Archive for February 3rd, 2010

Paperless Learning

Publishers Reach Deals For iPad-Compatible Textbooks.

The Wall Street Journal (2/2, Trachtenberg, Kane) reported that a number of textbook publishers have reportedly reached an agreement with software company ScrollMotion to make versions of their textbooks available electronically, with devices such as the new iPad in mind. A McGraw-Hill official said, “People have been talking about the impact of technology on education for 25 years. It feels like it is really going to happen in 2010.” However, he added, “nobody knows what device will take off, or which ‘killer app’ will drive student adaptations.”

Reposted from the February 3, 2010 ASEE First Bell.

X-Ray Vision… Almost

Device To Allow US Troops To See Through Walls.

The Wired (2/2, Pierce) “Danger Room” blog reported, “Later this year, American troops fighting in Afghanistan will begin to get gadgets designed to peer inside buildings and┬ádetect the heartbeat of people buried under rubble.” The TiaLinx Eagle Scanner works “by sending out low-power, wideband radio-frequency signals toward a target, and measuring how the signals bounce back.” Popular Science (2/3, Fox) reports, “By measuring the various densities of the materials its radio waves pass through, these hand-held scanners can look through concrete.” According to the company, “the models deploying with the troops to Afghanistan can see up to 20 feet behind an eight-inch-thick concrete wall, and identify whether or not there are any people on the other side.” It also features a wireless connection, “and send images back to HQ immediately.

Reposted from the February 3, 2010 ASEE First Bell.

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