It’s expensive and difficult to communicate with satellites, especially if an organization is only launching one or two. Spaceflight will allow paying customers to reach their spacecraft wherever they are above Earth. Read more »
NASA isn’t done investigating Mars for its past (and present) capability of hosting life. Its upcoming 2020 rover will have added abilities like radar that can probe the planet’s surface hundreds of feet down. Read more »
3D Robotics CEO Chris Anderson said Sifteo’s experience and IP portfolio when it comes to consumer electronics convinced the drone company to make the purchase. Read more »
The startup will also improve its infrastructure for data collection and continue to add to its rapidly growing staff. It announced today that it has opened a second office in Singapore as well. Read more »
3D printing can be used for everything from printing food to clothing to weapons, and the Army is taking notice. Read more »
A plane-like drone developed at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne pinpoints the location of Wi-Fi signals to track phones to within 30 feet. Read more »
The partnership centers around using bioprinted tissue to discover new drugs. The announcement comes ahead of Organovo’s commercial launch later this year. Read more »
Oculus’ second-generation developer kits for its virtual reality headset are now shipping, according to emails sent to developers last night. The news first surfaced on a Reddit thread before being picked up by Road to VR. Oculus community manager Andres Hernandez confirmed the shipments in the Reddit thread under the name cybereality: “We’ve started and it’s the real deal.” Oculus plans to ship 10,000 DK2 units in July, though as of April it had sold 25,000 headsets.
The startup recently canceled its crowdfunding campaign and shifted from consumer to enterprise customers. It will focus on industrial and medical applications before returning to working on a device for the general population. Read more »
The 3-year-old San Francisco company will use the money to hire more people ahead of its commercial launch later this year. Read more »
SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket is now equipped with landing legs, which could eventually allow it to be reusable–a crucial step toward lowering the cost of carrying cargo to space. The space startup released a video today taken from the surface of the rocket as it passed through the planet’s atmosphere and crashed into the Atlantic Ocean. “The water impact caused loss of hull integrity, but we received all the necessary data to achieve a successful landing on a future flight,” a blog post states. “At this point, we are highly confident of being able to land successfully on a floating launch pad or back at the launch site and refly the rocket with no required refurbishment.”
University of Maryland researchers used a laser to create tubes of air that resemble fiber optic cables, negating the need for laying traditional infrastructure. They are working on increasing the range they can send a signal to 150 feet. Read more »
The atom-thick material, which scientists believe to be stronger than graphene, is notoriously difficult to make. A new paper out of Rice University gives one more reason to take an interest in it. Read more »
Facebook’s acquisition of virtual reality startup Oculus is now final, the company announced Monday. Facebook announced the purchase for $1.6 billion in stock and $400 million in cash in March. “We’re looking forward to an exciting future together, building the next computing platform and reimagining the way people communicate,” the two companies wrote in a statement.
The San Francisco space startup can track a ship as it crosses an ocean and the health of crops across the globe. The result is images that are both beautiful and revealing. Read more »
The UK plans to open a spaceport in 2018 that would serve consumers and the emerging private space industry. The country is considering eight different locations. Read more »
Jibo can read messages, tell a dramatic story and beam in live video of a relative. Robots like it could soon bridge the social gap between humans and increasingly intelligent everyday devices. Read more »
Now for sale at Amazon, Radioshack and Staples, 3D printers are getting less and less difficult to find. Home Depot became the latest retailer to offer 3D printers today when it began selling MakerBots online and in 12 stores nationwide. The store is selling three printer models, plus MakerBot’s 3D scanner and filament. The 12 stores are located in California, Illinois and New York. “Imagine a world where you can 3D print replacement parts and use 3D printing as an integral part of design and building work,” MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis said in a release.
The study also suggested that postal processing plants could be used as local 3D printing centers to make product shipping faster. Read more »
Last summer, 3D printing enthusiast LeoM developed a 3D printable film camera and posted it on 3D design repository Thingiverse. Now, he’s offering a kit on a French crowdfunding site that includes the non-plastic parts needed to make the camera. He will use the funding to add improvements like compatibility with more types of film, making it easier to use and improving documentation. The camera’s design is still open source.
Drones can film from interesting vantage points that were previously impossible, but a recent trend of flying them directly into fireworks displays might break local rules. Read more »
The recently launched startup has reinvented the stereolithographic 3D printer with a design that cuts out the need for a break between printing layers, allowing it to print constantly. It will go on sale in 2015. Read more »
It will cost $9,000 or $10,000 a pound to send cargo into space aboard the Alpha. That’s more expensive than SpaceX, but the Alpha only holds 882 pounds. Read more »
It looks like bringing back F8 wasn’t enough for Facebook. Oculus, which was acquired by Facebook in March, will host its first developer conference Sept. 19-20 in Los Angeles. The conference, which is called Connect, will feature CEO Brendan Iribe, founder Palmer Luckey and CTO and virtual reality pioneer John Carmack as keynote speakers. The first consumer version of Oculus’ Rift virtual reality headset is expected to debut in the next year, so the conference could feature updates on the form it will take. Applications to attend open July 10.
We are already surrounded by bots in the form of ATMs, GPS systems and Nest thermostats. Our appliances will become autonomous one by one, but we’ll still refuse to call them robots. Read more »
Can your shirt display, or even send, a text message? How about monitor your heart rate? A new generation of textiles are redefining what it means to be a wearable device. Read more »
The crystal, which researchers described but did not actually make, could aid the development of ultra-thin electronics that can bend or be woven into clothes. Read more »
A government audit found that the FAA is not doing enough to minimize risks, establish standards and work with partners to meet a deadline Congress set in 2012. Read more »
The headset may be made of cardboard, but its software is anything but flimsy. Google is in the perfect spot to push virtual reality forward. Read more »
Despite its big win in the trials competition in December, the SCHAFT robot will no longer compete. Its maker was acquired by Google earlier this year. Read more »
The startup cited a delayed shipping date, higher interest from companies than consumers and the need for hardware and software to improve before virtual reality glasses are ready for anyone. Read more »
The Google I/O conference featured everything from two new smartwatches to Android car software to the unexpected Cardboard virtual reality headset. Read more »
Google hired the noted inventor and futurist to build artificial intelligence that can think like a human. His vision is a computer with a structure modeled on the human brain, giving it a capacity for abstract thought. Read more »
The printer is going for less than $2000 on Kickstarter and incorporates an unusual tilting resin vat. Read more »
The Facebook-owned virtual reality company has been working with Carbon Design, which has designed everything from the first Kinect to computer mice, for almost a year on upcoming products. Read more »
The smart thermostat maker, which was recently bought by Google, says it spent a lot of time shopping around for a camera company. Read more »
The materials, which were created at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, can be made from metal, plastic, ceramics and a range of other sources. Read more »
Evernote vice president of operations Alexei Rodriguez said the company decided not to go with the cloud because it is four times cheaper to maintain its own data center. But he understands why it appeals to others. Read more »
Oak Ridge National Laboratory and 3D Systems have been working on two very different takes on how to make 3D printers faster. Read more »
MakerBot’s first partner is Modio, an app that makes it easy to create 3D-printable toys. Read more »