TPCAST Announces Wi-fi Aid for Oculus Rift

SAN JOSE, Calif.–(Enterprise WIRE)–Oculus Link (OC4) – TPCAST, the leader in wireless digital
reality (VR) know-how, announced right now that it is functioning on a
wireless adapter for the Oculus Rift headset. TPCAST is the very first to
introduce a business Wi-fi Adapter for Virtual Reality, which
preserves the video clip quality and application functionality. The TPCAST
option has been shipping and delivery in output and demonstrating high video clip
quality and low latency.

The present-day high-conclusion VR HMDs are pushed by a cable transmitting the
video clip, voice, data, and electric power utilizing HDMI, USB, and electric power connectors.
The major-responsibility wire limitations the VR expertise by tying the person to a
server and proscribing the liberty of motion. With the TPCAST wireless
option, Rift users will attain an improved expertise, as they roam
all over freely and perform online games, though preserving the same high quality as
a conventional wired relationship.

“TPCAST is dedicated to guidance the Oculus Rift HMD with our one of a kind
wireless know-how solutions, and supply VR users a high-quality,
immersive VR come upon,” said Michael Liu, TPCAST CEO. “With the
TPCAST wireless adapter, we will be transforming the VR usage and expertise
by delivering the full liberty of motion with no cables hooked up.”

The wireless adapter supports 2K video clip transmission at 90Fps with sub
2ms latency. The adapter comes with a battery to electric power the headset and
the wireless module and can previous for 5 hrs of operation. This wireless
adapter gives company content material developers the liberty to make much more
impressive content material in numerous industries which include automotive, healthcare,
oil & gasoline, true estate and much more.

“We have been applying the TPCAST wireless option everyday for the past
thirty day period and it truly can take VR experiences to the following amount. TPCAST
guidance for Oculus Rift, a person of the top HMD distributors, is a excellent acquire
for the full VR local community,” explained Karl Krantz, CEO of SVVR.

Item Availability

TPCAST has been shipping and delivery the know-how in China for the past 6 months
and is concentrating on on owning the Wi-fi Adapter for Oculus Rift
obtainable by the conclusion of Q4 2017.


Creator of the very first business wireless digital reality option,
TPCAST’s vision is to unleash the VR environment by taking away cables now
built-in to all VR/AR/MR head-mounted shows (HMDs). The company’s
patent-pending systems allow hugely economical bi-directional
communications involving the Computer system and a VR HMD with close to-zero latency. The
firm has its mental assets legal rights in the fields of wireless
communications and digital reality. Its mission is to operate with all
functions in the VR marketplace which include HMD manufacturers, recreation developers,
content material providers, GPU makers, and important VR know-how providers to
provide the best wireless VR expertise to buyers and company

Twitter ends aid for Apple Check out?

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Twitter, Apple Watch, Twitter app Apple Watch, Twitter removed from Apple Watch, iOS 7.8, iOS appsTwitter, Apple Watch, Twitter app Apple Watch, Twitter removed from Apple Watch, iOS 7.8, iOS apps Twitter’s iTunes Application Retailer webpage no more time notes compatibility with the Apple Check out.

As Twitter announced to double its 140-character limit to 280, quite a few Apple Check out customers throughout the world were left unhappy on Thursday when they realised that the app has disappeared. In accordance to a report in TechCrunch, Twitter’s iTunes Application Retailer webpage no more time notes compatibility with the Apple Check out. With the rollout of the Twitter for iOS (edition 7.8) iOS app, the Apple Check out app was eradicated, the report mentioned.

“@Twitter killed Twitter for Apple Check out without the need of expressing anything. Why are you so established to ruin your assistance for me, @jack?” just one Apple Check out person tweeted.

A Twitter spokesperson advised TechCrunch: “We listened to from individuals that notifications were the most handy component of the Apple Check out Twitter encounter. With this, we are concentrating on supporting a lot more strong, media-prosperous notifications. “We are committed to delivering the very ideal Twitter encounter on Iphone, iPad, Apple Tv and Apple Check out, and we’ll proceed to iterate and increase our applications throughout all platforms.”

