Amazon Launches 3D Printing Services To Offer Customizable Accessories, Toys and More
Back in June, Amazon opened up a 3D printing store as a centralized place to sell 3D printers, filament and other tools needed to start 3D printing at home. Today, Amazon has taken its 3D printing services one step further with the launch of a 3D printed product marketplace which allows users to customize over 200 print-on-demand items. 
[[MORE]]The marketplace features search tools, 3D previews and a personalization widget which lets users make modifications to select items by changing things like material, size, style and color. It also showcases 3D printed products which are for sale as is.
“The introduction of our 3D Printed Products store suggests the beginnings of a shift in online retail - that manufacturing can be more nimble to provide an immersive customer experience. Sellers, in alignment with designers and manufacturers, can offer more dynamic inventory for customers to personalize and truly make their own,” said Petra Schindler-Carter, Director for Amazon Marketplace Sales. “The 3D Printed Products store allows us to help sellers, designers and manufacturers reach millions of customers while providing a fun and creative customer experience to personalize a potentially infinite number of products at great prices across many product categories.”
Amazon’s 3D printed marketplace is currently selling customizable jewellery like cufflinks and earrings, toys like Mixee’s bobble heads and home decor items like vases. We gave the personalization a widget a spin this morning and it was extremely straightforward and is very much geared towards users who are not familiar with 3D design. We personalized our own pair of cufflinks in just three clicks. 

Although 3D printing marketplaces are not new, a store of this magnitude behind the Amazon brand will go a long way to bringing 3D printing options to the main stream. This benefits both users who are looking for more personalized options and designers who are in need of a place to sell their 3D printed wares.

Amazon Launches 3D Printing Services To Offer Customizable Accessories, Toys and More

Back in June, Amazon opened up a 3D printing store as a centralized place to sell 3D printers, filament and other tools needed to start 3D printing at home. Today, Amazon has taken its 3D printing services one step further with the launch of a 3D printed product marketplace which allows users to customize over 200 print-on-demand items. 

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Jibo Wants To Be Your Family’s First Robot
We are dependent on our smartphones to do many things in our family life. These devices set reminders, take pictures, find recipes and let us communicate with one another. But even though they are an integral part of our lives, they don’t feel like part of the family. Meet Jibo, a connected personal assistant that adds a much needed personality to technology making it social. Jibo aims to be your family’s first robot and by the looks of how well it is doing on Indiegogo, there are a lot of family’s that can’t wait to welcome him home.  
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Jibo is a Wi-Fi enabled robot equipped with two high resolution cameras, a 360-degree microphone and sits on three full-revolute axes which lets him turn his head around to face you when needed. Jibo’s cameras use face-tracking which are perfect for picture taking and for more immersive video calling. And the microphone lets you talk to Jibo from anywhere in the room and have him process what you are saying with his natural language processor.
Like Siri or Google Voice, Jibo can be used to make a call, set an alarm or get the weather. Ask Jibo for a recipe, or to order take-out or even read your a story and he will do it. The more you use Jibo the more he gets to know you. Jibo’s algorithms start to learn about the user to adapt preferences based on your life. 
On top of being completely helpful, Jibo is also super adorable. The concept video for Jibo on the Indiegogo campaign brings to life a robot that we would expect to see in a Disney movie.  
The Jibo campaign has raised nearly nine times its funding goal with tons of time on the clock. Early adopters who need to have Jibo in their home as soon as possible can grab one for $499 USD with a shipping date of December of 2015. The campaign just recently unlocked a perk for those more patient which lets them pre-order Jibo for 2016 with only $199 down now to pay the rest closer to the shipping date.

Jibo Wants To Be Your Family’s First Robot

We are dependent on our smartphones to do many things in our family life. These devices set reminders, take pictures, find recipes and let us communicate with one another. But even though they are an integral part of our lives, they don’t feel like part of the family. Meet Jibo, a connected personal assistant that adds a much needed personality to technology making it social. Jibo aims to be your family’s first robot and by the looks of how well it is doing on Indiegogo, there are a lot of family’s that can’t wait to welcome him home.  

