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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?
100 Montaditos (a Spanish bar chain) has launched an app called “Montaditos”. It allows you to look up the menu, note down your order and then find your nearest restaurant. But the most eye-catching function is that restaurant visitors can chat with each other either in that particular restaurant or another one in the chain.
This application will help the shyest people to break the ice with sentences suggested by the system. Moreover, the software will measure the temperature of the conversation to check the affinity of those two people.
French lifestyle and gaming technology publication Amusement is bridging the divide between traditional print and online magazines. Each magazine comes complete with an RFID tag which provides readers with a link to additional exclusive content online.