Not just Twitter, Google has also give up Apple Check out platform in the modern earlier. “Google pulled aid for Google Maps on the Apple Check out earlier this calendar year, and vendors which include Amazon and eBay did the very same,” the report said.

Meanwhile, Twitter has begun tests 280-character tweets — doubling the preceding 140-character limit — to assist customers turn out to be a lot more expressive. At the moment, the 280-character tweet facility is available to a modest team of its 328 million customers but it would before long be rolled out globally, Twitter said in a website write-up.

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Chair-ity Live Auction takes action to Facebook to aid young cancer patients, families | Entertainment

While many are inspired to stand up to fight cancer, an upcoming fundraiser invites you to take a seat. The Chair-ity Live Auction, taking place Sunday on Facebook, allows do-gooders to do good from the comfort of their home or wherever their smartphone takes them.

The event features bundles in nine categories — Backyard Americana, Man Cave, Children’s Reading, Pet Bed, Coffee, Disney, Secret Garden, Beachin’ and Western — that are up for auction. Teams assemble each collection, which includes a themed chair or some form of seating along with baskets with assorted goodies.

For the Beachin’ package, people will bid on the bundle including a Adirondack chair with umbrella, throw blanket and pillow, agate coasters, two custom sea glass necklaces, bucket of Coronas and beer salt, beach towels, extra-large cooler tote bag, gift cards and more. The Man Cave boasts two barstools made from kegs, beer crate with six-pack of beer, manly cookbook and candles, bacon jerky, custom-made bottle cap mirror, Lengthwise growlers and glassware, dart board and more.

Other inventories are posted on the Facebook event page, accessible via the Second Star to the Right’s page (

This is the fourth year that the local group, which helps children with cancer and their families, has held the auction. Jennifer Meiners, who is helping organize the fundraiser, said the group raised $5,000 last year and hopes to double that for 2017.

Bidding will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Those who want to bid need only select “interested” or “going” on the event page to keep up on the bidding and take part. Organizers will follow up after the auction closes and make arrangements for payment and delivery, Meiners said.

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Warner Brothers, “Band Aid” Co-Producer Joins Grand Theft Auto V Actress to Produce Film “Born That Way”

Warner Brothers, “Band Aid” Co-Producer Joins Grand Theft Auto V Actress to Produce Film “Born That Way”

Grand Theft Auto V actress Michal Sinnott has attached Warner Brothers producer and initial round of funding for her feature film in development, Born That Way.

New York, NY, June 08, 2017 –(– Grand Theft Auto V actress Michal Sinnott has attached Warner Brothers producer Kristen Murtha for her feature film in development, “Born That Way.”

Kristen Murtha joins film “Born That Way” with experience producing for Warner Brothers, working for DreamWorks, and most recently as associate producer for the 2017 Lego movie and co-producer for Sundance-acclaimed Zoe Lister-Jones film “Band Aid.”

“The ‘Born That Way’ script was unlike anything I’d read before. It’s unique and beautiful, and presents some interesting challenges as a producer. Simultaneously, it presents opportunities to make something no one has ever seen,” says Kristen about “Born That Way.”

Described by Michal as a “A Magical Realist Present Day Fable For The People,” “Born That Way” explores parallel realities, human connection, and gender through a combination of live-action and animation.

“The story deals with our connectedness to each other, to the earth and to animals – we tackle a lot of heavy stuff, but the animation gives that heaviness levity,” says Michal.

Acting for the screen and stage since age 7, Michal is known for her role as Tracey De Santa in Grand Theft Auto V. A passionate world traveler, Michal co-wrote “Born That Way” with best friend Mary M. Parr on a 6 day USA cross country road trip.

With initial investment from private investors Dina and Fred Clements and Dyna Drones, Michal is meeting with directors and actors to round out the “Born That Way team.”

Filming for “Born That Way” will begin in 2017 in Tanzania, Africa, and will continue on location in New York City in 2018.

Kristen’s producing experience with “Band Aid” will bring unique opportunities for a diverse production crew for “Born That Way.”

“Working on ‘Band Aid’ has been the highlight of my career to date. Being surrounded by strong, capable women under the leadership of the powerhouse that is Zoe Lister-Jones was an incredibly empowering experience,” says Kristen.