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Your Next Ice Cream Sundae Could Be 3D Printed
We’ve seen candies, cake toppers and even pizza get the 3D printer treatment. So it was just a matter of time that Summer’s favorite treat, ice cream, joined the party. MIT students have hacked a 3D printer to produce soft serve ice cream in any shape. 
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The 3D ice cream printer was part of a graduate project for the students as part of the additive manufacturing program at MIT. The students built a cooling system using liquid nitrogen to ensure that the ice cream kept its shape.  The coolant allowed the ice cream to be built up in layers just like a traditional 3D printer would when using plastic.
The team told 3Ders.org that they were inspired to build a 3D printer that use ice cream as they thought it would be fun for children. Although the machine needs a lot of refinement, they believe that in the near future ice cream parlors like Dairy Queen will adopt the use of this technology to take ice cream treats the next level.

Your Next Ice Cream Sundae Could Be 3D Printed

We’ve seen candies, cake toppers and even pizza get the 3D printer treatment. So it was just a matter of time that Summer’s favorite treat, ice cream, joined the party. MIT students have hacked a 3D printer to produce soft serve ice cream in any shape. 

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Unlocking Your Potential Through Dreams with Aurora Headband
Like Space and the Ocean, dreams are one of those final frontiers we have always tried to explore and better understand. Wearable technology may just be the key in helping us better understand our dreams and start to use them to our advantage. 
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iWinks is a California-based company using brain-sensing technology in order to help better understand, catalog and even shape our dreams. They have invented the Aurora, an EEG headband which tracks sleep cycles and trigger lights and sounds to help induce lucid dreams.
Lucid dreams are ones where you realize that you are dreaming. People who lucid dream live happier, more healthier lifestyles and research has shown that practicing some skill in a dream will increase our effectiveness in that skill in waking life. The Aurora monitors your brainwave activity when you sleep and then identifies when you are in REM and produces lights and sounds to help you realize your dream state.
The company successfully funded its Kickstarter campaign for Aurora back in January of this year raising over $230,000. The Creators Project recently featured iWinks Aurora as part of its Innovator Series of the Make It Wearable program where CEO Daniel Schoonover speaks candidly about his own dreams and his journey in creating a brain-sensing device. 

Unlocking Your Potential Through Dreams with Aurora Headband

Like Space and the Ocean, dreams are one of those final frontiers we have always tried to explore and better understand. Wearable technology may just be the key in helping us better understand our dreams and start to use them to our advantage. 

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GE’s Connected Bulb, Link, Available for Pre-Order Today
GE is getting into the connected lighting game with Link, a cost-effective way to light up your smart home. Starting below $15, Link connected LED bulbs are available today for pre-order on HomeDepot.com and will be in-store this Fall. 
[[MORE]]GE is offering Link as three popular lighting applications including a 60-watt general purpose LED bulb, a flood light and a spotlight. All of the bulbs can be managed remotely using the Wink app. The Wink app is the hub of many connected home items built in partnership with GE through the Quirky community including a connected alarm clock and multi-purpose sensor. 
"Our very own Thomas Edison built the first commercially viable bulb, and today we’re proud to announce the first commercially viable connected bulb designed for Wink users," says John Strainic, General Manager, North America Consumer Lighting for GE. "We know the quality of light consumers love and want in their homes, and we’re a brand they trust."
Like most other smart lighting systems, Link requires a hub in order for your Android or iOS smartphone to be able to communicate to the bulbs. The Link hub plugs directly into a wall socket and costs $30. According to CNET, GE will be offering a starter kit which includes a hub and two 60-watt bulbs for $50. 

GE’s Connected Bulb, Link, Available for Pre-Order Today

GE is getting into the connected lighting game with Link, a cost-effective way to light up your smart home. Starting below $15, Link connected LED bulbs are available today for pre-order on HomeDepot.com and will be in-store this Fall. 

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London Calling! Google Glass Now Available in the UK

Google has opened the flood gates and is now allowing early adopters in the UK to purchase its first wearable Google Glass. This is the first country Glass has branched out to since its launch in the USA nearly two years ago.

