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New Process Enables Precision 3D Printing of Silicone

July 25, 2017

Silicone is an excellent material for biomedical applications due to its inherent biocompatibility. The ability to 3D print implantable medical devices would be highly desirable because it would allow for: quick turnaround, local production in a medical facility, precise renderings of highly complex objects, and the ability to customize each device to fit each individual patient. However, 3D-printing with silicone has proven difficult.

At Your Fingertips: How Leap Motion Lets You Control VR With Your Bare Hands

July 24, 2017

Virtual reality has an interface problem. In fact, if you asked the team at Leap Motion, they'd say all of modern technology does. But Leap Motion's sensor-based controller could change all of that by allowing us to interact in the digital world using the world's oldest and most user-friendly mode of input – our bare hands.

Touch-Sensitive Fibers Eyed for Use in Wearable Devices

July 24, 2017

Touchscreen-like capability may be coming to wearables thanks to new touch-sensitive elastic fibers developed by researchers at North Carolina State University.

Google Glass is Back, With a Focus on Enterprise

July 21, 2017

If it were a movie you might call it Google Glass 2: Enterprise Rises.

After halting sales of Google Glass in 2015, Google's parent company, Alphabet, has announced it will be re-releasing the headset, this time with a target toward enterprise over consumer.

Adidas Unveils the ‘Futurecraft’ of 3D-Printed Footwear

July 21, 2017

Global footwear company Adidas has teamed with Silicon Valley-based startup Carbon to develop a sneaker partially fabricated using a new manufacturing method that uses light and oxygen as the first product of its next-generation Futurecraft 4D brand.

The shoe represents a new direction in digital footwear creation that eliminates traditional prototyping or molding and will allow for better customization using athlete data and agile manufacturing, according to the German-based company.

Engineering a Robot for a Specific Job

July 20, 2017

With labor costs increasing and robot costs declining, collaborative robots have become an increasingly popular alternative to human labor. More and more, robots are filling a skills and cost niche – provided you have the right robot for the right task. One of the most efficient ways to replace labor with a robot is to create the robot specifically for the job that needs to be done.