. Design byMe attracted several million people each year to build a huge range of amazing creations using the LEGO Digital Designer (LDD) software. Despite this success, the overall Design byMe experience has struggled to live up to the quality standards for a LEGO service. As a result, the LEGO® Design byME service was closed in January 2012. Where did my models go? You can still design what you want with LEGO Digital Designer and upload models into a public gallery on the new LEGO Digital Designer website.

All of your old existing models have been transferred the new LDD gallery . You will also be able to generate building instructions from LEGO Digital Designer to build your models. What about other Custom products? This is not the end of customization for the LEGO Group, but a revision. Finally... DNA origami. Overview[edit] The idea of using DNA as a construction material was first introduced in the early 1980s by Nadrian Seeman.[4] The current method of DNA origami was developed by Paul Rothemund at the California Institute of Technology, the process involves the folding of a long single strand of viral DNA aided by multiple smaller "staple" strands.[5] These shorter strands bind the longer in various places, resulting in various shapes, including a smiley face and a coarse map of China and the Americas, along with many three-dimensional structures such as cubes.[6] To produce a desired shape, images are drawn with a raster fill of a single long DNA molecule.

This design is then fed into a computer program that calculates the placement of individual staple strands. Each staple binds to a specific region of the DNA template, and thus due to Watson-Crick base pairing, the necessary sequences of all staple strands are known and displayed. The DNA is mixed, then heated and cooled. See also[edit] 18 Resources to Find a Manufacturer for Your Product. Back in the day, when it was time to find a manufacturer for your product, finding the information and contacts you needed was a challenge.

Nowadays, in our interconnected online world, there’s a wealth of information available. You just need to know where to look. To help you get a jump-start on your search, we’ve gathered the best online resources for you to find a manufacturer for your product. Before you start making phone calls however, you should take the time to do the preliminary work needed to answer the questions prospective manufacturers are going to ask. This work includes: designing your product, building a prototype to shake out all the kinks and prove your product works as designed, and protecting your idea by getting the patent process underway. You’ll find resources for all these steps below. Ready? Online Resources for Designing Your Product The first step is to design your product.

Enter the industrial designers. Core77 Design Firm Directory Elance ThomasNet Shapeways - 3D Printing Service and Marketplace. Composites: Projects. Shop.