Researchers were able to grow graphene directly on a silicon wafer, reducing the number of steps it takes to manufacture graphene electronics. Read more »
RobotsLAB’s Box kit includes four robots and a tablet loaded with a Common Core-specific curriculum. The company just translated all of its lesson plans into Spanish. Read more »
Researchers say the pen could be used to treat severe damage from a car accident or to remodel defects in a bone. Read more »
WiTrack could be used for new kinds of gaming or to trigger help for the elderly when they fall. It is an update to earlier work released by MIT in June. Read more »
A London designer and researcher has prototyped shoes that repair themselves overnight. How? They’re made of protocells, which are non-living molecules that can be added together to create materials that respond to stimuli like pressure or light. The protocells are 3D printed to fit the wearer’s foot perfectly and puff up to create extra cushioning when needed.
The famously sturdy machines are assembled in Brooklyn, where a stable of printers crank out plastic parts to build the new generation. Read more »
In conjunction with an announcement it selected Lockheed Martin and Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. to perform studies for its mission, Mars One said today it will push back its launch to 2018. That means its crew, which will be chosen from the more than 200,000 civilians who applied, will land on Mars in 2025.
Technical University of Munich researchers will now attempt to correct for the decline by experimenting with new types of materials. Read more »
A working satellite likely fell to Earth this morning after the rocket carrying it to orbit malfunctioned. This was the rocket’s 20th launch since its first use in 2009. China and Brazil, the countries behind the satellite, said they will begin building a new one immediately.
While designing a chip, the researchers noticed the polymer they were working with had unusual properties. In a world where drug resistance is rampant, it could be a lifesaver. Read more »
The record is made with a system developed by an Instructables employee. Deep in Autodesk’s Pier 9 lair, I listened to a few of her printed and laser cut records. Read more »
At less than $1,000, the printer competes with a new wave of relatively affordable 3D printers. Its big plus is that it can print objects up to a foot tall. Read more »
3D printing and laser cutting offer a fun way to create a high-quality board and pieces. I’ll use 3D scanning to further customize the pieces. Read more »
The lunar lander is built to carry materials to the moon and bring back mined minerals. The first launch is planned for 2015. Read more »
When cockroaches run, they avoid bumping into things by sensing via a different source of information: their antennae. Researchers believe they can develop antennae for robots to help them respond better to their surroundings. Read more »
3D Systems, one of the largest and oldest 3D printer companies, will be able to offer on-demand ceramic 3D prints after purchasing printing service site Figulo. 3D Systems will incorporate Figulo into its software, allowing users to instantly order a print.
2D printing veteran HP announced in October that it plans to enter the 3D printing market by mid-2014, but the details released since then have been slim. Wired reporter Robert McMillan was able to catch a glimpse of the prototype printer that sits in HP’s basement. He described it as a “a five-foot tall giant of a machine cobbled together from existing jumbo-scale metal printing parts and some new custom-built equipment that HP isn’t ready to talk about.” HP has also developed a new plastic for the machine to use to make objects.
Right now, drones need more than four propellers to stay airborne when one fails. New research could allow quadcopters to recover from what would have been a catastrophic failure. Read more »
Researchers have determined how to minimize the space between data-carrying signals, potentially leading to more efficient telecommunications systems. Read more »
Developed by a German research firm, the sensor-studded shoes should be available for purchase by early 2015. Read more »
The rocket will deliver a telecommunications satellite to orbit above Earth, where it will serve the South Asia and Asia Pacific regions. Read more »
The objects that come out of design firm Nervous System’s 3D printers may look like a crumpled ball at first, but when you unravel them they transform into dresses, jewelry and other flexible, wearable items. Geometric designs integrated into the items can make them rigid or soft.
The FAA has yet to release rules for how drones can be used commercially. But that hasn’t stopped photographers, realtors, farmers and other drone entrepreneurs from forging ahead.
The team’s lead said he expects the open-source invention to kickstart the creation of more metal printers. While he’s worried about the implications of printing metal, he believes it will do more good than harm. Read more »
The startup’s software generates the best set of steel rods to quickly and affordably put together organic-feeling structures. Read more »
3D printers can offer us a tangible way to connect with the highly specialized characters and objects we see in the media. Warner Bros. announced today it will offer up a 3D file for the “Key to Erebor,” which is a prop in the upcoming “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” film. This is the first instance I’ve seen of a major institution using downloadable 3D files as a marketing technique.
In September, a man crashed a quadcopter on a busy street in New York City. Last month, I accidentally shot footage of the inside of someone’s apartment. Drones cause problems, but the technology is too exciting to write off. Read more »
We at Gigaom believe we’re on the cusp of an era in which all of the things in your life become connected, for better or worse. Here’s a summary of our guide to this lifestyle as part of your business or crafting life. Read more »
DJI’s new drone updates its previous model with an attached camera that shoots HD video and 14 MP photos. But you have to be willing to shell out $1,199. Read more »
A family member asked me to make a custom part for a costume. The process was relatively easy, with one major snag. Read more »
Apple has previously filed patents referencing liquid metal, which could be used to manufacture just about any Apple product. Five more patents were revealed by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office this week. Two reference using it to 3D print parts. 3Ders has images of the patents filed.
The 10 companies spent 111 days in China working with factories from day one on their products. They are now launching them with the help of investors and crowdfunding websites. Read more »
Researchers took individual strands of yarn and covered them with batteries that can be folded without losing their effectiveness. Read more »
Paper circuits have been growing more common. A new Kickstarter campaign hawks a product that lets students and hobbyists draw them with a pen. Read more »
Applied Graphene Materials hopes to scale up its production of the super strong and conductive material. But no one knows what kind of market will greet it in the coming years. Read more »
The city of San Francisco revealed 11 finalists today for its entrepreneurship-in-residence program, which will pair startups with major public sector problems. Three to five winners will be announced early next year. The city received nearly 200 applications for the program.
The finalists are: Birdi, Compology, Arrive Labs, Beyond Lucid Technologies, BuildingEye, Indoo.rs, Leventis Labs, MobilePD, Mozio, Regroup and Synthicity.
Instead of melted plastic, resin printers rely on a pool of liquid that can be cured quickly by a laser. Read more »
Architect Gordon LaPlante wanted a large, easily modifiable printer. So he built his own. In the process, he’s learned what it takes to go from inventor to business person. Read more »
Researchers area already building pieces of living tissue with 3D printers, which can extrude cells much like a 2D printer can extrude ink. One team thinks it can print several large pieces of a heart and then put them together, creating a living organ. It hopes to achieve the goal within a decade.
The spacecraft will spend 10 months journeying to Mars, where it will focus on the planet’s upper atmosphere. The data it collects could help explain the disappearance of water on the planet. Read more »