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Fantastical 2 for iPhone

stay organized with integrated calendar and reminder app for iPhone. #apps #iPhone #integrated

parislemon:

So good. Sooooo good. This is exactly how the Calendar app on the iPhone should work in every regard (complete with Reminders being fully integrated). But Apple’s loss is Flexibits’ gain.

Don’t be a moron, pay $2.99 to upgrade now (or $4.99 later). So good.

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useful things for power outages. #innovation #ideas #light #emergency #technology
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LED lightbulb doubles as a flashlight in emergencies
When an electricity cut happens, homeowners can find themselves fumbling around in the dark trying to remember where they left the flashlight, never mind the batteries needed to operate it. The Bulb Flashlight charges itself while in use to provide four hours of emergency light, and can even be disconnected and used as a torch. READ MORE…

useful things for power outages. #innovation #ideas #light #emergency #technology

springwise:

LED lightbulb doubles as a flashlight in emergencies

When an electricity cut happens, homeowners can find themselves fumbling around in the dark trying to remember where they left the flashlight, never mind the batteries needed to operate it. The Bulb Flashlight charges itself while in use to provide four hours of emergency light, and can even be disconnected and used as a torch. READ MORE…

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Interactive robot trains kids with autism
A humanoid robot shows promise for teaching a basic social skill called joint attention to children with autism spectrum disorder.
Aiden, who is three and a half years old, has been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). NAO (pronounced “now”) is the diminutive “front man” for an elaborate system of cameras, sensors, and computers designed specifically to help children like Aiden learn how to coordinate their attention with other people and objects in their environment.
Typically developing children learn joint attention naturally. Children with autism, however, have difficulty mastering it and that inability can compound into a variety of learning difficulties as they age.
Mechanical engineers and autism experts have developed the system and used it to demonstrate that robotic systems may be powerful tools for enhancing the basic social learning skills of children with ASD.
Writing in the March issue of the IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, the researchers report that children with ASD paid more attention to the robot and followed its instructions almost as well as they did those of a human therapist in standard exercises used to develop joint attention skill. The finding indicates that robots could play a crucial role in responding to the “public health emergency” that has been created by the rapid growth in the number of children being diagnosed with ASD. (via Futurity.org – Interactive robot trains kids with autism)

futuretechreport:

Interactive robot trains kids with autism

A humanoid robot shows promise for teaching a basic social skill called joint attention to children with autism spectrum disorder.

Aiden, who is three and a half years old, has been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). NAO (pronounced “now”) is the diminutive “front man” for an elaborate system of cameras, sensors, and computers designed specifically to help children like Aiden learn how to coordinate their attention with other people and objects in their environment.

Typically developing children learn joint attention naturally. Children with autism, however, have difficulty mastering it and that inability can compound into a variety of learning difficulties as they age.

Mechanical engineers and autism experts have developed the system and used it to demonstrate that robotic systems may be powerful tools for enhancing the basic social learning skills of children with ASD.

Writing in the March issue of the IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, the researchers report that children with ASD paid more attention to the robot and followed its instructions almost as well as they did those of a human therapist in standard exercises used to develop joint attention skill. The finding indicates that robots could play a crucial role in responding to the “public health emergency” that has been created by the rapid growth in the number of children being diagnosed with ASD. (via Futurity.org – Interactive robot trains kids with autism)

(via designersofthings)

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BionicOpter 

Remote-controlled drone that flies and is in the form of a dragonfly - video embedded below:

With the BionicOpter, Festo has technically mastered the highly complex flight characteristics of the dragonfly. Just like its model in nature, this ultralight flying object can fly in all directions, hover in mid-air and glide without beating its wings.

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(via designersofthings)

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USB password manager offers access via fingerprint swipe
Passwords may often be a pain for those with numerous online accounts, but myIDkey now offers a novel solution. Secured with biometrics, myIDkey is a USB drive with built-in password manager that users unlock with the simple swipe of a finger. READ MORE…

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USB password manager offers access via fingerprint swipe

Passwords may often be a pain for those with numerous online accounts, but myIDkey now offers a novel solution. Secured with biometrics, myIDkey is a USB drive with built-in password manager that users unlock with the simple swipe of a finger. READ MORE…

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Real-time remote identity verifications through smartphones

