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Graffitibot, fake-news checker to be showcased at BOOM, April 19

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

From video games and apps not yet on the market to a cool cupcake froster and a Graffitibot, over 140 of Cornell University’s brightest students will unveil their best work in cutting-edge technologies at BOOM 2017 – the showcase also known as Bits On Our Minds – on Wednesday, April 19, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Duffield Atrium on the Cornell campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Some of this year’s projects include:

• Brought to Light – This desktop game combines puzzle and thriller genres by dropping the gamer into a ruin with no map and candlelight as a weapon.

• Cornell Steel Bridge – This interdisciplinary project team designs, fabricates, welds and constructs a 20-foot multi-member steel bridge for the annual ASCE Student Steel Bridge Competition.

• Cupcake Froster – This innovative machine utilizes a photon microprocessor, DC motors and drivers, laser-cut acrylic, and 3D-printed parts to frost cupcakes in three designs: spiral, flower and Pokéball.

• Graffitibot – A portable device that can be used to create art in public spaces, promoting artistic and technological literacy.

• The FactChecker – The Cornell Database Group is developing semi-automatic tools to help combat the growing problem of fake news.

As part of BOOM’s K-12 outreach program, local middle schoolers will be participating in programming activities with CIS and the Cornell Engineering before viewing the projects at BOOM.

BOOM is sponsored by Disney, EY, Schlumberger, Workday, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, Two Sigma, Lockheed Martin, Pitney Bowes and Verizon. This is the 18th year for the BOOM event, which is hosted by Cornell Computing and Information Science in partnership with Cornell Engineering.

More information:

Contact: Leslie Morris, 607-255-5910,

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