How the Apple Watch Can Spark Creativity in Special Ed Classrooms At the A. Harry Moore School of New Jersey City University, we have a rich tradition of embracing best practice in educational and therapeutic research and applying that knowledge in the classrooms of our demonstration laboratory school. As a Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction, I am always looking for innovative tools that will help improve the education of our unique population of low-incidence special education students ranging from ages 3-21.
Carbon's new champion: Theorists calculate atom-thick carbyne chains may be strongest material ever (Phys.org) —Carbyne will be the strongest of a new class of microscopic materials if and when anyone can make it in bulk. If they do, they'll find carbyne nanorods or nanoropes have a host of remarkable and useful properties, as described in a new paper by Rice University theoretical physicist Boris Yakobson and his group. The paper appears this week in the American Chemical Society journal ACS Nano. Carbyne is a chain of carbon atoms held together by either double or alternating single and triple atomic bonds. That makes it a true one-dimensional material, unlike atom-thin sheets of graphene that have a top and a bottom or hollow nanotubes that have an inside and outside. According to the portrait drawn from calculations by Yakobson and his group:
Light waves, visible and invisible - Lucianne Walkowicz Can we accurately describe light as exclusively a wave or just a particle? Are the two mutually exclusive? In this third part of his series on light and color, Colm Kelleher discusses wave-particle duality and its relationship to how we see light and, therefore, color.
Gesture Controlled Smartwatch Feels Every Twitch Aria is a gesture controller for smartwatches that eliminates their biggest drawback: two-handed operation Arthur C. Clarke famously said, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” As if computers in our pockets and on our wrists weren’t enough, a new smartwatch accessory called Aria makes it possible to control your wearable devices by simply gesturing with your fingers. The effect is something like watching a wizard at work, conjuring images, apps, and messages with a mere wave of the hand. SixthSense - a wearable gestural interface (MIT Media Lab) 'SixthSense' is a wearable gestural interface that augments the physical world around us with digital information and lets us use natural hand gestures to interact with that information. We've evolved over millions of years to sense the world around us. When we encounter something, someone or some place, we use our five natural senses to perceive information about it; that information helps us make decisions and chose the right actions to take. But arguably the most useful information that can help us make the right decision is not naturally perceivable with our five senses, namely the data, information and knowledge that mankind has accumulated about everything and which is increasingly all available online. Although the miniaturization of computing devices allows us to carry computers in our pockets, keeping us continually connected to the digital world, there is no link between our digital devices and our interactions with the physical world.
Participate Learning - Apple Watch Education apps Babel Voice Translator Free Are you learning a new language? Are you going to travel to a foreign country where you don't speak the language? Have you always dreamed to learn how to swear in 35 different languages? Well, the wait is over. Babel's here for you. Invisibility Cloak (Phys.org) —Researchers have discovered an alternative way to make an invisibility cloak that departs from other attempts to do so. Attempts in the past have been via metamaterials, created by assembling structures that interact with the light they will cloak. Metamaterials are far from perfect, are expensive, and are time-consuming, so the research team, from Zhejiang University in China, the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden and National University of Singapore, decided to explore other options. They found an approach that looked promising. Lu Lan, Fei Sun, Yichao Liu, C. K.
Captivating and Amazing Out of Bounds Photo Effects Out of Bounds (OOB) is an interesting photo effect where the object or scene in the image seems to jump right out of the photo or its borders. It is a photo manipulation technique to add an illusion of 3-dimsnsionality to a flat photo. Getting an interesting OOB effect depends largely on the photo angle and the overall execution of the concept. It is lots of fun to create an OOB effect. You can use any photo editing software such as Photoshop or Gimp. With some imagination, creativity and basic photo editing knowledge you can create an amazing OOB image that captivates the viewer’s attention.
Is The Future Of Home Automation A Simple Black Cube? Even the best designed smarthome apps can feel a little lifeless compared to flickable light switches and spinnable thermostats. Which is why German studio The Family of the Arts is working on a tactile alternative to the smarthome apps of today. Simply called Cube, the device is a small black cube that you can carry around your house, place on any surface, and use it to control nearby lamps, shades, thermostats, and speakers contextually. At night, Cube fits into the wall—right where a lightswitch would normally go—to dock and recharge. "We all have arrived at a point where we all use displays and GUIs all the day," explains studio founder Dario Jandrijic. "We all are permanently distracted from our real physical social lives.
The future of peripherals, in a glass pane Writers and movie-makers have gotten us to dream about this for years: a sexy transparent glass panel which we can type or doodle around to interact with a computer system. This is not too far away from us, now that a Kickstarter project is underway to bring this to fruition. A sci-fi-esque keyboard or trackpad made solely out of a pane of glass may be coming to you soon. Engineer, inventor and entrepreneur Jason Giddings brings this technology to reality with his Kickstarter project titled Multi-Touch Keyboard and Mouse. Using the existing technology called Frustrated Total Internal Reflection (FTIR), light from mounted LEDs on one edge of the keyboard panel will bounce internally in a zig-zag path against the two large surfaces of the glass at its rest state.
10 Very Good Apple Watch Apps for Teachers January 19, 2016 It’s too early to talk about the use of wearable technology in education but the buzz Apple Watch is making within education circles heralds a promising future for a potential integration of this device in mainstream education. Early adopters have already been tinkering with the different possibilities to use Apple Watch for educational purposes and have come up with some interesting ideas. For instance, Maureen Yoder talks about 5 ways to use Apple Watch in class, Paul Hamilton demonstrates how to use Apple Watch to collect students data and observations in a particular learning activity and automatically sync them to Google Sheet, Brightspark has these handy tips to help you better integrate Apple watch in your teaching, and Courtney Pepe explains some of the ways to use Apple Watch to spark creativity in special-ed classrooms. In addition to these resources, we have also curated this short list featuring some good educational apps for teachers using Apple Watch.
Graphene electronics (Phys.org) —Although scientists continue to discover the remarkable electronic properties of nanomaterials such as graphene and transition metal dichalcogenides, the way that electric current flows at this scale is not well understood. In a new study, scientists for the first time have investigated exactly how a current flows through multilayer 2-D materials, and found that current flow in these materials is very different than current flow in 3-D materials and cannot be explained with conventional models. This understanding could guide researchers in designing future nanoelectronics devices. The researchers, Saptarshi Das and Joerg Appenzeller at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, have published their paper on current flow in 2-D layered materials in a recent issue of Nano Letters. In their study, the scientists experimentally evaluated the current flow and distribution in a transistor made of 2-D MoS2, which was about 8 nm thick and consisted of approximately 13 layers.