3D Systems Prints First Hybrid Robotic Exoskeleton
Since CES, 3D Systems has made some big announcements proving that 3D printing is more than just for creating trinkets like iPhone cases. The 3D printing company has partnered with the likes of Hershey and Hasbro to kick off the use of 3D printers to make candy and toys. This week they announced teaming up with EskoBionics to collaborate on the first 3D printed hybrid Exoskeleton.
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The 'Pay It Forward' tuition plan would allow students to go through college without paying, but give a portion of income for years after graduating.
“OK, Glass … reform education.” (If only it were that easy.)
I’ve been lucky to be a member of the Google Glass Explorer Program for the past month, and this device has my attention. I was skeptical of Glass upon first hearing about the new technology, but as it developed, I began to see the potential not only in education, but also for the contemporary consumer. At this juncture, Glass is limited and very expensive. However, it has potential in what we do as educators.
Overall I agree with the points here. However I think a surprise at the infrastructure of our society could also be a good thing. What if it gives us pause to marvel? We also focus on negative unintended effects. What about messy effects that are positive?
A wristband that automatically records a student’s physical activity is being added to the curriculum for some Minneapolis high schools, a move that comes almost a decade after since they successfully led Minnesota into online physical education courses.
Students must do at least 15,000 recorded moves (up from 12,000 in the pilot period) in a day, the equivalent of more than half an hour of activity, to qualify their day’s activity. Each quarter requires 30 such days of activity.
According to Steve Brandt of the Star Tribune, activities ranging from picking up football to shoveling snow to participating in rehearsals for the school musical can add to students’ moves. For instance, as Solfest admitted, shoveling snow at home after a heavy snowfall can lead to as many as 6,000 moves. Additionally, behavior can also be modified by the bands when students analyze their data.
Panasonic plans to make 1000 exoskeleton suits in 2015 for $5000 a piece
Yahoo Japan via Japancrush reports that the first affordable, mass-produced robotic exoskeleton will be on sale next year from Panasonic. For 500,000 yen, or slightly under $5,000, this full-body power garment will let you hoist 100-kilo (220-pound) objects and move at speeds up to 8 kph (5 mph).
Activelink, the Panasonic subsidiary responsible for the suit, plans to begin rollout of the first batch of 1000 starting in 2015. At its heart will be a lithium-ion battery pack that can provide for several hours of general purpose activity.
5 Futuristic Trends That Will Shape Business And Culture Today Kinda pathetic :)
Author David Price writes: “If schools are coming into direct competition with the learning opportunities available in the informal social space, it has to be said that this is a pressure, which barely registers within the political discourse. Indeed, the gaping hole in the middle of the public debate on schooling is that we can’t even agree on what schools are actually for.”
This is a story about how the future gets weird.
It’s about how humans interact with each other, and machines, and systems that can only properly be called cyborg.
Let’s start, though, with a man sitting on a couch. His phone rings. It’s a telemarketer for a home security service.
"This is Richard, how are you today?" asks the telemarketer. His voice is confident and happy. His accent is classic American. Perhaps he grew up in Nebraska.
Richard continues, “I’m just calling you with a very special offer. My company, the Home Security Company, is giving away a free wireless home security system and in-home installation.”
The man on the couch tries to claim he’s busy, but the telemarketer parries, “I know you’re busy, but this’ll just take a few minutes,” then soldiers on.
They go back and forth for several minutes before the telemarketer successfully pushes him down the sales funnel to a specialist who will set up an in-home visit.
Such conversations happen millions of times a year, but they are not what they appear. Because while a human is picking up the phone, and a human is dialing the phone, this is not, strictly speaking, a conversation between two humans.
Instead, a call-center worker in Utah or the Philippines is pressing buttons on a computer, playing through a marketing pitch without actually speaking. Some people who market these services sometimes call this “voice conversion” technology. Another company says it’s “agent-assisted automation technology.”
IBM Research’s 5 in 5 list
- Local retail shopping will beat online shopping.
- There will be no passwords: computers will just know who you are depending on your tics, habits and environmental information.
- Doctors will routinely use your DNA information to heal you.
- Every student will have a customized learning experience, with no grades or syllabus.
- Cities will automagically adapt to people by monitoring citizens.
Smartphones will soon be able to predict a consumer’s next move, their next purchase or interpret actions based on what it knows, according to Gartner, Inc. This insight will be performed based on an individuals data gathered using cognizant computing - the next step in personal cloud computing.
By teaching computers to see images one Texas software company thinks it can stop blackmail and bullying—and maybe even upend the online advertising…
We Need to Design Parking Garages With a Car-less Future in Mind (via theatlanticcities)