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Samsung Dominates the Smartwatch Space Report Says
Samsung may have received a lot of flack for its Galaxy Gear smartwatch it launched in 2013 but according to a recent report from NPD Group, the Korean tech company is dominating this nascent market. 
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NPD estimates that over half a million smartwatches were sold since October of 2013 according to its weekly tracking service. They go on to report that this space has generated $96 million since this time and that Samsung and Pebble are the obvious leaders with Samsung eating up 78% of the pie and Kickstarter darling Pebble with 18%. And NPD says this is just the beginning.  
“The smartwatch market is poised to continue to grow in 2014” said Ben Arnold, executive director of industry analysis at NPD. “With nearly $100 million in US sales in less than a year, the category is off to a promising start with just two major brands.”
NPD suggests that lower price points are helping adoption of smartwatches. The current average price point for smartwatches according to their tracker is $189. 
Another interesting finding NPD reports is that one third of all smartwatch revenues were gained during the 2013 holiday season, so Santa definitely is a smartwatch fan!
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Samsung Dominates the Smartwatch Space Report Says

Samsung may have received a lot of flack for its Galaxy Gear smartwatch it launched in 2013 but according to a recent report from NPD Group, the Korean tech company is dominating this nascent market. 

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Sports Fans Feel the Action with Alert Shirt (Video)

Wearable tech is changing the way we experience professional sports. We’ve seen Google Glass being used on the court and on the ice to give fans a unique point-of-view of a game in action. But a connected shirt is making the sports viewing experience physical by letting the fans feel what the players feel.

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Google Announces First Glass at Work Certified Partners
Back in April, Google kicked off its search for developers to interested in developing Glassware for use in business as part of its Glass at Work program. This week, Google unveiled its first round of Certified Partners who have been authorized to develop enterprise solutions for Google’s heads-up display.
[[MORE]]Five partners have been selected including APX Labs, Augmedix, Crowdoptic, GuidiGO and Wearable Intelligence.All five of these companies are heavily invested in the wearable software space.
Crowdoptic is the company powering Glass on the ice and on the court as the HUD gives fans a unique POV at NBA and NHL games. Augmedix has recently partnered with Dignity Health to pilot the use of Glass in a clinic to test out alternative ways to access and input patient data to realize time savings. 
The Glass at Work partnership marks another big win for APX Labs who recently raised $10 million dollars in a Series A round of investment. APX’s software platform, Skylight, equips large enterprise clients with the ability to create custom apps for wearable devices. Skylight works with Google Glass and Epson Moverio at this time but the company has noted that smartwatches will soon be added to the mix.  

Google Announces First Glass at Work Certified Partners

Back in April, Google kicked off its search for developers to interested in developing Glassware for use in business as part of its Glass at Work program. This week, Google unveiled its first round of Certified Partners who have been authorized to develop enterprise solutions for Google’s heads-up display.

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Mind Controlled Exoskeleton Kicked Off The 2014 World Cup
It may not have been the longest kick of the first game of the World Cup yesterday but it certainly was the most monumental. A paralyzed adult, identified by the BBC as 29-year-old Juliano Pinto, took to the field wearing an exoskeleton which was controlled using his mind to help him make the first kick of FIFA 2014 which went 6-feet before a ball boy picked it up off the field. 
[[MORE]]This moment was made possible thanks to the Walk Again Project, an international collaboration of over 100 scientists around the world who are working to create light, smart and modular exoskeletons which are controlled using the mind. The project is led by Prof. Miguel Nicolelis of Duke University and the International Institute for Neurosciences of Natal, Brazil
In a statement, the consortium said the World Cup demonstration would be “just the beginning” of a future “in which people with paralysis may abandon the wheelchair and literally walk again”.
The device works by reading brain activity from the wearers mind using a head worn device which is filled with non-evasive EEG electrodes The device interprets the wearers intentions and then uses these commands to move the exoskeleton.
The exoskeleton itself is equipped with sensors which both give feedback to the user and monitor their state to ensure that they are not in distress. The sensors are embedded in what the researchers call CellulARSkin, a surface consisting of flat, hexagonal cells in a honeycomb structure. Each sensor contains a micro-processor, accelerometer, and sensors that can detect proximity pressure, vibration and temperature. The proximity detector, for example, detects when the foot is about to hit the ground to send signals to the users arms to help understand when the foot is about to hit the ground.
Pinto was one of eight paralyzed men and women from Brasil who were selected to train with the Walk Again Project for the FIFA event. But the kick that successfully happened yesterday is just the start for the consortium. 
"I think some people see the World Cup opening as the end," said Prof. Gordon Cheng, TUM Institute for Cognitive Systems, "but it’s really just the beginning. This may be a major milestone, but we have a lot more work to do." He views the event as a public demonstration of what science can do for people. "Also, I see it as a great tribute to all the patients’ hard work and their bravery!"

