Air Hockey Robot built from 3D printer parts

Air Hockey robot

Air Hockey Robot

The Air Hockey Robot, developed by Jose Julio out of some spare 3D printer parts and a PS3 camera, is a tough competitor to beat. The robot uses its camera and an Arduino Mega to correctly predict the trajectory of the puck, even when it’s rebounding haphazardly across the table. With freedom of motion on two axes, the robot can even predict how best to return your last futile attempt to score against its robo-defense. (Video)

 

 

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The library of the future is Chattanooga’s public library

chattanooga public library

The Chattanooga public library’s fourth floor.

Forget what you know about the library of the 20th century. The library as a warehouse of information is an outdated concept. The library of the 21st century is a community workshop, a hub filled with the tools of the knowledge economy.

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A 3D printer that can build a house in 24 hours

The technology is known as Contour Crafting.

Professor Behrokh Khoshnevis, at The University of Southern California, has built a colossal 3D printer that can build a house in 24 hours. Khoshnevis’s robot comes equipped with a nozzle that spews out concrete and can build a home based on a set computer pattern. (Video)

 

 

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Futurist at Intel shows how you’ll download and program your own robot

Jimmy, an open source robot.

If you could build your own robot, what would you have it do?  If you’re the type of person who is into building stuff and coding, you may soon get your chance to answer that question for real, courtesy of an interesting project coming from the labs of chipmaker Intel. (Video)

 

 

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3D printing could save the average home up to $2,000 a year: Study

Home 3D printers could save the average home $2,000 a year.

Authors at Michigan Technological University have produced a study on 3D printing that says a home 3D printer can provide a return on investment of 20 to 40 percent and can save the average home up to $2,000 in avoided purchase costs.

 

 

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NASA awards grant for 3D food printer, starts with pizza

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Watch the grant-winning prototype print some synthesized chocolate.

NASA awards a $125,000 grant to Anjan Contractor, head of Systems & Materials Research Corporation, to develop a 3D food printer. Under the six-month grant, the first device Contractor plans to build is based on epRap’s open-source hardware and will be designed to print a pizza comprised of three layers of nutritional powders mixed with water and oil.

 

 

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Scientists create 3D printed human embryonic stem cells for first time

Scientists have developed a 3-D printer that prints human embryonic stem cells.

What if you could take living cells, load them into a printer, and squirt out a 3D tissue that could develop into a kidney or a heart? Researchers are one step closer to that reality, now that they have developed the first printer for embryonic human stem cells.

 

 

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European Space Agnecy wants a 3D printed building on the moon

Moonbase

The European Space Agency wants to 3-D print a moon base.  But one of the biggest challenges would be the expense (in terms of energy) to get supplies off of Earth.  One way is to send as little as possible to the Moon.  Couldn’t we just make a moon base out of rock?  After all, the moon is already made of rocks. (Pics)

 

 

 

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