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Brick by Lego brick, teen builds his own prosthetic arm

SANT CUGAT, Spain (Reuters) – David Aguilar has built himself a robotic prosthetic arm using Lego pieces after being born without a right forearm due to a rare genetic condition. Aguilar, 19, who studies bioengineering at the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya in Spain, is already using his fourth model of the colorful prosthetic and his dream is to design affordable robotic limbs for those who need them. Once his favorite toys, the plastic bricks became the building material for Aguilar’s first, still very rudimentary, artificial arm at the age of…

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Technology 

Brick by Lego brick, teen builds his own prosthetic arm

SANT CUGAT, Spain (Reuters) – David Aguilar has built himself a robotic prosthetic arm using Lego pieces after being born without a right forearm due to a rare genetic condition. David Aguliar poses with his prosthetic arm built with Lego pieces during an interview with Reuters in Sant Cugat del Valles, near Barcelona, Spain, February 4, 2019. REUTERS/Albert Gea Aguilar, 19, who studies bioengineering at the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya in Spain, is already using his fourth model of the colorful prosthetic and his dream is to design affordable robotic…

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Science 

Brick by Lego brick, teen builds his own prosthetic arm

SANT CUGAT, Spain (Reuters) – David Aguilar has built himself a robotic prosthetic arm using Lego pieces after being born without a right forearm due to a rare genetic condition. David Aguliar poses with his prosthetic arm built with Lego pieces during an interview with Reuters in Sant Cugat del Valles, near Barcelona, Spain, February 4, 2019. REUTERS/Albert Gea Aguilar, 19, who studies bioengineering at the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya in Spain, is already using his fourth model of the colorful prosthetic and his dream is to design affordable robotic…

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Braille technology firm builds ‘Kindle for the blind’

LONDON (Reuters) – A British company plans to launch a Braille e-reader for blind people this year that should greatly enhance their reading experience and spare them from lugging around hefty print volumes. Since it was developed by Louis Braille in the 19th Century, the alphabet of raised dots has brought the joy of reading to millions of blind and partially-sighted people. But in its printed form it’s not exactly convenient or portable: A Braille copy of the Bible can take up about 5 feet (1.5 meters) of shelf space.…

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Science 

Braille technology firm builds ‘Kindle for the blind’

LONDON (Reuters) – A British company plans to launch a Braille e-reader for blind people this year that should greatly enhance their reading experience and spare them from lugging around hefty print volumes. Since it was developed by Louis Braille in the 19th Century, the alphabet of raised dots has brought the joy of reading to millions of blind and partially-sighted people. But in its printed form it’s not exactly convenient or portable: A Braille copy of the Bible can take up about 5 feet (1.5 meters) of shelf space.…

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Ayrshire Grandpa builds Christmas grotto in loft

Grandad Jimmy Murphy has transformed the loft of his one-bedroom flat into a Christmas grotto. Mr Murphy, 87, builds the grotto as a festive treat for family and friends in Prestwick, Ayrshire. Wife Betty, also 87, provides the carol singing. Every year he decorates the small loft with toys, ornaments, train sets and hundreds of fairy lights. Granddaughter Claire McGahon filmed this year’s grotto and shared it on Facebook to spread their Christmas joy. Ms McGahon said: “He has always been doing it for as long as I can remember,…

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Technology 

Apple security expert moves to ACLU as ‘public interest tech’ builds

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A senior Apple Inc security expert left for a much lower-paying job at the American Civil Liberties Union this week, the latest sign of increasing activity on policy issues by Silicon Valley privacy specialists and other engineers. Jon Callas, who led a team of hackers breaking into pre-release Apple products to test their security, started Monday in a two-year role as technology fellow at the ACLU. Prior to his latest stint at Apple, Callas designed an encryption system to protect data on Macs and co-founded communications…

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China’s Tencent builds self-driving car team in Silicon Valley

FILE PHOTO: Visitors use their smartphones underneath the logo of Tencent at the Global Mobile Internet Conference in Beijing May 6, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File Photo SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Chinese technology company Tencent Holdings Ltd (0700.HK) is recruiting self-driving car engineers in Palo Alto, California, joining a crowded field of corporations vying for talent in the heart of Silicon Valley. Silicon Valley is a hub for testing and research of autonomous vehicles, with five dozen companies permitted to test such cars on California roads. But state records as of last…

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The man who builds jet engines in his shed

An amateur engineer, who broke the world record for the fastest speed recorded in a jet-propelled go-kart, is gearing up for another record attempt. Andy Morris was inspired to build vehicles with jet engines after watching an episode of Channel 4 show Scrapheap Challenge. Mr Morris, of Arnold, Nottinghamshire, who builds his designs in his garden shed, is hoping to set another record with his jet-propelled bike. “It’s going to get a bit tight in the shed. I might have to build an extension,” he said. Source link

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WhatsApp builds system to comply with India’s payments data storage norms

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Facebook Inc’s WhatsApp said on Tuesday it has built a system that stores payments-related data locally in India, in a bid to comply with a central bank directive that all such data should, within six months, be stored only in the country. FILE PHOTO: The WhatsApp messaging application is seen on a phone screen August 3, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas White/File Photo WhatsApp rolled out a test of its payment system in India, its biggest market by users, earlier this year. “In response to India’s payments data circular, we’ve…

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