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The future of consumer 3D printing: What's real, what's coming, and what's hype

The future of consumer 3D printing: What's real, what's coming, and what's hype | Glimpse into the Future | Scoop.it
3D printers have been all over the news for their potential to change our lives. Here’s a look at where the technology is really heading.

Via Annie Theunissen, Tiaan Jonker
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The excitement behind 3D printing is easily justifiable; it is astounding to think that with the press of a button, a plastic figurine can be materialized right in front of us. Do I believe that putting such a device in an everyday household with be earth shattering? No. Nonetheless, the concept is fascinating, and I believe it to have much potential.

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these are awsome hopefully they get cheaper but what will happen when replicas of anything can be made? companies will lose buisness...- shannon wilson
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Can 'Ghosts' Protect Military From Harm?

Can 'Ghosts' Protect Military From Harm? | Glimpse into the Future | Scoop.it
By: Charles Choi, LiveScience Contributor Published: 02/25/2013 09:47 AM EST on LiveScience Ghostly illusions could one day help disguise military aircraft for greater stealth, researchers say.
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The concept of invisibility has tickled the imagination of mankind for centuries, it's implications spanning from aiding in Tom foolery to cloaking military transportation vehicles. It seems that scientists favor the later. Such a development is mind blowing, yet it does provide a sense of fear if this development is further implemented. Though it may improve our tactical prowess, it only means that everyone else will be doing the same thing in the years to come in order to compete. Imagine being a soldier, and, in the heat of battle, being unable to depend on your basic sense of sight. It's fascinating but absolutely terrifying. 

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5 Crazy New Man-Made Materials That Will Shape the Future

5 Crazy New Man-Made Materials That Will Shape the Future | Glimpse into the Future | Scoop.it
Forget Mother Nature: when it comes to all matters matter, the sheer ingenuity of the human mind can give rise to some of the most insane--and useful--new materials you've ever encountered.

Via Sepp Hasslberger
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The ability to create our own unique materials will most definitely propel developments that have been put on the back burner. Many imaginative ideas have been left at the black board stage as the materials needed were unavailable or did not exist. Now materials of certain properties can be invented (within reason of course) through the combination of any number of existing elements. Products in the future may be lighter, stronger, and much more durable.

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Sepp Hasslberger's curator insight, September 9, 2013 12:57 PM

It seems materials science is really rocking and is full of possibilities for the future ... making new materials out of stuff that is abundant in nature, or with the help of bacteria. 

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Cars and future technology involved | Future Technology

Cars and future technology involved | Future Technology | Glimpse into the Future | Scoop.it
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Slowly but surely, we are moving towards the vehicles of the future. These proposed advancements are more than feasible and will completely revolutionize the auto industry. But we have, in fact, seen this kind of thing before. At the end of the day, it is all about the money. If these designs cannot be produced cost efficiently, their cost will be outlandish, and they would not provide the proper incentives to low budget consumers. Unless these innovations will be affordable to the middle to upper middle classes, it is hard to say whether or not they will even get off the ground.

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The future of consumer 3D printing: What's real, what's coming, and what's hype

The future of consumer 3D printing: What's real, what's coming, and what's hype | Glimpse into the Future | Scoop.it
3D printers have been all over the news for their potential to change our lives. Here’s a look at where the technology is really heading.

Via Annie Theunissen, Tiaan Jonker
Christopher Whelan's insight:

The excitement behind 3D printing is easily justifiable; it is astounding to think that with the press of a button, a plastic figurine can be materialized right in front of us. Do I believe that putting such a device in an everyday household with be earth shattering? No. Nonetheless, the concept is fascinating, and I believe it to have much potential.

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Helsa Karls's curator insight, October 3, 2013 8:17 AM

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robyns tut's comment, October 7, 2013 8:30 AM
these are awsome hopefully they get cheaper but what will happen when replicas of anything can be made? companies will lose buisness...- shannon wilson
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Nanotechnology and Surgery: A Surgeon’s Perspective

Nanotechnology and Surgery: A Surgeon’s Perspective | Glimpse into the Future | Scoop.it

"Microrobots will resemble minute machines from the macroscale. But what will nanorobots look like? They won’t be akin to artistic representations of miniature submarines placed beside erythrocytes. Most likely, they will bear some resemblance to the body’s existing nanomachines, such as mitochondria."

