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Made In Space: The Industrial Revolution in Space…

The industrial revolution has changed every aspect of life in the last 200 years, now it is moving on to the final frontier, Space. Made In Space – MIS -, is a recent entrant into the race to manufacture in space and they have recently completed their first series of zero-gravity manufacturing tests. With more than a billion dollars of parts flown into space every year MIS hopes to manufacture up to 30% of those parts in space, directly where they are needed, when they are needed. More than just a good idea this is the start of the industrial revolution of space.

3D printing and in-space manufacturing will dramatically change the way we look at space exploration, commercialization, and mission design today.” said Aaron Kemmer, CEO and Co-Founder of Made In Space. “The possibilities range from building on-demand parts for human missions to building large space habitats that are optimized for space.”

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EZ-Robot: Will The Real Wall-E Please Stand Up…

Robotics is a burgeoning field, just like computers 30 years ago robotics is moving from the exclusive labs of the of the übernoid to the world of the everyday enthusiast, bringing robotics to anyone with a little curiosity. EZ-Robot, a Canadian company is doing just that, aiming to bring robotics to the masses. The EZ-Robot kit and Wall-E project is just one of the many robots available on EZ’s site, from creepy insect robots to miniature Daleks. Don’t be fooled by Wall-E’s cute face this isn’t just another remote control toy, Wall-E responds to voice commands, plays chase the ball and can even dance to his favorite song. He sighs when you take his ball away and sings when he’s happy.

DJ Sures and his team at EZ-Robot have released the hardware kit and software – EZ-Builder – that will allow anyone to easily construct their very own Wall-E robot, no soldering or programming required. This includes taking advantage of voice recognition, joystick support and camera object recognition.

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Senseg! Touch Screen Feed-back for your Fingers…

Touch screens, the input device of the 21st century are due for a major upgrade. While they may be convenient they have always lacked any type of direct feedback, forcing us to live with passive feed back, the incessant beeping of the touch screen keyboard. Finnish company Senseg have recently announced a revolutionary technology that provides feed back directly to your fingers as you swipe the touch screen. Dubbed feel screen technology Senseg is able to simulate various physical textures, edges, contours and vibrations, putting the touch back into typing.

“By passing an ultra-low electrical current into the insulated electrode, Senseg’s Tixel, the proprietary charge driver can create a small attractive force to finger skin. By modulating this attractive force a variety of sensations can be generated, from textured surfaces and edges to vibrations and more” Dave Rice, Senseg

Senseg’s technology is the fist purely electrical high fidelity tactile effects engine. With no mechanical or moving parts involved the tactile feed-back is instant and silent, not something that is possible with the mechanical systems of the past. The magic behind Senseg’s technology is the Tixel, a patent pending technology that combines an ultra-thin durable coating with integrated electrodes and the controller circuits.

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Kyobo Tablet: The Mirasol Display, Butterfly Wings Reflecting The World…

Display technology is changing faster than ever. Take for example Qualcomm, makers of much mobile chippery who have recently released upon the world a brand new display technology, the Mirasol display.

Working much like the colorful patterns on butterfly wings the Mirasol display reflects selective wavelengths of light using millions of tiny pits containing mirrors. This allows the display to have very different characteristics to that of today’s kings of display panels, LCD and eInk.

The first example of the Mirasol display is now available to South Koreans in the shape of the the Kyobo eReader, available through Kyobo’s Book Center. The new eReader promises low power, fast frame rates, color and the display actually gets brighter and easier to read out doors.

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Mimo Magic Touch Deluxe…

As our online lives spread, growing wider with each click, desktop real-estate is at a premium. Helping to alleviate this growing problem are the new crop of USB LCD displays. Mimo, a leader in the field have recently updated their top of the line USB displays with the introduction of two new mini monitors the Mimo Magic Touch and Magic Touch Deluxe. Adding Capacitive Touch Screen to the Mimo’s range of incredibly handy displays.

Mimo’s Magic doesn’t just stop at touch screen, being extremely low power the Magic is able to run off USB power only, allowing a single cable to connect the Magic to it’s host computer. The perfect netbook companion or place to offload all of those social media windows, conversations or real time displays while still keeping an eye on them.

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My Robot Nation…

Fellow robot fanatics Rejoice!!A brand new source for the objects of our desires has appeared on the web. My Robot Nation’s website has recently opened for business allowing any citizen of the web to design their own Robot and then at the click of a button have it 3D printed.

