Welcome to Cyber Dump number 63, your look at what's happening in this insane age of technology that we live in. All links mentioned are on the NODE website. Let's just dump into it.
Starting off this week. Scientists recently unveiled their 3D bioprinted lung-like experiment, which is printed using human cells. The little air sac can expand, and contract, as well as circulate blood, and could be the first step to printing new organs using patients own cells in the future.
In other news, researchers at ETH Zurich have developed a new microscopic 3D printing method, which can print multiple materials at once. The high resolution, and ability to print different metals means something like this could potentially be used to print on demand electronic components.
HP recently launched their new Jet Fusion 5200 series 3D printers, which they say can rival other manufacturing techniques such as injection molding, in terms of speed, volume and output quality.
A group of designers, and a homeless charity have announced they will be building the worlds first 3D printed village in an undisclosed location in South America. The team says they can print the walls of a house in 24 hours, using local materials, and with almost no waste. The project will be building 50 houses for impoverished families later this summer.
Guy Godin uploaded a teaser video of the upcoming VR Desktop release for the Oculus Quest the other day. Now this is really where I think VR headsets could take off, especially in standalone headsets like the Quest. Just think once screen technology improves enough, you basically could live and work in a virtual office, and not need a physical monitor anymore. You could work and collab with other users, and programs at the same time, all in a virtual 3D space, which is basically like a real life cyber deck.
I saw this video and thought it was pretty cool. Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure park in Southlake, Texas uploaded a video of their mixed reality trampoline park, where people can interact and play games, using projection technology.
In other news, Google recently announced that they'll begin including augmented reality elements in search results sometime in the future. Speaking from their recent developer conference, the company showed various examples which take advantage of cameras to virtually project objects into the users' environments.
Purdue researchers have used biomimetics to create a hummingbird-like flying robot. This little thing is super agile, and can navigate various environments. Full details are in a paper released by the team.
OpenAI recently released MuseNet, a deep neural network that can generate 4 minute long, multi-instrument compositions, combining styles from whatever music is inputted. The AI can automatically recognize patterns of harmony, rythm and style, allowing it to predict and create new music that doesn't exist. Check out the website to listen, and try it out yourself.
Researchers from Japan have designed the ZeRONE, a blade-less drone, which acts like blimp. The device propels itself using ultrasound piezos to generate wind. I'm not sure of the practical uses for such a drone, but I could imagine a bunch of them floating around some scifi restaurant setting.
Amazon and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos unveiled a new moon lander, called Blue Moon on Thursday, and announced his goal to go to there by 2024, with the intention of setting up permanent bases.
Two short videos this week. The first is an interview with Marc Raibert of Boston Dynamics, where he talks about, and shows off the companies newest Spot Mini robot.
The other video I didn't really have a category for, but I thought it was cool. Adam Savage shows off some of his vintage computer gear, including some super early vacuum tube bits from the 50's.
THIS WEEK ON NODE
This week I announced the NODE news feed, a simple technology news noticeboard site for the community. Be sure to bookmark it, as I'll be updating this every day.
I also showed you the new NODE Mini Server, version 2, including a detailed guide on how to make one yourself. I'm very happy with how this one turned out, and hope it will take off.
Anyways, that's all I've got for this week. I appreciate you all watching. I don't usually say this, but if you do like the content, please considering subscribing and sharing it to get the word out. See you in the next video.
Music: Xtract - Audiotool Day 2016 (CC License)