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Soon Your Old Smartphone Will Let You 3D-Print a Selfie

Soon Your Old Smartphone Will Let You 3D-Print a Selfie | Interesting Stuff | Scoop.it

The future is a place where I see something I want and I simply wave my smartphone over it like a wand and presto I obtain a complete 3D model of it. Any sufficiently advanced technology isindistiguishable from magic after all, and the magical part comes when I send the image from my smartphone to my 3D printer to create a plastic or metal or resin replica of that object. My smartphone has turned into a handheld replicator. 

The least feasible thing about all this perhaps is that a smartphone will still be called a smartphone—this is the future after all and what's a phone in the future—because some researchers in Zurich just debuted technology that aspires to do exactly this.


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Google’s Location History Browser Is A Minute-By-Minute Map Of Your Life | TechCrunch

Google’s Location History Browser Is A Minute-By-Minute Map Of Your Life | TechCrunch | Interesting Stuff | Scoop.it
Quick! Where were you last Tuesday at 6:35 PM? If you’re anything like me, your answer is probably along the lines of “I… have absolutely no idea.”..

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Google Glass takes photos by winking

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Google introduces a new feature to its Google Glass, which allows users to take a photo with a "wink of the eye".
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Nike CEO Mark Parker On How Insight And Innovation Intersect ...

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The world's most creative CEO tells us how great design and innovation drive successful business.
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The Emerging Technologies Shaping Future 5G Networks | MIT ...

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The fifth generation of mobile communications technology will see the end of the “cell” as the fundamental building block of communication networks.
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Geraldine Hamilton: Body parts on a chip

It's relatively easy to imagine a new medicine, a better cure for some disease. The hard part, though, is testing it, and that can delay promising new cures for years. In this well-explained talk, Geraldine Hamilton shows how her lab creates organs and body parts on a chip, simple structures with all the pieces essential to testing new medications -- even custom cures for one specific person.


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Richard Platt's curator insight, December 16, 2013 12:26 AM

We think this is an aweeome video, Geraldine Hamilton is totally awesome she is really geting at the heart of issues in the big pharma and healthcare field and addressing the issues intelligently, nothing but right on the lady, well worth every minute of this short video. Check it out it also has play in the semiconductor realm as well, (also why we like this too)

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Why Cognition-as-a-Service is the next operating system battlefield

Why Cognition-as-a-Service is the next operating system battlefield | Interesting Stuff | Scoop.it

The Semantic Web may have failed, but higher intelligence is coming to applications anyway, in another form: Cognition-as-a-Service (CaaS). And this may just be the next evolution of the operating system.

CaaS will enable every app to become as smart as Siri in its own niche. CaaS powered apps will be able to think and interact with consumers like intelligent virtual assistants — they will be “cognitive apps.” You will be able to converse with cognitive apps, ask them questions, give them commands — and they will be able to help you complete tasks and manage your work more efficiently.


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3D-printed skull mimics feel of brain surgery

 

Surgeons and technicians based at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia have produced a 3D-printed skull. But this isn’t just a mono-textured model.

 

Every layer — from the skin to the skull to the various soft tissues of the brain and even the blood vessels — are reproduced from scans of specific human skulls.

 

The hardness-to-squishiness fidelity is more-or-less exact in every detail. Technicians can even inject a jelly-like tumor and give it a realistic red color for brain surgery practice. In other words, surgeons can 3D-scan a living human brain, practice doing surgery on a near-perfect model based on that scan, and then go in and do the actual surgery.

 

The modeling process uses the latest in 3D printing technology. The printer is tweaked at each layer of the printing process to preserve the realistic densities and responsiveness of each of the tissues. Drilling into one of the models feels, looks, and even sounds the same as on a real skull. Check out a demo in the video below (replete with dubstep soundtrack — obviously the only sensible music choice here.)


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What is Boston Dynamics and why does Google want robots?

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Google’s latest acquisition is one of the most advanced robotics companies in the world, and makes robots for the US military.
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Critical Thinking Via Infographics

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7th grade Geography teacher, David J. at Graded-The American School of Sao Paulo, was planning an in-depth country data study and interpretation. He decided to allow his students to explore the use...

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, December 17, 2013 9:50 PM

Take a look at this post to see one way to use infographics to help teach critical thinking. The post provides a look at what makes a good infographic as well as two suggestions for free tools to help students create them. There are also a couple of videos that will help students learn more about infographics as well as the need to cite sources, samples of infographics made by the students and more! Think about finding a topic that your students could research and consider having them make infographics to show their understanding...chances are they will be engaged in the process.

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Miniaturized Pacemakers Help Doctors Treat Heart Patients without ...

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Other cardiac technologies like stents, which prop open weak or narrow arteries, can also be delivered through blood vessels. More recently, researchers have developed artificial valves for patients whose natural valves have ...
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Why the wearable explosion is driving tech and fashion convergence

Why the wearable explosion is driving tech and fashion convergence | Interesting Stuff | Scoop.it

In an age where fashion continually romps through society’s wardrobes and technology governs our everyday lives, we’ve finally reached a crossroads where industry boundaries between apparel brands and digital platforms have started to blur. And consumer wearables—the bridge between these two worlds—are the catalyst for that convergence.


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Emma Baker's curator insight, November 18, 2014 12:37 AM

With both the fashion industry and technology industry thriving it only makes sense that they come together and use their powers for good. This article talks about the convergence of the two industries and how they are turning into one - with wearable technology. 

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Processors That Work Like Brains Will Accelerate Artificial Intelligence

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A new breed of computer chips that operate more like the brain may be about to narrow the gulf between artificial and natural computation—between circuits that crunch through logical operations at blistering speed and a mechanism honed by evolution to process and act on sensory input from the real world. Advances in neuroscience and chip technology have made it practical to build devices that, on a small scale at least, process data the way a mammalian brain does. These “neuromorphic” chips may be the missing piece of many promising but unfinished projects in artificial intelligence, such as cars that drive themselves reliably in all conditions, and smartphones that act as competent conversational assistants.


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