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Create Flexible 3D Prints by Embedding Steel Rods for Modular 3D Models

Create Flexible 3D Prints by Embedding Steel Rods for Modular 3D Models | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
One enormously appealing — and refreshing — element of 3D printing is that there are few rules and no limits. While technically, yes, here and there some copyrighting and legal squabbles have emerged, conceptually it’s...
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Harvard, MIT online education views changing | Harvard Magazine

Harvard, MIT online education views changing | Harvard Magazine | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

REPORTING TO the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) at length for the first time since he was appointed vice provost for advances in learning last September, Peter K. Bol highlighted shifts in the landscape for the much-publicized massive open online courses (MOOCs). At the December 3 faculty meeting, Bol noted that:

 
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Commons-based peer production and digital fabrication: The case of a RepRap-based, Lego-built 3D printing-milling machine

Commons-based peer production and digital fabrication: The case of a RepRap-based, Lego-built 3D printing-milling machine | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Through the case of the RepRap-based, Lego-built three-dimensional (3D) printing-milling machine, this paper sets out to discuss and illustrate two points: First, on a theoretical level, that modularity, not only in terms of development process but also of hardware components, can catalyze Commons-based peer production’s (CBPP) replication for tangible products enabling social experimentation and learning. Second, the hybrid 3D printing-milling machine demonstrates the digitization of material and the potential of digital fabrication. We show how the synergy of a globally accessible knowledge Commons as well as of the CBPP practices with digital fabrication technologies, which are advancing and becoming more and more accessible, can arguably offer the ability to think globally and produce locally.

  
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Forget Samsung and Apple. This is the future..

Forget Samsung and Apple. This is the future.. | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
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PROST Mylène's curator insight, September 24, 2013 3:52 AM

C'est une idée !! 

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Products need to be modular, durable, adaptable, repairable, recyclable...

Products need to be modular, durable, adaptable, repairable, recyclable... | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The mufti-dimensional mega-crisis crisis includes resource depletion, waste, and pollution. Products need to be modular, durable, adaptable, repairable, recyclable, and efficient in their use of scarce resources. The old corporate model of private profit maximization encourages just the opposite.

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Google to test modular Project Ara smartphones in Puerto Rico

Google to test modular Project Ara smartphones in Puerto Rico | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Formerly a Motorola project, Google's Project Ara is working toward creating a new generation of smartphones that are modular — made out of various exchangeable parts — in design.
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Stop Relying On Experts For Innovation: A Conversation With Karim Lakhani

Stop Relying On Experts For Innovation: A Conversation With Karim Lakhani | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

People have very different ideas about what’s exciting. I think companies don’t give enough credit to their own people, both in terms of their ability to decide what knowledge they have and what is interesting and not interesting to them and in terms of self-regulation. A big surprise for me is that in the open-source software world, this notion of self-selection takes center stage. You find that all the work, even the dullest work, gets done in the interest of finishing the project.

 

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PhoneBloks - P2P Foundation

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"It's a physics issue. Signals in modern devices are extremely high speed; the easiest and cheapest way to combat this is to bring components closer together. For example, the wireless radios, RAM, and processor in all modern phones exist as one chip. They essentially put the CPU and wireless magic on the same silicon die (or on a separate die in the same package) and pop a RAM chip on top ("Package on Package").

 
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Putting it Together: The Modular Car

In August 2012, ASKlabs produced a microdocumentary about the MIT Vehicle Design Summit, featuring Co-Founders Anna Jaffe (Environmental Science MIT '06) and Nii Armar (Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT '08). Founded in 2006 with the goals of reducing waste in auto manufacturing and reducing global carbon emissions from vehicles, this dynamic MIT student group has grown to become an international design and engineering collective. To date they have built 4 prototype alternative-fuel vehicles at over 200mpge efficiency, and a vehicle intended for the Indian market that was built in Italy. The current iteration of the group is about to begin road-testing their ArchiMITes prototype vehicle which will be the basis for developing a modular car platform. The modular subsystems will be: Auxilliary Power Unit (APU)/fuel, body, dashboard, suspension, and chassis. In 2013 MIT's Vehicle Design Summit will launch their biggest initiative yet, the 10^5 Competition which will result in 100,000 permutations of vehicles that will achieve 100mpge or greater. 
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