Designing your Robot couldn’t be simpler, with the latest 3D WebGL interface the site feels more like a character builder in the latest computer game, this is point and click design at its simplest and best. The full 3D view lets you customize every millimeter of your new Robot. Once your satisfied with your creation hit the make my robot button and relax until your custom robot is delivered to your door. When unwrapping your robot you are required to pronounce, like an over-eager Dr Frankenstein, “It has Arrived”.

Built a top the latest web technology – WebGL and HTML5 – which limits to access Chrome and Firefox users at the moment. For Chrome users the My Robot Nation app can be downloaded from the Chrome Store, giving a slightly smoother and faster feel to the application.

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AppBlaster, Alien Blasting iPhone Fun…

When aliens invade your living room there is only one weapon to reach for, your trusty AppBlaster. The AppBlaster rifle – AppGun – may appear to be a simple plastic imitation laser rifle, to the untrained eye. Don’t be fooled though it is your best friend when Aliens start popping out from behind your TV or crawling down your walls.

With your iPhone mounted on the AppGun, Alien Attack game installed and running its time to start dispatching the invading alien horde. Watching your iPhones screen Alien Attack will reveal the Aliens not visible to the naked eye. Using the two triggers you are tasked with clearing the room.

Part of a new generation of video game AppBlaster is one of the first augmented reality video games. Augmented Reality melds real world footage from your phones camera with computer generated graphics, in this case Aliens just asking for a butt kicking. Alien Attack isn’t location specific either, no matter where you are it will reveal the hidden alien invasion.

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Cotton Candy The USB Computer, Android Everywhere…

Cotton Candy, a stick that connects you to the clouds. Not only designed to make any device Android Smart but FXI are attempting to battle the multiplicity of log-ins and applications that’s evolving as more devices become internet connected and intelligent. Cotton Candy doesn’t just carry your data and applications but it is a single point of access for your entire online life, your online Cotton Candy.

Created by Norwegian start-up FXI Technologies –Trondheim Norway, a spin-off of Falanx Microsystems which is now part of ARM – Cotton Candy brings Android to any device. Use the HDMI to turn any TV into an Internet Connected Smart TV or bring Android to you PC / Mac by switching ends and plugging in the USB. Work blocking Facebook, no problems just plug in Cotton Candy and all of your Android applications spring to life in their own window on your PC. FXI envision Cotton Candy becoming our everyday environment, with our entire online lives lived through the USB stick. This could simplify the need to keep multiple machines up to date with the same applications or the need for multiple log-in and passwords.

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On the Surface: Samsung – Microsoft Collaborative Interface Revolution…

Many products don’t make the transition from idea to retail product, vapor ware is the name given to these product ideas and prototypes that simply disappear into the ether. With an incredibly popular demonstration earlier this year at CES ‘Surface‘ seemed too good to be true, and looked like one of those ideas that just may end up being an ether dweller. Thankfully ‘Surface‘ isn’t one of those products, with the announcement this week that ‘Surface SUR40‘ is available for pre-order in 23 countries. Microsoft and Samsung have delivered more than just a new touch screen, ‘Surface‘ is a new way of collaborating.

The Samsung SUR40 Surface is the retail version of the Über coffee table demonstrated at CES earlier this year, with the finished product being slimmer and lighter than the demonstration. Most often seen in it’s table format, flat out, Surface can just as easily be mounted on a wall or installed at an angle in kiosks and information booths.

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The Balloon Input Device, The Huggable Interface…

Its not very often that a completely new interface comes along, even less common is a new interface that actually makes sense. The Balloon Input Device – BID – may just be a little bit of both, a rare whacky idea that may actually work. Using only two sensors the developers detect various actions, squeeze, rub, poke. A pressure sensor measures changes to the air pressure inside the balloon, with changes indicating a squeeze or poke. The microphone is able to detect movement over the balloons surface. A part of the new generation of tactile input devices, the next generation touch interface. At the moment the BID only provides audio feedback when it senses one of the actions but this can easily be redirected to triggering other actions.

“We think this system could be used as a communication medium. When communicating with someone at a distance, the user could express affection to the other person by stroking the balloon, or get their attention by poking it. So we think the system could be used as an input device for communicating with other people.”

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