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The future of holographic video

The future of holographic video | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Holographic video displays, featuring three-dimensional images, are about to "go large" and become a lot more affordable at the same time, thanks to the work of a team of Brigham Young University (BYU) researchers and their collaborators at...
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NIH launches 3D print exchange for researchers, students

NIH launches 3D print exchange for researchers, students | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it

The National Institutes of Health has launched the NIH 3D Print Exchange, a public website that enables users to share, download and edit 3D print files related to health and science. These files can be used, for example, to print custom laboratory equipment and models of bacteria and human anatomy. Today’s launch coincides with the first White House Maker Faire , an event designed to celebrate U.S. innovation in science, technology, engineering and math.

 
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A 3-D Printing Breakthrough: Jennifer Lewis at Harvard 3-D Prints Biological Tissue | MIT Technology Review

A 3-D Printing Breakthrough: Jennifer Lewis at Harvard 3-D Prints Biological Tissue | MIT Technology Review | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Inks made from different types of materials, precisely applied, are greatly expanding the kinds of things that can be printed.

 

Last year, Lewis and her students showed they could print the microscopic electrodes and other components needed for tiny lithium-ion batteries (see “Printing Batteries”). Other projects include printed sensors fabricated on plastic patches that athletes could one day wear to detect concussions and measure violent impacts. Most recently, her group printed biological tissue interwoven with a complex network of blood vessels. To do this, the researchers had to make inks out of various types of cells and the materials that form the matrix supporting them. The work addresses one of the lingering challenges in creating artificial organs for drug testing or, someday, for use as replacement parts: how to create a vascular system to keep the cells alive.

 

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Scientists Use 3-D Printer To Help Create Prototype Next-Gen Pacemaker

Scientists Use 3-D Printer To Help Create Prototype Next-Gen Pacemaker | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Washington University in St. Louis have developed a new device that may one day help prevent heart attacks.

 

Unlike existing pacemakers and implantable defibrillators that are one-size-fits-all, the new device is a thin, elastic membrane designed to stretch over the heart like a custom-made glove.

 

The new cardiac device -- a thin, stretchable membrane imprinted with a spider-web-like network of sensors and electrodes -- is custom-designed to fit over the heart and contract and expand with it as it beats. 

 

University of Illinois materials scientist John Rogers co-led the team that invented the new device. He says they used high-resolution imaging, computer modeling, and a 3-D printer to create a plastic model of a heart. Then, they used that as a mold to make a thin, elastic membrane designed to fit snugly over the real heart’s surface.

 

Rogers compares the silicon version to the heart’s natural membrane, the pericardium. “But this artificial pericardium is instrumented with high quality, man-made devices that can sense and interact with the heart in different ways that are relevant to clinical cardiology,” Rogers said.

 

Washington University biomedical engineer Igor Efimov helped design and test the new device. He says the membrane’s spider-web-like network of specialized electrodes can continuously monitor the heart’s electrical activity and keep it beating at a healthy rate.

“When it senses such a catastrophic event as a heart attack or arrhythmia, it can also apply a high definition therapy,” Efimov said.

 

“So it can apply stimuli, electrical stimuli, from different locations on the device in an optimal fashion to stop this arrhythmia and prevent sudden cardiac death.”

 

Efimov calls the new device a huge advance and hopes it will be approved for use in patients in 10 to 15 years.

 


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3-D Printing On Demand Is Now Available From Your Friendly Neighborhood Geek

3-D Printing On Demand Is Now Available From Your Friendly Neighborhood Geek | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Do you ever say to yourself: Gosh I really need to 3D print this thing right now Well now that 3D hubs is bringing the sharing economy to the...
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Microchip moves information around in 3-D: From left to right, back to front, and up and down

Microchip moves information around in 3-D: From left to right, back to front, and up and down | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Scientists have created, for the first time, a new type of microchip which allows information to travel in three dimensions. Currently, microchips can only pass digital information in a very limited way -- from either left to right or front to back.
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Tvnima - You are the TV Show Director!

Tvnima - You are the TV Show Director! | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
TVnima is a machinima online application that allows anyone to create a TV news program using their personal media (photos, images, videos) in Real-time 3D. You can create your own 3D clone speaker using your webcam or personal pictures.

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This is so cool! Could be useful for training workshops, classroom instruction, reporting of school events and clubs. 

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This is so cool! Could be useful for training workshops, classroom instruction, reporting of school events and clubs. 

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Sculpting costumes with 3-D printers is 'the way theater is headed,' say theater education experts

Sculpting costumes with 3-D printers is 'the way theater is headed,' say theater education experts | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Three-dimensional printers, which already have churned out toys, prosthetic limbs and one functional car, are taking the stage — literally -- in live theater. The new technology aids speed, creativity, flexibility -- and can satisfy directors who change plans midstream, says a former Disneyland costume designer.
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33rd Square: US NIH Launches 3D Print Exchange Library

33rd Square: US NIH Launches 3D Print Exchange Library | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
The US National Institutes of Health has launched of its 3D Print Exchange, a website that allows users to download, edit and share models of anatomy, bacteria and lab equipment.
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3-D Printing Blood Vessels into Artificial Tissues Could Eliminate Need for Donor Organs | MIT Technology Review

3-D Printing Blood Vessels into Artificial Tissues Could Eliminate Need for Donor Organs | MIT Technology Review | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Artificial tissue has always lacked a key ingredient: blood vessels. A new 3-D printing technique seems poised to change that.
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Future of science: Using 3-D worlds to visualize data - Tribune-Review

Future of science: Using 3-D worlds to visualize data - Tribune-Review | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Future of science: Using 3-D worlds to visualize data Tribune-Review Take a walk through a human brain? Fly over the surface of Mars?
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3D printing factory opens in New York City | KurzweilAI

3D printing factory opens in New York City | KurzweilAI | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
(Credit: Shapeways) Shapeways, a Netherlands-based online 3D printing company, has opened a factory of the future in Queens, New York that plans to house
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