Super Rad Pittsburgh Tech News Update

Your Thursday just got better! Sometimes we gotta clear the decks at Techburgher. A ton of great news rolled in the doors this past week and we just have to get it all out in one big chunk. This is an excellent problem to have! Lots of news from our tech companies. So here you have it, the Super Rad Tech News Update (SRPTNU). Oh yeah, send your tech news to jkersting@pghtech.org for consideration.

RE2, Inc. to Deliver Robotic Manipulator Arms to Afghanistan for Evaluation

RE2, Inc. announced that more than 100 units of the Company’s DS1-MA Manipulator Arm will be delivered to MacroUSA Corporation for integration onto the Armadillo Micro Unmanned Ground Vehicle (MUGV).  One-hundred of those units will be shipped to Afghanistan for user testing and evaluation in early 2012. The complete robotic system will provide general Infantry with a dismounted light-weight, yet robust MUGV.

The Joint IED Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) within the Department of Defense plans to evaluate the DS1-MA and Armadillo as a part of a Joint Urgent Operational Need (JUON) request for improved man-transportable robotic capabilities. Troops in Afghanistan require a light-weight man-transportable and throwable robot that can be used to clear structures, perform reconnaissance missions, and counter IEDs during dismounted operations.

Carnegie Mellon University Working With Kenya to Create Professional Certification for Software Developers

Computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University are working with the Kenya Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Board to create a credentialing examination that will help employers identify software developers with the skills necessary to step into jobs immediately.

Just as airline pilots, heart surgeons and lifeguards earn their professional credentials by demonstrating on-the-job skills, the examination for the new Software Developer Certification will be what’s known as an authentic exam, in that it will require people taking it to perform the kind of tasks encountered in an actual work environment. Exam takers will add software features, correct errors or otherwise make modifications on a model software system.

The exam initially will be implemented in Kenya, but is intended to become an international benchmark for use by employers worldwide.

uWorkin and TrueFit Launch Innovative Career Opportunity App for iPhone & iPad

TrueFit, a leading innovation firm which helps entrepreneurial start-ups and large enterprises bring new product ideas to market, today announced the go-live of a new global job management App, uWorkin®, for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, conceived by Melbourne, Australia-based start-up, uWorkin Pty. Ltd. The App, uWorkin®, boasts access to over 50,000 new jobs daily, and a smooth user experience to integrate position openings into a single application.

With uWorkin®, recruiters, training companies and candidates have instant, handheld links to one another. uWorkin creates a social network of employment industry members to transact business. Top features of the App include rapid job search capabilities, an ability to create a shortlists with alerts for new jobs, and job sharing through social media. uWorkin CEO Phil Cooper remarked, “We’re excited with the functionality this App offers to recruiters and candidates alike. Working with the TrueFit team was a fantastic experience. They understood our vision for uWorkin®, and helped us bring our concept to full fruition, collaboratively.”

For Third Consecutive Year, CombineNet, Inc. Selected as Top 100 Solution for Food Industry Supply Chains

For the third straight year, CombineNet, Inc., the leading provider of best-in-class e-sourcing technology , has been recognized by Food Logistics magazine as a Top 100 Technology and Solution Provider. Each year, the editors of Food Logistics magazine recognize 100 technology solution and service providers that help food, beverage and CPG companies gain a competitive logistical advantage and reach their business goals. The highly coveted FL 100 list provides valuable information regarding technology vendors who focus on the needs of the entire supply chain.

“The globalization of food supply chains demands closer collaboration with suppliers and enhanced visibility from farm to fork,” notes Lara L. Sowinski, editor-in-chief at Food Logistics. “Technology is a powerful tool that can ensure compliance, mitigate risk, and serve as a market differentiator in today’s highly competitive environment.”

Circuits Receives UL Certifications

Circuits, LLC, a manufacturer of highly reliable flex and rigid flex printed circuit boards announced today that the company has received official notification from Underwriters Laboratories (UL) that it has been awarded 94V-0 certification for Type 3 and Type 4 Multi-layer Flex and Rigid-Flex PCBs manufactured at the site. The UL 94-V0 certification awarded to Circuits fulfills UL flammability test requirements for Flammability of Plastic Materials for Parts in Devices and Appliances. Underwriters Laboratory (UL) is an independent not-for-profit safety testing and certification organization. Founded in 1894, UL has earned a reputation as a global leader in product safety standards development, testing and certification.

