Misc. Gadgets

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3D printing is definitely gaining steam, but the there are major drawbacks to overcome—speed being chief among them. However, Carbon3D has just unveiled a breakthrough technology that could change everything.

Continuous Liquid Interface Productiongo technology (CLIP) is touted as being 25 to 100 times faster than current methods. The secret is that it harnesses the power of laser light to cure the photosensitive resin and oxygen as an inhibiting agent—allowing the system to print in three dimensions at once as opposed to layer-by-layer.

Amazingly enough, Carbon3D has managed to keep this development under wraps from the general public until now. However, it has managed to secure $41 million in funding from major venture capital firms like Sequoia Capital, putting many fears to rest about it’s credibility.

“If 3D printing hopes to break out of the prototyping niche it has been trapped in for decades, we need to find a disruptive technology that attacks the problem from a fresh perspective and addresses 3D printing’s fundamental weaknesses,” said Jim Goetz, Carbon3D board member and Sequoia partner. “When we met Joe and saw what his team had invented, it was immediately clear to us that 3D printing would never be the same.”

Check out the demo videos after the break to see CLIP in action…

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This isn’t your mama’s crafting tool any longer. This is a super MacGyvered 3D doodler created by Industrial design student Vimal Patel.

The idea started from a university project where he was challenged to use biodegradable 3D printing filament (monomateriality) to replace the functionality of multimaterial products. Products like helmets, for example, use multiple materials like foam, plastic, adhesives, and paint which cannot be recycled easily. A helmet made of a single material would go a long way in overcoming this problem. Plus, it would be a lot cheaper to produce.

Experimenting with traditional 3D printers, Patel printed layer upon layer to resolve the hardness issue of the filament, but then the flexibility became compromised. Realizing the answer to both issues would be to “extrude material along a path in multiple axes”, he took the next, uh…logical step and fabricated a handheld printer out of LEGO and attached it to a glue gun. Viola, a handheld printer that layers on all axes.

This is just pure genius. Check out the video below showing the build and the printing in action.

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Imagine that you’re a squirrel, browsing a terrace garden for a snack when when suddenly this frighteningly disfigured owl from hell shoots you in the face with water. You’ve just been served by the Squirrelinator 2000.

After several unsuccessful attempts to rid his garden of the furry buggers, Redditor metroSFVogange decided to go nuclear. He installed an old IP camera in a garden owl (discounted because of the nightmarish exposed eye socket. He plans on adding a Terminator red eye soon) and wired an electric squirt gun to it. So when the squirrels sneak in, the motion detection on the camera triggers the squirt gun to fire. There’s even a solar-powered spinning prop to make it more menacing. But the best part is that the device takes pictures of its victims.

Check out the photos from the build and a recent squirrel encounter after the break…

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The things people can make with 3D printers never ceases to amaze me. This Nightingale Bow from Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim by Marco Antonio Pérez Morata is a perfect example.

Using the popular design software SolidWorks, Morata created the model concept in about eight hours and then printed 12 pieces with a MakerBot Replicator 2 3D printer.

He explains to 3D Print it took 58 hours to complete the printing process.

“I split the model up so that it would require very little post processing. It is split up like a jigsaw so that you can take it straight from the print bed and assemble the pieces. I split the bow in half as not to lose too much detail, but kept the two end pieces as one to give the model more rigidity. I did end up gluing the two halves together just to ensure a solid build.”

Check out more pics after the break.

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Meet Beachbot, the world’s first (and cutest) autonomous sand art robot. Developed by ETH Zurich and the Zurich division of Disney Research, Beachbot uses a laser scanner, Wi-Fi, an inertial measurement unit, and four reflective poles to create art on a massive scale.

According to Disney Research Zurich head Paul Beardsley, “The dream is to create huge amazing drawings like the Nazca Lines.”

Learn more about Beachbot in the video after the break.

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CES brings out all the coolest gadgets, and these wireless speakers from Massive Audio are no exception. They work with an iOS or Android app and can be paired together so you could have a small fleet of Daleks playing your favorite tunes. The design is wonderfully detailed and even includes a glowing blue Dalek eye and a lit TARDIS light.

Even better, there are sound effects so you get 6 TARDIS noises and the Daleks will yell “Obey!” and “Exterminate!” jut like the real deal. There are also two different TARDIS-themed headphones and, if you were at the show, there was a life-size Dalek roaming about the booth blasting tunes.

According to Mashable, Pricing will be $120 for the TARDIS speaker or $150 for the Dalek with a “Dalek Sec” variant that’s black for $120. Headphones will run for $60 wired or $120 wireless. Expect to see them go on sale in late spring.

See more pictures and video after the break.

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This Bluetooth speaker is designed to look just like the Death Star and it even lights up when in use. It measures 6″ tall x 4 1/2″ wide x 4 1/2″ deep and comes with a clear acrylic stand. This is an officially licensed Star Wars product and will wirelessly stream music from up to 30 feet away. Sadly it does not come with a working turbolaser.

See another picture after the break.

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Fans of The Karate Kid will instantly recognize this robot’s crane pose. It took Ralph Macchio a whole movie to get it, but the guys at Boston Dynamics look to be well on their way to creating a karate champion.

Atlas the robot doesn’t pull off the jump, but he does manage to balance precariously on one foot while bringing his arms up in the pose. Although this looks like it’s just for fun, Atlas came in second in the DARPA Grand Challenge last year by being able to do many of the things first responders do in disasters. Atlas has the potential to save lives, even without mastering the crane.

See the video after the break.

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If you’ve ever longed for a communicator badge like the ones worn by characters in Star Trek, then OnBeep has a product for you called Onyx. They’ve made what is essentially a small, clip-on walkie talkie that you can wear near your face instead of attaching to a pocket on your pants. You need a smart phone or mobile device with bluetooth and data access to run Onyx, and the lightweight gadget (just over 1.5 ounces) operates with a light touch. You just have to find the right place to clip it onto your shirt.

The first production run should get to customers in December.

See more photos and the launch video after the break.

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