3D Printing has been around for about 25 years, and like with any new technology it takes a long time before things get interesting for the consumer. Over the past 5 years the pace has picked up with recent developments such as the launch of Cube 3D Printer by 3D Systems, new Makerbot machine, as well as Botmill and Bits from Bytes printers all aimed at hobbyists and nearly consumers. One of the pitfalls for going full circle has been the absence of easy recycling in this world of home printing. With the help of the American Kickstarter program Tyler McNaney is building the very first home filament extruder. Which essentially enables the owner of a 3D printer to recycle old 3D prints as well as all kinds of other left-over products.
Archive for January, 2012
Cubelets, the coolest design toys yet.
I came across these interactive toys, was instantly sold. Where we had Lego growing up, kids these days play with smart phones, tablets and amazing toys like these Cubelets. The company behind the Cubelets is Modular Robotics, a spinoff from Carnegie Mellon University.
About the Cubelets Kit KT06
The KT06 kit (pre-order $160) contains 6 Cubelets that can be snapped together to make a variety of robots with no programming and no wires. You can build robots that drive around on a tabletop, respond to light and other objects, and have surprisingly lifelike behavior. But instead of programming that behavior, you snap the cubelets together and watch the behavior emerge like with a flock of birds or a swarm of bees.