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The world’s first 3D-printed wireless earphones

Originally posted on Bits & Pieces from the Embedded Design World:

OwnPhones – which recently launched on Kickstarter – is working to employ 3D printing to develop the world’s first wireless earbuds tailored to a wearer’s ear.

“Ears are like fingerprints – each one is unique, so it is time that consumers were able to get earbuds that actually fit their ears properly,” Founder and CEO Itamar Jobani explained to CNET.  The San Diego-based startup has set out to establish a culture in which individuals can customize their personalized earbuds with up to 10,000 different combinations of colors, styles, and sizes.

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In order to tailor the fit to a specific customer’s ear, OwnPhones uses a smartphone app that enables the wearer to take a 3D model of their ear. Once captured, the startup analyzes that video data to create a 3D-printed mold of the user’s ear, which allows for an unprecedented fit along with an innumerable series of customizable options.

Right now, the company offers…

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Why the IKEA catalogue is the one thing you must own

Originally posted on the ad woman:

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10 months, 300 pages and 12,000 products later, the world’s favourite furnishing giant gets that one mega marketing tool that it fearlessly spends 70% of its’ annual marketing budget on. In 2013, the number of IKEA catalogues printed(208 million copies) outnumbered that of the Holy Bible. 

IKEA visits around 1,000 customers at home every year to find out how people really live at home – how much space do they have, what styles do they prefer? In order to show solutions in a way people can relate to, the catalogue is divided by activities you can do with the IKEA range – tips and ideas on how to solve specific needs and dreams. It’s about the way people live and how IKEA products can improve their lives.

The catalogue evolves each year with images getting more spectacular, technology being integrated and ideas going beyond regular furnishing solutions. For 2014…

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3D-Printed Fashion

Originally posted on The Fashion Foot:

While they are grand achievements on their own, advancements in science and technology are obvious catalysts of innovation for other fields. The fashion industry benefits greatly from the new ideas and devices that emerge every year. The three-dimensional printer is a relatively new device that can be utilized by designers to create pieces and prototypes.

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Though the technology for the 3D printer began to be developed in the 1980s, mainstream use of it didn’t begin until as recently as 2005. The device expands upon traditional two-dimensional printing by inkjets and laser printers by allowing a user to print on more than one plane and from different directions. Instructions and blueprints for printing can be developed manually and programmed in or can be the result of input from a 3D scanner.

With this technology, a designer could more quickly and efficiently take a prototype from a sketch or digital rendering and…

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The Link Between Virtual Reality and Environmentalism

Originally posted on Verses In Motion Media :

VIM Digital Features: Virtual reality and Environmentalism 

The Link Between Virtual Reality and Environmentalism
from Amy Westervelt  

Video from Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab, focused on the lab’s virtual tree-cutting experience, which it found led to participants reducing paper waste and opting for recycled products.

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3D Printing on the micrometer scale

Originally posted on Eurotec's Blog and Website:

Nanoscribe presents a novel high-speed 3D printer, the Photonic Professional GT. It is the world’s fastest commercially available 3D printer for micro and nanostructures. Nanoscribe’s next-generation 3D printer enables very fast and highest-resolution manufacturing of three dimensional micro-objects, which are often smaller than the diameter of a human hair.

From left to right: human hair, Nanoscribe  Empire State Building printed with a Photonic Professional GT system by means of the DiLLMethod and Miniature-spacecraft printed with a Photonic Professional GT system in less than one minute.
From left to right: human hair, Nanoscribe Empire State Building printed with a Photonic Professional GT system by means of the DiLLMethod and Miniature-spacecraft printed with a Photonic Professional GT system in less than one minute.

The printing speed was increased hundredfold by employing a new laser lithography method, enabling completely new applications.

Speed: minutes turn into seconds
The significant increase of the printing speed was achieved by implementing a galvo mirror system similar to those used in laser show devices or scanning units of CD and DVD drives. Reflecting a laser beam off the rotating galvo mirrors facilitates rapid and…

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