We looked at the big picture and distilled the 2016 Exponential Manufacturing conference into the four big themes we saw emerge during the event.Dale Doughtry, CEO and founder of Maker MediaCrowdfunding platforms are fueling the entry of these low-cost machines, like the Makerarm, which raised nearly half a million dollars on Kickstarter, and is the first complete digital fabrication robotic arm that mounts to a desktop.Robotics expert and director of Columbia University s Creative Machine Labs, Hod Lipson, projected how these advances in AI and robotics will converge to create fully resilient and adaptive cloud-connected factories in the future.Shree Bose took this route with Piper, a computer kit for kids to learn engineering through the game Minecraft and the grand prize winner of Google s Global Science Fair.Bose said she only built one scrappy prototype of Piper before beginning the Kickstarter campaign.Hagel said the economy is splitting into two parts—products and services are fragmenting into smaller and smaller pieces, while the platforms knitting them together are getting bigger.
Getting into the smart home hardware business, today Google debuted Google Home, a voice-activated home automation system, at the firm s annual developer s conference, Google I/O 2016.We ve had a few teasers over the last few months and Recode previously reported that Google has been working on a portable speaker containing a built-in voice-activated assistant for the whole family in a prototype called Chirp.Mario Queiroz, VP of product management, introduced Google Home, stating that it lets you enjoy music and entertainment, manage every day tasks and Ask Google what you what to do, via a voice assistant.Consumers will be able to request music in specific rooms or request multi-room playback.It ll not only answer your queries and organize your life, Google Home promises to connect your other smart home devices: lights, thermostat, switches and – of course – Google s own Nest devices, with Querioz predicting that in the future it will control things beyond the home, via the voice assistant function.Apple, Microsoft and Google all have voice-activated assistants, but up until now, they ve been limited to mobile devices.
A file picture of a prototype Chinese maglev train operating in a vacuum tube.Photo: SCMP PicturesChina and the United States are neck and neck in the race to develop military applications for an ultra high-speed Hyperloop transport system, according to a Chinese researcher involved in one of the projects.It will use magnetic levitation, or maglev technology, to raise the vehicle above a track and reduce friction.A major drive for the research comes from military demand, Zhao said.Most Chinese researchers used maglev systems to lift the vehicle into the air to avoid physical contact with the rail, which would generate enormous friction and heat at high speed.The maglev approach is less popular in the US, according to Zhao.
The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency in the UK has already stopped paper licences and moved them online and is now trying to make them more digital.Photo: Getty ImagesImagine being pulled over by the cops while driving, being asked for your licence, and you pull out your … smartphone.For British motorists, this could soon happen following a sneak preview a new prototype for a mobile licence from the head of the country's driving authority.In a tweet last week, Oliver Morely, chief executive of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency DVLA tweeted a picture of an iPhone with a U.K. driving licence in Apple's Wallet app.1 prototype no timeline yet2 not replacement for photocard, an add-on3 security our priority4 possible because nomorecounterpartThe DVLA is trying to make driving licence more digital.And other pieces of identification are also looking to go digital.
View photosMoreHttps%3a%2f%2fblueprint-api-production.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fcard%2fimage%2f91465%2fd20baa5db9934c9b8c2d58d6a65d8546Looking a little like the world-saving stones from sci-fi classic The Fifth Element, a new device is expected to have a big impact on renewable energy.Built by Mark Keevers and Martin Green from the University of New South Wales UNSW , the unique prism could help make solar panels cheaper and more efficient.The prism has a sunlight-to-electricity conversion efficiency rate of 34.5 percent, Keevers told Mashable Australia.The number has been independently confirmed by the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory USNREL , Keevers added.The USNREL has been contacted for comment."Right now, this is a proof of concept prototype," Keevers said.
MoreHttps%3a%2f%2fblueprint-api-production.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fcard%2fimage%2f90910%2fscratch3.0-prototype 50 1 MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Google's annual developer conference doesn't officially kick off until Wednesday but about 120 of the company's youngest developers are already getting to preview one of its newest announcements.Google is teaming up with MIT's Media Lab to create Scratch Blocks, an updated version of the kid-centric programming language.Now, the MIT team is partnering with Google on the next generation of Scratch, with the hope that Google can help scale Scratch to more platforms and devices.The update also makes it easier to bring Scratch to smaller screens like smartphones and tablets, says Mitchel Resnick, Director or MIT's Scratch Team.While more and more companies that make products for kids — whether they are toy companies or software makers — are beginning to incorporate programmable elements for their young users, there isn't one universal programming language across these products, explains Resnick.While traditional programming requires very precise strings of text and punctuation, Scratch and other visual programming languages rely on a shape-based system that Resnick characterizes as the "Lego approach," that's much more intuitive for beginners.
