Category: #IOT Internet of Things

High school #Drones #Quadcopters racing as part of #STEM curriculum

A group of high schools in Hawaii have spent the past year studying physics, aerodynamics and learning how to build quad copters, culminating in a multi-high school competitive quadcopter racing program. Very cool! Students participate in first interscholastic drone race In some ways, this is similar to FIRST Robotics, also an awesome program for students interested in learning more about engineering, planning, fabrication and organizing complex projects. There are now many similar programs – nice!

Suspicionless “Forensic” Border Searches of Electronic Devices Are Unconstitutional

In a victory for privacy rights at the border, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit today ruled that forensic searches of electronic devices carried out by border agents without any suspicion that the traveler has committed a crime violate the U.S. Constitution. Source: Fourth Circuit Rules That Suspicionless Forensic Searches of Electronic Devices at the Border Are Unconstitutional | Electronic Frontier Foundation The government can still do manual searches of electronic devices...

Google and Amazon seek to “own” airspace by de facto kicking out radio control model airplane hobbyists #Drones #modelaircraft #airplanes #stem

Google, Amazon and others have asked Congress to require that model aircraft hobbyists be Federally licensed pilots and place radio transponders on all model aircraft. This would apply to everyone from the 8 ounce toys flown by children the legislation may ban youth from flying radio control aircraft) to typical hobby model planes. Model airplane enthusiasts have been flying model aircraft since before the FAA was formed and have a safety record better than any...

“Arrogance Peaks in Silicon Valley”

Says M.G. Siegler, Google Ventures General Partner There’s something that has been in the back of my mind for some time now. And while it pre-dates the Facebook fiasco, that situation certainly brings it to the forefront. Increasingly, it feels like people in our industry, the tech industry, are losing touch with reality. Source: Arrogance Peaks in Silicon Valley – 500ish Words I earned an MBA in mid-life. Prior to that I was a software...

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