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Let’s see, sporty Intel Core-i5 processor and Windows 8.1? Check. Retina-esque 3,200 x 1,800 15.6-inch display? Check. 4GB RAM and a 128GB SSD? Of course. If Sharp’s RW-16G sounds like the laptop of your dreams, sorry, but it’s actually a tablet in …
We were sold on Avegant’s retinal head-mounted display even when it looked like this, but the company’s latest reveal has us throwing balls of cash at the screen. The consumer version will be branded as Glyph, and it’s set to debut January 22nd on …
Formlabs, an MIT Media Labs spin-out and maker of the high resolution Form 1 3D printer – which came up on Kickstarter (where it pulled in nearly $ 3 million in crowdfunding) – has closed a $ 19 million Series A, led by DFJ Growth. Pitango Venture Capital and Innovation Endeavors also participated in the round, along with “many returning angel investors”.
The funding round gives Formlabs considerable runway to keep building out a business, a few months after rival desktop 3D printer maker Makerbot was acquired by 3D industrial printing and manufacturing company Stratasys for $ 403 million. Makerbot now operates as a subsidiary of Stratasys.
Formlabs, which was founded in 2011, said it will be using the funding to expand its R&D, grow its global customer support and servicing, and develop new materials to print with. Software development is another focus: Formlabs said today it plans to launch version 1.0 of its PreForm 3D model-to-3D-print software soon.
Expansion is also on the cards for its own production facility, with the 3D printer maker in the midst of moving into an 11,000 squarefoot facility in Somerville, Massachusetts.
Formlabs previously raised $ 1.8 million in seed funding, before taking its prototype to Kickstarter and pulling in enough cash to go into production. One year after its Kickstarter campaign, it said it has shipped more than 900 of its 3D printers to backers around the world, and is approaching fulfillment of all the original Kickstarter campaign rewards.
As interest in additive manufacturing builds, more startups are pushing in to attack the 3D printer space from various different angles and price-points. Many of these newcomers taking their printer prototypes to crowdfunding sites are looking to offer a cheaper desktop 3D printer, and/or simplify the 3D print experience, to make it more consumer friendly.
At present Formlabs is unashamedly high end with its pricing – costing more than Makerbot’s Replicator ($ 2,199) for instance. The $ 3,299 Form 1′s relatively high price-tag (for a desktop 3D printer) is justified by Formlabs’ focus on high resolution printing.
The Form 1 works by shining a laser onto a metal surface through a layer of resin, using a process called photopolymerization. This results in higher print precision, meaning 3D printed objects can have finer detail.
While Formlabs’ resin-based approach is not cheap, it is serving what is likely to be a growing demand for high quality 3D prints as more lower cost machines enter the market, littering it with lower resolution and therefore poorer quality 3D prints.
Asked if it plans to expand into cheaper tiered segments of the desktop 3D printer market in future, the company told TechCrunch: “We’re focusing on making the Form 1 the best possible desktop printer out there, right now. We’ll definitely be exploring more of the market as we grow, but we’re keeping our focus on what we do best right now. I wouldn’t rule anything out.”
This is a composite video made from a bunch of photos taken by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, showcasing the moon rotating a complete 360-degrees in hd. You know, I like the moon since it constantly keeps me company when I’m out roaming the roads in the evening. It’s like a pal that’s always there. Perhaps not one who will step in and fight for me if I’m getting mugged, however I doubt any of my human pals would either. And speaking of the moon– it’s going to be complete tomorrow! And speaking of complete moons … “DO N’T DO IT GW.” Well I kind of have to now! \* vibrating trousers to knees \* BOOYA! “Ahahahhahahha– nice novelty Christmas boxers! Do your laundry.” I wish to go house.
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Amid the bevy of phones outed in NTT DoCoMo’s summer lineup, the Japanese carrier snuck in a tablet: Sharp’s Aquos Pad SH-08E. A 7-inch 1,920 x 1,200 IGZO display dominates the front of the Android 4.2 device, while a 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor and a 4,200mAh battery are tucked inside. When it comes to imaging, the slab totes an 8.1-megapixel shooter on its rear, and wears a 2.1-megapixel cam on the front. The hardware’s also been kitted out with WiFi, NFC and TV tuning capabilities, along with waterproofing and dustproofing, to boot. As the slate’s outfitted to work with DoCoMo’s Xi LTE network, it’s capable of sucking down 100Mbps and uploading at 37.5Mbps. There’s no word on how much it’ll empty wallets, but it’s penciled in to be available in Japan by the end of July.
