Tech for the Holidays
Guns Don't Kill People 3D Does
We can all appreciate a Thanksgiving feast on our grandmother’s fine china, but a cutting edge #tech holiday can be just as exciting.
Betabeat perused dozens of pre-made 3D printing designs and discovered that you can in fact 3D print just about everything you might need to set the table for Thanksgiving dinner. This, however, obviously Read More
Your Tax Dollars
Just about every new technology is married at first to some illicit activity — the Internet and pornography, for example. Or bitcoin and drug dealing. Or Whisper and also drug dealing (only Whisper hasn’t grown out of that one yet). For 3D printing, a technology that has the ability to literally save lives and cure ailments, that darker element is 3D-printed guns.
The newest weapon in the ever-growing arsenal of 3D-printed weaponry is a metal handgun called the Reason. According to 3Dprint.com, this is the second run of guns in Solid Concepts’ 1911 line of 3D-printed firearms, the first of which ran for nearly $12,000 a pop.
When the Singularity occurs, it’s not just humans that will be replaced by robot overlords. No, dogs now are at risk as well, all thanks to taxpayer dollars.
The U.S. federal government has been 3D-printing mechanically engineered dog noses that replicate the sniffing patterns of bomb-sniffing dogs, Nextgov reports. The noses are modeled off of female labrador retrievers, a historically favored breed of police dog.
The marriage of technology and food has spawned a number of twisted bodyhacking experiments, like the meal replacement drink Soylent or disconcertingly delicious cricket bars. But one thing we’ve never had to eat in the name of tech was something that was growing right up until the moment we ate it.
Edible Growths are little Read More
We all have that relative who loves a good edible craft project. Perhaps it’s your granddad who loves handmade chocolate, or your girlfriend who loves baking cookies — so that means the season is coming for molds and melted morsels, right?
Pssh, not this year. Now, you can get all of that done with the Read More
As the U.S. starts legalizing marijuana for recreational use, many states are dipping their toes in the water by legalizing medical marijuana. The medical clubs, in turn, have been engineering the most potent strains of cannabis in the history of dilated pupils. Well, now it looks like they get all of the best gadgets, too.
A totally chill Israeli company called Syqe has created a handheld inhaler that gives a metered dose of medical marijuana with the mission of making medical marijuana more respectable. The Syqe Inhaler will be available in Israeli hospitals by the end of the year and home use some time in 2015, but don’t get too excited: home use is still clinical, prescribed use only.
Rise of the Drones
At the World Marker Faire this weekend, kids learned to solder and pick locks, a giant animatronic giraffe named Russell roamed the crowd, and tattooed hackers in cowboy hats battled aerial drones in a nerd edition of Thunderdome. But the show’s best kept secret was hidden far away from the family-friendly fun in a far flung corner of the faire.
In a conspicuous tent that emanated giggles, camera shutter clicks and mechanical buzzing, was a giant wall of animatronic, 3D-printed dicks dancing to Tchaikovsky.
When Professor David Sheffler first made a 3D-printed jet engine as a class experiment, one of the students whipped out a cell phone to record the results. That video ended up in the hands of a team at The MITRE Corporation, a research titan with military aviation contracts. When MITRE reached out to Mr. Sheffler, they wanted to know if he Read More
When 3D printing isn’t being used to make new limbs and custom skull fragments, early adopters are usually searching for other things to make with their printers, like hideous jewelry that no one in their right mind would wear. But if 3D-printed accessories ever needed a sparkling ambassador, they’ve found one.
This year’s Miss Georgia, Georgia Read More
The “Maker Movement,” which seeks to revitalize American Manufacturing with open source tools and 3D printers, and has captured the attention of everyone from Silicon Valley entrepreneurs to the White House. So why shouldn’t an ecommerce giant like Amazon try to edge their way into the action?
Amazon launched a new store for 3D-printed goods Read More