Netflix made socks that know when you’ve fallen asleep while binge watching

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The socks use a method of rest and activity monitoring known as actigraphy. So a built-in accelerometer will wait for you to stop moving for a prolonged period of time before sending a signal to the TV to prevent you from losing your place in Mad Men for the 20th time. An LED light will blink beforehand, notifying anyone who may just be chilling very hard to move their foot if they’re still awake and watching.

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Quite an interesting project for those minded to try it – requires an Arduino and knitting skills. Obvious publicity aspect aside, I think this is quite a nice way to get the imagination going: how else could we combine textiles and technology?

Can programmable robots Dot and Dash teach your kids to code?

“For kids, coding is a tool that gives you the ability to look at the world very differently,” says Gupta. “That ability will be a powerful aspect in whatever a child grows up to be. They don’t have to be a programmer or a computer scientist. They could be an architect, a doctor, anything.”

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Programmable jewelry uses high school cliques to teach kids to code

How do you get teenage girls interested in coding? Simple, give them new ways to call out friends and enemies in social scenarios. At least, this seems to be the idea behind Jewelbots, a new line of programmable friendship bracelets that light up and vibrate when other Jewelbots are near. BFFs can assign one another custom callsigns using the iOS and Android app, and when they meet, their bracelets will pulse and buzz in tandem. Or, if they don’t light up, well, you’ll know that Stacy just cut you the hell out of her life.

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This is the tiny computer the BBC is giving to a million kids

The BBC Micro moniker is already familiar to many in the UK, having been used for a series of machines designed by Acorn Computers and released in the country during the 1980s. The comparatively cheap computers helped thousands learn programming skills, and played a part in kickstarting the British video games industry, as coders designed increasingly elaborate console games in their bedrooms. Rocks references the original BBC Micro in describing the scope of the new project. “As the Micro Bit is able to connect to everything from mobile phones to plant pots and Raspberry Pis,” she says, “this could be for the internet-of-things what the BBC Micro was to the British gaming industry.”

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Ada Lovelace designed a computer in the 1840s. A cartoonist finishes the project | Technology | The Guardian

It’s little wonder that the enigmatic daughter of Lord Byron has been put, posthumously, on a pedestal. Brought up to shun the lure of poetry and revel instead in numbers, Lovelace teamed up with mathematician Charles Babbage who had grand plans for an adding machine, named the Difference Engine, and a computer called the Analytical Engine, for which Lovelace wrote the programs. Then tragedy struck – Lovelace died, aged just 36. They never built a machine.

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How we are becoming nation of digital makers – BBC News

There have been notable successes in helping children who might feel let down by the traditional educational system: a severely dyslexic child designed a game in Scratch to help children recognise letters and sentences a child who struggled with numeracy created a similar one about number bonds a child who had been excluded for disruptive behaviour found a talent for coding that gave him the confidence to go back to school. “He designed a game and went back into his school one Monday morning, asking if he could do a show-and-tell about the game he designed,” said Mr Claffey.

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