Meta’s MetaPro Glasses are coming this summer, and they look like they will be a big competitor in the augmented reality space. The Palo Alto startup released a video today showcasing how the glasses work, including a demonstration of how they can be used to design a 3D object and then begin making it on a 3D printer. An actor in the video also uses his hands to smash together a virtual sun and moon with fiery results.
The flock works similar to natural flocks, where creatures like birds and insects respond to each other in real time to avoid collisions. Read more »
Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s deal will adapt a laser cutting machine made by Cincinnati Inc. to print polymer objects. Read more »
Google invites developers and other interested people to apply to attend an April conference. Participants can attend in person in Mountain View or online. Read more »
For the first time, the vast majority of the planets found are smaller than Jupiter, including many Earth-sized planets. Read more »
A chance connection over the internet has spawned multiple efforts to provide 3D printed hands at an extremely low cost. Read more »
Using the 3Doodler left my hand achy and tired. The Dim3W has a slimmer profile, which could make it significantly easier to use. Read more »
Every time SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket returns to Earth, it crashes heavily into the Atlantic Ocean. It’s a crude but effective way to cushion the rocket’s landing. SpaceX wants to make the Falcon 9′s return to Earth more gentle by adding landing legs, which eventually could allow it to land on solid ground. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted a picture of the rocket with attached legs today, and stated in another tweet that the company will begin testing the feature next month. The Falcon 9 will continue to land in the ocean for now, but use the legs to soften the impact.
4 AXYZ reveals the aesthetics of its additive manufactured furniture and explains how it can make a smart window smarter. Read more »
The five-foot-tall bot can be paired with a software suite that helps officials crunch data from social media, crime reports and the robot. Read more »
Southern Stars knew how to build a CubeSat. But getting it to space and communicating with it once it was there turned out to be more difficult than expected. Read more »
iRobot’s latest cleaning robot left my floors nice and shiny, but it doesn’t have some of the Roomba’s best features. Read more »
Carbon fiber is difficult to work with. In order to keep its strong, long strands of carbon intact, it must be pieced together by hand. A 3D printer could change that. Read more »
Competing startups can win cash, mentoring and legal services. The winner will be announced May 20. Read more »
NASA’s Curiosity rover drives over the rocky surface of Mars on aluminum wheels, which are becoming pockmarked with holes much faster than predicted. This week, NASA decided to go ahead and drive the rover backward for 329 feet; a technique developed during testing on Earth to better preserve the wheels. The agency also reassessed Curiosity’s route to Mount Sharp, where the rover is expected to find water-related minerals, to be easier on the aluminum.
The researchers used a mix of inks that, together, can form living tissue that could be used to test new drugs. Read more »
The Pittsburgh-based company will send a lander to the moon next year, when it will also deliver customer cargo to space, lunar orbit and the moon’s surface. Read more »
Astrobotic and Moon Express have a shot at all three categories, which cover landing, moving on the surface of the moon and imaging. Read more »
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 »