Joan Lai

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Rev up your mornings with a $15,000 racecar-inspired coffee machine -

It’s the start of the year. Well almost, especially for lazy bums like me. So I thought, why not bring to you some start-of-the-day special-ness. …

Apple patents a hover touch sensor and heart rate monitor for smartphones

Apple is getting closer to having you interact with your iPhone without even touching it.<p>Apple today received U.S. Patent No. 8,614,693, which describes a method for accurately determining user interactions with touchscreens for touch and hover events (bringing your finger close to a screen but not …

Synetiq Crowdsourced Neuromarketing Offers Emotional Advert Analytics

Every company wishes that they could test their adverts and marketing materials before serving them up to the public. Focus groups and market research are notoriously expensive, but Synetiq is offering an alternative: Crowdsourced neuromarketing.<p>Using a global network of testers – each with an …

Here’s why 2014 will be the year of the ‘Internet of things’

Consumers have been snapping up connected fitness gadgets such as the Fitbit and the Jawbone this year.<p>Next year, we’ll see this kind of ubiquitous sensor technology extend to the enterprise as part of the “Internet of things,” according to an analyst at Frost & Sullivan.<p>In fact, machines will …

Are you ready for the 'invisible' bicycle helmet?

If you don't like bicycle helmets but worry about your safety, check this new European innovation out.<p>Swede Terese Alstin came up with the idea of an 'invisible' bike helmet as part of her master's thesis in Sweden. She did a great deal of research, determined what the motion of a bicycle crash is …

Google Wants To Make Your Passwords Obsolete

<i>Update to add comment from Google on U2F technology.</i><p>If there’s one thing that decades of computer use have taught security experts, it’s that most of us are really bad at creating good passwords. After the recent data breach involving Adobe’s customer accounts, security researcher Jeremi Gosney …

Look at This Lady's Amazing 3-D Printed Selfie

Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia shared the first known selfie in 1914 with a photo taken on Kodak Brownie camera. Today, a plethora of …

Leopoly: The free, easy-to-use and fun 3D sculpting app for 3D prints

Those SpaceGlasses were pretty cool, right? Sculpting 3D objects in a virtual space is an incredibly intuitive approach to CAD, but Meta wasn’t the …

Printing

Capture 3D Images with your iPhone

Marble is the next 3D printing material thanks to recycled marble dust.

We love new 3D printing materials. Every material means new applications and more customizable production. The rise in flexible materials has made …

Microsoft demos 3D scanning mobile app in hopes of making it easier to 3D print

You have a 3D printer, but you don’t want to drop an additional $1,000 on a 3D scanner to start creating digital models of real-life objects. What do …

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A Future Without Your Favorite Foods: GhostFood Lets You Smell The Soon To Be Extinct

An art project explores a world where climate change has eliminated key produce, and the olfactory ghosts it’ll leave behind.<p>As scientists have firmly established, our sense of smell is inextricably linked to our long-term memory. As a form of nasal nostalgia, we are actually able to conjure vivid …

3D Remind turns children's drawings into 3D printed sculptures

Oct.26, 2013<p>Every kid is talented in making drawings. Proud parents often put them up on the fridge to show how amazing they are. And now Osaka …

Sculpture

Zim, the true Consumer-oriented 3D printer

<b>Zeepro official web site click here</b><p><b>Colors:</b><p>Printing examples:<p><b>2 colors</b> printed at a 25 to 50 mm/s speed and a 100 microns per layer resolution:<p><b>Another</b> …

Folding Technology Lets 3D-Printers Produce Objects Larger Than Themselves

Hyperform is a new way of creating large objects, regardless of the size of the printer bed.<p>One of the limiting factors of 3D-printing is the actual …

Samsung patents smartphone-connected 'sports glasses' that could compete with Google Glass

Samsung has registered a patent that could hint at its own Google Glass-style wearable device. The design patent, filed in Korea early this year, was granted full registered status in October and recently unearthed by <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>. It shows a pair of "sports glasses" with transparent or …

World View’s space gondolas will balloon you to the edge of the Earth for $75,000 -

Sandra Bullock’s blood-curdling drifting sequences in ‘Gravity’ only seem to have encouraged space travel enthusiasts further. So while Sir Richard …

Space Travel

IBM's Watson is better at diagnosing cancer than human doctors

IBM's Watson -- the language-fluent computer that beat the best human champions at a game of the US TV show <i>Jeopardy!</i> -- is being turned into a tool …