Would you pay $199 or more to be able to smell a photograph? An Indiegogo campaign is betting you will. Read more »
The pen uses SLA technology, which makes use of a light to cure its “ink.” The ink is cool to the touch and comes in unusual varieties like magnetic and glittery. Read more »
The drones are capable of tracking a moving person after simple commands from a pilot. After launching yesterday on Kickstarter, they are collectively approaching $500,000 in funding. Read more »
A low-power signal is enough to track the rise and fall of the chests of up to four people, opening up applications like monitoring people during search and rescue operations or simply ensuring a baby is OK overnight. Read more »
The Department of Commerce said this week that satellite company DigitalGlobe will soon be able to provide images to customers that are detailed at a scale of less than a foot. Read more »
The deal would be part of Google’s efforts to put hundreds of satellites into space, according to Sky News. Along with pursuing a joint venture with Virgin Galactic, Google would buy a minority stake for $30 million. Read more »
Made In Space’s printer passed its final NASA test ahead of schedule, allowing its launch date to be moved up from November. The machine will print 21 test parts once it arrives at the ISS. Read more »
The FAA said drone manufacturer AeroVironment can now conduct aerial surveys in Alaska for the oil company. Its drones will monitor roads and infrastructure. Read more »
Structur3D thinks 3D printer owners should be able to print everything from conductive inks to clay. Its Discov3ry add-on is now available for less than $350 on Kickstarter. Read more »
The printer uses a laser that is four times as powerful as the laser in the previous model to print up to 50 percent faster. The startup is also offering a new resin color and expanding sales in Europe. Read more »
A 22 MB video transferred in 3.5 seconds, compared to the more than 10 minutes it takes with traditional equipment. Read more »
Scientists have dreamed of sending a spacecraft through Titan’s thick orange atmosphere to get a look at its surface. Two $100,000 grants could put two preliminary plans into action. Read more »
Control VR plans to ship developer units of its motion capture system to Kickstarter backers by the end of 2014. Read more »
The printer looks a lot like earlier versions of MakerBot’s Replicator 3D printer and has dual extruders; an unusual feature for the price. Read more »
The SLA 3D printer maker has a big event planned for Tuesday, and has been dropping other hints that something big is in the works. Read more »
The San Francisco startup recently received $31.1 million in funding from investors and DARPA to develop an automated, highly efficient platform for gene manufacturing. Read more »
The sub-division of Taiwanese electronics giant Kinpo Group has been moving aggressively to release a full lineup of printer options at low prices. Read more »
While regulations governing drone flight in the U.S. have become messy, the FAA is plugging along as if it has full control over the rules. It announced today that it is considering a request from seven film studios that wish to be exempt from the ban on commercial drone use, stating there “could be tangible economic benefits.” The precision agriculture, power line and pipeline inspection, and oil and gas flare stack inspection industries have also approached the FAA about an exemption, a release said.
After months of skepticism, I finally tried on a virtual reality headset that used a mobile phone as a display. I was shocked to find it worked really, really well. Read more »
The headset uses a mobile phone as its screen. In exchange for Oculus’ software, Samsung will give the Facebook-owned company early access to its next generation screen, according to Engadget. Read more »
A new system developed at MIT, which was inspired by how a group of super-fast quadcopter drones gathered information, uses a camera to analyze robots’ surroundings a 1,000 times a second. Read more »
The spaceship incorporates improved thrusters that would allow astronauts to separate from the bulk of the craft in an emergency. They also allow the craft to land on Earth or other planets. Read more »
The printer uses fewer parts than current options on the market, which its creators say allowed them to keep the price low. They also have a thorough plan for a clean user experience. Read more »
NASA gave Skycorp approval Wednesday to attempt to contact and control ISEE-3, which has not been in use since 1997. Read more »
Graphene can be made in a high-temperature oven, where it grows on a sheet of metal. Researchers instead sandwiched a piece of metal between graphene to remove the need to transfer the unusual material. Read more »
Mice live roughly up to two years. Send them to the International Space Station for 6 months, and you can potentially tell the effects space has on a mammal over a quarter of its life; information that could inform future missions to Mars and other distant planets. NASA is currently working on housing for the “mousetronauts,” as Elon Musk likes to call them, and plans to send them to the ISS later this year on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
When I tried the 3Doodler 3D printing pen last year, it was fun but seemed kind of useless. The video below, which was noted by 3Ders.org, might just change my mind. Aerial cinematographer and maker Matt Quest depicts how he used a 3DAirPen to build the body of a tiny drone that looks much like the DJI Phantom. He then attaches propellers and electronics and flies it off into the distance.
Giroptic’s camera is a relatively affordable option that offers nice features like waterproofness. It can also screw into light fixtures like a lightbulb. Read more »
Factorli will open in early 2015 and be aimed at startups that want to manufacture up to 10,000 units of a product. It challenges the model that companies need to go big and move manufacturing to Asia. Read more »
The block-like bots attach to each other with tiny hooks. They can also attach to completed pieces of furniture and move them around, which could benefit people with limited mobility. Read more »
An American prop maker’s efforts to make a prosthetic hand for a South African carpenter has since grown into the Robohand project, which 3D prints affordable robotic hands for those who can’t spend thousands on a more traditional prosthetic. Robohand announced today on its Facebook page that it is now branching into prosthetic legs. The current prototype combines 3D printed joints with metal rods, which are more suited to weight support.
The virtual reality startup’s system turns Oculus Rift into a full-body experience. Shasta Ventures led the funding round. Read more »
Around 120,000 people were expected to attend this weekend’s exhibition of the world’s wackiest creations. Attendees had the chance to learn basic electronics skills and pick up that 3D printer they’ve been pining for. Read more »
Nine startups pitched everything from a gesture-controlled cousin to Siri to a website for animating images at the first AXLR8R demo day in San Francisco. Read more »
Samsung, Google and Apple have already begun collecting patents for inventions related to the atom-thick material. It could make or break the next generation of mobile devices. Read more »
A new competition challenges entrants to race teeny-tiny rovers 29.5 feet across the moon’s surface in a “Lunar Iditarod.” The rovers will first compete on Earth, after which the best will be shipped to the moon sometime in late 2015 with a ticket bought by cloud computing company RevUp Render. The twist? All of the rovers will be doge themed (known as “DogeSleds”) and competitors must pay their entrance fee in Dogecoin. Woof.
IBM has developed a new family of polymers that could make the plastics used in electronics, packaging and the aerospace industry easier to work with. Read more »
The move is meant to complement an open source 3D printing software platform that the company also plans to put out later this year. Read more »
Wearable electronics are already on the way due to shrinking sensors and other electronics components, but battery tech has lagged behind. A flexible ultracapacitor could help change that. Read more »
Made in Space and Tethers Unlimited will pursue two systems for plastic recycling after receiving funding from NASA. Their solutions could cut how much material needs to be shipped into space. Read more »