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3-D Printing Will Change the World

3-D Printing Will Change the World
To anyone who hasn’t seen it demonstrated, 3-D printing sounds futuristic—like the meals that materialized in the Jetsons’ oven at the touch of a keypad. But the technology is quite straightforward: It is a small evolutionary step from spraying toner on paper to putting down layers of something more substantial (such as plastic resin) until the layers add up to an object. And yet, by enabling a machine to produce objects of any shape, on the spot and as needed, 3-D printing really is ushering in a new era. As applications of the technology expand and prices drop, the first big implication is that more goods will be manufactured at or close to their point of purchase or consumption. This might even mean household-level production of some things. Another implication is that goods will be infinitely more customized, because altering them won’t require retooling, only tweaking the instructions in the software. Related:  JJ

AS3 Particle Node Sequencer › Experimenting with the Tonfall Audio Engine “An experimental particle based audio sequencer, created in Flash using Tonfall; the new open source AS3 audio engine produced by Andre Michelle …” (You can drag each node and switch off the wander behaviour to create your own compositions). At Flash on the Beach this year, I had the privilege of seeing Andre Michelle speak. It was great to hear him explain some of his fantastic work behind audiotool and to see and hear some more of his audio experiments. He also introduced Tonfall, which is an open source AS3 framework designed to get people started with Audio programming in Flash. I know that I’m not alone in feeling inspired by what Andre has done for the Flash platform, particularly when it comes to audio, yet lack the knowledge he has invested so much time and hard work in acquiring. So this is my first test with the framework, which although not extensively documented (at the time of writing), was quite easy to pick up and get going with. Download: Particle Sequencer

Microsoft to invest $75-million for African digital access During the closing keynote of Microsoft’s Partners in Learning Global Forum over the weekend, the technology giant announced that it has started an initiative and partnership called Youth Spark – Spark a Child’s digital future. As part of the agreement between Microsoft, World Vision and the British Counsel, the three companies will implement an investment of $75-million with NGOs to give digital access to kids for the first time throughout developing nations. Laura Ipsen, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Worldwide Public Sector, during the closing keynote of Microsoft’s Partners in Learning Global Forum (image: Charlie Fripp) Microsoft mentioned that they have already opened over a 100 digital hubs in Africa, where they train people on how to use digital content. While they had a massive reach with the digital hubs, those were done with only $2-million of investment. Owens explained that “once a child’s basic needs are met, developing digital skills leads to better jobs.

DARPA combines human brains and 120-megapixel cameras to create the ultimate military threat detection system After more than four years of research, DARPA has created a system that successfully combines soldiers, EEG brainwave scanners, 120-megapixel cameras, and multiple computers running cognitive visual processing algorithms into a cybernetic hivemind. Called the Cognitive Technology Threat Warning System (CT2WS), it will be used in a combat setting to significantly improve the US Army’s threat detection capabilities. There are two discrete parts to the system: The 120-megapixel camera, which is tripod-mounted and looks over the battlefield (pictured below); and the computer system, where a soldier sits in front of a computer monitor with an EEG strapped to his head (pictured above). Images from the camera are fed into the computer system, which runs cognitive visual processing algorithms to detect possible threats (enemy combatants, sniper nests, IEDs). In short, CT2WS taps the human brain’s unsurpassed ability to recognize objects. Now read: Changing the world: DARPA’s top inventions

Africa’s growth under discussion at Innovative Africa Forum African Business magazine has teamed up with Microsoft 4Afrika as well as African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO) to lead the Innovative Africa Forum in the format of a roundtable discussion on the 27th November 2013 in Kampala, Uganda. Participating will be leading experts driving innovation in Africa including Su Kahumbu, Founder of iCow, Simon Rweyongoza, of Center for Creative Leadership, and Kyai Mullei, Co-Founder of M-Changa. The Forum will be opened by The Rt Hon. Amama Mbabazi, Prime Minister of Uganda. Innovative Africa – Uganda Conference. With the theme “towards growth and development” the roundtable will explore how to create a conducive environment and an ecosystem for innovations in Africa. Omar Ben Yedder, publisher of African Business magazine, stated: “The role of innovation in Africa is an important discussion that is being had across several channels.

