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Schools Without Air Conditioning will be Canceled?

Schools Without Air Conditioning will be Canceled?

Cleveland SchoolsCLEVELAND, OHIO – Parma schools canceled classes today due to another forecast for 90 – degree heat, since the buildings do not have air conditioning.

 

“We want to be sure that our staff and students are safe in the buildings,” said Dan Rajkovich, supervisor of public relations for the school district.

 

Highs are expected to jump 15 to 20 degrees above normal. Humidity is high as well, which creates a heat index degree hotter in the mid – 90s.

 

Not only can the heat and humidity create dangerous conditions, but it can be extremely distracting for the students learning as well. What do you think? Should Northeast Ohio schools cancel on near – record hot days like today?

 

For comparison, today’s historic high-temperature record for Cleveland Hopkins International Airport is 88 degrees set in 2007. Today, the forecast high is 91 degrees.

 

When does it really start to cool down? The latest date Cleveland has ever exceeded 90 degrees was on October 6 back in 1946.

 

Later this week, a big change in the weather is predicted to dive temperatures significantly starting Thursday, so it looks like this week will be the last of the hot weather.

 

New Technologies for Face Monitoring while Driving?

New Technologies for Face Monitoring while Driving?

Embedded camerasCar manufacturers are always searching for new ways to make driving safer for the driver. In the nearest future, emotion detectors will look for signs of annoyance. It will show the emotion’s first signs with which will avoid the driver to get in an accident. Driver’s facial expressions will be able to be read using just a little-embedded camera.

 

Scientists at EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne), in Switzerland, developed a specific system that will be able to detect such emotions like sadness, anger, annoyance, fear and much more. They believe their system will be also used in medicine, gaming, and marketing.

 

“We understand that in addition to being tired, drivers may have some serious emotional state. It can be a huge risk for the driver. For instance, irritation can make drivers more aggressive and will make them be less watchful”, the researchers said.

 

Researchers from one of the EPFL’s laboratories came with an idea of adapting a facial detection equipment for use in cars and trucks. They thought of an infrared camera that can be placed behind the wheel.

 

“The problem is that people express, for example, irritation differently. That is why it is complicated to make the monitor detect all the facial expressions.

 

Researchers, Hua Gao and Anil Yüce, decided to track only two facial expressions:  antipathy and irritation. These two expressions have similar methods of demonstration. At first, the system could identify these two emotions using various photos and subjects which are making facial expressions like anger and disgust. This type of learning made the device detect irritation in most of the cases. When it failed it was because of the individual’s way of expressing his emotions.

 

The team is also working on a special fatigue detector. For instance, SmartDrive systems which are famous for their high-quality cameras, last week announced a deal to begin integrating the system into Hub Group’s fleet of more than 2,600 tractors. Hub Group will join fleets with thousands of trucks using some type of camera systems for safety in general, and increasingly for fatigue monitoring specifically.

 

The safety results of such systems can be accompanied by drivers who might need some training in managing his personal fatigue or testing for sleep disorders such as sleep apnea. The technologies continue to develop. Driver’s safety, especially those who are driving long hours, is a vital issue in the industry like car equipment and camera monitoring.

 

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