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The Disks on the Bus Go Round and Round: How AngelTrax Is Re-envisioning Safety

Anna England and her two daughters each leave the house at different hours of the morning, but they are all going to versions of the same place: Dothan, Alabama City Schools, by way of a giant, yellow bus. This has been England’s first school year on official route assignment, supervising special needs buses. When England first began at the wheel as a sub, she could find herself alone on buses maxed to capacity. “On a regular bus,...

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Special Project: The Rise of Open Hardware

The idea of open software has been around for some time now, but the open hardware movement has been a bit slow to start. Market forces, limits of scaling and the emergence of disruptive technologies like artificial intelligence have fueled the rise of open source hardware. Still, as this EE Times Special Project demonstrates, physical, legal and economic barriers remain as a fledgling group of open source advocates and a handful of...

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11 Considerations for Embedded System RFID Readers

Elatec, a company that specializes in short range wireless reader and writer solutions, has published an informative article that reviews 11 considerations a design engineer should be aware of when dealing with embedded system RFID readers. Embedded system RFID and mobile credential readers are not created equal. These readers come with a broad range of form factors, capabilities and configurations. When evaluating a reader to embed...

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How A Single Platform Enables Successful Co-Teaching and Engagement in Remote Learning

Over the course of three years working together, Ohio teacher Heather Nesler and her co-teacher perfected a smoothly choreographed approach to co-teaching inclusive eighth-grade math classes. Their strategy—which included using Pear Deck’s platform—was supportive and engaging. Even the quietest students participated. Then the pandemic hit. Over the course of three years working together, Ohio teacher Heather Nesler and her...

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Arm’s Kigen provides the services for eSIMs and iSIMs used on IoT devices

Embedded SIMs, either as a separate component or integrated into an SoC, are now providing security for billions of cellular-connected devices. Kigen, an Arm company, offers secure provisioning of credentials and updates. In a recent series about the Subscriber Identity Module (SIM), we talked about the emergence of the embedded SIM (eSIM). eSIMs are modules that are embedded directly into devices, providing security for cellular...

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How Interactive 3D Is Transforming the Way we Learn and Work

Through the many rapid changes in technology we’ve seen over the years, only a handful appear to have real sticking power and truly transform our way of life. Real-time interactive 3D may be that next transformative technology. In terms of its impact on learning, we have only scratched the surface, with new opportunities emerging from secondary to higher education.Interactive 3D is the ability to interact with the digital world the...

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This Middle School Engaged Struggling Students and Gave Them a Voice in a Virtual World

Assistant Principal Ronda Smith remembers her heart racing when she learned that John F. Kennedy Middle School would pivot to remote learning because of the pandemic.We had to figure out how to get students engaged online, which was already a focus in the brick-and-mortar setting.“We didn't have the tools or the training,” explains Smith. “This was going to be a challenge, and if we didn’t get it right, it could literally set...

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A Taste of Data: How Data Is Revolutionizing the Alcohol Industry

Since antiquity, humans have made alcohol. It’s part of our ancestry and our every day, and there’s always been a dedicated and talented crop of artisans to quench our thirsts. The oldest continuously operated brewery in the world, Weihenstephan Abbey, was founded in 1040 by the city of Freising, and wine and spirits have a similarly extensive history and tradition. For many, this tradition is in their blood, honed over centuries....

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How Extended Reality Tools Can Bring New Life to Higher Education

For video game players, the 2010s were a decade of extended reality. 2012 saw the development of Oculus, a virtual reality headset company that Facebook later acquired for more than $2 billion. In 2013, Google started selling consumers Glass, a computer built into a pair of glasses. 2016 brought us Pokemon Go, the addictive game that saw players running around their neighborhoods hunting virtual creatures projected onto the physical...

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How This Company Gives Voice — and Value — to Virtual Collaboration

Sometimes, a great idea takes an unexpected turn that makes it even better. When VoiceThread’s founders first started dabbling in software, they aimed to answer a key question: If you took an image and recorded the audio stories behind it, would this digital artifact have more value?Sometimes, a great idea takes an unexpected turn that makes it even better.It turns out that the answer was a resounding yes, but perhaps not in the way...