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AVAILABLE EXPERT – Raspberry Pi Zero and encouraging youth to experiment with programing

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Queen's University human-computer interaction professor Roel Vertegaal is available to comment on how devices such as the Raspberry Pi Zero can be useful in encourage youth to experiment with computer programming. The Pi Zero, the latest device from the UK-based Raspberry Pi foundation, is a $5 USD miniature computer designed to encourage users to experiment with programming with a low barrier-to-entry.

“Cheap yet powerful processors allow anyone, especially kids, to design and build hardware devices that sense and even actuate the world around them electronically," says Dr. Vertegaal. "Think of these as real lego: their uses are endless. This is the basic material that fuels the maker revolution."

Dr. Vertegaal is also the director of the Human Media Laboratory (HML) at Queen's University. Amongst the HML's notable inventions the ubiquitous eye input sensor, eye input for smartphones, the first foldable paper computer, the first flexible smartphone, the first flexible Tablet PC, and the first programmable matter - BitDrones.

To arrange an interview, please contact Chris Armes (613-533-6000 ext. 77513 or chris.armes@queensu.ca) at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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