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The Ten Principles of 3D Printing | Experts' Corner | Big Think

The Ten Principles of 3D Printing | Experts' Corner | Big Think | African futures fun | Scoop.it
The underlying rules of 3D printing that help innovators get past key cost, time and complexity barriers.
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7 Things You Need to Know About 2013 | Inc.com

7 Things You Need to Know About 2013 | Inc.com | African futures fun | Scoop.it
Game-changing trends! Hot markets! Daring predictions! Step right up to get a preview of what the New Year will bring to business. Online education is going to blow up. Americans are desperate for a good night's sleep.
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From 3D Printing to a New Superman: A Look Ahead to 2013

From 3D Printing to a New Superman: A Look Ahead to 2013 | African futures fun | Scoop.it
2013 will be a year of more rapid advances in technology, lingering worries about the economy and a search for solutions about climate change. Patrick Tucker, deputy editor of The Futurist magazine, views 2013 a...

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MapBox | Fast and beautiful maps

MapBox | Fast and beautiful maps | African futures fun | Scoop.it

Design maps in the cloud, publish in minutes.

MapBox Streets is a worldwide street-level map based on open data from OpenStreetMap.

MapBox Streets includes a terrain layer for the entire world, visualizing hills and elevation contour lines.

Designate points of interest by placing interactive markers anywhere on your map.


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Create your own maps by adding markers, symbols, icons, data and features on the map of any place in the world.

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Create your own maps and add details.

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9 Apps To Easily Make 3D Printable Objects

9 Apps To Easily Make 3D Printable Objects | African futures fun | Scoop.it

One of the problems with 3D printing is getting a hold of things to print. You can of course download pre-made objects from a variety of places like Thingiverse; but if you want something unique and made by you, that’s where things get a little difficult. Here are 9 quick and easy apps for making something a little more unique.


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Bioprinting

Bioprinting uses a 3D printing process to create synthetic human tissue. One day it could therefore be used to print replacement human organs. This video by Christopher Barnatt explores future medical and cosmetic bioprinting applications.

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PC Makers Bet on Gaze, Gesture, Voice, and Touch for 2013

PC Makers Bet on Gaze, Gesture, Voice, and Touch for 2013 | African futures fun | Scoop.it

Products that could make it common to control a computer, TV, or something else using eye gaze, gesture, voice, and even facial expression were launched at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week. The technology promises to make computers and other devices easier to use, let devices do new things, and perhaps boost the prospects of companies reliant on PC sales. Industry figures suggest that interest in laptop and desktop computers is waning as consumers’ heads are turned by smartphones and tablets.

 

Intel led the charge, using its press briefing Monday to announce a new webcam-like device and supporting software intended to bring gesture, voice control, and facial expression recognition to PCs. 

“This will be available as a low-cost peripheral this year,” said Kirk Skaugen, vice president for Intel’s PC client group. “Rest assured that Intel’s working to integrate this with all-in-ones and Ultrabooks, too.”

 

Intel also announced that, before the end of the year, it would release software that adds a voice-activated assistant to PCs, powered by technology from voice-recognition company Nuance.

 

Intel’s new gesture-sensing hardware device, made in partnership with the software company SoftKinetic and webcam maker Creative, has a combination of conventional and infrared cameras, and several microphones. The supporting software enables applications on a computer to track each of a person’s 10 fingers, recognize faces, and interpret words spoken in nine languages.


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Map of CapeTown's Twitter followers

Map of CapeTown Twitter followers. according to tweepsmap.com/!
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Samsung's transparent OLED laptop - Well Done Stuff !

Samsung's transparent OLED laptop - Well Done Stuff ! | African futures fun | Scoop.it
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Think hard to fly: Chinese scientists unveil mind-controlled drone — RT

Think hard to fly: Chinese scientists unveil mind-controlled drone — RT | African futures fun | Scoop.it
Chinese researchers have unveiled a system that allows users to control drones with their thoughts. The technology was designed to help handicapped people, but could have ample applications in other fields as well.

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Meet Microsoft, the world's best kept R&D secret | PCWorld

Meet Microsoft, the world's best kept R&D secret | PCWorld | African futures fun | Scoop.it
Robots, holodecks and augmented reality. Nope, it's not a sci-fi movie. It's just a sampling of the insanely awesome projects of Microsoft Research.
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Laser vision: Using Tobii's gaze-tracker to control games with my eyes - Ars Technica

Laser vision: Using Tobii's gaze-tracker to control games with my eyes - Ars Technica | African futures fun | Scoop.it
Ars Technica Laser vision: Using Tobii's gaze-tracker to control games with my eyes Ars Technica In Back to the Future's version of 2015, a couple of punk-nosed kids compare Wild Gunman to a "baby's toy" because "you have to use your hands." In...
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Just use your eyes to control your computer.

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DNA 'LEGOs' Can Build a Mini Space Shuttle and Many Other 3D Shapes

DNA 'LEGOs' Can Build a Mini Space Shuttle and Many Other 3D Shapes | African futures fun | Scoop.it

A tiny space shuttle made out of DNA "LEGO bricks" shows how scientists could someday build new technologies on the smallest scales.

