COVID-19 Giving Touchless Interfaces a Chance to Make an Impression

Touchscreens are everywhere at this point (this one from EMI Designs). But the COVID-19 pandemic could be the big break that touchless interface technologies have been waiting for.

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By now most of us have used some sort of touchless control. It was most likely voice control whether its Alexa, Siri, Google Assistant. Savvy engineers who use VR/AR in their workflows might even have tried using eye tracking  to control virtual interfaces and environments. Yet all we have to do is look in our pockets to realize that touch is still the king of interfaces.

But several months living in a world where touch can be hazardous to your health might change that. For many people COVID-19 pandemic has transformed ATMs, self-checkouts, payment terminals, fast food kiosks, and other shared, touch-based interfaces from a wonderful convenience into a reason to have an anxiety attack. full article here . . .

Letter from VWDB Director, Judith Velasco – May 2020

Another month has passed since the start of the pandemic, which has brought us into unprecedented and unexpected times. Adaptation, flexibility, and resilience are the traits that we have been forced to hone to make it through, and I want to extend my heartfelt wish that each and every one of you continues to move forward in health and strength.

Though some re-openings begin this month, giving us hope that the pandemic will soon be behind us, we are mindful that even when stay-at-home orders are lifted, our region’s workers and businesses will continue to experience the aftermath of this pandemic for some time to come. We have received three emergency grants which will enable us to support our community, inclusive of services we have not traditionally provided, yet are crucial to individuals’ ability to uphold their lives. I am looking forward to detailing these new grants with you at our upcoming board meeting, and gaining your valued insight and feedback. I am also cognizant that you may have been receiving questions from workers and businesses in need of our services. To address this, we have created a flyer containing guidance for VWDB board members on how to talk about the VJC’s services during COVID-19. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me directly. Operations continue virtually as staff refer clients to unemployment mitigation resources, recruit candidates for the slew of recent openings in grocery stores and other essential businesses, and outreach to companies experiencing layoffs and furloughs. Now more than ever, we will need your expertise to ensure that our efforts are able to help those who need it most. I would like to thank you for your continued engagement, and I look forward to working together to help our community.

Best,

Judith Velasco, Executive Director 

Verdugo Workforce Development Board

VWDB Board Member Spotlight: Nancy Osipo-Peera, Department of Rehabilitation

The VWDB would like to recognize board member Nancy Osipo-Peera for her outstanding work at the Department of Rehabilitation, serving individuals with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nancy has been a board member since 2013, and represents one of our key partners in serving participants with disabilities. Below, she discusses her work, and how she is passing the time during the Stay at Home order. Read our profile of Ms. Osipo-Peera here.

Free Webinar: Advanced Generative Design, Thursday May 21, 2020

Advanced Generative Design: A Paradigm to Revolutionize Product Development 

Join us for a 60-minute webinar, “Advanced Generative Design: A Paradigm to Revolutionize Product Development,” with live Q&A on Thursday, May 21 at 11:00 AM PT / 2:00 PM EDT.

Generative design software is creating product shapes that cannot be made through traditional machining or casting. With generative design, you can set the parameters of the object and let the software determine what the product will look like. What we’re seeing is stronger, lighter parts that can only be created through an additive process.

This webinar will provide a vision for how Generative Design, along with technologies like, Simulation, Additive Manufacturing, Advanced Materials, and Artificial Intelligence will converge into an environment that will dramatically change how we develop products and bring them to market.

When you attend this webinar, you will learn:

  • What generative design is and why it is so important?
  • Why it is now so relevant?
  • What technologies that will enable it?
  • Who should use these tools?
  • What should my company plan to do about it?

Click here to go to event registration

WIPA Program Client Featured on Today Show

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WIPA success story client Lauren

I would like to share this wonderful story about my client.  Because of the WIPA program, Lauren was so encouraged to pursue her career as an author.  She gave me permission to share this link to everyone who will be inspired by her story.  It is an interview she had with Maria Shriver during Today Show recently. I have not read her book yet, but she has shared her story with me since I met and served her a couple of years ago.  If she can succeed despite the disabilities and challenges she acquired and went through after her aneurysm…anyone can succeed as well!  It is a privilege for the WIPA staff to be given the opportunity to change lives within the disabled population and make a difference as part of the Verdugo Jobs Center through the WIPA program. – Nina Schultz

Meet the woman who relearned how to talk and read after brain aneurysm – click here to watch video

 

Glendale Tech Week Calendar of Events, Oct 9 – 13, 2017

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Glendale Tech Week the week of October 9, 2017 showcased entrepreneurs like Ara Mahdessian, Harrison Tang, Scott Painter, and Rachel Hollis who grew their companies and transformed their brands to be leaders in their industries.

In addition to the paid events, there were numerous FREE pop-up events including:

Tech in Manufacturing: A CNC Demonstration

Introduction to the Art of DJ’ing Continue reading “Glendale Tech Week Calendar of Events, Oct 9 – 13, 2017”

Jess Duran Retirement

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Jess Duran at His Retirement Party – after 38 years of dedicated service to the Community

July 5, 2016: Jess Duran, Director of Community Services & Parks, came to the City of Glendale began in 1978 as an Administrative Analyst with the former Community Development & Housing Department to oversee the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and the housing rehabilitation programs. Continue reading “Jess Duran Retirement”