The IPC6013 board classification identifies type 1 as single sided flex, type 2 double sided with plated through holes, type 3 multilayer flex with plated through holes and type 4 multilayer rigid-flex combination with plated through holes. The addition of Type 3 and Type 4 classifications to Circuit’s existing Type 1/Type 2 certification enables Circuits to assist customers across all end markets requiring the UL flammability certification for flexible PCBs.

Lozu Concepts Teams with TrueFit to Launch New U.S. Constitution Trivia Game App


TrueFit, a leading innovation firm which helps entrepreneurial start-ups and large enterprises bring new product ideas to market, today announced the go-live of a new U.S. Constitution educational game app for the iPhone and iPod touch, conceptualized by Illinois-based Lozu Concepts.

The app, Learning the U.S. Constitution Made Easy, features 170 multiple choice test questions about the U.S. Constitution, and has various skill levels to facilitate learning at all levels. The user can choose between reference, review, or testing mode, while enjoying vibrant colors and a clean user experience.

Commenting on the launch, Lozu Concepts Partner Mary Zupec remarked, “We’re exceptionally pleased with the outcome of this app, and in partnering with the TrueFit Team. In keeping with our mission to provide a positive learning experience, the app is a fantastic, fun and educational supplement to studying the Constitution.”

TrueFit Vice President Christopher R. Evans noted, “We greatly enjoyed working with the Lozu Concepts team on this project. With the Learning the U.S. Constitution Made Easy App, you’re able to reach an entirely new generation of students, their way, through iPhone and iPod touch. We also see the potential for a great long-term partnership as Lozu Concepts continues to ideate new educational games, apps and products.”

The app is available for download now in the iTunes store: http://itunes.apple.com/tw/app/learning-u.s.-constitution/id487303074?mt=8

Progress in Lending Partners with TrueFit to Launch New iPad App

Progress in Lending, one of the nation’s foremost thought leadership associations for lending professionals, today announced the launch of the Progress in Lending App for iPad.

Progress in Lending partnered with TrueFit, a leading innovation firm which helps entrepreneurs and companies bring new product ideas to market, to design and develop an app packed with news stories, research, video and tweets from significant industry sources. This new app is a fast and convenient way to view the latest lending news, industry analysis, thought leadership and opinions.

Commenting on the release, Tony Garritano, Founder of Progress in Lending remarked, “Christopher and TrueFit are great partners. They are detailed, creative and ready to help you meet your business objectives. In fact, he and the team helped our company achieve our goals in ways that we did not originally imagine. Through this app, industry participants share their ideas about how to move the business of lending forward through a variety of different media.”

In discussing the app, Christopher R. Evans, Vice President for TrueFit remarked, “As a part of Progress in Lending’s commitment to staying on the cutting edge of changes in the mortgage industry, the organization wanted to harness iPad to reach stakeholders in new and informative ways. We were pleased to help Progress build a product packed with value, a transparent brand, and a great user experience. This app will help Progress in Lending in achieving its mission to restore trust in the mortgage industry.”

The Progress in Lending App is available as a free download in the Apple App Store, which can be found by searching “Progress in Lending”, or by clicking here: http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/progress-in-lending/id468927746?mt=8 

About Progress in Lending Progress in Lending Association believes that business process re-thinking and optimization can make all the difference. This association is about educating mortgage participants about how to face real business problems and overcome those business problems through technology innovation.

About TrueFit 

Enabling Innovation™. It’s what we do. For the entrepreneur, and for the enterprise. Helping entrepreneurs, companies, and organizations bring new ideas to market–quickly. From the raw idea on the back of a cocktail napkin, to an enterprise-level release ready for development, Smartphone, Web, Social Media and Commercial Software apps come to life through our proprietary Idea Launch™ methodology. Dialing up the value of your idea to get investment funding, or to gain executive approval. TrueFit helps you take a product idea from vision to reality. From the whiteboard to the marketplace.

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