THEY’RE like something from a science fiction novel — specialised machines that can create anything from fighter jets to living organs with the push of the button.
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An interesting point this article makes is that
"traditional manufacturing is “subtractive” in that objects are cut away from a lump of raw material, 3D printing is “additive” as digital files sent to a printer build an object layer by layer." The only limitation is how the machines will cope with the materials.
If 3D printing eventually does become widespread, it will disrupt transport, shipping and logistics in a big way. It is “entirely feasible and entirely practical that people will simply send files rather than ship products overseas".
Another grey area is intellectual property rights. With everyone having the potential to create objects and products in their own home, the general consensus is that a marketplace of templates and designs (similar to iTunes) will be the best way to manage the concerns.
Graphene is truly a 21st-century wonder material, finding use in everything from solar cells to batteries to tiny antennas. Now, however, a group of Europ...
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Arranging semiconductor crystals using the blueprint of graphene as the structural basis creates a material even stronger than graphene itself, plus it can be tweaked to perform differently and exhibit certain characteristics for specific applications.
This self-driving car aims to compete with Google's, and uses an alternative navigation method. While it is easily outperformed by Google's Prius (which uses a radar system called Velodyne LIDAR), the Audi is an example of camera-only autonomous driving, and is remarkably cheaper than Google's offering.
Quite astounding how seamlessly this car navigates its environment.
Regarding the technology as a whole, there are some who believe that a self-driving vehicle will never be completely standard due to trust issues, and also that it is an example of technology once again taking away a human skill or trade. Despite these concerns, this video shows that for at least a small portion of the community, this technology will be revolutionary.
Touch screens are the predominant form of user interface for mobile devices at this point. But as the article says, voice is the best form of communication between humans. If voice recognition technology becomes advanced enough and has a rich vocabulary to draw from and also interpret, voice commands would be the most natural form of user-computer interaction.
Voice commands can be socially awkward though in certain situations, so eye tracking technology has been proposed by Intel as a compliment to voice.
RFID technology is already in widespread use, but continued development is leading to an even greater number of potential commercial and private uses. Information gathering, tracking and monitoring, and processing efficiencies are just some of the benefits that RFID tags have provided, with many more application to follow.
A neat graphic using the adoption rates of the PC as a template for the trajectory of the 3D printer. If we were to believe this, we would currently be in an age of 'Innovators/Early Adopters' and would not reach the 1:1 3D Printer per person ratio until 2040.
Graphene is amazing. Or at least, it could be. Made from a layer of carbon one-atom thick, it's the strongest material in the world, it's completely flexible, and it's more conductive than copper. Discovered just under a decade ago, the supermaterial potentially has some unbelievable applications for us in the not so distant future.
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We're clearly still a few years before actual graphene products are on shelves, as there's a lot to figure out about how graphene can be applied properly. Even then it still need to be mass produced at an economically affordable level. The potential for how this could change electronics and plenty of other as-yet-unknown applications is incredible though.
"The staid-looking Toyota Prius Mahan “drove” around in the video costs more than a Ferrari 599. At $320,000, that’s an exclusive purchase."
"IHS Automotive forecasts that the price for the self-driving technology will add between $7,000 and $10,000 to a car’s sticker price in 2025, a figure that will drop to around $5,000 in 2030 and about $3,000 in 2035, the year when the report says most self-driving vehicles will be operated completely independent from a human occupant’s control."
The integration of self-driving vehicles is inevitable. Before the idea becomes reality though there are big obstacles to overcome regarding efficiency and cost-effectiveness.
Future Australian passports may incorporate voice recognition and eye-scanning ... NEWS.com.au AUSTRALIAN passports may incorporate voice-recognition and eye-scanning technology as the government looks to expand biometric identification.
This is a great example of voice and eye recognition being used for security purposes rather than for entertainment or interaction purposes. The Australian and New Zealand passports already utilise facial recognition and embedded smart chip technology. This development will add another layer of security, and may also streamline the customs process for travellers.
This is a great analogy to explain the differences between RFID, which is currently in widespread use, and NFC, which is in its infancy. Both technologies operate using the same concept, but have differing abilities. RFID is a one-way connection that has a reach of no more than 200 meters, but can only send under 1000 bytes to its recipient. NFC has a shorter range (about 10cm) but can exchange a greater amount of information, and can transmit the info both ways. This is the defining difference and will lead to simple, efficient and most importantly intuitive applications.
A really simple idea for a bicycle security alarm. Featuring a small form-factor that is nestled under the seat, it is activated and deactivated using RFID. It can sense movement of the bike and when detected emits a piercing noise to alert anyone in the surroundings. This could easily be applied to other scenarios and situations where a discreet security solution is desired.
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