Source: NTT DoCoMo (PDF)
Barnes & Noble might have saved many of the spotlight today for in-app purchasing on Nook hardware, but it’s not leaving various other platforms by the wayside. Its Nook 3.4 upgrade for iOS focuses greatly on visuals, with brand-new support for both Nook Comics as well as “HD” publications on Retina display-equipped iPads. Likewise, there’s some spring cleaning afoot: the app offers better organization for periodicals, the choice to expand book illustrations and recently animated web page turns. Swing by the App Shop if you have actually got enough of a toehold in Barnes & Noble’s environment to use its software.
The PhoneScope 3Dfrom Spatial Vision and Designsupplies high-resolution multiplied 3D scanning that can have applications for users varying from forensics professionals to CGI animators. But its designers primarily simply want individuals to enjoy with the iPhone add-ons. After years in development, PhoneScope 3D is now raising funds on Kickstarter.
The PhoneScope 3D separates itself from other iPhone 3D scanning applications and add-ons with a macro lens that magnifies the iPhone ’ s camera view by up to five times. A light lens add-on clips onto the lens and uses ultra-bright LEDs diffused through glass established by Spatial Vision and Design to distribute light equally and reduce coning.
The lens clip, designed to have a reduced profile and fit over an iPhone bumper, is made from plasma-polished stainless steel, while the light lens add-on is constructed from aircraft-grade anodized aluminum. The light lens is placed straight over the things being scanned, which implies that although there are size restrictions, the topic could be rendered in greater detail. The PhoneScope 3D is suggested to be utilized with specially designed desktop computer software and scans could be turned into 3D prints.
Developer B.J. Rao states his objective with the PhoneScope 3D is to develop understanding of 3D scanning. Possible individuals consist of “a skin doctor or forensics expert who now has greater suggests to analyze, testimonial and shop visual details, ” said Rao. With its affordability and simplicity of use, the set is also a fun introduction to high-resolution 3D scanning.
Spatial Vision & Design, a start-up with locations in St. Louis, Amsterdam, and Seoul, establishes mobile software and equipment focusing on vision innovations. B.J. Rao said that he and partners Vijay Rao and Lazlo Kleczewski have actually wished to create an application and equipment combo for the iPhone since it was first released by Apple, but the job was put on hold numerous times over times since of absence of funding. The trio ’ s prior equipment experience includes developing and calibrating photolithography machines. B.J. Rao has actually dealt with institutions such as the Gallery Gouda in Amsterdam, where he assisted establish a 3D scanning modern technology for a display that enabled site visitors to interact with breakable artifacts without managing them.
PhoneScope 3D software is presently available for Windows just, but Rao states their target for OSX support is April or May 2013.
Pre-orders begin at $ 39 for the very early bird unique, which has a lens clip. The group’s objective is to raise $ 50,000 on Kickstarter before January 8, with a target shipment date of March 2013 for the lens clips and April 2013 for the sets with the lens clip and light lens attachment.
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Google has actually broadened its high-res Maps and Earth offerings to cover a massive 164 urban areas and 108 nations / regions, while its brand name new 45-degree imagery is now readily available for 60 cities (40 in the US and 20 abroad)– the list is long, so check out the source to find all the locations. The pictures are very sensational; highlights consist of a live appearance at the Area Needle’s orange paint task for its 50th anniversary, an overhead appearance at Austrian bridges and a tilted view of the Thun Castle in Switzerland. Now, excuse us as we gaze longingly at these stunning vistas– it is Friday, right?
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Google’s mapping providings are getting a bit better this week. The software application giant’s revealed the addition of a slew of high-res aerial and satellite images for 17 metros and 112 countries / regions– it’s a long listing, so your best bet is accessing the source link below to look at all of the providings. Google’s also adding 45-degree imagery in Maps for a sum total of 51 cities– 37 in the US and 14 outside– letting you look at the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the structures of Madison, Wisconsin from an all brand-new angle. Forget the airplane tickets– all you need for your next vacation is a browser and an overactive creativity.
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ASUS made a grand entrance into the Ultrabook race with the Zenbook Prime UX31E, which brought a sleek design and lovely, high-res screen. That machine was one of our favorites in what was still a budding category, though we took issue with the shallow keyboard and uncomfortable touchpad. The company recently started shipping its new Zenbook Prime series, including the 11-inch UX21A we checked out a few months ago. But there’s also a follow-up to the 13-inch UX31E on the market: the ASUS Zenbook Prime UX31A. This laptop offers a retooled keyboard, Ivy Bridge chips and a 1,920 x 1,080 IPS display, starting at $ 1,069. So how does the new 13-inch Zenbook stack up in a crowded field of high-end ultraportables? Join us past the break for the full report.
Gallery: ASUS Zenbook Prime UX31A review
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