I started the process of making custom pawns on a 3D scanner, which allowed me to 3D print a replica of a small train. Then I created a silicone mold to replicate the pieces even faster. Read more »
Seventeen teams will spend two days navigating robots through difficult scenarios meant to mimic a rescue in a disaster situation. Read more »
The glasses are available today on IndieGoGo and will ship to backers in the last quarter of 2014. A developer kit is also available. Read more »
The companies have been partners for 15 years and plan to continue working together. 3D Systems plans to ramp up research and development by 75 to 100 percent. Read more »
Over the past year, San Francisco space startup Planet Labs sent a trickle of shoebox-sized satellites into space. Next month, it will send a deluge when its new fleet of 28 “Doves” launch. It announced today that it will do so with the help of $52 million in Series B funding, led by Russian entrepreneur Yuri Milner. Felicis Ventures, Lux Capital, Industry Ventures and Ray Rothrock also joined as new investors. Planet Labs’ satellites take images of the Earth, which can provide data to the agriculture, environmental and other industries. The images are available to anyone for a fee.
Like other organs, eyes sometimes need to be replaced with a transplant, and that transplant comes from a person who agreed to donate their organs upon their death. In the future, it might be a lot easier to acquire an eye transplant thanks to 3D printing. University of Cambridge researchers published a paper today detailing how they used an ink printer to print multiple types of rat eye cells; the first time anyone has been able to keep eye cells healthy and at the right consistency to flow out of a nozzle. It’s a first step toward being able to 3D print an artificial eye for a human.
President Robert Weiss said the private race to the moon is midstream and some teams are beginning to drop out. But others are doing well and ably on their way to space. Read more »
With the MetaPro glasses, you can watch a movie, play an interactive tabletop game or interact with the real world in totally new ways. Read more »
The Massachusetts lab’s robots are some of the best walkers, runners and climbers in the world. The acquisition means Google now has a well-rounded stable of robotics technologies. Read more »
KeyMe is the modern alternative to getting your keys copied at the hardware store. You can make a copy at a kiosk machine or upload photos to the cloud and have a copy delivered. Now, you can also order a 3D printed copy of your key, complete with a top customized to look like anything from your kid’s face to your initials. KeyMe paired up with 3D printing company Shapeways to offer the service. Prices range from $10 to $4,000 for plastic, brass or gold keys.
NASA announced today it has entered negotiations with SpaceX to allow private use of the historic Kennedy Space Center launch pad, where every NASA launch since 1968, including the first mission to the Moon, took place. NASA plans to open the center up to both government and private sector use. SpaceX has already completed contract work for the government, including delivering supplies to the International Space Station.
Fancy live streaming a 360 degree selfie? Then at $500, the Bublcam is probably your best option. Today is the last day to get one on Kickstarter. Read more »
Using a laser cutter turns out to be painless compared to a 3D printer. After about three hours of work, I successfully create a nice looking chess board. Read more »
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 »
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 »