A developer known for impressive gaming technology is helping development teams that are doing cool things with and for its engine.Develop Epic Games has given out $75,000 in total to five teams as part of its Unreal Dev Grants program, which it created to reward innovative projects built for and with its Unreal Engine 4 development tool.Simply put, we succeed when you succeed, Epic notes on the Unreal Dev Grants website.Unreal Dev Grants can give you the boost you need to take your project beyond working prototype.Epic wants to help you focus more on creation and worry less about keeping the lights on.The recipients, consisting of game and plugin makers, include:
The company claims that its Jet Fusion 3D Printing Solution revolutionises prototyping and printing by delivering "superior quality" end products at half the cost, and up to 10 times faster, than current rivals FDM and SLS printer solutions in the same price bracket .It offers printing at the individual voxel level the 3D printing equivalent of a single pixel in 2D printing, as it were so boasts high levels of accuracy, and also speed with the ability to print over 340 million voxels per second.And while this is aimed at commercial usage and the hardware is very expensive, it's exciting to see what sort of technology is in the wings and could potentially trickle down in some form to desktop 3D printing.Businesses and manufacturers can completely rethink how they design and deliver solutions to their customers."Pricing for the 3200 starts at $130,000 around £90,000, AU$180,000 , with the full solution comprising the 3D printer and Processing Station which you can see on the right in the above image - this provides faster cooling and a cleaner finish, among other benefits starting at $155,000 around £108,000, AU$213,000 .The Jet Fusion 4200 will ship late this year, and the Jet Fusion 3200 will follow in 2017.
A file picture of a prototype Chinese maglev train operating in a vacuum tube.Photo: SCMP PicturesChina s scientists are looking to develop military applications for experimental technology behind an ultra high-speed vacuum transport system, according to a researcher involved in one of the projects.It will use magnetic levitation, or maglev technology, to raise the vehicle above a track and reduce friction.A major drive for the research comes from military demand, Zhao said.Most Chinese researchers used maglev systems to lift the vehicle into the air to avoid physical contact with the rail, which would generate enormous friction and heat at high speed.The maglev approach is less popular in the US, according to Zhao.
It's no surprise to hear that Samsung is working on an Active version of its smartphone the Galaxy S7.Early this month some images of the Galaxy S7 Active leaked showing what was claimed to be a prototype device for ATNow another image has leaked and this time out it is claimed to be a rendering of the smartphone and it looks very official.The camo back panel appears heavily textured for grip even with wet hands.A version of the device was spied wearing the SM-G880 model number.We still have no hard data on hardware inside the S7 Active, but it is hinted that it will use the same hardware as the normal Galaxy S7.The S7 Active is expected to carry improved water resistance compared to the standard smartphone already able to survive significant time in the water.
The idea for this tennis robot was born after years of table tennis matches against each other and when they began studying in different parts built one brother a prototype robot to practice in secret. A dozen prototypes later, has now launched Trainerbot on Kickstarter. The project is seeking 80,000 dollars and if you want one you have to donate at least $ 329 excluding shipping. With Trainerbot can, via an associated mobile app, create your own workouts so you can get better at the different tennis teams. You can set each on the table the ball will land, how fast it will go and whether there should be any spin on the ball. Bonus Cut below where people from Ars Technica and The Verge takes a closer look at this device.
The airline Easy Jet have featured shoes that will guide during the walk. The soles are small devices that vibrate in different ways to see if you come to the right. Vibrates the left shoe is the time to take to the left and when the signal is coming from right shoe knows that the direction is the right way. When the programmed target is reached is signaled by the three vibration in order. The programming of the route is done via a GPS-equipped mobile and signaling between the mobile and the shoe is handled by Bluetooth. So far the shoes, which dubbed Sneakairs, just as a prototype that has been tested by Wired whose reporter is clearly pleased with the functionality.
Fitbit announced that it has acquired Coin's wearable payment technology, a move that will see NFC mobile payments coming to the company's lineup of fitness trackers in the near future.Next came its wearable prototype, which it developed in partnership with MasterCard.Apparently, this proof of concept was enough to convince Fitbit to shed a little coin on the technology.The announcement details that the Coin payment technology will not be making its way to 2016's Fitbit products, like the Fitbit Blaze and Fitbit Alta, that have already released this year, as well as unannounced products that may still be coming.But that leaves the wearables of 2017 totally open to mobile payment integration.Just try to come up with something a little more imaginative than Fitbit Pay, yeah?
SAP and UPS combine software and logistics to let customers order parts instantly – if it s cheaper than traditional manufacturingSAP and UPS are working together to deliver an on-demand 3D printing service that links the former s supply chain software with the latter s industrial manufacturing and logistics networks.Customers will be able to approve and order custom 3D printed parts directly from within SAP software, which will then be manufactured at one of 60 UPS facilities cross the US.SAP UPS 3D printing partnershipUPS 3D printing 2It is claimed the partnership will allow companies to simplify supply chains and open up 3D printing to smaller companies without access to a machine, those who cannot justify a long production run or those who need a prototype made quickly.This agreement with SAP adds an important UPS capability to help customers right-size inventories and lower short-run production costs, and help entrepreneurs bring their ideas to life faster than ever, added Stan Deans, president of UPS Global Distribution and Logistics.3D printing has come down in price in recent years with analysts predicting the technology will become more mainstream.Makerbot has targeted small and medium businesses, while HP s recently announced 3D Jet Fusion range is looking at bigger firms, costing between £94,000 and £114,000 per unit.
