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From HTML to LEDs, or Android to Arduino — Pearl Chen takes on a cross-disciplinary approach to her work. With over 9 years of professional experience in web technologies, Pearl has a body of work that includes Facebook campaigns for Google Chrome and microsites for Nike. Pearl also tackles more unusual jobs such as modifying the guts of Nintendo Wii controllers and creating origami objects from text messages.

Pearl was most recently the Research & Technology Manager at the Canadian Film Centre's Media Lab and is now working independently as an educator teaching web development, Android, and electronics -- while also building tools for other educators under her company karma-laboratory.com (+Karma Laboratory). 

Alongside contributing to open source educational resources hosted on Github, Pearl is a published author and contributed the NFC and Open Accessory API chapters to Professional Android Sensor Programming published by Wrox.

If you want to know more, read my interview with Women && Tech: womenandtech.com/interview/pearl-chen
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A note about my posts:

1) I post regularly -- expect about 5 posts daily.

2) Topics I post about include:
  • Electronics and fun Arduino-like stuff  (#electronics)
  • DIY and maker culture (#DIY)
  • Robots! (#DailyRobot use to be a daily thing, not anymore...)
  • Android
  • Android development (#AndroidDev)
  • Web development (#WebDev)
  • Grassroots & technology education (#education, #ladieslearningcode)
  • General technology
  • Women in technology (#WomenInTech)
  • Events and happenings in Toronto, Canada
3) If you like NFC, or want to know more about NFC, circle +NFC FTW or tag +NFC FTW in your NFC-related posts.

p.s. I'm @PearlChen on Twitter, @PearlChen on Medium, pchen on Github, and I'm also on Snapguide (http://snapguide.com/pearl-chen).
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The Misfit Shine is definitely one of the most well designed fitness trackers out there. A few people from Misfit and Pearl (designbypearl.com*) presented some very good design sessions at WearablesDevCon last March. 

Here, SparkFun does a teardown of the Shine.

*Note: Design by Pearl is unrelated to me, but it should be, right??
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+Jason Hsu I don't know what to say to those people. It's a fitness tracker. Fitness trackers are, by today's design, over priced.

I looked at Best Buy just now. You can get a Shine on-sale for $80. That's almost half of a Jawbone UP.
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The original photo, for the record. Now that I'm on a desktop, the edited version looks wonky when you zoom in. :( #m8

Update, when using the "ufocus" feature, you have to tap the "sweet spot". The 3rd photo looks pretty good when zoomed in.
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How do u like the new HTC one ? I use a nexus 5 and for development have a iPhone 5c and Lumia 920. Been soooo tempted to buy the new HTC but the fact that it has a 4mega pixel camera even if they say it's ultra pixel really stopped me. I mean the shots look good but are they as good as a 8 or 16 mp camera when u blow them up or watch them on like a 65 inch TV ?
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Need a little inspiration before a long weekend? Watch this and then go make something!
 
Video: Women Techmakers: Make your passion.
#wtm   #developers   #womentechmakers  

Last month 11,000 technical women attended 125 events across 52 countries to build greater visibility, community, and resources for women in technology.

Today we're excited to debut a video featuring innovative women leaders who share their personal stories, solutions, and impact on the technology industry. 

Learn more about the Women Techmakers program at http://g.co/WomenTechmakers and join our Google+ community at http://bit.ly/WomenTechmakers.
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Toronto represent! (And may I also add that MakerKids is in my awesome neighborhood of Roncesvalles.)
 
Toronto-based Maker Kids is one of the world's only makerspaces for kids. Chief Happiness Officer and Co-executive Director Jennifer Turliuk shares insights into their recipe for success and how we can remake the world by making with kids: http://bit.ly/1iPmNF1
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If you have a kid in mind, I'm sure they can figure something out. They are non-profit.
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HTC One M8 ordered! Now, where to find the dot view case?? Seems to be sold out on HTC.com
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Does having 2 camera lenses make my coffee shots look more artistic? #m8
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I see that you got a HTC M8! Nice! 
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An article from Mozilla worth revisiting/rereading when you've made cool stuff but need to get the word out.
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Wall turns on. Wall turns off.
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i remember reading about this like 10 years ago... wondered what happened to this tech
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Ticket sales have been amazing for yeoman-angular.eventbrite.com

In case you didn't know, 50% of the workshop seats are reserved for self-identified women.

Having gone to many tech meetups and finding myself to be one of only a handful of women in the crowd, I had some worries that sales would not go well.

I've been happily proved wrong. :)
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+Pearl Chen IMO, Since the subject of the workshop is not a gender related subject, then people's gender should not matter. If we believe in equal rights for all then why should gender matter at all? Reserving each gender a certain amount of tickets is privileging. First-come First-Served system sounds more fare to me. I was eager to know what reasons might have led you to this decision.
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