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Getting custom-made shoe inserts is generally a lengthy process that involves a visit to the doctor or sending measurements back and forth in the mail. 3D printing startup Sols plans to change that with its first product it began selling today: orthotics that can be custom made from measurements taken with a mobile device’s camera. Sols is currently working through partners like podiatrists, chiropractors and physical therapists to provide the orthotics, though it may soon send them to customers through the mail. “We’re focused on looking at how the body moves, evolves, and creating products that work with that,” CEO Keegan Schouwenburg told me earlier this year.

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Tesla factor floor, image courtesy of Tesla.

Tesla factor floor, image courtesy of Tesla.

In advance of Tesla’s earnings this afternoon, the electric car maker announced this morning that its deal with Japanese battery giant Panasonic is officially a go. Panasonic will invest in the battery-making equipment and occupy about half of the space, while Tesla will fund and manage the land, building and utilities and, along with other vendors, will occupy the other half of the building. Nikkei reported the news earlier this week, as well as more details on the financing. Tune in for Tesla’s earnings later this afternoon, and check out what I’m looking for from them.

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Oculus’ second-generation developer kits for its virtual reality headset are now shipping, according to emails sent to developers last night. The news first surfaced on a Reddit thread before being picked up by Road to VR. Oculus community manager Andres Hernandez confirmed the shipments in the Reddit thread under the name cybereality: “We’ve started and it’s the real deal.” Oculus plans to ship 10,000 DK2 units in July, though as of April it had sold 25,000 headsets.

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