Tech

Nanotech, biotech, energy, transportation, infrastructure and innovation stories from across upstate New York.

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More women are adding terms like “coder” and “game developer” to their résumés, but the industry still has a long way to go to reach gender parity.

Last year, women made up 22 per cent of the game developer workforce, double the 11.5 per cent of females in the field in 2009, according to a recent study by the International Game Developers Association (IGDA).

But for women like Elizabeth Canas, the road to a career in technology was less traveled when she was growing up.

“I didn’t even know what technology was!” says Canas.

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A small company in Ithaca, led by a 19-year-old entrepreneur, has a robot they say can clean floors and will make beds. The robot is still in prototype stage, but the team behind Maidbot is hoping to bring the “Rosie” from The Jetsons-type machine onto the market within the next year.

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When is a thing not just a thing?

When it’s elevated beyond normal everyday use. Discovering that new level of ‘thinginess’ was the subject of SUNY New Paltz’s first ever ANYthing Conference.

The conference brought together students, teachers and professionals from a multitude of disciplines to showcase the applications of additive manufacturing (that’s 3D printings technical name) in art, design, manufacturing, engineering and medicine. 

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Creating a video game is a daunting, yet rewarding task. Along with countless hours of research, design and testing, teams can spend a great deal of time putting the pieces together. And being able to walk into a place and get instant feedback on your prototype can only enhance the experience.

“I wanted to find something where I could fit in and belong and I found them online, showed up one day and never stopped coming again,” says Joe Wilson, a video game designer.

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