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World’s Cheapest? Peachy is an Amazingly Affordable Laser 3D Printer

Peachy Printer

3D printers normally don’t come cheap. Aiming to change that and 3D printing as a whole is Rylan Grayston, who’s behind the Peachy laser 3D printer. The project was recently launched on Kickstarter, where it raised over $140,000 in a span of 48 hours.

Peachy boasts of open-source hardware and software, which is just one of the reasons why people seem to pledging like crazy. The printer combines photolithographic printing, which uses a powerful laser beam to mold resin, and a saltwater-based drip process that changes the printed object’s height gradually.

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AWAD Robo-boots Give You a Boost of Strength

AWAD Boot

Need help walking? Then strap on the Ankle Walking Assist Device (AWAD for short) and go. It’s a robotic exoskeleton developed by Yaskawa Electric that’s designed to help people who have trouble walking. They’re geared towards the elderly who can’t walk at the pace that they used to, due to their age and all.

The AWAD system comes with two robo-boots and a battery pack that’s mounted around the waist. When the boots detect that its wearer’s heel has hit the ground, it gives a small boost of strength that helps maintain balance and keeps the person moving at a good pace. The system is adjustable based on the level of assistance its wearer needs.

People won’t be able to use AWAD to run like Usain Bolt, but it will help a lot of older folks walk and do their errands at a faster pace. Yaskawa plans to release AWAD into the market by 2015.

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The RepRap Project: 3D-Printed 3D Printers

3D Printed 3D Printer Photo credit: Raymond Wong/DVICE

The time has come. 3D printers can now be used to print 3D printers. At least, that’s the case with RepRap, which is short for “replicating rapid prototype.” The project was started by engineer Adrian Bowyer in 2005, and he was quickly joined by others who wanted to take the 3D printing movement to the next level.

One member of the RepRap team, Nicholas Seward, recently created a couple of 3D printers that are almost vitamin-free.

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Kickstart This: Primer Kinetic Sculpture That Generates Prime Numbers

Primer

You can’t deny that prime numbers are fascinating. Each one of them is unique from the other, yet similar because of that one property that they have in common. Taking prime numbers to another level is Karl Lautman, who’s behind Primer, a kinetic sculpture that generates prime numbers.

Bored with the current prime that’s on display? No problem. Just press the button and Primer will count up to the next one.

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Scan and Print in 3D with Zeus

Zeus

You can’t do much with just a 3D printer. The same can be said for a 3D scanner. But the possibilities are endless if you put both together, and that’s what AIO Robotics has done with Zeus. It’s a 3D scanner and 3D printer in one, so you can scan whatever it is you want to print and then print it in a jiffy.

It offers convenience that other gadgets already available in the 3D printing sphere don’t offer. Zeus has been in development for the last five years, so you can be sure that a lot of thought and work went into it.

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Prong PocketPlug Case Lets You Charge Your iPhone, Minus the Wires

PocketPlug

The Prong PocketPlug case makes charging your iPhone infinitely more convenient. All you have to do is slide your phone into the case, pull out the prongs, and plug it into an outlet. The case is specially convenient when you’re travelling since there are no more docks, chargers, or wires to deal with.

The disadvantage is that you won’t be able to use your phone comfortably while it’s charging, since it’s attached upright on the socket. If you prefer corded charging, then you can tote along your wire since the case has a micro USB port on the side.Continue Reading

Liftware Spoon Lets Parkinson’s Patients Feed Themselves

Liftware Spoon

People with Parkinson’s often have a difficult time feeding themselves due to the tremors associated with the disease. In most cases, someone else has to feed them because it might cause injury or result in a mess. However, this might all soon change thanks to Lift Labs’ innovator Liftware Spoon that automatically tracks and compensates for shaking motions and tremors.

The spoon is equipped with sensors that have a high degree of sensitivity, so they can detect even the slightest tremor that’s made. It then moves in the other direction to cancel that tremor out. During testing, the Liftware was found to cancel out over 70 percent of these tremors, which is enough to allow those with Parkinson’s to feed themselves once more.

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Nymi Bracelet Replaces Passwords With Your Heartbeat

Nymi

Bionym takes security one step further with Nymi, which combines Bluetooth proximity detection technology and electrocardiograms to create a new authentication process. The device is meant to be worn as a bracelet and measures the wearer’s cardiac rhythm, which is unique to each person. This rhythm is then used as a password of sorts to unlock digital and physical devices, from smartphones and laptops to doors and other objects.

Once Nymi recognizes the wearer’s heartbeat, it communicates wirelessly to unlock nearby devices. It’ll keep going until the wearer removes it or when someone else wears it. At that point, it will detect a different cardiac rhythm and lock that person out.

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Kapture is a Wristwatch That Records Your Every Word

Kapture

Want a record of everything that you’ve said? You can either call the NSA or slap this contraption on your wrist. Obviously the former isn’t an actual option, so your best bet is Kapture. It’s a wristwatch-slash-wearable audio recorder that records your every word. The catch is that it only has enough memory to store 60 seconds of sound, so you can only go back and listen to the last minute of your immediate past on playback.

Kapture constantly and continuously records audio. Given its limited storage, it is also continuously erasing data and recording over previous recordings, too. Its creators are seeking $300,000 for seed funding and will be launching the project on Kickstarter on September 3rd.

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