emergentfutures:

“Learn to Code?” Meh. “Build Something?” Now We’re Talking, Says Hopscotch’s Jocelyn Leavitt.


“Parents might say, ‘You should learn how to code,’” said Jocelyn Leavitt, co-founder and CEO of Hopscotch. “I think kids don’t necessarily respond to that, but if you’re like ‘Hey, would you like to build your own game?’ — kids are really excited about that.”……..Since then, the app has helped people save 1.5 million projects — which gives you a sense of how many people use it, as most every Hopscotch user has saved at least once — and compiled 57 million blocks of code. It’s also now easier to preview and debug programs, and to save functions for later use.

Full Story: Recode

emergentfutures:

“Learn to Code?” Meh. “Build Something?” Now We’re Talking, Says Hopscotch’s Jocelyn Leavitt.

“Parents might say, ‘You should learn how to code,’” said Jocelyn Leavitt, co-founder and CEO of Hopscotch. “I think kids don’t necessarily respond to that, but if you’re like ‘Hey, would you like to build your own game?’ — kids are really excited about that.”……..Since then, the app has helped people save 1.5 million projects — which gives you a sense of how many people use it, as most every Hopscotch user has saved at least once — and compiled 57 million blocks of code. It’s also now easier to preview and debug programs, and to save functions for later use.

Full Story: Recode

trendd:

Pair this tech with a “smart fork" or tooth sensors and we’ll be on our way to measuring all of our food habits, which will provide some seriously awesome health data.
"Would you like to be able to look up the calorie content of the specific apple you’re eating? You could take it to a lab and run it through a spectrometer, but accurate spectrometers are huge, expensive machines that are often only owned by institutions and require training to use. A new startup, however, wants to make it easy as running an app and pairing a bluetooth dongle.
The SCiO is a handheld device that pairs with a smartphone through Bluetooth LE being developed by Consumer Physics, an Israel-based startup funded by Kholsa Ventures. It’s based on near-infrared spectroscopy, which means it reflects light onto an object, then collects and analyzes the light reflected back.”
(via Consumer Physics’ $150 smartphone spectrometer can tell the number of calories in your food — Tech News and Analysis)

trendd:

Pair this tech with a “smart fork" or tooth sensors and we’ll be on our way to measuring all of our food habits, which will provide some seriously awesome health data.

"Would you like to be able to look up the calorie content of the specific apple you’re eating? You could take it to a lab and run it through a spectrometer, but accurate spectrometers are huge, expensive machines that are often only owned by institutions and require training to use. A new startup, however, wants to make it easy as running an app and pairing a bluetooth dongle.

The SCiO is a handheld device that pairs with a smartphone through Bluetooth LE being developed by Consumer Physics, an Israel-based startup funded by Kholsa Ventures. It’s based on near-infrared spectroscopy, which means it reflects light onto an object, then collects and analyzes the light reflected back.”

(via Consumer Physics’ $150 smartphone spectrometer can tell the number of calories in your food — Tech News and Analysis)

emergentfutures:

SCiO: Your Sixth Sense. A Pocket Molecular Sensor For All !


Out of the box, when you get your SCiO, you’ll be able to analyze food, plants, and medications.
For example, you can:
Get nutritional facts about different kinds of food: salad dressings, sauces, fruits, cheeses, and much more.
See how ripe an Avocado is, through the peel!
Find out the quality of your cooking oil.
Know the well being of your plants.
Analyze soil or hydroponic solutions.
Authenticate medications or supplements.
Upload and tag the spectrum of any material on Earth to our database. Even yourself !
Full Story: KickStarter

emergentfutures:

SCiO: Your Sixth Sense. A Pocket Molecular Sensor For All !

Out of the box, when you get your SCiO, you’ll be able to analyze food, plants, and medications.

For example, you can:

  • Get nutritional facts about different kinds of food: salad dressings, sauces, fruits, cheeses, and much more.
  • See how ripe an Avocado is, through the peel!
  • Find out the quality of your cooking oil.
  • Know the well being of your plants.
  • Analyze soil or hydroponic solutions.
  • Authenticate medications or supplements.
  • Upload and tag the spectrum of any material on Earth to our database. Even yourself !

Full Story: KickStarter

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