National Science Foundation Video of the Walk Again Exoskeleton 
Image from Walk Again Project Twitter

Mind Controlled Exoskeleton Kicked Off The 2014 World Cup

It may not have been the longest kick of the first game of the World Cup yesterday but it certainly was the most monumental. A paralyzed adult, identified by the BBC as 29-year-old Juliano Pinto, took to the field wearing an exoskeleton which was controlled using his mind to help him make the first kick of FIFA 2014 which went 6-feet before a ball boy picked it up off the field. 

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Honeywell Gets Into Home Automation with Nest Competitor Lyric
Move over Nest, there is another smart thermostat coming to town this August. Honeywell, a leader in home security and control for over 125 years, introduced Lyric earlier this week, its first smart thermostat for the consumer market.
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The round thermostat, connects to your smartphone via Wi-Fi to allow you to control the temperature and view reports remotely. The design of the thermostat may seem very similar to the Nest but Honeywell insists that the Lyric’s design is based on the Round Thermostat they introduced to the market back in 1953.
Unlike Nest which tries to learn your heating and cooling patterns and then make decisions for you, Lyric uses geo-fencing to understand if you are home, away or on your way to change the temperature according to your settings. You can always change your temperature while at home directly on the device or via the app, which also comes in handy when you want to change settings remotely.
Another big difference between Nest and Lyric is the Fine Tune feature which factors in indoor and outdoor temperature, humidity and weather into its alogrithm to provide the optimal temperature for homeowners. 
In the Lyric app, Honeywell has allowed for shortcuts which can be set for specific, recurring situations, say for when you are working out at home, or when your in-laws who are always cold come over. With one-tap your Lyric can change no matter where you are. Honeywell has also equipped the app with push notifications for when your temperature or humidity reaches certain levels in the home for you to action. 
According to Honeywell, Lyric is the first in a family of connected home products that we should see out of the company. The Lyric thermostat is available now via professional heating and cooling contractors, and will be available at retail beginning in August 2014 for $279 (MSRP).

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Honeywell Gets Into Home Automation with Nest Competitor Lyric

Move over Nest, there is another smart thermostat coming to town this August. Honeywell, a leader in home security and control for over 125 years, introduced Lyric earlier this week, its first smart thermostat for the consumer market.

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Robocop Suit 3D Printed By Stratasys
Leading 3D Printing company Stratasys announced today that its multi-material 3D printing technology, Objet Connex, was used to create the suit worn by RoboCop in this year’s blockbuster hit movie.
[[MORE]]The suit was constructed in partnership with Legacy Effects, a Hollywood special effects shop. All aspects of this futuristic cop uniform, from the boots to the helmet, were created using a mold printed using Stratasys’ technology. This master mold was then used to create variants of the suit depending on the needs of the scene in the movie.  
According to Jason Lopes, Lead Design Engineer, Legacy Effects, RoboCop’s chest-armour piece perhaps best exemplifies how the use of 3D printing technology overcomes certain challenges that can affect production methods.
"First, in terms of the size of RoboCop’s chest piece specifically, only Stratasys’ 3D printing technology would allow us to print something at the actual size; the part virtually fills the entire build-tray," Lopes explains in a press release issued by Stratasys.
"Second, the same part comprises a blend of smooth areas, as well as other areas that feature an extremely high level of detail, such as the police badge and other logos, which we needed to retain for the molding process. There isn’t a technology currently available beyond that provided by Stratasys that affords us this level of intricate detail, together with the hard surface modeling of the shells all together in one print."
Stratasys has released an exclusive interview of Jason Lopes explaining how 3D printing brought RoboCop to life. You can check it out here or below. 

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Robocop Suit 3D Printed By Stratasys

Leading 3D Printing company Stratasys announced today that its multi-material 3D printing technology, Objet Connex, was used to create the suit worn by RoboCop in this year’s blockbuster hit movie.

