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MakerBot Method 3D printer gives desktop fab a pro-upgrade

MakerBot Method 3D printer gives desktop fab a pro-upgrade

MakerBot has made a name for itself creating desktop 3D printers, but now the company is looking to fill the gap between that segment and the hulking industrial 3D printers that are priced well outside the budget of most consumers. Today, MakerBot announced the Method, which it calls the "first performance 3D printer." The result is a machine that costs a fair bit more than many desktop 3D printers, but borrows capabilities from industrial machines.

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Intel RealSense D435i Stereo Depth Camera revealed: 6DoF now a reality

Intel RealSense D435i Stereo Depth Camera revealed: 6DoF now a reality

This week the folks at Intel revealed their latest RealSense camera tech, a model by the name of RealSense Depth Camera D435i. This is the sort of camera you use to add depth sensing and tracking capabilities to all manner of devices. This latest version of the camera from Intel adds the all-important inertial measurement unit (IMU) that brings a whole new dimension to the data provided to the end user.

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Interview: LEIA Inc founder on RED phone’s radical display

Interview: LEIA Inc founder on RED phone’s radical display

This week we spoke with one of the founders of LEIA Inc, David Fattal, on the big deal behind the next-gen DLB tech with Lightfield Mode for a new type of 3D. This technology's been in development for over a half-decade, starting its life with Fattal and crew at HP Labs in Palo Alto. Now their display technology's about to hit the market in a smartphone that's set to appear on shelves on two of the country's biggest mobile carriers. This display's about to be in front of thousands if not millions of everyday citizens. What's the big deal?

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Facebook launches 3D Photos for iPhone Portrait mode images

Facebook launches 3D Photos for iPhone Portrait mode images

Facebook has launched 3D photos, a tool that uses artificial intelligence to add a 3D effect to images. The feature requires the user to take images with a dual-lens iPhone camera, which captures depth information. When shared, users who view the 3D photos can move their phone or VR headset around and view the subject independently of the background.

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Apple’s 3D Touch was doomed from the start

Apple’s 3D Touch was doomed from the start

3D Touch was meant to unlock a new level of interaction with our iPhones: instead, it just added to the confusion. Now, with the iPhone XR arriving without Apple's pressure-sensitive screens, it looks like the technology is finally being abandoned. Then again, the writing has been on the wall for 3D Touch for some time now.

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US Marines create 3D-printed concrete barracks hut in 40 hours

US Marines create 3D-printed concrete barracks hut in 40 hours

The US Marine Corps is testing the use a large concrete-based 3D printer to rapidly create barracks. The project has taken place at the US Army Engineer Research and Development Center in Illinois, where the I Marine Expeditionary Force used the printer to create a 500-sqft barracks hut in only 40 hours. Such technology could be used following natural disasters, among other things.

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Two big Apple features aren’t welcome on new iPhones say analysts

Two big Apple features aren’t welcome on new iPhones say analysts

Don't expect Apple Pencil support on the new iPhone, and don't be surprised if 3D Touch gets axed next year, at least according to the latest analyst predictions of upcoming hardware changes. The 2018 iPhone range is widely expected to debut in September, complete with notched-displays across the range, but exactly which features will be borrowed from elsewhere in Apple's line-up is unclear.

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Xbox One controller mod adds a 3D printed mini steering wheel

Xbox One controller mod adds a 3D printed mini steering wheel

The illusion of simulation in games and VR is often shattered by the less than convincing controls. You can't really feel what you're holding in VR and driving with a thumbstick is just as unnatural. Unless you have on of 'em steering wheel accessories or a Wii-mote or Joy-Con you slot into those. But what if all you have is an Xbox One controller? It's 3D printing again to the rescue! Presuming you have one or know someone who does.

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3D printed gun ruling: What you need to know

3D printed gun ruling: What you need to know

There has been a lot of commotion lately surrounding 3D printed guns and whether or not easy access to CAD files for weapons is something that should be allowed. For a while, it seemed that the years-long debate was over, but yesterday, the situation took another turn. Now, parties on both sides of the debate are heading back to court, essentially starting the process over once more and making for a disagreement that might be very confusing for people who haven't been following it for long.

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Looking Glass promises a holographic display with no headsets

Looking Glass promises a holographic display with no headsets

Virtual and augmented reality have created the need for a niche type of content creation, one that requires truly immersive 3D experiences. But while there are already tools for that, a bottleneck is created when you have to put on cumbersome VR or AR headsets just to quickly test their work. Wouldn’t it be great if you could actually see those right on your desk immediately? That would require a holographic display and that is exactly what The Looking Glass is trying to offer.

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Behold, 3D color X-rays: MARS scanner, made with CERN tech

Behold, 3D color X-rays: MARS scanner, made with CERN tech

This week the folks at MARS Bioimaging revealed the first 3D color X-Ray of the insides of a human body. They've got a device called the MARS large bore spectral scanner, AKA the MARS spectral x-ray scanner - and we're crossing our fingers for a simpler name as the product is further developed, too. This scanner uses an adaptation of technology first used by CERN in the hunt for the God particle.

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3Doodler Create+ Review: a different kind of creativity

3Doodler Create+ Review: a different kind of creativity

3D printing has definitely changed the way we make things, especially when it comes to creating things previously impossible if not impractical for hobbyists and small groups. But “normal” 3D printing still had an industrial and utilitarian feel to it. While you can definitely print out intricate and beautifully designed objects, it was less hands-on than some creatives might like. That’s where 3D printing pens like 3Doodler’s new Create+ comes in and we put our hands and minds on one to see just how well promise translates to reality.

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