One of the major concerns about the growth of online business activity is identity theft, and ideas such asLaunchKey have already offered ways to make logins more secure. But what about companies requiring harder proof before authenticating customers to use their service? Netverify is a new platform that uses laptop webcams or smartphone cameras to confirm users’ identities by scanning official documents in real-time. READ MORE…

springwise:

Real-time remote identity verifications through smartphones

One of the major concerns about the growth of online business activity is identity theft, and ideas such asLaunchKey have already offered ways to make logins more secure. But what about companies requiring harder proof before authenticating customers to use their service? Netverify is a new platform that uses laptop webcams or smartphone cameras to confirm users’ identities by scanning official documents in real-time. READ MORE…

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How To 3D Print at Home with an iPhone and a Magnifying Glass (VIDEO)

via shapeways

While looking for a way to recycle our excess Nylon powder we found a way for anyone to 3D print at home with an iPhone and a magnifying glass.

At Shapeways we recycle most of the Nylon powder from our industrial 3D printing process but sometimes the powder does not meet the standard required for use in our 3D printers.  We were looking at the testing process when we made a really exciting discovery, with a tightly focused beam of light you can solidify the Nylon powder into a solid.  

We did some experiments and discovered a way that anyone can 3D print at home using an iPhone and a magnifying glass with our Nylon powder.  Take a look at the simple video below and email freenylon@shapeways.com and we can send you (for the cost of shipping) some of our excess Nylon for you to try at home.

In a relatively simple step by step process that almost exactly replicates the way in which our industrial 3D printers work it is easy to 3D print a basic form with an iPhone with a ‘Torch’ app, a strong magnifying glass, a ruler and some fine Nylon powder.

  1. Prepare the Nylon powder to around 3mm thick on a clean flat surface.  The smoother this first surface the better quality your 3D print will be as this is the foundation of your entire print. (This is the same way that our 3D printers prepare for your 3D prints)
  1. Use the Torch App to activate the flash on your iPhone and a magnifying glass to focus the light into a tight beam. You will need to experiment to fid the perfect distance from the Nylon and the time it takes to solidify the powder so that you do not burn the Nylon.  (Our industrial machines use much the same process except with a laser to speed up the printing time and give greater accuracy)
  1. Use a ruler or other straight flat item to gently cover the first layer of your 3D print with around 0.5mm of Nylon powder, you will be printing your part from the bottom up, tracing the existing layer to ensure the melt together. (Again, this is the exactly the same process our SLS 3D printers use, except the layer of Nylon is in the Microns yet still building objects from the bottom up)
  1. Repeat steps 2 and 3 to print your object, ensuring you melt each layer to the layer below, as you gain confidence you can try to 3D print simple interlocking parts like a chain. (please note: The strength of the part is reliant on the uniformity of the bond between Nylon particles, we do not recommend you use this process for any parts under stress.  The industrial 3D printers Shapeways use are high precision machines that 3D print high quality parts. Home 3D printing with this process is an experimental process for fun more than function.)

Take a look at the video below to see our results, if you want to try this yourself at home contact us freenylon@shapeways.com and we can send you some Nylon (for shipping costs) so you can try this at home too.

(Source: youtube.com, via designersofthings)

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futuretechreport:

Hop! the Following Suitcase

A great concept of luggage of the near future, Hop! uses the bluetooth signal from your smartphone to let the suitcase follow you rather having you lug it around.

According to the website - this is how Hop! works:

“The suitcase contains three receivers that are able to receive, identify and triangulate different signals coming from the user’s cell phone. A microcontroller interprets these signals calculating the phone’s position regarding to the suitcase. The same microcontroller operates a caterpillar system based on compressed air, which follows the user at a constant distance. If the signal is lost the user is alerted by the vibration of the phone and suitcase locks itself.)”

Hop! is a great example of how mass adoption of smartphone technology is causing a great amount of innovation into all other aspects of our daily lives via the Internet of Things. 

Video from CargoCollective.com

(via designersofthings)

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futuretechreport:

Interesting use of AR for marketing of the new VW from Volkswagon via the-t-files:

AR Marketing for VW

To unveil the new 2015 Volkswagon Golf, VW put together a pop culture timeline in a fun augmented reality video that premiered at the 2013 NY Auto Show. Taking us from Pong to Nintendo to today, this stylized projection is an exciting and fun look at how to market using AR techniques. 

(via designersofthings)