Also joining the “Born That Way” team as Co-Executive Producer is Emmy and Gemini Award winning creator, writer, and story consultant Rob Travalino. Rob brings 2 decades of experience producing for DreamWorks, Disney, Lucasfilm, Warner Brothers, and Sega of America.

“‘Born That Way’ is an incredibly timely story with a fascinating approach to its telling. And Michal is full of passion and is surrounded by people who believe in her,” says Kristen.

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Apple Maps Vehicles Begin Surveying Connecticut, Imagery Could Aid Apple’s Autonomous Driving Efforts

Apple has updated its website to indicate that its Apple Maps vehicles will begin surveying Connecticut for the first time this month.

For nearly two years, Apple has been driving vehicles around the world to collect data for Apple Maps—widely believed to be street-level imagery. Since 2015, the vehicles have surveyed over 30 states in the United States, in addition to parts of the United Kingdom, Italy, France, and Sweden.

Apple said it will blur faces and license plates on collected images prior to publication, suggesting that it could be working on adding a Street View feature to Apple Maps, similar to what Google Maps has offered for several years. But, the imagery and other mapping data could be used for a variety of purposes.

When Apple’s fleet of Dodge Caravans first hit the streets, it was speculated they could be the basis of an Apple Car. But those rumors quieted down after the vans were labeled with Apple Maps decals, and because Apple has shifted towards autonomous driving software, rather than an entire vehicle, at least for now.

Moreover, the California Department of Motor Vehicles confirmed that Apple is using a fleet of Lexus SUVs, which have since been spotted on the road, to test self-driving software. It’s known that Apple’s platform currently uses a Logitech wheel and pedals, and drivers can take over manually if necessary.

Nevertheless, so-called Apple Maps vehicles could still be playing a role in the company’s autonomous driving plans.

Neil Cybart, an independent Apple analyst at Above Avalon, told MacRumors that Apple Maps vehicles are “very likely capturing mapping data,” such as street level imagery, that will aid Apple’s autonomous driving efforts.

I don’t think these Apple Maps vehicles are just meant to improve Apple Maps. Instead, my suspicion is they are part of Project Titan. Specifically, the vehicles are likely playing a role in building the groundwork for Apple’s autonomous driving technology. The data collected by these vehicles may be used for testing autonomous driving technology using indoor simulation.

Cybart, who confirmed seeing an Apple Maps vehicle in Connecticut earlier this week, said the mapping data collected could be a “foundation” for Apple’s autonomous driving technology platform.

Apple Maps vehicles are not autonomous cars. Instead, they are very likely capturing mapping data (i.e. imagery) that will aid Apple’s autonomous driving efforts. My view is that this mapping data isn’t just for Apple Maps Street View, which wouldn’t be too useful, but rather for building a mapping foundation for Apple’s autonomous driving technology platform.

Connecticut and many other states that Apple has surveyed don’t currently allow autonomous vehicle testing on their public roads, so Apple very likely is collecting data only, as it says. Whether that data is used for a Street View feature, autonomous driving software, or both, remains to be seen.

ExxonMobil Launches Apple Enjoy Aid in ‘Speedpass+’ iOS Application

ExxonMobil this week announced an update to its Speedpass+ iOS app, which offers consumers the capability to pay for gasoline and auto washes applying their Apple Enjoy and Apple Fork out at above 10,000 taking part Exxon and Mobil refueling stations throughout the United States.

For the Apple Enjoy payments system, consumers will have to navigate to the Speedpass+ watch app, decide on the pump they are at, authorize it for payment, and double-faucet the side button to provide up Apple Fork out. As soon as the payment is processed, consumers can commence fueling up their car.

“With these updates to the Speedpass+ app, buyers now have even a lot more choices to pay for gasoline although sitting in the convenience of their auto – either applying Ford SYNC three or the Apple Enjoy,” stated Matt Bergeron, vice president of marketing and advertising for ExxonMobil Fuels, Lubricants & Specialties Marketing and advertising Business.

“This is a lot more than a cashless payment app it is a platform that earns and redeems Plenti loyalty factors and manages receipts. With ExxonMobil’s heritage and motivation to innovation, the Speedpass+ app proceeds to provide new positive aspects to its consumers.”

