Airing this Tuesday, June 18, on NPR’s All Tech Considered and on NPR.org’s website, will be a feature on Robohand, the amazing story of a mechanical hand printed with a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer. The hand was designed for those who have lost or were born without fingers. The original concept and design was created by a two-man team separated by 10,000 miles: Ivan Owen, a prop master from Washington State, and Richard Van As, a master carpenter from Johannesburg, South Africa
In 2010 paparazzi snapped a pic of actor Keanu Reeves sitting on a bench and looking a bit dejected. The image quickly exploded into an internet meme, generating thousands of images, captions and sites dedicated to the concept.
Welcome to this morning’s edition of “ First To Know ,” a series in which we keep you in the know on what’s happening in the digital world. Today, we’re looking at three particularly interesting stories. We’ve had a new addition to the hundreds of Google Glass articles and videos — this one from Randall Meeks on SNL ’s Weekend Update .
For two days, New York became the center of the 3D-printing world, with some of the industry’s leading companies gathering at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on Monday and Tuesday 3D Systems , Makerbot , Stratasys and many more attended the Inside 3D Printing Conference . SEE ALSO: 3D-Printed Weapons Builder Says He’s Ready to Print Entire Handgun The conference was intended primarily as a networking event for 3D-printing startups, investors and industry consultants, but the creators of 3D printers and 3D printer-related software took the opportunity to showcase their latest products and coolest 3D-printed objects.
We’ve been thoroughly unnerved at the idea of 3D-printed firearms already. Now, one maker has taken it on himself to bring the 3D printed weapon movement back to the Dark Ages… or at least the Renaissance, using his 3D printer to build this nifty pistol-style hand crossbow. Check out the video below to see the gizmo — because really, this isn’t a weapon unless you’re in middle school and assaulting some poor teacher’s sanity — in action
We’ve been reading Dalton Caldwell’s take on entrepreneur Marc Andreessen’s position that physical retail stores are in a bad position as they have to pay for not only inventory but also real estate, whereas online retail does not.