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Personal / Desktop Fabrication

December 6th, 2005 | Filed under: Fabrication Tech, Future, Products, Technology | 2 Comments »

Imagine that your coffee maker breaks just before you’re about to host a brunch. You go online and click on the model you want to buy. But you don’t have to wait for it to be shipped; instead, a machine on your desk kicks into operation. Inside a glass chamber, a nozzle spits out the electronics, chassis, motor and other components, layer by layer. An hour later, you snap together a few parts and the brewing begins. David Pescovitz has written a great article for Salon on the future of desktop fabrication and the various approaches researchers are pursuing.


Virtual Autopsy

November 29th, 2005 | Filed under: Health, Science, Technology, Video, Virtual Reality | 1 Comment »

During the past 18 months, radiologists in Sweden have performed more than 100 virtual autopsies on murder victims, according to Anders Ynnerman, a professor in the Department of Science and Technology at Linköpings University, who also works at the Center for Medical Image Science and Visualization (CMIV) in Linköping. Ynnerman says evidence from virtual autopsies has been used to clarify the cause of death in several criminal trials in Sweden.

via Medgadget

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Blended Wing passes wind-tunnel tests.

November 14th, 2005 | Filed under: Design, Future, Technology | 1 Comment »

A futuristic “blended wing” plane developed by NASA has passed crucial wind-tunnel tests. These reveal that engineers may have overcome some of the controllability challenges associated with the revolutionary aircraft design.

via NS


Translator Tech

November 3rd, 2005 | Filed under: Augmented, Future, Social, Technology | 1 Comment »

Alex Waibel‘s “translations goggles” displays virtual subtitles.
Stan Jou‘s translator captures electrical signals from facial muscles translating silent mouthing of one language to speech or writing in another.

PittsburghLIVE | NS


Implantable Miniature Telescope

November 3rd, 2005 | Filed under: Augmented, Future, Health, Technology | 1 Comment »

The prosthetic telescope, by VisionCare, is permanently implanted into one eye in patients with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) to reduce the ‘blind spot’, drastically improving vision (in over 200 patients in the phase 1 study).

via Medgadget | Israel21c


Buckypaper : New Applications

October 23rd, 2005 | Filed under: Fabrication Tech, Materials, Nanotech, Technology | 2 Comments »

The Florida Advanced Center for Composite Technologies (FAC2T) under the direction of Ben Wang, is working to develop real-world applications for Buckypaper, a material made of carbon nanotubes. The film holds potential for use in illuminating devices, heat sinks, armor, and electromagnetic protective skins. [press release]

via Physorg


Atoms deform as they collide

October 23rd, 2005 | Filed under: News, Technology | No Comments »

Using laser pulses that last just 70 femtoseconds (quadrillionths of a second), physicists have observed in greater detail than ever before what happens when atoms collide. The experiments at JILA, a joint institute of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Colorado at Boulder, confirm a decades-old theory of how atoms–like tennis balls–briefly lose form and energy when they hit something. The results will help scientists study other atomic-scale processes and better understand the laws of physics.

via Physorg


Willcom's W-SIM : World's Smallest Cellular Data Card

October 22nd, 2005 | Filed under: Products, Technology | No Comments »

Willcom’s soon to be released (11.25.2005) W-SIM packs a cellular data card into the size of a SIM card (25.6 x 42.0 x 4mm or 1 x 1.65 x 0.15-inch). The card opens new avenues for companies to embed cellular data connectivity into about any electronic device you can think of giving ubiquitous cellular connectivity a new horizon.

via Engadget


10,000 Year Clock : The Long Now

October 19th, 2005 | Filed under: Future, Mechanical Tech, Social, Sustainability, Technology | 3 Comments »

W. Daniel Hillis of Applied Minds, Inc. is designing a perfectly synchronized 10,000 year clock / sculpture / statement with the Long Now Foundation. Everything about this clock is deeply unusual. For example, while nearly every mechanical clock made in the last millennium consists of a series of propelled gears, this one uses a stack of mechanical binary computers capable of singling out one moment in 3.65 million days. . . Unlike any other clock, this one is being constructed to keep track of leap centuries, the orbits of the six innermost planets in our solar system, even the ultraslow wobbles of Earth’s axis. . .”The ultimate design criterion is that people have to care about it,” says Hillis. “If they don’t, it won’t last.”

via Discover

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Bell Labs Unveils Printed Computer Chip

October 12th, 2005 | Filed under: Computing, Fabrication Tech, Materials, Technology | No Comments »

Researchers at Lucent Technologies’ Bell Labs and Germany-based BASF Future Systems and Printed Systems unveiled the worlds first working circuit made using regular printing methods. Their method, unlike others experimenting with organic circuitry printing, doesn’t involve any lithographic steps. The conductive ink is simply printed and evaporates, leaving a crystalline semiconducting material.

via Sci-Tech Today