Autodesk Labs Innovation Edge Newsletter - February 2013 * Free technology previews are subject to the terms and conditions of the end-user license and services agreement that accompanies download of the software. This email is sent to members of the Autodesk Labs Community. To help ensure delivery of Autodesk Labs Community emails to your inbox, please add our email reply address to your Address Book or Safe Sender List. Autodesk, AutoCAD, Civil 3D, Revit, Showcase, and 3ds Max are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries. © 2013 Autodesk, Inc. Privacy | Autodesk Labs

Benefits for Africa in the pipeline – Telkom Perhaps the request for comment about where they stand with the general public is unfair, and senior management from Telkom is understandably reluctant to speculate. Johan Meyer, Executive for Global Capacity Business, Telkom. (Image: Telkom) Rather, they point to the critical role the company has played in helping to roll-out the West Africa Cable System (WACS) in early May, the culmination of four years of intensive work and touted as a significant breakthrough in the advancement of connectivity throughout Africa. The introduction of WACS into Telkom’s undersea cable portfolio will complete the Company’s second ring of capacity around the African continent. Designed to support present and future Internet, e-commerce, data, video and voice services, the capacity of the entire system is 5.12 terabits per second (Tbps). The company was involved from the very beginning says Meyer, from the time the two original concepts – upon which the final WACS model was based, were combined.

RepRap RepRap is humanity's first general-purpose self-replicating manufacturing machine. RepRap takes the form of a free desktop 3D printer capable of printing plastic objects. Since many parts of RepRap are made from plastic and RepRap prints those parts, RepRap self-replicates by making a kit of itself - a kit that anyone can assemble given time and materials. RepRap is about making self-replicating machines, and making them freely available for the benefit of everyone. is a community project, which means you are welcome to edit most pages on this site, or better yet, create new pages of your own. RepRap was the first of the low-cost 3D printers, and the RepRap Project started the open-source 3D printer revolution. RepRap was voted the most significant 3D-printed object in 2017.

The Past and Future of IR and Security: Where We're Going Big talk may characterize the promises of this century’s burgeoning “big data” transformation, but in the world of foreign policy an altogether quieter revolution is taking place in the growing sub-field of futures studies. Machine learning and human interaction are rapidly being fused into novel vehicles that yield new tools as well as surprising accuracy in strategic foresight and analysis. Together, nerds and wonks are collaboratively developing metrics to drive accountability, a result that could fundamentally change the way in which both politicians and public alike view geostrategic decisions. The US’ strong embrace of data science in the last five years alone has allowed information mapping and human-machine forecasting to evolve into a uniquely American export. The most visible proponents of the revolution in information science and new human-machine methodologies, while American, have global reputations.

3DP Materials Review The list not exhaustive — and it is certain to keep growing over time: Wood: The New-comer The newcomer in the group of 3Dprinting filament materials is wood. The material itself is a mix of wood particles and polymers, which can be used to 3Dprint objects that kind of look like cardboard more than real wood. What is positive about it is that the print texture is simply beautiful and it hides print layers nicely, without making extremely thin layers. The only brand available at the moment is LAYWOOD, and the manufacturers spent over a year on research and development of the material. PLA: The Eco-friendly Filament Polylactic acid (PLA) is one of the most common filaments used in the home 3Dprinting community. PLA is strong and resists UV light better than it's main popular alternative, the non-biodegradable ABS plastic. It should be noted that if you are using PLA for dining applications such as cups or plates, some of the colour pigments may contain toxins. ABS: Fantastic Plastic

Build A Quadcopter From Scratch - Hardware Overview In this article I will be talking about quadcopter components and how to choose them. This is part of the tutorial series on how to build a quadcopter. In the next post I will be talking about software, how to go about the algorithm and programming. If you are planning on building a quadcopter but not sure how, this is the right place for you. Building a quadcopter from scratch takes a lot of time and effort. For more tutorials, check out this list. This blog post is divided into a three parts What is a Quadcopter and How It WorkQuadcopter Components IntroductionConclusion A QuadCopter is a helicopter with four rotors, so it’s also known as quadrotor. The Quadcopters exist in many different sizes. On a regular helicopter has one big rotor to provide all the lifting power and a little tail rotor to offset the aerodynamic torque generated by the big rotor (without it, the helicopter would spin almost as fast as the propeller) Frame – The structure that holds all the components together.