The airline Easyjet recently announced a pair of shoes with the help of vibration in the sole of the shoe can show where to go. If left shoe will vibrate to swing left and right shoe vibrate, so it's time to turn right. The shoes are connected via Bluetooth to an associated app in your phone which then, via GPS, has an eye on where you are and where to go. The shoes named Sneakairs and is currently available only in prototype form, but in the future Easyjet hopes to be able to sell these shoes for their passengers. wired.com
Honda is stepping up its self-driving game with a second-generation autonomous prototype that will be unleashed in California this year.The new test vehicle is much sleeker than the automated RLX unveiled last year, thanks to a lower-profile LiDAR sensor that replaces the spinning turret mounted to the roof of the previous car.Honda says the entire suite of sensors — which also includes radar, cameras, and GPS — is new, along with virtually everything else.The RLX also boasts higher-performance CPUs and GPUs, with improved cabling, heat management, and circuitry, according to Honda.Radar is good at detecting the relative speed and position of objects, while cameras are better at identifying objects based on size and shape, Honda notes.While Apple s car plans are still quite opaque, Honda says its test program is part of a plan to put self-driving technology into production by 2020.
About four years ago, a man called James had a freak accident while trying to board a train that resulted in him falling under the train, severing his left leg, and severely damaging his left arm among other grievous injuries.Originally, James was sent home with what he called "peach-colored and obvious" prosthetic arm and leg with limited capabilities and a hook instead of a hand.Eventually James became part of an experiment where he was fitted with a prototype bionic arm.The limb in question is connected to the nerves and muscles in the shoulder and the bionic arm was fitted at the studio of a prosthetics artist called Sophie De Oliveria Brata, creator of something called the Alternative Limb Project.Muscle signals are detected by sensors attached to the skin of his shoulders that are connected to a harness on the top of the body that operates the arm and hand.The arm has a laser light, a flashlight, and a USB port in the wrist to change his phone.
Better-than-binary multi-level memoryMemory could be getting an upgrade beyond the two states used in binary, as researchers have designed a magnetic element with six stable magnetic states, according to a paper published in Applied Physics Letters.They consume less power, allow memory to be written and read at a quicker pace, and last longer."Furthermore, since MRAM is different in its nature from flash, there is no reason that it should suffer from the drawbacks of multi-level-cell flash memory."This technique, known as spin-orbit torque switching, shows that more memory can be packed over a tighter space.Researchers believe that even more magnetic states can be created by adding more layers of magnetic film – crossing four ellipses could give eight magnetic states.The researchers said they would like to "progress towards fabricating a prototype" that would help them "convince the magnetic memory industry to make a shift towards multi-level magnetic memory."
Forty feet wide and 80 feet long, the Stiletto is nearly three times the size of a World War II PT boat yet less than a third of the weight.With a carbon fiber hull, the Stiletto is light enough 45 tons, unloaded to be craned onto a cargo ship for transport—but it can also carry 20 tons of cargo and tear through most sea states at high speeds.Now operating from Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek near Norfolk, Virginia, the Stiletto was originally intended to be part of a new Navy combat concept—groups of small, highly networked boats carrying sensors and weapons and working as a group to take on enemies in coastal, river, and shallow ocean waters.Built with special operations in mind, the Stiletto has a stealthy profile and a unique pentamaran hull that essentially acts as a surface effect hull at high speeds, allowing the craft to rise out of the water and reach speeds of 60 knots 69 miles an hour, or 110 kilometers per hour .But it is funded directly by the Department of Defense's Office of Research, Test, Development and Evaluation RDT .Earlier this year, Stiletto served as the "sea" leg of a Marine Corps Warfighting Lab test of using teamed ground robots and aerial drones to find and direct fire against targets ashore.
View photosMoreA prototype of Google's own self-driving vehicle is seen during a media preview of Google's current autonomous vehicles in Mountain View, California September 29, 2015.REUTERS/Elijah NouvelageWASHINGTON Reuters - A group seeking to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil on Thursday called on policymakers to remove regulatory hurdles in order to accelerate the deployment of self-driving cars, as well as revise tax incentives to boost sales of less expensive electric vehicles.The influential group Securing America's Future Energy SAFE and its leadership council chaired by FedEx Corp President, Chairman and CEO Frederick Smith and retired U.S. Marine Corps Commandant James Conway, unveiled a report seeking broad commercialization of autonomous cars "once they are as safe as today s cars."SAFE has been pushing U.S. policymakers since 2006 to boost fuel efficiency standards, increase U.S. energy production and encourage alternative fuel vehicles in a bid to cut oil use in half by 2040.The group of business and military leaders helped prompt then-President George W. Bush and the U.S. Congress in 2007 to approve the first increase in passenger car fuel economy standards in more than two decades.The SAFE report was released at an event that included John Krafcik, the CEO of Alphabet Inc's Google Self-Driving Car program.