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The shape of things to come: A consumer\'s guide to 3D printers

The shape of things to come: A consumer\'s guide to 3D printers | Research_topic | Scoop.it
CES 2013 proved to be something of a coming out party for consumer-facing 3D printers. Sure MakerBot earned a fair amount of attention at last year\'s

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hese nascent days are an exciting time, with a diverse array of companies and organizations vying to be the first to bring the technology to our homes. In a sense, many roads lead back to RepRap, the open-source, community-fueled project aimed at creating a self-replicating machine. As such, the same basic technology underlies many of these devices. At their core, these 3D printers are not unlike their 2D counterparts, offering a way to translate images on computer screens into real-world analogs -- only in this case they're objects you can hold in your hand.

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Free Technology for Teachers: ImageCodr Helps You Create Correct Image Citations

Free Technology for Teachers: ImageCodr Helps You Create Correct Image Citations | Research_topic | Scoop.it
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You can 3D-print these free scans of fish - Futurity

You can 3D-print these free scans of fish - Futurity | Research_topic | Scoop.it
A free tool will let anyone see and print a 3D image of each fish in the world. The undertaking is no small task—there are nearly 25,000 known species.
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Vatican Digitizes a 1,600-Year-Old Illuminated Manuscript of the ‘Aeneid’

Vatican Digitizes a 1,600-Year-Old Illuminated Manuscript of the ‘Aeneid’ | Research_topic | Scoop.it
In Rome, around the year 400, a scribe and three painters created an illuminated manuscript of Virgil’s Aeneid, illustrating the ancient hero Aeneas’ journey from Troy to Italy. 1,600 years later, the Vatican has digitized the surviving fragments of this manuscript.
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The World Depends on Technology No One Understands

The World Depends on Technology No One Understands | Research_topic | Scoop.it
“We are in a new era, one in which we are building systems that can’t be grasped in their totality or held in the mind... read more
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Free Technology for Teachers: Three Good Options for Creating eBooks in Your Web Browser

Free Technology for Teachers: Three Good Options for Creating eBooks in Your Web Browser | Research_topic | Scoop.it
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Hand-drawn style transfer to 3D models

Hand-drawn style transfer to 3D models | Research_topic | Scoop.it


This is cool. StyLit is a patent-pending program for tranferring the style of an artist's drawing to a 3D rendering in realtime.
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Kids' bot breaks into a dance to teach them how to code

Kids' bot breaks into a dance to teach them how to code | Research_topic | Scoop.it
DIY robots are becoming the gateway to coding. Over the last couple of years, a new wave of cute-faced bots has taken shape to make programming languages fu
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A Visit to the Ars Electronica, Austria´s Museum of the Future – Europa SF – The European Speculative Fiction portal

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An Automatic Machine Tool - Scientific American (Sep, 1952)

An Automatic Machine Tool - Scientific American (Sep, 1952) | Research_topic | Scoop.it
Feedback control has begun to advance in the working of metals. Presenting the first account of a milling machine that converts information on punched tape into the contours of a finished part.

by William Pease

THE metal-cutting industry is one field in which automatic control has been late in arriving. The speed, judgment and especially the flexibility with which a skilled machinist controls his machine tool have not been easily duplicated by automatic machines. Only for mass-production operations such as the making of automobile parts has it been feasible to employ automatic machinery. New developments in feedback control and machine computation, however, are now opening the door to automatization of machine tools built to produce a variety of parts in relatively small quantities.

