High school drone project could save lives in water


Drones! Useful;I am invited to a panel called The Age of Drones and New Societal Concerns. It is like sharpen kitchen knives; society, be aware. I want to listen to the experts.

Originally posted on Drone Girl:

32a2494d828a5a01fe093b3aee03bd80_originalFive seniors at King Low Heywood Thomas High School in Stamford, Connecticut won’t be going to class during the month of May.

Instead, they’ll be building something that could save your life, and it’s made possible by a drone.

It’s called Project Ryptide, and it’s an automatically inflating life preserver ring that snaps onto your drone. Lifeguards with the Ryptide attachment and life preserver would be able to snap it on within a few seconds, fly over to a swimmer in trouble, and deliver them a life preserver.

And it’s not just lifeguards who could use this. In fact, Piedra said this may come in most handy in places where there is no lifeguard.

“Any casual person going to the beach can bring their drone, and now they can be a sort of lifeguard,” said the project’s leader Bill Piedra. “They could deliver a personal flotation device and keep…

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Deep Learning for Text Understanding from Scratch.

The Spark Electron Adds Cellular Data To Your DIY Projects

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These tiny boards allow you to make programmable Wi-Fi-enabled systems with a few lines of code and a few electronic connections

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Spark has grown from a gleam in the eye of CEO Zach Supalla to a fully baked prototyping platform. These tiny boards allow you to make programmable Wi-Fi-enabled systems with a few lines of code and a few electronic connections. But Supalla wants to give you more.

The company has just announced the Spark Electron, a cellular-data enabled version of the Spark. It comes in 2G and 3G options with the boards costing $39 and $59 respectively. It comes with a SIM card and Spark will act as an MVNO. They’re offering 1MB of data for $2.99 a month and it will work in the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

In short, this little board will be able to send messages to a central server, for example, almost anywhere in the world without Wi-Fi.

“We’re surrounded by cellular towers designed for our mobile phones and tablets,” said Supalla. “But those same…

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