CultLab3D scanner digitally immortalizes invaluable artifacts in 5 minutes

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CultLab3D Scanner

The Smithsonian opened a virtual museum last year. The Smithsonian X 3D Explorer allows users to take a virtual tour of (and even 3D print) high-definition digital models of artifacts like Lincoln’s life mask or the Wright Brother’s plane. (Video)

 

 

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PulseWallet lets you pay for things by scanning your veins

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A machine called PulseWallet scanns the veins in your hand and charges your credit card to pay for things. PulseWallet, or palm scanners like it, might soon call your local Starbucks home and provide one more way to pay for your Pumpkin Spice Latte.

 

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Scientists create first smartphone attachment that can detect a single virus, nanoparticles

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Scientists have finally developed a technology that makes it possible to avoid a trip to the doctor.  The UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science scientists have created a lightweight, virus-detecting device that attaches to a common smartphone and is able to scan the human body for human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) particles. The troublesome virus is the root of various illnesses, including birth defects like deafness and brain damage. HCMV can also expedite the death of adults who have HIV, a weak immune system and those who have undergone organ transplants, making early detection of the virus useful.

 

 

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MakerBot’s 3D scanner scheduled to arrive mid-October for $1,400

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MakerBot’s seemingly-magical Digitizer 3D scanner will ship by mid-October and will cost $1,400.  Shoppers can add an additional $150 for “MakerCare” a warranty service and support program. The Digitizer is essentially a CAD modeler and duplicator rolled up into one when paired with MakerBot’s Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printers.

 

 

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Are TSA’s “Naked Scanners” Protecting Passengers or Padding Pockets?

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Full-body scanner at Chicago O’Hare Airport

The degradations of passing through full-body scanners that provide naked pictures of you to Transportation Security Administration agents may not mean that the terrorists have won — but they do mark victories for a few politically connected high-tech companies and their revolving-door lobbyists.

 

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Capture-ID Mobile Scanner: Digitally Capture Business or Identity Information Away From Your Desk

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Featured invention at the DaVinci Inventor Showcase 2010

The Capture-ID mobile scanner is wireless, accurate, and quick for digital capture of documents and identity information away from the desk.  This saves time, improves productivity, and reduces the risk and cost of handling paper.  It is capable of scanning very close to its left edge, allowing capture of information close into the inside edge of a book, reducing the curvature distortion and strain on the binding typical of copiers and other scanners.  Paralegals, insurance agents, realtors, and others can capture documents at their client’s site where a copier is unavailable and take it with them immediately.  Two scans are stitched together to form a letter-size page, three scans for a legal-size page.  (Pics)

 

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Surprise! Feds Stored Thousands Of Check Point Body Scan Images After All

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How old were you when you realized the government lied to you?
US agencies have long defended the use of body scanning devices at airports with the promise that all images will be discarded as soon as security staff have viewed them. Last summer, the TSA claimed “scanned images cannot be stored or recorded.” Declan McCullagh at CNET tells us more…

How to Make Your Personal QR Code

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Ever since I installed a barcode-scanning app on my phone, I see QR codes everywhere—so naturally I wanted one of my own. If you’re a barcode-scanning fool, the QR code to the left links to my personal web site. Fun!

A QR (“quick response”) code is a square barcode that makes getting URLs, location coordinates, any text or contact information onto a phone fast. With a barcode scanner app installed, you just point your phone’s camera at the code to read its contents. Here’s what reading this QR code looks like on my Android phone, using an app simply called “Barcode Scanner.”

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