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Twenty-Foot 3D Printed Whale Fossil Showcased at Smithsonian
3D Systems has partnered with the Smithsonian to bring to life some ancient fossils using the magic of 3D printing. The partnership will see some twenty artifacts be created using this new technology over multiple years. The first of this collection is an impressive pre-historic fossil of a whale found in the Chilean desert which measures an impressive 20-feet in length.
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Along with the fossil, 3D Systems has also help to created a website for the Smithsonian called Smithsonian X 3D. The website is a place where visitors can follow the 3D printing revolution and experience the new opportunities it presents in manufacturing, research, and education, as well as interact and download free STLs from the collection
“We are honored and excited to be part of this visionary Smithsonian initiative, to increase the visibility and accessibility of our national treasures for all,” said Avi Reichental, President and CEO of 3DS. “The Smithsonian has shown both foresight and technological leadership in embracing the potential of 3D printing to preserve and showcase today’s and tomorrow’s collections, making them readily available to a global audience while demonstrating the power of 3D printing in a compelling and meaningful way.”
If you are in Washington you can check out the 3D printed whale fossil at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. You can also check out this video of the making of the fossil posted by 3D Systems. 

Twenty-Foot 3D Printed Whale Fossil Showcased at Smithsonian

3D Systems has partnered with the Smithsonian to bring to life some ancient fossils using the magic of 3D printing. The partnership will see some twenty artifacts be created using this new technology over multiple years. The first of this collection is an impressive pre-historic fossil of a whale found in the Chilean desert which measures an impressive 20-feet in length.

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Meet Jimmy: The 21st Century Robot Project from Intel
Humanoid robots have always been a symbol of the future. From Star Wars to Astro Boy, we have always been fascinated by creating a mechanical version of ourselves. Luckily, at our current rate of innovation we are getting closer and closer to making this happen. An example of how close we are is a new project from Intel called the 21st Century Robot.
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The 21st Century Robot initiative is an open source robotic kit that lets you create your own humandid robot called Jimmy. Jimmy comes a series of 3D printing files and components including Intel’s Edison chip. He can be completely customized from his physical appearance via 3D printing to what he can do through programming and downloading of apps.
Jimmy is the brainchild of Intel’s futurist Brian David Johnson and has been made possible through a collaboration with developers from USC, Olin College, and Trossen Robotics. He was recently unveiled at the Re/code conference which took place last week in California. 
Intel expects to bring this robotic kit to the market by end of this year with a price tag of $1600 not including the cost of printing materials. They hope to bring this down to around 1,000 in the next five years. A more costly research model will also be available for around $16,000. The consumer model will run using Intel’s Edison chip. 
The real value in Jimmy is in its software. Developers will be able to program apps for the robot and users will be able to download this software to make their robot do what they want.
“It’s like a smartphone with legs,” Brian David Johnson said at the Re/code conference last week. “Your robot will be completely different from mine; you customize it and program the artificial intelligence, not by having a PhD in robotics, but by downloading apps.”
Johnson’s robot was said to be able to walk, talk, dance and live-tweet. What would yours do? 
Watch Jimmy in action here.

Meet Jimmy: The 21st Century Robot Project from Intel

Humanoid robots have always been a symbol of the future. From Star Wars to Astro Boy, we have always been fascinated by creating a mechanical version of ourselves. Luckily, at our current rate of innovation we are getting closer and closer to making this happen. An example of how close we are is a new project from Intel called the 21st Century Robot.

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Sephora Pilots Augmented Reality Mirrors in Milan
Cosmetics giant, Sephora, is testing out an augmented reality mirror in its Milan location. The mirror lets shoppers see how they would look in different shades of eye makeup without having to lift a brush. Users see the makeup applied to their face in real-time and in 3D helping them choose the right shade to purchase.
[[MORE]]Sephora is using technology from virtual makeover provider ModiFace. ModiFace is the top creator of beauty and photo editing apps with over 35.4M downloads to date. The mirror tracks the users facial features and applies the makeup in real-time using the video feed from the camera. 
Shoppers choose from a series of colors by touching the one they want to try in the palette on the mirror. Once applied they can move their head from side to side to see the makeup from different angles.
Augmented reality mirrors are slowly making their way into retail to make the shopping experience more interactive for the user. They also equip retailers like Sephora with a tool that lets them show much more inventory than what can physically be stocked in a store. 
Watch the mirror in action here.

Sephora Pilots Augmented Reality Mirrors in Milan

Cosmetics giant, Sephora, is testing out an augmented reality mirror in its Milan location. The mirror lets shoppers see how they would look in different shades of eye makeup without having to lift a brush. Users see the makeup applied to their face in real-time and in 3D helping them choose the right shade to purchase.

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