The problem will be clearer if we first review briefly the history of machine tools and their relationship to manufacturing processes. The story begins in the last quarter of the 18th century. Prior to that time the tools of the millwright, as the machinist of that day was called, consisted chiefly of the hammer, chisel and file. His measurements were made with a wooden rule and crude calipers. His materials were prepared either by hand-forging or by rudimentary foundry casting. Crude, hand-powered lathes were already in existence, but they were used only for wood-turning or occasionally for making clock parts.
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parece, de acordo com o neil gershenfeld (que é capaz de perceber disto), que este é o antepassado das cnc, máquinas de corte laser e impressoras 3D.
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François Cheng: Empty and Full: The Language of Chinese Painting (1979–) — Monoskop Log

François Cheng: Empty and Full: The Language of Chinese Painting (1979–) — Monoskop Log | Research_topic | Scoop.it
Writings on art, culture, and media technology
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There is no difference between computer art and human art – Oliver Roeder | Aeon Ideas

In December 1964, over a single evening session in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, John Coltrane and his quartet recorded the entirety of A Love Supreme. This jazz album is considered Coltrane’s masterpiece – the culmination of his spiritua
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Smithsonian launches online Apollo 11 high-res 3D spacecraft model for moon landing's 47th anniversary

Smithsonian launches online Apollo 11 high-res 3D spacecraft model for moon landing's 47th anniversary | Research_topic | Scoop.it
One great way to commemorate the 47th anniversary of NASA’s Apollo 11 moon landing, which took place this day in 1969, is to travel to the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC (hig…
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We Finally Know How the Real BB-8 Model Works

We Finally Know How the Real BB-8 Model Works | Research_topic | Scoop.it
What you’re seeing in the above gif is the innards of the BB-8 model that flatly disproved fan theories that the beloved droid could only exist as a CGI creation. On a panel with the animatronics experts behind The Force Awakens, we learned that there is in fact a small army of BB-8s, all purpose-built for different applications, and the remarkable engineering in the gif above was strictly for Hollywood’s red carpet.
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prosthetic knowledge — Fusion4D: Real-time Performance Capture of...

prosthetic knowledge — Fusion4D: Real-time Performance Capture of... | Research_topic | Scoop.it
Fusion4D: Real-time Performance Captur
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A Comprehensive History of Augmented Reality

A Comprehensive History of Augmented Reality | Research_topic | Scoop.it
Scroll through the interactive timeline of the history of augmented reality (AR).
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German free school teaches without grades, timetables or lesson plans

German free school teaches without grades, timetables or lesson plans | Research_topic | Scoop.it
The Evangelical School Berlin Centre is a private “free” school — that is, it costs money to go there, but the tuition is on a means-tested sliding scale, and the students enjoy e…
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Death by Prefix? The Paradoxical Life of Modernist Studies - Los Angeles Review of Books

Death by Prefix? The Paradoxical Life of Modernist Studies - Los Angeles Review of Books | Research_topic | Scoop.it
What is modernism, anyway?
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Apollo 11's source code is now on GitHub

Apollo 11's source code is now on GitHub | Research_topic | Scoop.it
The source code for Apollo 11's guidance computer has been available for a while (Google hosted it several years ago, for instance), but would you know how t
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History of numerical control - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

History of numerical control

The history of numerical control (NC) began when the automation of machine tools first incorporated concepts of abstractly programmable logic, and it continues today with the ongoing evolution of computer numerical control (CNC) technology.

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How to use graphical programming software to program Arduino and robots?

How to use graphical programming software to program Arduino and robots? | Research_topic | Scoop.it
Hi everyone, last time I saw a funny robot to teach kids robotics(you can get more information on their Kickstarter page). But I am more interested in the graphical programming language mBlock. It is said to be a free graphical programming environment (based on Scratch 2.0) with new features of allowing you to program Arduino and robotics. Users can download from here http://mblock.cc/download/.For now, 15+ improvements and 50+ hardware-related script blocks have been made for kids to program easily. Here are some features may interest you:Based on scratch 2.0 developed by MIT Media Lab, beautiful interface and easy for everyone. Free & source code: the software is free and support Window & Mac system. We will also open the source code later.Support wireless communication: Bluetooth, 2.4GHz wireless serial and WIFI are supported.Easy to use: No extension file! No plug-in! The easiest way to program your Arduino and robots.Arduino mode: perfec
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