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TryEngineering Live: Design Challenge - Robots.ieee.org

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IEEE TechEthics Panel: The 3 Rs of 5G: Risk, Reward & Responsibility

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OFC 2020 Keynote: Celebrating 50 years of light-speed connections. Keynote Presenter: David Welch, Founder and Chief Innovation Officer of Infinera Corporation, USA

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OFC 2020 Plenary Talks: 5G Evolution; The Challenge and Impact of Detecting Ripples in Spacetime; and, Is There a Future for Silica as an Optical Material?

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IEEE Photonics Society Highlight Recordings: TeraFETs for Terahertz Communications

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Webinar: When Medicine meets Engineering - Paradigm Shifts of Diagnosis and Therapeutics

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Webinar: An Update on COVID-19 Pandemic Status and Prognosis

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Discover Techniques and the End-to-End System of 5G Networks

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Using eLearning to Support Distance Learning

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Organizing STEM Activities: A Guide to TryEngineering Lesson Plans

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Tips on Engineering eLearning for Pre-University Students

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IEEE Virtual Tech Talk: Personal Digital Twins

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Online Delivery of Engineering Programs: Tips You Can Use From an Experienced ABET-Accredited Program

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Emerging Technologies and the Impact You Can Make

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TryEngineering Live: Engineer Spotlight with Burt Dicht

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Helping Students Learn via Online Delivery: Considerations for Pandemic Pedagogy

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IEEE Tech Talk on Student and Child Data Privacy

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TryEngineering Live: Hands-On Design Challenge - Critical Load

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Strategies for Effective Delivery of Online Engineering Courses: Best Practices, Tips and Toolkits

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IEEE Tech Talk: Daily Challenges of 4G, 5G, and IoT

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TryEngineering Live: Engineer Spotlight with Prof. William Oakes, P.E

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TryEngineering Live: Hands-On Design Challenge - Engineering Tomorrow

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IEEE Virtual Tech Talk: Future Neural Therapeutics

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Lessons in Leadership: Preparing the Future Leaders of Your Engineering Workforce

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How to Enhance Your e-Curriculum for Distance Learners with e-Resources - Featuring perspectives from a librarian, professor and publisher

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TryEngineering Live: Engineer Spotlight with Mariah Manzano and Brianna McGovern

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TryEngineering Live: Hands On Design Challenge - IEEE REACH

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HKN Pathways - Change the World as You Leap from College to Industry: Recruiting Insights and Tips from a TI Engineer

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IEEE Virtual Tech Talk: Use of Gaming Devices to Stay Connected in Today's World

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TryEngineering Live: Engineer Spotlight with IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society

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HKN Pathways Session - Panel: Graduate School or Work Experience? Which is the Chicken and Which is the Egg?

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Blockchain and smart contract security in practice

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The Knowledge Model

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Cracking the Code on Medication Adherence with an Ingestible Sensor

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Overview of Medical Device Communication Test Methods and the NIST Test Framework

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TIPPSS for Connected Healthcare - Trust, Identity, Privacy, Protection, Safety, Security

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Unique Device Identification (UDI) Across The Device Landscape

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The Great Migration Online: Connected Health and Wellness in a Challenged Cyberspace

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The Open Wearables Initiative: Helping Realize the Potential of Wearables to Revolutionize Clinical Trials

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What Medical Device Vendors Can Learn From Past Cybersecurity Vulnerability Disclosures

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IEEE TechEthics | Data Science in the Time of COVID-19

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IEEE TechEthics | COVID-19 & the Rise of Telehealth: Examining the Social Impacts

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IEEE TechEthics | Facing the Truth: Benefits & Challenges of Facial Recognition

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The Lies that Powered the Invention of Pong

A fake contract masked a design exercise–and started an industry

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Pong arcade game in yellow cabinet containing black and white TV display, two knobs are labeled Player 1 and Player 2, Atari logo visible.
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In 1971 video games were played in computer science laboratories when the professors were not looking—and in very few other places. In 1973 millions of people in the United States and millions of others around the world had seen at least one video game in action. That game was Pong.

Two electrical engineers were responsible for putting this game in the hands of the public—Nolan Bushnell and Allan Alcorn, both of whom, with Ted Dabney, started Atari Inc. in Sunnyvale, Calif. Mr. Bushnell told Mr. Alcorn that Atari had a contract from General Electric Co. to design a consumer product. Mr. Bushnell suggested a Ping-Pong game with a ball, two paddles, and a score, that could be played on a television.

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