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Musk's Hyperloop idea: High-speed L.A.-S.F. tube

Musk's Hyperloop idea: High-speed L.A.-S.F. tube | Glimpse into the Future | Scoop.it
Musk, the billionaire serial entrepreneur behind Tesla Motors and SpaceX, on Monday revealed plans for a transportation system that could whisk passengers from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 35 minutes through a set of tubes.
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Using already existing technology in new and innovative ways is what creative design is all about, and this is a perfect example. 

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See the world's first mind-controlled prosthetic leg in action

See the world's first mind-controlled prosthetic leg in action | Glimpse into the Future | Scoop.it
Prosthetic legs have gotten smarter and smarter thanks to advanced sensors and lightweight motors, but this week they're getting their biggest overhaul yet: the latest bionic leg can be controlled...
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Development in prosthetics have long remained stagnant, as it has been difficult to do more for an individual than throw on a piece of plastic that somewhat resembles the limb that is supposed to be there. This new technology is absolutely astounding. It does not, however, seem that it will be used in the near future on a larger scale. Until they are both cost effective and available to a certain degree. Regardless, it is wonderful to think that the handicap of limb loss may no longer be a handicap.

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GravityLight: lighting for a billion people

GravityLight is a revolutionary new approach to storing energy and creating illumination. It takes only 3 seconds to lift the weight which powers GravityLigh...

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This type of product is a great reminder that innovation is everywhere and that ideas are never truly complete. A great example of forward thinking, the Gravity Light tackles the kind of problem that should be focused on more. Just because most people living in the United States can afford electricity does not mean there should not be alternative solutions available such as this. Although this device was created to help the less fortunate (and by the looks of it, it will) does not preclude the privileged from benefiting as well. Inventions such as this have the ability to not only promote the world's standard of living, but also stimulate the minds of others.

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Cathryn Wellner's curator insight, October 23, 2013 2:05 PM

Access to light during the dark hours can have a profound impact on children's educations.

ManufacturingStories's curator insight, October 24, 2013 3:30 PM

What a great humanitarian project.

Dave McKeague's curator insight, October 26, 2013 4:01 PM

This is a product that Brand Project should invest in.

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Engineers invent programming language to build synthetic DNA

Engineers invent programming language to build synthetic DNA | Glimpse into the Future | Scoop.it
Scientists have developed a programming language for chemistry that they hope will streamline efforts to design a network that can guide the behavior of chemical-reaction mixtures in the same way that embedded electronic controllers guide cars,...
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In the Future, We'll Program Cells Like Computers

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Researchers developing method to program human cells to combat HIV, cancer, Alzheimer’s—even aging


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Time and time again, technology has shown to shine brightest when it is for the sake of mankind as a whole. Programming cells is such an advancement. The ability to do so could revolutionize how we view any type of illness, from the most common bacterial infection, to deadly viruses, to learning disabilities. It could eliminate the need for certain drugs without some of the severe side effects, as the body will be fighting its own battles, but doctors will be the generals in command. Is this technology a scary thought? Yes. Many questions would exist concerning what would happen if something went wrong. However, these questions have always existed, merely in different forms. The idea that a man could cut open another individual and manually repair an issue is terrifying, yet surgeries have become routine and are hardly given a second thought. Opening our minds to this kind of technology is the only way to move forward.

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10 mindblowingly futuristic technologies that will appear by the 2030s

10 mindblowingly futuristic technologies that will appear by the 2030s | Glimpse into the Future | Scoop.it
Two decades is not a lot in the grand scheme of things, but owing to accelerating change we can expect to see the emergence of some fairly disruptive technological innovations in the coming years.
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This page is so incredibly powerful in its predictions, and, though many may be skeptical, it is easy to overlook the fact that 25 years ago no one knew what the internet was. Our rate of technological advancement is growing exponentially. As far as these 10 items on the list are concerned, I find their creation very plausible and look forward to using them in my lifetime.

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