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Signs That Virtual Reality Is on the Verge of Taking Off

Signs That Virtual Reality Is on the Verge of Taking Off | random computing | Scoop.it
Virtual reality, along with its potential, has been around for years.  While there were some apps that took advantage of its “wow” factor early in development by pointing us to the closest subway or restaurant through our smartphones, the rich applications have always required the use of a bulky pair of goggles.  These have not been lightweight goggles!  As researchers of education, we found them in university engineering labs but potential was never realized because of its cost and bulk.

Once Oculus Rift, a virtual reality company created for gaming was acquired by Facebook, development accelerated.  Other companies entered the commercial space.  The goggles are getting more lightweight.  Learning will see some incredible applications in the near future – this may be bigger than anyone anticipates.  It’s not just about gaming.

From the New York Times, “READY or not, here comes virtual reality.
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New online support for A level Computer Science teachers and students

New online support for A level Computer Science teachers and students | random computing | Scoop.it
The Isaac Computer Science team has been working hard to make sure that you have everything that you need to teach or learn A level Computer Science from home.
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Tracking the spread of disease on social media

Tracking the spread of disease on social media | random computing | Scoop.it
For many years, researchers have turned to the public logs of search engine terms to help them track the spread of disease. They can analyze the keywords and phrases that people use and when they become interested in a disease or have symptoms. Much value has been recognized in this kind of disease tracking and it has been used to research influenza outbreaks, the spread of MERS and the Zika virus, and other health problems. At the time of writing, it is approximately three months since we first recognized the emergence of a new coronavirus in China that would ultimately become known as the pathogen to cause the novel pandemic disease, Covid-19.
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Robots and Physical Computing: Coral Accelerator on a Raspberry Pi

Robots and Physical Computing: Coral Accelerator on a Raspberry Pi | random computing | Scoop.it
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Robots and Physical Computing: How to produce a Microbit neural network

Robots and Physical Computing: How to produce a Microbit neural network | random computing | Scoop.it
This is really part two of a set of post in response to a question from Carl Simmons (@Activ8Thinking) concerning building a micro:bit simple neuron. In the previous post a single neuron was produced. This post looks at producing a network of neurons, ie. neural network; looking to solve the problem that a single neuron can't solve, making an Exclusive OR gate (XOR)
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Computing in Northamptonshire: That's no moon - it's an Aframe VR moon

Computing in Northamptonshire: That's no moon - it's an Aframe VR moon | random computing | Scoop.it
using Mozzila's brilliant AFrame, a web-based Virtual Reality model of a planet with rings and include a moon with the school's logo on it. This post replicates the steps to build something similar.
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Computing in Northamptonshire: Social media network Analysis: TAGS to start with

Computing in Northamptonshire: Social media network Analysis: TAGS to start with | random computing | Scoop.it
I am fascinated by connections and seeing connections between things, One area that particularly intrigues me is people connecting via social media and Twitter in particular.
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Computing in Northamptonshire: Social media network Analysis: Going from TAGS to Gephi

Computing in Northamptonshire: Social media network Analysis: Going from TAGS to Gephi | random computing | Scoop.it
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Building a Minimal Blockchain in Python - Towards Data Science

Blockchain is not just about Bitcoins or other cryptocurrencies. It is also used for databases such as health records. Contrary to a somehow popular belief, blockchain is not about data encryption…
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Top Secret: From ciphers to cyber security

Top Secret: From ciphers to cyber security | random computing | Scoop.it
Uncover the remarkable world of secret communications in Top Secret: Ciphers to Cyber Security, our upcoming must-see, free exhibition. 
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Combine AMP and PWA for ultra-fast mobile experiences

Combine AMP and PWA for ultra-fast mobile experiences | random computing | Scoop.it
AMP and PWA are a match made in mobile web heaven.
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Researchers explore architectural design of quantum computers

Researchers explore architectural design of quantum computers | random computing | Scoop.it
A recent study led by Princeton University researchers, in collaboration with University of Maryland and IBM, explored the architectural design of quantum computers (QC). In a paper presented at the 2019 ACM/IEEE International Symposium on Computer Architecture, the researchers performed the largest real-system evaluation of quantum computers to date, using seven quantum computers from IBM, Rigetti and the University of Maryland.
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Novel denoising method generates sharper photorealistic images faster

Novel denoising method generates sharper photorealistic images faster | random computing | Scoop.it
Monte Carlo computational methods are behind many of the realistic images in games and movies. They automate the complexities in simulating the physics of lights and cameras to generate high-quality renderings from samples of diverse image features and scenes. But the process of Monte Carlo rendering is slow and can take hours—or even days—to produce a single image, and oftentimes the results are still pixelated, or "noisy."
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Alphabet's DeepMind masters Atari games

Alphabet's DeepMind masters Atari games | random computing | Scoop.it
In order to better solve complex challenges at the dawn of the third decade of the 21st century, Alphabet Inc. has tapped into relics dating to the 1980s: video games.
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Robots and Physical Computing: Scratch and web-cams in Scratch 3

Robots and Physical Computing: Scratch and web-cams in Scratch 3 | random computing | Scoop.it
he cat (Scratch) moved across the screen and a button burst when the object moved in the camera onto it using Scratch 3.
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Robots and Physical Computing: Moving Eyes with an Adafruit Adabox kit

Robots and Physical Computing: Moving Eyes with an Adafruit Adabox kit | random computing | Scoop.it
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Robots and Physical Computing: Adafruit PyPortal from Twitter to weather

Robots and Physical Computing: Adafruit PyPortal from Twitter to weather | random computing | Scoop.it
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Computing in Northamptonshire: #ELECTION #SYSTEM BASED ON #BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGY

Computing in Northamptonshire: #ELECTION #SYSTEM BASED ON #BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGY | random computing | Scoop.it
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Computing in Northamptonshire: BCS Northampton - VR Therapies

Computing in Northamptonshire: BCS Northampton - VR Therapies | random computing | Scoop.it
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Open-Source Tool Lets Anyone Experiment With Cryptocurrency Blockchains - IEEE Spectrum

Open-Source Tool Lets Anyone Experiment With Cryptocurrency Blockchains - IEEE Spectrum | random computing | Scoop.it
SimBlock, a new blockchain simulator, lets users play around with the parameters of Bitcoin, Litecoin, and Dogecoin
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Build a voice controlled UI

Build a voice controlled UI | random computing | Scoop.it
Learn how to use the Speech Recognition API to convert speech to text for easy input into forms.
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How to create a layered parallax effect on your site

How to create a layered parallax effect on your site | random computing | Scoop.it
Create impact on your homepage with motion effects.
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Spintronic memory cells for neural networks

Spintronic memory cells for neural networks | random computing | Scoop.it
In recent years, researchers have proposed a wide variety of hardware implementations for feed-forward artificial neural networks. These implementations include three key components: a dot-product engine that can compute convolution and fully-connected layer operations, memory elements to store intermediate inter and intra-layer results, and other components that can compute non-linear activation functions.
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