Officials at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard have developed a robot they say can teach even young children to code. The robot, Root, looks similar to a vacuuming bot and is intended, its creators say, to make coding fun for students and teachers who may not be familiar with it.
Upscale eateries that once adhered to strict dress codes for their guests now vary much more in their expectations, a change driven in large part by restaurateurs' personal preferences along with corporate America's relaxation of old rules. "I just think it all depends on the individual restaurant, and a lot of restaurants have evolved to be more casual," said French Laundry general manager Michael Minnillo.
Quick response codes are popping up everywhere, and experts say smart businesses can be in the vanguard of an important marketing trend. Whether it's real estate or restaurants, business owners use QR codes to offer more information to customers -- and get more information in return. QR codes "bring interactivity to (print) ads and facilitate all kinds of advanced engagement," notes Mike Ricci of Webtrends.
Victor Petit says he was looking for an internship at a communications agency, and he turned to digital technology to stand out. The back of his paper résumé included a picture of his face with a QR code in the middle. Scanning the code with a smartphone links to a video that further elaborates on his skills.
California's first-in-the-nation Green Building Code could become a model for other states grappling with soaring energy costs and growing environmental concerns. Starting in 2010, all new construction in California will be required to reduce energy consumption by 15% and increase water efficiency by 20%. Property-management associations were largely supportive of the code and provided input on specific requirements.