The update also arrives with a new “Ford SYNC three” function that allows Speedpass+ app consumers quickly authorize gasoline payments applying voice commands or an in-auto touch screen, as well as verify how a great deal gasoline is in the tank when absent from their auto applying the app.

The new Speedpass+ update follows the app’s introduction of Apple Fork out in March of 2016, which introduced the capability to pay for gasoline applying an Iphone and Apple’s mobile wallet. Exxon’s Apple Fork out answer won’t use NFC reader technological know-how, alternatively focusing on computer software inside of the app to use GPS and QR codes in order to authorize gasoline payments.

Fuel providers have gradually started to adopt Apple Fork out above the yrs, with Chevron opening up a pilot application for Apple Fork out gasoline payments at a several of its stations in San Francisco in 2015. A several car brands have also rolled out Apple Fork out assist straight inside of their infotainment devices, with Jaguar and Shell partnering up to allow drivers in the United Kingdom to pay for gasoline with Apple Fork out insider their auto.

ExxonMobil Speedpass+ is obtainable to obtain for absolutely free on the iOS Application Retailer. [Direct Website link]

Facebook Live suicide: Empathy, artificial intelligence can aid prevention

When a Baldwin County man committed suicide last week on Facebook Live, it drew national attention. It also highlighted the fact that the intersection of social media and suicide is murky territory where even experts hesitate to make simple judgments.

“It is still a very rare event,” said Phillip Smith, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of South Alabama, of suicides involving real-time social media communication. “Our understanding is still developing.”

Based on information from the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office, the case unfolded on the evening of Tuesday, April 26. A woman had contacted the Sheriff’s Office with concerns about her boyfriend, 49-year-old James M. Jeffrey of Robertsdale. The couple was in the middle of a breakup and he had stopped responding, she told officers.

While deputies were on the way to his residence on Ponderosa Farm Road at about 11 p.m. Tuesday, “the Sheriff’s Office Communications Division received reports that Jeffrey committed suicide and filmed the event on Facebook Live.” He was found dead, and a video was confiscated by investigators.

By the next day, when the BCSO released its account of the case, Jeffrey’s page identified him as deceased, and the video in question had been taken down. That appeared to be in keeping with Facebook’s stated policy:

“We don’t allow the promotion of self-injury or suicide. We work with organizations around the world to provide assistance for people in distress. We prohibit content that promotes or encourages suicide or any other type of self-injury, including self-mutilation and eating disorders. We don’t consider body modification to be self-injury. We also remove any content that identifies victims or survivors of self-injury or suicide and targets them for attack, either seriously or humorously. People can, however, share information about self-injury and suicide that does not promote these things.”

Organizations that attempt to help suicidal people, such as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, caution that news of suicides should be handled very carefully “to reduce the risk of contagion.” There’s a potential, they say, that discussion of one case could inadvertently glamorize it in the minds of others who are at risk of suicidal thinking.

But social media can dynamite that sense of caution, by giving bystanders an unfiltered look into a situation. That’s especially true of real-time services such as Facetime Live, which allows for live broadcasting and leaves a completed video behind for the record.

Smith, whose research focuses on suicide, said that even an innocuous memorial page on social media can develop a “gravitation” for others. They may see it as proof that their own suicide would make others care about them; the thought of having their own posthumous memorial might be appealing.

And yet, Smith said, he doesn’t buy the argument that social media simply isolates some people. “It’s a part of their communication,” he said of people who express at-risk feelings or behavior online. “Even if it’s not working, it’s an attempt to reach out.”

Facebook has been making efforts to prevent situations like the Robertsdale case from happening. Its help center includes an extensive page on suicide prevention resources, both for those who’ve had suicidal thoughts and those who’ve seen warning signs in the behavior of others. It has sections addressing the issue among military personnel and veterans, LGBT people and law enforcement officers.

In February, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg wrote that suicide prevention measures were a component of his vision to make Facebook a force in building safer communities: “To prevent harm, we can build social infrastructure to help our community identify problems before they happen. When someone is thinking of suicide or hurting themselves, we’ve built infrastructure to give their friends and community tools that could save their life,” he wrote. “Going forward, there are even more cases where our community should be able to identify risks related to mental health, disease or crime.”

