Friendship Bracelets That Encourage Young Girls to Code

Developers Sara Chipps and Brooke Moreland have noticed that there is an extreme lack of women in the computer science industry. To help encourage a larger female voice in the community, they developed a new product, called Jewelbots, that aims to get tween and teen girls interested in coding. The programmable bracelets give users the ability to personalize and build custom features. 

To begin, wearers do not have to write any code. It starts with simple if/then statements on a connected mobile app. They can connect via Bluetooth and don't necessarily need a phone to make it work. The bracelets blink, vibrate, and light up to allow girls to communicate in Morse code. They react to friends' devices as well as other users nearby. 

When the budding programmer is ready to take things a step further, they can plug their Jewelbot into their computer. Using open source software Arduino IDE, they can alter and add to their bracelets using sample codes on the Jewelbot website for guidance. For example, they can program their jewelry to blink every time they get a notification on social media or to remind them that their favorite TV show is about to start. 

"We want to help girls get excited about building and technology at a young age, before they are deciding what career path to choose," Moreland told PSFK. "We also have observed that many programmers started programming because they were genuinely interested in projects and games and had a problem that they wanted to solve, not because someone showed them, but because they wanted to figure it out.”

The wearable helps girls express themselves while sparking their curiosity about programming. Prototypes are being tested now, and a new batch is expected to debut later this summer. 


A Florida Brewery Created Edible Six-Pack Rings to Protect Marine Animals

For tiny scraps of plastic, six-pack rings can pose a huge threat to marine life. Small enough and ubiquitous enough that they’re easy to discard and forget about, the little plastic webs all too often make their way to the ocean, where animals can ingest or become trapped in them. In order to combat that problem, Florida-based Saltwater Brewery has created what they say is the world’s first fully biodegradable, compostable, edible six-pack rings.

The edible rings are made of barley and wheat and are, if not necessarily tasty, at least safe for animals and humans to ingest. Saltwater Brewery started packaging their beers with the edible six-pack rings in 2016. They charge slightly more for their brews to offset the cost of the rings' production. They hope that customers will be willing to pay a bit more for the environmentally friendly beers and are encouraging other companies to adopt the edible six-pack rings in order to lower manufacturing prices and save more animals.

As Saltwater Brewery president Chris Gove says in the video above: “We want to influence the big guys and kind of inspire them to also get on board.”

When Chuck Yeager Tweeted Details About His Historic, Sound Barrier-Breaking Flight

Seventy years ago today—on October 14, 1947—Charles Elwood Yeager became the first person to travel faster than the speed of sound. The Air Force pilot broke the sound barrier in an experimental X-1 rocket plane (nicknamed “Glamorous Glennis”) over a California dry lake at an altitude of 25,000 feet.

In 2015, the nonagenarian posted a few details on Twitter surrounding the anniversary of the achievement, giving amazing insight into the history-making flight.

For even more on the historic ride, check out the video below.


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