An Autodesk artist in residence demonstrates her creative process for me, which involves laser cutting and a giant Stratasys printer. Read more »
The app would compete with Autodesk 123D Catch, but build design files in a slightly different way. Read more »
JumpStartFund, a crowdfunding site that has taken it upon itself to make Elon Musk’s ultrafast hyperloop transit system a reality, has formed a now-operating company around the project called Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Inc. JumpStartFund released a timeline of planned milestones the company has set, including demoing hyperloop technology in early 2015. JumpStartFund announced last month that former SpaceX director of operations Marco Villa and former American Society of Civil Engineers president Patricia Galloway would lead the company.
Gimball flies around in an elastic cage, which absorbs the shock of crashing into walls and other obstacles. Read more »
A Stanford startup has created a circuit and algorithm that cancels interference, allowing incoming and outgoing signals to utilize the same frequency. Read more »
The pen is noisy, smelly and sometimes difficult to control. But it is simple and addicting to use. Read more »
An October IDTechEx report states that by 2015, the market for 3D printing material like plastics and metals could be worth $244 to $615 million. The spread comes from a big question: whether or not the industry will become competitive. Right now, companies can get away with charging upward of $40 or $50 for 2.2 pound spools of plastic.
The report also states that metal powders, which currently make up about 1.4 percent of the market, will see the most growth.
NASA has exactly 20 days when conditions will be right to launch the MAVEN spacecraft, which will spend 10 months journeying to Mars. Those 20 days begin November 18. So when the government shutdown went into effect a month ahead of the planned launch, MAVEN officials couldn’t help but sweat a little.
Those officials announced today in a televised press briefing that the mission will go ahead as planned, with no delay as a result of the shutdown. MAVEN will explore Mars’ atmosphere to determine how it has changed over time, which could expand knowledge of the history of life and water on the planet.
While advanced 3D printers can print in metal and ceramic, personal 3D printers are mostly limited to plastic varieties known as PLA and ABS. Design and fabrication firm ProtoPlant wants to help them take a small step forward by offering plastics with additives like carbon fiber that are stronger and able to withstand higher temperatures. It is one of the first instances of a company commercializing unusual materials that are compatible with personal printers. In the next few years, we will see the emergence of lots of materials beyond PLA and ABS, with an emphasis on strength and flexibility.
The company behind the software built it to think and learn like humans do. It could eventually have applications in robotics and image and video search. Read more »
At long last, I 3D print my water bottle cap. But is the finished product something I would actually put on a water bottle? Read more »
The funding will go toward expanding manufacturing, R&D and customer service for the unusual Form 1 printer. Read more »
Robots that learn from the cloud, aid parkinson’s patients and contribute to science will benefit from the funding. Read more »
The company hasn’t revealed what kind of product it is working on, but its CEO said affordability and speed are big focuses. Read more »
National makerspace TechShop will begin constructing a Washington, D.C., location this fall, with plans to open it in the first quarter of 2014. It will be the seventh TechShop location. For a monthly fee, members will have access to the space’s standard classes and $1 million worth of equipment. The new location is funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Innovation and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
For $2,295, Type A Machines’ newest printer provides a huge build volume and a sturdier aluminum frame. Read more »
UBR-1 will likely find a place in research in education. It is easily customizable and safe enough to work around people. Read more »
Instead of sending radio signals like Wi-Fi, LED lights can send pulses of light that deliver information in a similar way. Read more »
After weeks of struggling with an older MakerBot 3D printer, I learned how to use Noisebridge’s Ultimaker. I finished the day with two printed objects and enough knowledge to use the machine independently. Read more »
The industry will also be aided by individual hobbyists, who could stumble upon the big applications. Read more »
Audience members awarded the people’s choice award to Lively, which helps seniors live independently. Read more »
The FDA is reportedly very close to approving a brain implant that prevents epileptic seizures. It’s the first device that autonomously determines when to apply bursts of electrical signals to suppress oncoming abnormal brain activity. Studies found it reduces seizure frequency by a median of 53 percent after two years.
Experts at GigaOM’s Mobilize conference estimated the internet of things will gain mainstream acceptance in about five years. Read more »
Half robot, half insect, the cyborgs are controlled by a tiny electronics pack that directs them to find and map walls. Ethical questions could arise. Read more »
The European Space Agency is entering into the design phase for a fleet of solar electric telecommunication satellites after signing a $16 million one-year contract with satellite operator SES and manufacturer OHB AG. Solar electric propulsion is an established, more efficient alternative to chemical or nuclear fission-powered propulsion that can move a satellite to a specific location above Earth and then hold it there. The satellites will require up to 90 percent less chemical propellant by weight, making them lighter and less expensive to carry into space. NASA is considering using solar electric propulsion to send a spacecraft to Mars.
The Cupertino city council unanimously approved Apple’s planned 2.8-million-square-foot spaceship-like headquarters Tuesday evening. “Right here at this same podium two years ago, Steve shared his excitement about this campus and about creating a home where Apple grew up,” Apple real estate and facilities head Dan Whisenhunt said, according to the San Jose Mercury News. “Cupertino is synonymous with Apple; it’s on every (Apple) box and we’re immensely proud of that.”
Instead of flashing notifications across your vision, the glasses flash a small light to indicate different types of messages have arrived. Read more »
A battery-sized pacemaker recently approved for sale in Europe is wireless, which means it can sit within the heart without any further kind of connection. Current pacemakers must sit outside the heart and be connected by wires, which can wear out and cause a pacemaker to fail. The new pacemaker can also be inserted with a non-invasive procedure.
When a robotic leg can only move up and down, it limits a person’s ability to turn or walk over different terrains. Read more »
Europe and Russia launch the greatest share of the two dozen or so commercial rockets that go into space each year. California-based SpaceX hopes to bring dominance back to the U.S., which hasn’t launched the most commercial rockets since the 1980s. But SpaceX isn’t worried about competing with Europe and Russia; it’s worried about China, which has a fast-growing space program.
Researchers were able to replicate sensations of pressure and grabbing an object by delivering electrical signals to different parts of the brain. Read more »
Robots are great at repetitive, large-scale work. The installation and cleaning of large-scale solar farms happens to be a repetitive job. The New York Times took an interesting look at a startup that is betting robots are a great fit for the solar industry.
Users can drag their finger across the screen of an iPhone or iPad to create rows and stacks of blocks. Read more »
I finally convinced my computer and a 3D printer to play nice together. But the aging 3D printer might have deeper problems than I suspected. Read more »
Graphene is nearly impermeable, so adding it to plastic could lead to lighter and more efficient natural gas tanks. Read more »
American Graphite Technologies doesn’t provide much detail about its plans for the incredible material, but it hopes developments will lead to new products. Read more »
If Nest is the modern answer to the thermostat, Rachio is the answer to the lawn sprinkler. GigaOM Mobilize Showcase finalist has a smart sprinkler that knows when, and when not, to water the grass. Read more »
TechShop needs $2.5 million to move its original makerspace. Intel’s money will help it meet its crowdfunding goal. Read more »
Before space agencies send a rover to a distant planet, they have to test it on Earth. With little moisture and no vegetation, the rock-covered Atacama Desert does a great job of mimicking Mars. Read more »
MIT researchers pulled on a piece of cracked nickel hard enough that they expected it to tear apart. Instead, it healed itself, revealing an interesting physical property of certain types of metals. Read more »