He went on to say that the company is exploring the use of artificial intelligence for a variety of purposes, including specifically to identify and respond in real time to suicide threats:

“There are billions of posts, comments and messages across our services each day, and since it’s impossible to review all of them, we review content once it is reported to us. There have been terribly tragic events — like suicides, some live streamed — that perhaps could have been prevented if someone had realized what was happening and reported them sooner. There are cases of bullying and harassment every day, that our team must be alerted to before we can help out. These stories show we must find a way to do more.

Artificial intelligence can help provide a better approach. We are researching systems that can look at photos and videos to flag content our team should review. This is still very early in development, but we have started to have it look at some content, and it already generates about one-third of all reports to the team that reviews content for our community.”

Zuckerberg said “It will take many years to fully develop these systems.”

Following his February statement, reported in March that Facebook was adding suicide prevention tools to its Live and Messenger tools. Primarily, the tools would make it easier for other people to reach out to people at risk, or to notify Facebook, if they saw warning signs.

The report also highlighted the delicacy of the issue. “Some might say we should cut off the livestream, [in a suicidal situation] but what we’ve learned is cutting off the stream too early could remove the opportunity for that person to receive help,” said Facebook Researcher Jennifer Guadagno. “What we heard from various people is any extra friction in someone reaching out for support can be the thing that stops them from getting support,” Facebook Product Manager Vanessa Callison-Burch told Techcrunch.

Smith said that myths about suicide abound, including the argument that it is the coward’s way out of a situation.

Smith said that according to his research and that of others, people who’ve been saved from suicide by interventions tend to express gratitude. Looking back, they often describe spiraling into a temporary mental state where their basis for a life-or-death decision was distorted.

In the long run, artificial intelligence might help spot people who’ve fallen into that kind of “acute state,” Smith said.

But in the meantime, he said, the most human form of intervention can make a difference: Simply expressing a sympathetic interest.

Smith said that part of his work with a suicide prevention student group at USA is teaching participants to spot warning signs of distress in others, and encouraging them to be more willing to make a connection. Many times, he said, someone can make a difference simply by being willing to listen.

“One of the things we’re trying to do at South is encouraging people to be comfortable talking to people in crisis,” he said.

Suicide resources include the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Alabama’s Suicide Prevention Center provides an online listing of resources throughout the state.

Yahoo misused millions meant for humanitarian aid, lawsuit claims

The Yahoo Human Rights Trust entered and exited this world under unfortunate circumstances. Yahoo established it in 2007 as part of a settlement with Chinese dissidents who were imprisoned in part because Yahoo cooperated with the Chinese government. The company had revealed the identities of Yahoo email users who were sharing messages Chinese authorities objected to, leading to their arrest and years of detainment, in some cases.

In the fall of 2007, Yahoo paid each affected family $3.2 million, CEO Jerry Yang was reprimanded by Congress live on television, and the company established the Yahoo Human Rights Trust, a $17.3 million fund meant to aid victims of Chinese rights abuses. It elected Harry Wu, a former political activist who spent 19 years in Chinese labor camps, to lead the effort.

Today’s lawsuit was brought by eight plaintiffs who had been imprisoned in China for using the internet to express dissident opinions or share information the government found objectionable, making them “past and future potential beneficiaries” of the Yahoo Human Rights Trust. They claimed Wu misused $13 million of the fund’s $17.3 million, while Yahoo executives turned a blind eye to his actions.

The lawsuit said Wu, who died in 2016, used the Human Rights Trust as a piggy bank, directly paying himself and his wife more than $1 million between 2007 to 2015. It also claimed he spent $4 million on a museum about Chinese prison camps and other real estate for his own non-profit, the Laogai Research Foundation. Plus, the plaintiffs alleged Wu used trust money for a series of personal lawsuits, some of which accused him of mismanaging federal grants and sexual harassment. Just $700,000 of the fund’s $17.3 million was used to directly aid imprisoned dissidents, according to the suit.

Plaintiffs claimed Yahoo executives were aware of Wu’s mismanagement and did nothing, even after they received letters from Laogai Research Foundation employees and others concerned that the trust was being misused.

