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DRONES may one day transform the way parcels are delivered, crops monitored and suspects apprehended. Those who talk up these possibilities, though, often neglect to mention the drawbacks of such robot aircraft—one of which is that most cannot fly for more than a quarter of an hour before they need to find a human being
In a nondescript classroom in downtown Seattle, young women hunch over laptops, staring at lines of code. These women, most of them in their 20s and 30s, are enrolled at Ada Developers Academy. This competitive program offers women free tuition and a stipend – all in the name of getting more women into the tech
As part of our Innovation Imperative, the University of Washington is teaming up with two worldwide leaders — Tsinghua University, the pacesetter for innovation in China, and technology powerhouse Microsoft — to launch an entirely new learning environment: The Global Innovation Exchange (GIX). Read full article here
For more than 15 years, burn patients at Harborview Medical Center have donned a head-mounted display to play a virtual-reality game while undergoing painful dressing changes and other therapies. The computer-driven device immerses the patients in an alternate reality, “SnowWorld,” where they can swoop through an icy canyon and pitch snowballs at snowmen, penguins and igloos.
Half a world away, University of Washington civil and environmental engineering students trace the outlines of roads, paths and buildings in Nepal from their laptops. Using open data software OpenStreetMap, the students in assistant professor Jessica Kaminsky’s Civil Engineering in Developing Communities class joined an online community effort to turn satellite imagery of Nepalinto maps and aid the earthquake reliefNext page