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CODING FOR THE SOCIAL GOOD ... A group of East Palo Alto Academy students who designed and programmed from scratch a smart alarm for wheelchair-accessible vans has won $1,000 to continue developing the invention. On May 18, the students demonstrated their creation for a panel of high-profile investors, including Bob Baxley, the former head of design at Pinterest and Yahoo and Jim Fruchterman, the CEO of Benetech and Tech Matters, competing against teams from across the country for prize money. The students built the alarm over many months at their school's makerspace as part of an after-school program geared toward teaching engineering for social good. They created the alarm for a mobility-impaired Mountain View resident who needs a wheelchair ramp to get in and out of her van and often gets stuck when people park too close to the car. "When I see these students, I know the future is in good hands," Mar Hershenson, managing partner at Pear Ventures in Palo Alto, said at the demo day.

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Posted by Whiners
a resident of Stanford
on Jun 1, 2019 at 2:58 pm

from the PA Weekly...

"SOUND TRAVELS ... Stanford University's historic Frost Amphitheater reopened on May 18, to much fanfare; however, the outdoor venue's first show since its renovation sparked some complaints from neighbors over noise generated by music from its namesake festival that could be heard as far as Mountain View."

Here we go again. Local residents complaining about 2 hours of music.

Funny how residents in Saratoga never complain about the sound emanating from The Mountain Winery Venue.

It must be newbie residents as there were never sound complaints when Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald & Benny Goodman played there decades ago in the mid 60s. Or when the Grateful Dead came to town during the 80s for their spring concerts.

*wondering what would happen if Metallica were to ever play a gig at Frost Amphitheater?*

And lastly, as far as periodic airplane noise one ever complained when the Navy regularly flew fighter jets out of Moffett Field.

Occasionally the planes would break the sound barrier unleashing an incredible sonic boom...very cool & again, no one raised any issues.

People today are either getting too soft (in terms of adaptation) or too sensitive
when it comes to trivial matters (both sonic & political).

Get over it.

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Posted by Laughable In Many Respects
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jun 1, 2019 at 6:21 pm

The 'whiners' simply haven't adjusted to modern day life. Most are lost in a delusional realm concocted by their unrealistic expectations of an idyllic living environment that no longer exists due to increasing population and the passage of time. They are unwilling to adapt and as a result, create more unnecessary misery within themselves.

An overhead passenger plane and ambient sound emanating from a nearby concert are trivial in comparison to real world problems and issues.

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Posted by Curmudgeon
a resident of Downtown North
on Jun 1, 2019 at 6:45 pm

Ain't overpopulation great?

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