Researchers implanted electrodes in a master monkey’s brain and an unconscious avatar monkey’s spine, allowing the master to move a joystick with the avatar’s hand. Read more »
The printer is still a prototype, but 12 year old Shubham Banerjee hopes it can help people in developing nations have easier access to a printer. Read more »
Chuck Hull of 3D Systems invented the first-ever 3D printer in the early 1980s. The first thing he printed? A tiny cup that could serve as an eye wash, according to a CNN interview. The printer worked similarly to its descendants today: a laser seals together particles of material to build an object layer by layer.
For $20 a month, startup pharmacy PillPack will deliver your drug prescriptions by mail. The service relies on a team of robots that dispense and inspect packets filled with patients’ daily doses. The packets are designed to make it simple for patients to keep track of if they have taken their pills.
The AliveCor monitor communicates with a companion app, which can connect patients with professionals for an ECG analysis within 24 hours. Read more »
The robots, built by a Harvard team, each work autonomously. A swarm can have any number of robots and still work exactly the same. Read more »
Five months after Kickstarter backers awarded 3D scanner maker Fuel3D with more than $325,000, private investors have chipped in with an additional $2.6 million in early stage financing. Fuel3D said the money will go toward development of its scanner. The company will also pursue another financing round before the summer and potentially file for an IPO as soon as next year.
The work out of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is promising, but researchers still have a long road ahead of them before the technology comes anywhere near to commercial viability. Read more »
Just two months after landing on the moon, China’s first moon rover has been declared permanently broken. Jade Rabbit began having problems late last month, and operators were unable to restore it to working order. New Scientist reports that the failure is likely due to a mechanical fault that led to the rover exposing its sensitive equipment to cold nighttime temperatures. The fault may have been caused by lunar dust, which can quickly scratch up equipment.
Researchers demonstrated that the robot, which is maneuvered by a set of magnets, could push around soft materials like gel and stiff materials like chips. Read more »
Two to four satellites will be released each day to cut down on confusion and ensure they are spaced out nicely around the Earth. Read more »
Planetary Ventures LLC will likely be charged with restoring Hangar One and operating the affiliated airfield. Read more »
Images sent back to Earth by NASA’s Mars orbiters show a curious feature: long black lines that scientists believe could have been created by flowing liquid water. While Mars is too cold for the fresh and salt water that fills Earth’s oceans and lakes, water on Mars could contain chemicals that act as an antifreeze, allowing it to stay liquid. Scientists have noticed that the flows happen seasonally. It’s possible that there is no water involved at all, but they aren’t yet sure how that could be explained.
Researchers currently use inkjet printers to create living tissue, but that kills a lot of cells. A new technique allows nearly 100 percent of the cells to survive, instead of 50 to 80 percent. Read more »
A Penn State team discovered that nanomotors made from tiny metal rods can be manipulated by sound waves and magnets, giving them precise control over their actions inside of cells. Read more »
A team of researchers developed a chip that could negate the need for cochlear implant recipients to wear any sort of external hardware. Read more »
Current manufacturing techniques cause graphene to lose its fantastic characteristics when it’s chopped up. U.S. researchers developed a new way to grow it that could change that. Read more »
After 3D Systems lowered its expectations for earnings per share for the last quarter of 2013 this morning, its stocks took a dive, bringing fellow 3D printing companies like Stratasys and Voxeljet down as well. 3D Systems was down 27.4 percent this morning and has since bounced back a little bit to being down 15.07 percent, closing at $64.34. The company lowered its expectations after higher than expected spending on research and development, sales and marketing expenses and acquisition concentration costs.
Swiss researchers tested the prosthetic on a Danish man who lost his hand nine years ago. He was able to feel objects without worrying about crushing them. Read more »
German researchers gave the material a regularly patterned structure to give it more rigidity than a material like foam. Read more »
Can’t wait until mid-February to buy a 3D printer from Dell? ATT is now selling Cube 2 3D printers in its online store for $1,229. While MakerBot has been the main printer company pursuing sales in mainstream outlets, the Cube 2, which is made by 3D Systems, has long had a place in schools and other learning spaces. It’s regarded as an easy-to-use entry level 3D printer.
How do you create a harmonious hackerspace? A co-founder of the Brooklyn-based space thinks they have come up with a pretty good answer. Read more »
The EcoMow powers itself on the same grass that it harvests. While its creators have hit some barriers to entering the consumer market, they might start developing a model for the masses in 2016. Read more »
The leader of the University of Bristol team behind the development said he hopes to see quantum computing devices within a few years that rival modern computers on specialized tasks. Read more »
The tongue is made out of a bundle of sensors, which could help robots act as food quality monitors or explore new environments. Read more »
Cyclists have been some of the earliest people to benefit from 3D printing, which makes it ultra-easy to customize bike parts. 3Ders reports that the U.K.’s Empire Cycles has paired with metal 3D printing expert Renishaw to 3D print mountain bike frames. Made of titanium alloy, the bikes are both strong and lightweight.
The circuit performs 10,000 times better than existing options and builds on an earlier proof-of-concept circuit IBM made in 2011. Read more »
In response to Los Angeles County’s attempt to tax Hawthorne, Calif.-based space firm SpaceX, a bill is now working its way through the state Legislature that would exempt private space companies from paying property taxes on space stations or rockets. The bill passed the Assembly 64-5 and is now on its way to the Senate.
Sixense designed MakeVR with simple CAD modeling in mind. The software is promising, but the STEM platform is what completes the experience. Read more »
The printer, revealed by Mark Forged at the SolidWorks conference in San Diego this week, can also print in fiberglass, nylon and PLA plastic filament. Read more »
Seven out of 11 of the hardware incubator’s inaugural class of hardware startups presented their work. Highway1 is now selecting companies for its second class, which will commence in March. Read more »
The drone closely mimics the landing style of the American kestrel. It could be used for surveillance or to help authorities in the case of a disaster. Read more »
The move challenges rival 3D printer manufacturer 3D Systems, which has been the leader in the full-color space. Read more »
Beginning February 20, MakerBot 3D printers will be available through Dell’s online shop. Dell will stock the full MakerBot printer lineup, including the three new models released at CES and the Replicator 2. Dell will also sell the MakerBot Digitizer 3D scanner and filament. This is the first time Dell has sold a 3D printer in the U.S. MakerBot has slowly been expanding where you can buy its printers, which are also available through Microsoft and Amazon.
The Roswell, New Mexico, police department just dropped $86,000 on 3D scanners that can capture 3D images of a crime scene, which can be used as evidence in court. The images are accurate down to a few millimeters. That’s a much higher resolution than the relatively cheap handheld and desktop scanners that have hit the market lately. Maybe someday the police department will even 3D print a crime scene. Watch the full report from KRQE below.
Google confirmed the acquisition to Re/code, which reports that it will pay $400 million for the London-based company. Read more »
Sols closed a $1.75 million seed financing round this week that will help the startup roll out 3D scanning and printing as tools to create shoe inserts. Read more »
A colony of ants arrived at the International Space Station this month. Researchers are interested in how they react to microgravity, as robots could use similar behavior to better explore difficult places, such as a collapsed building. Read more »
The bot could explore foreign planets or hard-to-reach locations on Earth where researchers can’t predict the type of terrain it will encounter. Read more »
The home 3D printing movement has part of its roots in a machine that could print food, electronics and other unusual materials. Structur3D is considering a standalone printer or retrofit for RepRaps. Read more »