 

Single DNA strands became "LEGO bricks" that could assemble together by themselves into 102 individual 3D shapes. Harvard researchers manipulated the DNA coding of the bricks so that they could form solid shapes such as the tiny shuttle, honeycomb structures, and even "written" features on a solid base such as numbers and letters of the English alphabet.

 

"Once we know how to compile the correct code of complex shapes and add it to the synthetic DNA strands, everything else is simple and natural," said Yonggang Ke, a chemist at Harvard University. "Those DNA strands are like smart

LEGO bricks that know exactly where to go by themselves."

DNA bricks offer a powerful new tool for building structures in the tiniest detail, according to Ke and his colleagues in their study detailed in the Nov. 29 online edition of the journal Science. The work could lead to tiny medical devices for delivering drugs inside the human body or next-generation computer circuits.


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Get Ready For Self-Driving Cars That Chauffeur Us Around

Get Ready For Self-Driving Cars That Chauffeur Us Around | African futures fun | Scoop.it
And help the environment at the same time. ;

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A future full of robots

A future full of robots | African futures fun | Scoop.it
A future where robots are as common as cars – and cheaper – is on the way. This is according to Prof.

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I Made the Robot Do It

I Made the Robot Do It | African futures fun | Scoop.it

A coming revolution in innovation and robotics will eliminate jobs and create new ones.


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Objet30 Pro Desktop 3D Printer | With 7 Different Materials!


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Shapeways | 3D Printing Robotic Hands Are Now!

Shapeways | 3D Printing Robotic Hands Are Now! | African futures fun | Scoop.it
Shapeways community member Anthromod is designing and 3D printing humanoid robotics to put them within reach of the everyday man, starting with hands. Check out the Anthromod site to see the development blog, ...

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3D printing: A replicator in every home?

3D printing: A replicator in every home? | African futures fun | Scoop.it

In a few years, 3D printers will become a consumer electronics commodity. Today you can buy a MakerBot Thing-O-Matic, “the latest in cutting edge personal manufacturing technology,” for $2,500. You can plug it into your computer via USB, load up some freely-available 3D modeling software, and print stuff; it really is that simple. The only real barrier to mass adoption is the initial purchase price, and the printing material itself isn’t cheap either.

 

Both of these costs will tumble in coming years, however. Printing — or additive manufacturing — techniques will improve. 3D printers will speed up, and the choice of colors and finishes will expand. For now these magical printers are just the plaything of prototypers, inventors, and gadgeteers, but sooner rather than later they will find a place in the home. To begin with they will be attached to a family computer, but it’s safe to assume that wireless versions that can sit on the kitchen worktop won’t be far behind.


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20,000+ FREE Online Science and Technology Lectures from Top Universities

20,000+ FREE Online Science and Technology Lectures from Top Universities | African futures fun | Scoop.it

The following topics are covered:

 

Aerospace, Anthropology, Astrobiology, Astronomy, Astrophysics, Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Cognitive Science, Computers, Cosmology, Dentistry, Electrical Engineering, Engineering, Environment, Future, General Science, Geoscience, Machine Learning, Material Science, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Medicine, Metallurgy, Mining, Nanotechnology, Oceanography, Philosophy, Physics, Physiology, Robotics, and Sociology.

 

Lectures are in Playlists and are alphabetically sorted with thumbnail pictures. No fee, no registration required - learn at your own pace. Certificates can be arranged with presenting universities.

 

NOTE: To subscribe to the RSS feed of Amazing Science, copy http://www.scoop.it/t/amazing-science/rss.xml into the URL field of your browser and click "subscribe".


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Lectures are in Playlists and are alphabetically sorted with thumbnail pictures. No fee, no registration required - learn at your own pace. Certificates can be arranged with presenting universities.

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Great resources for online learning just about everything.  All you need is will power and self- discipline.

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Your knowledge is your strength and power 

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Transparent AMOLED Display

Concept Laptop With Transparent AMOLED Display The OLED display technology is came with a super concept laptop that feature a see-through AMOLED display.The ...
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Woven's wearable platform for gaming, cool points and a whole lot more (video)

Woven's wearable platform for gaming, cool points and a whole lot more (video) | African futures fun | Scoop.it
TshirtOS showed us one take on wearable gadgetry earlier this month, and now it's Woven's turn.

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Brendan Okko de Keijzer's curator insight, March 21, 2013 2:23 AM

Have you ever considered playing games with your friends, around the world, all the time. This new device design is just that. An interactive game platform where you need only yourself and this wearable gadgetry.

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Automobile sensors may usher in self-driving cars - 2011-05-26 11:01:00 | EDN

Automobile sensors may usher in self-driving cars - 2011-05-26 11:01:00 | EDN | African futures fun | Scoop.it
Self-driving cars offer many advantages over often-distracted human drivers.

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Robot Magazine

Robot Magazine | African futures fun | Scoop.it
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LG's Smart Home Gets A Lot Smarter In 2013, The Company ...

LG's Smart Home Gets A Lot Smarter In 2013, The Company ... | African futures fun | Scoop.it
LG held its press conference this morning at CES 2013 in Las Vegas, and while there wasn't much unveiled that we haven't seen before from the Korean..
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