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3D print goes mainstream
Virgina Tech University has launched the “DreamVendor”, an interactive 3D printing station. Users simply need to bring a SD-media card containing the data for the 3D print out to the self-serve shop.
Why it matters
3D printing has featured in the news considerably in the past year, but it’s often considered as a tool that DIY-geeks, scientists or designers would have access to. This will change dramatically with 3D print shops popping up soon. To which extent will retail and production merge? And how will brands deal with this legally - now that even any solid object can be copied?
According to the Wall Street Journal, since the emergence of e-books, erotic novels have rocketed up to the top of best-seller lists. In the Unites States, 40% of books considered risqué were released in digital format only.
With the intent of bringing more energy to people all over the world, especially third world countries, the sOccket may come in very handy. The sOccket harnesses the kinetic energy of a soccer ball during normal game play and stores it for later power needs. Small electrical appliances, like an LED lamp, can be plugged into the sOccket.
This ball is supposed to stay functional for over 15 years and is made of recyclable material (95%). It also has enough energy to power a water processor or a ventilator.