3D printing material is designed to melt away in a mould during casting [#3DPrinting]

MadeSolid’s New 3D Printing Material Is Meant To Be Burned Away
“MadeSolid’s new FireCast resin is the first resin engineered specifically to be melted away as part of the casting process. You create a high-heat mold of your 3d print, then use a super hot oven to essentially evaporate the print within. After about 11 hours in the heat, the 3D printed model is completely burned away, leaving behind no ash or residue to screw things up.” via TechCrunch

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Redesigning the hearing aid [#Health]

SoundHawk Unveils A Wearable For Your Listening Pleasure, Partners With FoxConn
“It looks kind of like a bluetooth device (and can actually be used as a hands free device for your phone). It syncs up with an app compatible with both Android and iPhone and comes with 4 diff ear tips (each with diff acoustic properties) to give you ultimate distinction in the sounds around you. The app lets you select a series of different environments you might find yourself in from indoor, outdoor, restaurant or driving. You move your finger to the right volume and ambiance.” via TechCrunch

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Spotting rare genetic disorders from photographs [#Health]

New Software Can Spot Rare Genetic Diseases From Family Photographs
“Their algorithms were initially fed 1,363 publicly available pictures of people with eight genetic disorders—including Down’s syndrome, fragile X syndrome and progeria—and spotted 36 distinct facial features that could be used to distinguish between the conditions. It worked well, but it’s been expanded to spot over 90 disorders, and it’s claimed that it makes it 30 times more likely that a patient will be correctly diagnosed. The results are published in eLife.” via Gizmodo

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Internet connected lamps show the condition of the sky at your location [#IoT]

 Patch of Sky – Lamps that share, in real-time, the sky above us
“Created at FABRICA, Patch of Sky is a set of three Internet connected ambient lamps that share, in real-time, the sky above us. The prototypes, which can be either placed on a table or hung on the wall, are developed with Arduino, while BERGCloud, a hardware and software solution for the Internet of Things, connects the lamp to the web. […] Patch of Sky gathers weather information based on the current Facebook location: meteorological phenomena are classified into eleven common weather conditions, each of them corresponding to a coloured light animation which is displayed on the lamp.” via DesignBoom

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Robot at Dusseldorf airport picks up your car to valet park it [#Robots]

Robotic Forklift Valet Doesn’t Even Need To See Inside Your Messy Car
“Travellers flying out of Duesseldorf airport in Germany no longer have to worry about valets taking their cars for a joyride before they’re parked. A robot valet nicknamed Ray starts work today, and he’ll automatically deliver cars to a set of designated spots without even having to start them. Ray doesn’t even need to enter the vehicle, because it actually works as a large forklift that’s capable of lifting vehicles up to 3.3 tons in weight. Travellers just park their car in a designated pickup spot, use a smartphone app to indicate it’s ready to go, and the robot will automatically deliver it to one of 249 designated spaces for the service.” via Gizmodo

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Sony camera sensor is curved like the human eye to avoid blurry photos [#Photography]

New Camera Sensor Curves Like The Human Eye For More Realistic Photos
“During last week’s Symposia on VLSI Technology and Circuits, Sony disclosed a picture of a curved camera sensor that they have apparently been working on for years. Called the CMOS, this sensor is curved just like the human eye. It permits rays of light to hit the sensor head on instead of at an angle, like other cameras. When light hits the sensor at an angle, the image becomes distorted, and causes the blurriness sometimes seen around the outer edges of a photograph. This new curved design not only solves that problem but also lets in more light than a traditional flat designs, making for sharper images.” via PSFK

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Drone that can land and “perch” on a power line to recharge [#Drones]

This Perching Robot Could Point To The Future Of Flying Drones
“What do you do when your drone runs out of power? At this point in the quadcopter game, flying drones need to return to base to recharge or risk falling out of the sky. However, a new method for “tapping” power lines has been discussed, which would allow the drones to sit on and steal power from overhead lines and then keep flying when they’ve recharged. But how do you land a drone on a powerline? By perching, just like the wee birdies do.” via TechCrunch

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New nanomaterial is 400 times stronger than materials of same density [#NanoNano]

This New Nanomaterial Can Withstand Forces 160,000 Times Its Weight
“Usually, stripping away material from a microstructure decreases stiffness and strength, but the researchers have mathematically determined how the geometric structure distributes and directs loads, so that they can trim material away at the nanoscale in places where it won’t be missed. […] In other words, it’s about 400 times stronger than most materials of the same density as it—which is insane. No surprise, then, that the researchers suggest it could be of use in space applications, where low weight is crucial, but not at the expense of strength and stiffness.” via Gizmag

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Fitness tracker hidden in the body of a beautiful Swiss watch [#Wearables]

Can A Fitness Tracker Disguised As A Swiss Watch Solve The Problem Of Wearables?
“Announced Monday, the Withings Activité resembles an analog watch. But while it may look old-school, the Activité packs some secret tech inside its churning horologic guts: a motion detector that can track your steps, exercise, calories burned, and other fitness metrics, and beam them to your smartphone over Bluetooth for analysis.” via Co.Design

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Interesting new social and technological trends culled from the web by Richard Banks.