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Project Glass makes a TV appearance on Charlie Rose, flashes its rear for the cameras

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Project Glass makes a TV appearance on Charlie Rose, flashes its rear for the cameras

Google fellow, founder of Project X and self-driving car pioneer Sebastian Thrun became the latest to publicly rock a Project Glass prototype (after company co-founder Sergey Brin) on a recent episode of Charlie Rose, and managed to show off a whole new side of the project in the process. While the 19-minute interview was mostly unremarkable product-wise with a focus on higher education and his Udacity project, we did get to see him take a picture of the host (about a minute in) by tapping it, then posting it on Google+ by nodding twice. Also, as Electronista points out, in a brief reverse shot (17:20) of Thrun we see for the first time what appears to be a small battery pack / transmitter portion lodged behind his ear. Of course, we’re still not any closer to rocking the latest in bionic man-chic ourselves, but at least we can start getting fitted for one now.

Project Glass makes a TV appearance on Charlie Rose, flashes its rear for the cameras originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 27 Apr 2012 04:02:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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McGraw Hill: The discounted iPad 2 is just what schools needed

Monday, March 12th, 2012

In a special January event at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, Apple’s VP of marketing Phil Schiller announced that the Cupertino-based company was looking to change the textbook industry with iBooks 2 and iBooks Author. McGraw Hill Education believes that the new iPad, which was announced on March 7th, will truly revolutionize education. According to Vineet Madan, McGraw Hill’s vice president of new ventures, the discounted iPad 2 will now allow more schools to deploy iPads to their students for education. “I’ve long thought that the tipping-point price for a tablet is between $200 and $300,” Madan said in an interview with TPM. “Now that the entry-level iPad 2 has dropped by $100, and it’s now $399 for a 16 gigabyte version, we’ll see much more uptake. The iPad 2 still a phenomenally powerful device [and] our content performs incredibly well on that device. At the same time, we can build better things for new iPad.” Read on for more.

Madan believes the new iPad changed the game completely, thanks to its high-resolution Retina Display and 4G LTE support. “Think about LTE,” Madan said, “You could be anywhere and can immediately pull up all sorts of high-res, data-rich content. You can stream it instantaneously and you don’t have pulling down gigs and gigs of content and storing it on the app locally.”

The VP also took some swings at Android tablets while praising the iPads battery life. “Battery life is another huge factor that many people don’t think about, including those behind some of the Android tablets,” he said. “When you’re thinking about learning, you don’t have to worry about charging device in between every class.”

All in all, Madan believes it’s a good time to be in school. “There’s never been a better time to be a student, whether that’s K through 12 or in higher education,” he said, “The access to learning materials, the access to content through the web, the access to resources is not something many of us could have even considered five years ago, and I say this as a father of three young children.”

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Ask Engadget: Tablets for Students?

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

We know you’ve got questions, and if you’re brave enough to ask the world for answers, here’s the outlet to do so. This week’s Ask Engadget inquiry is from a pair of guys called Joe on opposite sides of the planet that both need a tablet-based solution for their higher education woes. If you’re looking to send in an inquiry of your own, drop us a line at ask [at] engadget [dawt] com.

Joe from New Zealand writes:

I’m a second-year university student with a health issue that means I can’t carry round heavy textbooks. I’ve been looking at tablets that I can use as a replacement for textbooks and paper notes. I think I need a tablet, pen and software combo that’ll let me read, edit and annotate ebooks, PDFs and PowerPoints, have a day-long battery life, display A4 sheets and a camera that can take pictures of textbook pages — but I’ve only got a budget of $600. Thanks!

Joe from America writes:

I’m enrolled in a class where my professor won’t post his power points and talks too fast to handwrite notes. I’d type on a laptop, but I don’t wanna be that guy. Is there a physical keyboard that’s silent, or an on-screen keyboard that’ll work as well as a real one?

Our thoughts skipped to the solid if underwhelming ThinkPad Tablet, which has a stylus input, decent camera and eight hour battery life. If you could get it to play nicely with Thanko’s Silent EX keyboard, then both Joes would be happy — but what do we know? They asked us so we could ask you guys, share your wisdom in the comments below.

Ask Engadget: Tablets for Students? originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 11 Feb 2012 23:15:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Solar Sinter solar-powered 3D printer turns sand into glass, renews our faith in higher education (video)

Saturday, June 25th, 2011
Solar Sinter solar-powered 3D printer turns sand into glass, renews our faith in higher education (video)

Where would we be without the world’s graduate art projects? In the case of Markus Kayser’s Solar Sinter, we might never have seen the day when a solar-powered 3D printer would turn Saharan sand into a perfectly suitable glass bowl. Well, lucky for us (we suppose) we live in a world overflowing with MA students, and awash in their often confusing, sometimes inspiring projects. Solar Sinter, now on display at the Royal College of Art, falls into the latter category, taking the Earth’s natural elements, and turning them into functioning pieces of a burgeoning technology. Solar Sinter uses the sun’s rays in place of a laser and sand in place of resin, in a process that is perhaps more visually stunning than the results. See for yourself in the video after the break.

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enTourage partners with Cengage Learning, O’Reilly, and the University of Chicago Press

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010


enTourage announced three major deals with publishers that will bring thousands of new book titles to its dual-screen eDGe ereader. Targeting the higher education market, the trio includes Cengage Learning which publishes a wide variety of educational content under brands such as Delmar, Heinle, and more, O’Reilly which offers over 1,ooo titles in technology and programming, and the University of Chicago Press which has over 1000 academic titles in the sciences, humanities, and social sciences. With these agreements, enTourage is making a play for the academic market and is hoping to succeed where Amazon and its Kindle DX failed. Anyone on the way to college interested in this electronic reading and note taking system?


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Why Lots of Terrorists Are Engineers [Terror]

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

The underpants bomber was an engineer. So were eight of the 25 terrorists involved in 9/11. In fact, half of all known “violent jihadists” reach higher education, and 44 percent of them are engineers. Uh, that looks like a pattern.

Even though engineers are obviously highly prized by terrorist recruiters for their skills, the reason, according to Diego Gambetta and Steffen Hertog writing in New Scientist is that they tend to have a more rigid, conservative mindset, and at least in Middle Eastern countries, there’ve been fewer jobs for them, so more of them have gone radical.

All of the engineers I know are just alcoholics. [Sphere]

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