L - R: Noel Fisher as Michelangelo, Jeremy Howard as Donatello and Pete Ploszek as Leonardo on the New York set of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. via klaatu
LightUp: Learn by Making. by LightUp, on Kickstarter
Fabrican Spray-on Fabric Non-woven Coating Aerosol Technology Cotton Fibres via dhiyamuhammad
Further adventures in analog fabrication at #icff (at Javits Center W 34th Street and 11th Avenue) via shapeways
Mataerial, the process is described as “anti-gravity object modelling”. by Joris Laarman Studio and Petr Novikov and Saša Jokić. See video here. via processingmatter
‘Seeing Eye People’ For Text-Obsessed NYC Pedestrians via DesignTAXI
The powered thumb is controlled by signals from the user’s arm muscles or - in a first for upper limb prostheses - via a smartphone app: a tap of the screen and the hand automatically arranges itself into a preset grip. The thumb can move into 24 different positions and new, extra-sensitive fingertip electrodes also give improved dexterity.
“Powered thumb rotation, combined with the mobile app and quick access to all these new grips, gives me natural hand function that I never imagined would be possible,” says Bertolt Meyer, who wears one of the new hands.
The app makes it easy to configure presets by group, such as “work”, which includes positions ready for typing, handling documents or using a mouse. The app also includes diagnostic tools and training modes for new users.
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Microsoft Puts Free Portable WiFi In Forbes Magazine Print Issues - DesignTAXI.com, via iamdanw
Faerie Stories for the 21st Century, superflux, Anab Jain. Presentation slides and notes.
Bio-light, light fixture that runs on bacteria. via natureoflight, cmeinke
Electronic Tattoos Will Control Machines Via The Mind
via cyberneticsarenow, wildcat2030
Matterform crowdfunds a simple, well-designed 3D scanner that could arrive this summer
MakerBot has been the trailblazer when it comes to bringing 3D printing to the masses, but another company may beat it to the punch before it can do the same for 3D scanners. Matterform is looking to produce a simple, low-profile 3D scanner, and it’s launched an Indiegogo campaign in support of the effort. The Photon 3D scanner appears to be about the size of a simple printer when shut, and then unfolds to reveal a scanning surface when being used.
Computers Made Out of DNA, Slime and Other Strange Stuff Evolution’s Design Most designs for molecular computers are based on human notions of what a computer should be. Yet as researchers applied mathematician Hajo Broersma of the Netherlands’ University of Twente wrote of their work, “the simplest living systems have a complexity and sophistication that dwarfs manmade technology” — and they weren’t even designed to be that way. Evolution generated them. In the NASCENCE project, short for “NAnoSCale Engineering for Novel Computation using Evolution,” Broersma and colleagues plant to exploit evolution’s ability to use combinations of molecules and their emergent properties in unexpected, incredibly powerful ways. They hope to develop a system that interfaces a digital computer with nano-scale particle networks, then use the computer to set algorithmic goals towards which evolution will guide the particles. “We want to develop alternative approaches for situations or problems that are challenging or impossible to solve with conventional methods and models of computation,” they write. One imagines computer chips with geometries typically seen in molecular structures, such as the E. coli ribosome and RNA seen here; success, predict Broersma’s team, could lay “the foundations of the next industrial revolution.” (via Computers Made Out of DNA, Slime and Other Strange Stuff | Wired Science | Wired.com)
Researchers at MIT plan to 3D print a pavilion by imitating the way a silkworm builds its cocoon.
The research team, headed by architect and Mediated Matter Groupfounder Neri Oxman, attached tiny magnets to the heads of silkworms to discover how they “print” their pupal casings around themselves.
“We’ve managed to motion-track the silkworm’s movement as it is building its cocoon,” said Oxman. “Our aim was to translate the motion-capture data into a 3D printer connected to a robotic arm in order to study the biological structure in larger scales.”
The pavilion is part of a research project to explore ways of overcoming the existing limitations of additive manufacturing at architectural scales and follows recent proposals for a house made of 3D printed concrete sections and a dwelling made of prefabricated plastic elements.
Top image: colour scanning electron microscope image of the exterior surface of a silk moth cocoon. Image by Dr. James C. Weaver, Wyss Institute, Harvard University
Electronic Sensors Printed Directly on the Skin
New electronic tattoos could help monitor health during normal daily activities.
Taking advantage of recent advances in flexible electronics, researchers have devised a way to “print” devices directly onto the skin so people can wear them for an extended period while performing normal daily activities. Such systems could be used to track health and monitor healing near the skin’s surface, as in the case of surgical wounds.
So-called “epidermal electronics” were demonstrated previously in research from the lab of John Rogers, a materials scientist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; the devices consist of ultrathin electrodes, electronics, sensors, and wireless power and communication systems. In theory, they could attach to the skin and record and transmit electrophysiological measurements for medical purposes. These early versions of the technology, which were designed to be applied to a thin, soft elastomer backing, were “fine for an office environment,” says Rogers, “but if you wanted to go swimming or take a shower they weren’t able to hold up.” Now, Rogers and his coworkers have figured out how to print the electronics right on the skin, making the device more durable and rugged. via wildcat2030 (via Wearable Electronic Sensors Can Now Be Printed Directly on the Skin | MIT Technology Review)