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 »
Ten startups spent Monday evening unveiling their prototypes and freshly-launched Kickstarter campaigns in San Francisco. Their inventions were mostly connected devices or robots. Read more »
The new Bebop quadcopter has a 14 megapixel camera and is piloted with a mobile phone or tablet. Interestingly, its camera can also be controlled from an Oculus Rift headset. Read more »
University of Illinois researchers created vein-like tubes in a material that carry healing liquid to damaged sites. The system can repair damage that stretches more than an inch across. Read more »
The Micro, a tiny desktop 3D printer touted as friendly to beginners, closed its campaign on Kickstarter today with just north of $3.4 million. Backers snapped up thousands of the printer, which was offered for less than $300. The Form 1, a higher-end desktop 3D printer that uses a rival technology, held the previous Kickstarter record for 3D printers with nearly $3 million.
The glasses have a front-facing camera and motion tracking sensors, but they still rely on a handheld trackpad for interacting with the virtual world. Read more »
The augmented reality startup is thinking about making it easier for individuals to tune headsets to their own vision. Another patent would allow Atheer’s glasses to prevent the copying of copyrighted material. Read more »
A University of California, San Diego lab took a look at materials that can be both stretchy and electronically impressive, and found there are a few options that could benefit electronics an solar cells. Read more »
Life is a programming language, and molecular biologist Andrew Hessel thinks that it will be increasingly available to anyone interested in designing with the building blocks of life. Read more »
Before NASA tries new tasks with the Curiosity rover, it tests them on Earth with a replica rover at the Jet Propulsion Lab. Mission manager Rick Welch explains a few of the challenges that await his team on Mars. Read more »
A compound discovered at MIT naturally has a feature known as a bandgap, which controls how electricity flows through it. Graphene does not have a bandgap, creating a challenge for adapting it to different applications. Read more »
A study found that graphene oxide moves easily through bodies of water at Earth’s surface. That’s a worrisome finding in light of studies showing it could be bad for the human body. Read more »
Lix, a 3D printing pen that looks promising simply due to the fact that it actually resembles a pen, opened its Kickstarter campaign to backers this morning. Seven hours in, it has already passed its goal of around $50,000 by raising more than $87,000. The pen is available at a discounted price of $70 for the duration of the campaign.
Pirate3D says it will screen files submitted to Treasure Island to ensure they are compatible with FDM desktop printers. Read more »
A Rice University team developed a film that shares characteristics with both batteries and ultracapacitors, and is now in talks with companies interested in commercializing it. Read more »
The team believes that near-term advancements in 3D printers that are compatible with conductive materials mean the speakers could soon be printed in one piece. Read more »
SLS patents expired this year in January and March, and another will expire in June. But the world has yet to see a wave of SLS printers rivaling the FDM and SLA printers flooding the market. Read more »
The device prints electronic ink, among other materials, to help bring connectivity to projects. RepRap owners can add the device to their existing 3D printer. Read more »
Conventional wisdom about virtual reality is falling away as developers learn what gamers like and don’t like. The team at Survios hails from the same lab as Oculus’ founder, and has its own ideas about what players want to experience. Read more »
4 AXYZ, which plans to use additive manufacturing to make relatively affordable custom furniture and accessories out of high-quality wood, launched a campaign on Indiegogo today. 4 AXYZ hopes to raise $1 million to go toward research and development and the purchase of a $1.5 million machine it needs to begin making furniture. Backers can choose between items like photo frames and dining sets, but 4 AXYZ also plans to eventually offer electronics-studded furniture that would bring increased connectivity to households.
A research team mixed carbon nanotubes and graphene together to boost performance and lower cost in an ultracapacitor. Read more »
The drone performed well once it was in the air, but at times it was a trial to get it to fly, and poor support documentation could frustrate new quadcopter pilots. Read more »