“He will harm the organization and damage the image of Yahoo,” Wu’s assistant wrote to executives in 2010. “Scandals will be exposed and it would be a heavy blow to the human rights issue in China.”

Meanwhile, Yahoo continued to point to the trust as an example of its commitment to supporting freedom of expression and human rights, according to the suit. As suspicions about the trust’s finances grew, Yahoo dissolved it in 2015.

The plaintiffs in today’s case want Yahoo to replenish the full $17.3 million trust and change its wording so it can benefit only Chinese dissidents, and they’re asking for all money unlawfully spent by Wu to be returned.

Yahoo — which was recently bought by Verizon, endured a handful of scandals and was absorbed into Oath — declined to comment on this story, citing pending litigation.

Ancient Technique Will Aid Red Planet Mission

Weaving for Mars: Ancient Technique Will Aid Red Planet Mission

A snapshot of the Orion human space capsule being prepared for its first flight test in 2014. The 10-inch holes on the bottom of the spacecraft hold compression pads that need to be good insulators and also very structurally strong. NASA is working with Bally Ribbon Mills to create compression pads made from a 3D material, woven with fibers made of quartz composite (inset).

Credit: NASA

A family-owned weaving business in Pennsylvania that started out making silk hat bands in the 1920s is helping NASA build key components for the Orion spacecraft, which could help carry humans to Mars and other deep-space destinations. 

Bally Ribbon Mills was founded in 1923 in Bally, Pennsylvania, and is still run by members of the family that started the business, according to an article published by NASA. Today, the company still uses classic weaving techniques, but with more advanced materials, including carbon fiber and quartz, and with more advanced applications, like building parts for Formula One race cars. 

Now, the company is helping NASA build an improved heat shield for the agency’s Orion human spacecraft. By weaving together threads made of a quartz composite, the company can produce a 3-inch-thick (7.6 centimeters) material using a weaving method that dates back millennia, according to an article in NASA Spinoff, a publication about nonspace applications that come out of the agency. [Photos: NASA’s Space Launch System for Deep Space Flights]

At Bally Ribbon Mills, engineers are weaving a material that will be used on NASA's Orion human spacecraft. Here, NASA employees take a tour of the Bally Ribbon Mills facilities.

At Bally Ribbon Mills, engineers are weaving a material that will be used on NASA’s Orion human spacecraft. Here, NASA employees take a tour of the Bally Ribbon Mills facilities.

Credit: NASA/David Bowman

When Orion returns to Earth from space, the craft will fall through Earth’s atmosphere, where friction with air particles will generate an incredible amount of heat. Most of Orion’s heat shield consists of “a low-density material that’s very good at insulating” the inside of the craft, said Jay Feldman, technical lead on the heat shield project with Bally at NASA’s Ames Research Center. 

But the insulating material isn’t very strong, Feldman said. At various points across the heat shield, including where it connects the crew capsule to the service module (which carries supplies including oxygen and fuel), NASA engineers needed a much stronger material that could also serve as an insulate. These connection regions use something called compression pads, according to the article, which had previously been made of steel and carbon-fiber composite. But during Orion’s first test flight, in 2014, the pads conducted a lot of heat, more than would have been safe for a crewed flight.

Now, Orion’s compression pads will consist of a 3D material made from fibers consisting partly of quartz. This group of compression pads is known as the 3D Multifunctional Ablative Thermal Protection System (3D-MAT). 

The 3D-MAT material is considered “three-dimensional” because it has the “same number of fibers going in all three directions,” the article said. Three threads, all pointing in perpendicular directions, are woven together. The material is then sent to another company that infuses the sheets of material with resin for curing and to fill pores left by the weaving. Then, the sheets are honed into the final shape.

When it’s complete, the final product is 3 inches thick and “like a brick,” Curt Wilkinson, a senior textile engineer at Bally Ribbon Mills, said in the article. “We are packing a lot of fiber in there. Many times during the development, we were unsure if we could actually pack the fiber volume that [NASA was] looking for.”

The material has the combination of factors that NASA needs for the heat shield compression pads. 

