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The Government Is 3D-Printing Bomb-Sniffing Dog Noses

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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. Read More

High Tech

3-D Printed Marijuana Inhaler Lets You Up Your Dose Using Your Phone

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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. Read More

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Startup Rundown: Find Your Tech Soulmate Over Muffins, and Then Invite Them to Your Nextdoor Network

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Nextdoor moves to Android town Remember Nextdoor, the super fun app that lets you connect with the people who live in your area, because getting to know your neighbors is something you definitely, totally want to do? Today, TechCrunch reported that the app is now available for Android users, meaning that Nextdoor is now available to 91 percent of all American smartphone users. Also meaning that hardly anyone will miss out on the next screaming 4 a.m. Amber Alert. 

Usablenet is on a roll A little over a year ago, we were asking why nobody’s heard of Usablenet—a leading technology company that helps businesses create mobile experiences for their customers. Today, it looks like people are taking serious notice. This week, Usablenet announced it’s grown 30 percent year over year since 2009, and that it earned a spot on the Inc. 500/5000 list for the fourth year in a row. Usablenet CMO Carin van Vuuren directly attributes the growth to the company’s “technology, innovation and strategic client partnerships…Usablenet’s strength continues to be our unmatched ability to create mobile experiences that achieve user and client goals.” Read More

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‘MakerBot Is MakerBot Is MakerBot': CEO Bre Pettis Promises The Company Won’t Change

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“This is a dream come true for an entrepreneur,” gushed MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis at this morning’s press conference announcing his company’s acquisition by Stratasys. “It’s an exciting new day for us.”

But much of the brief event was devoted to reassuring everyone that the quirky Brooklyn startup won’t change, even though it’s now a subsidiary of a massive, publicly traded company.

“MakerBot is MakerBot is MakerBot,” Mr. Pettis promised, after waxing nostalgic about the days when the company was so strapped for space that they once rented a Brooklyn apartment and started shoving in desks.”We’re a special place.” Read More

Life in 3D

Today in Tearjerkers: 3D Printer Builds Device That Helps Partially Paralyzed Child Move Her Arms

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Feeling like you could use a good cry? It’s okay, we all need one sometimes.

3D printing company Stratasys developed a Dimension 3D printer that can print a custom robotic device that improved the range of motion for a little girl. The 4-year-old, Emma Lavelle, has a congenital disease that keeps her from being able to move her arms. By using a 3D printer, doctors were able to develop a custom robotic exoskeleton that fit her tiny frame.

Go ahead, let it out. There, there. Read More