Imagine you’re attending a lecture just before summer break:
Sun is shining in all its splendor and it’s just a bit too warm to feel comfortable, but as soon as someone walks in the classroom, the fans start spinning and you feel a welcoming breeze. A few minutes later, all that heat leads to storm clouds forming and leaving you in the dark, but suddenly lights go on, automatically, and you start to take notes soon again. Then, your teacher remembers he has a few slides prepared to help you understand that equation you can’t master just yet, he approaches the video projector and connects his laptop. The projector starts doing it’s job and lights dim, again, in an automatic way. After this, you can’t help but to think “There’s no other classroom I’d rather be.”
This is what we’re trying to achieve through the smart classroom project, here at University of Colima, with an array of sensors and tiny computers (called Arduinos) controlling the environment so you focus on what really matters: learning as much as you can.
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Under the smart classroom project, we are working to create a serious game for children’s physical activation. The interaction will be provided through the Kinect.
This game will allow them to learn from the history of Mexico in addition to increasing their physical activity.
Keep in touch for updates.
Researchers spent four years developing Watson, the computer smart enough to beat the champions of the quiz show “Jeopardy!” Now they’re trying to figure out how to get those capabilities into the phone in your pocket.
Finding additional uses for Watson is part of IBM’s plan to tap new markets and boost revenue from business analytics to $16 billion by 2015. After mastering history and pop culture for its “Jeopardy!” appearance, the system is crunching financial information for Citigroup Inc. and cancer data for WellPoint Inc. The next version, dubbed “Watson 2.0,” would be energy- efficient enough to work on smartphones and tablets.