“The material can be a structure, it can be a thermal-protection system, it can be a shock absorber, and it can carry loads,” Ethiraj Venkatapathy, a project manager and chief technologist for the Entry Systems & Technologies Division at NASA, said in the article.

Former NASA Administrator Charles Bolden tours the Bally Ribbon Mills facility.

Former NASA Administrator Charles Bolden tours the Bally Ribbon Mills facility.

Credit: NASA/David Bowman

The engineers at NASA and Bally Ribbon Mills are looking into using the 3D-MAT material in other areas of the heat shield, and its applications could even extend beyond the agency, the article said. Government agencies, including the Department of Defense, and aerospace companies “have expressed interest” in thermal-protection systems made with the 3D-MAT material, according to the article. Even the company’s clients in the Formula One world are interested in the material because of its increased thickness compared to other woven structural material. 

Researchers at NASA Ames were already working with engineers at Bally Ribbon Mills to develop a potential next-generation heat-shielding material that included the 3D quartz-fiber composite. Weaving together fibers using machines may appear high tech, but the process still uses the same basic weaving technology the company employed in the 1920s, called a shuttle loom, the article said. This type of weaving loom has been used for “millennia,” according to the article. The technique used to make the heat shield components is called 3D orthogonal weaving.

“We incorporate modern electronic components, and we also build and incorporate our own take-up systems, but the loom itself is extremely old,” Wilkinson said in the article. “Using the same age-old steps of weaving, we’re now weaving material that’s going to go to Mars.”

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Gaming gets a bedside boost with donation of 10 Xbox GO Karts to aid patients at Seattle hospital

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Gamers Outreach founder Zach Wigal during a ceremony to donate 10 Xbox GO Karts to Seattle Children’s Hospital. (Photos courtesy of Gamers Outreach and Microsoft)

Hospitalized children often crave any sort of distraction that might help them cope with their surroundings and whatever illness they’re dealing with. At Seattle Children’s Hospital this week, a generous donation brought entertaining relief right to kids’ bedsides.

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An Xbox GO Kart for bedside use in a hospital.

Gamers Outreach, a charity organization that provides video game recreation to children in hospitals across the country, made the largest donation in its history on Tuesday with the delivery of 10 Xbox One GO Karts.

The medical-grade gaming kiosks are equipped with a monitor, controllers and an assortment of games, and each rolling unit features a lift mechanism that allows hospital staff to adjust the kiosk depending on the bed where it’s being used.

In a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the hospital on Sand Point Way Northeast, representatives from the hospital, Gamers Outreach and Microsoft were on hand to share in the gift giving.

“It’s amazing to see this project come to life after a year of planning,” said Zach Wigal, founder of the Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Gamers Outreach. “The GO Kart initiative started as a one-off passion project and has grown to a program that supports patients nationwide. With our next generation of GO Karts, we’re able to deliver these kiosks more efficiently, and ultimately have a much greater impact in the lives of the kids and families going through hospitalization.”

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Xbox’s Larry Hryb, aka Major Nelson, left, and Aaron Greenberg at the GO Kart unveiling.

Aaron Greenberg, the head of Xbox marketing for Microsoft, led the effort to raise more than $12,500 to fund the GO Karts donation. He said he was touched to learn that one Xbox was constantly used by kids in the hospital’s ICU to take their minds off medical procedures. He was told it would take not one, but 10 GO Karts to best serve each of the departments at Children’s.

“These kids cannot go outside to play, and many can’t even leave their beds, so gaming serves as a key way for them to bring joy, laughter and fun to their lives, at a time when they need it more than ever,” Greenberg said. “I am incredibly touched by the response from Team Xbox employees as well as our gaming community online who helped raise and support what was needed to bring all 10 Xbox GO Karts to Seattle Children’s Hospital.”

After young patients cut the ribbon on the donated GO Karts, others tried their hand at games such as “Minecraft.”

“The GO Karts have been a valuable resource in providing entertainment, distraction and normalization for these patients,” said Jennifer Baker, a child life specialist at the hospital. “It is an honor to be receiving such a generous gift knowing how much joy these bring our patients at Seattle Children’s.”

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A patient plays “Minecraft” on a new Xbox GO Kart at Seattle Children’s Hospital.