German police try making 3D-printed guns to assess threats and opportunities

The police want to see how dangerous 3D-printed guns really are — in terms of smuggling them through security checks, but also with a view to perhaps using them themselves. Germany’s federal police agencies are buying a 3D printer in order to see whether homemade 3D-printed guns are really ...

10 Great Inventions Dreamt Up By Children

Kids can be incredibly creative and inventive – and some even see their big ideas develop into astounding business opportunities as well. The following ten children turned their frustrations, mistakes and strokes of luck and brilliance into commercial successes, businesses and even life-long careers. Their stories are sure ...

3D printing to help Bloodhound SSC break 1,000 mph

The Bloodhound SSC hopes to reach speeds of more than 1,000 mph (1,610 km/h) in 2015 with its 3D-printed nose tipThe Bloodhound Supersonic Car (SSC) team from the UK is continuing its journey towards claiming the world land speed record. After testing its rocket engine last year, the ...

Chinese Conduct 3D Printed Spinal Implant Trials in Humans

Peking University Third Hospital in Beijing is in the process of conducting human clinical trials with titanium 3D printed spinal inserts. "We started clinical trials on 3D printed implants late last year, and now we have used dozens of such implants for more than 50 patients," 

3D Printed Game Of Thrones iPhone Dock Gets HBO Banhammer

3D printing technology has definitely come a long way, and each day that progresses, we are moving closer and closer to the day and time when the man on the street is capable of producing his or her 3D printed goods without breaking the bank. Fernando Sosa happens ...

One in three smartphones now comes with NFC

The number of NFC phones shipped will increase 156% in 2013 to a total of 400m devices globally, according to a new report from Strategy Analytics. This means that one third of the smartphones sold globally this year will support NFC, the analysts say.Global NFC Smartphone Sale Forecast ...

Smaller, lighter, tougher: New devices answer the call for rugged mobility

As the U.S. military becomes an increasingly mobile force, the trend is toward smaller, lighter and faster rugged computing devices that can handle demanding operational environments. Increasingly, the tools of choice for the military computer market are rugged convertible laptops and tablets designed for use in vehicles, on ...

3D Printers too Pricey? Build a LEGO one.

While the price of 3D printers continues to plummet, for some the cost is still too high.To help solve this problem, Instructables author Matthew Krueger, also known as Mastermind, created a 3D printer from LEGOs he found lying around his house.Krueger’s project started as a practical exercise. During ...

Microsoft Reverses (Another) Anti-User Xbox One Policy

A Microsoft executive has confirmed that, contrary to earlier reports from the company, the upcoming Xbox One console will not require the Kinect sensor to be activated at all times after all. This change comes after a widespread backlash from gamers concerned about the privacy implications of an ...

The big, ugly affiliate marketing scam

After CES 2013 in Vegas, I stayed on after the show finished for a few days. An “Affiliate Summit” converged in Las Vegas. I was shocked to see the number of shysters involved in this growing trend. And I don’t use that term lightly.A while ago, one of ...

The Angel Health Monitor Is A Fitbit For Hackers

The Angel Health monitor, besides having a fairly morbid name (you rarely see angels unless you’re sailing down the river Styx), is actually quite cool. Designed to be a “developer’s” health monitoring system, the Angel senses motion and acceleration, skin temperature, blood oxygen saturation, and heart rate. Created ...

Generation X gets really old: How do slackers have a midlife crisis?

In the 1993 movie “Falling Down,” Michael Douglas plays an angry white man whose midlife crisis has him nearly foaming at the mouth. Appalled by a brutal traffic jam and disorienting changes in his world, he flips out in a Korean liquor store, tangles with the homeless and ...

City of London halts recycling bins tracking phones of passers-by

The City of London is halting a scheme that used recycling bins to track people as they walked by with their smartphones. The head of Renew London, which was behind the operation, wrote in an email, “I can confirm that we are not currently running any trials.” Quartz was ...

Florida to Test Drones for Mosquito Search and Destroy

Is there anything worse than mosquitoes? Yes. Lots of things. But mosquitoes are pretty bad. Besides being buzzy and itchy and annoying, they can transmit nasty diseases including malaria and West Nile virus, even in civilized (mostly) places like Florida. The issue with mosquitoes is that they're everywhere,

Raspi Bitcoin miner may just pay for itself eventually

We’re sure a lot of people out there have a Raspberry Pi or two lying around waiting for a project to come to mind.[Dave] has an interesting solution to this orphaned hardware – use it to mine Bitcoins and perhaps put a few extra bucks in your pocket ...

How Things Work: Commodore 64 and Summer Games Edition

I’m always trying to convey a sense of the audacity and creativity of hackers of the early PC era, who made so much out of so little. I include amongst this group both the hardware hackers who created the machines themselves and the software hackers who took them ...

10 3D-printable home goods that could put Target out of business

Sure, 3D printing has brought us a ton of cool creations and unique ideas (can we just go back to the whole 3D-printed Aston Martin thing?), but did you know it can save you a trip to the store when you’re in a pinch? If you have access ...

Meet the Cellular Shoe: the 3D Printed Multi-material ‘XYZ 151’

Shoes have a habit of captivating the 3D printing world. From couture designs to a faster sprinting shoe, 3D printed shoes promise a customized “wow” factor along with some conveniences like doubling as a smartphone case.New Zealand-based designer Earl Stewart, who is also the Creative Director of OPZone ...

Unlocked $80 Firefox OS phone to hit eBay soon

ZTE says it will soon begin sales of an unlocked version of its Firefox OS-based ZTE Open handset on eBay US and UK for $80, following its launch in Spain, Venezuela, and Colombia. In related news, Samsung is once again rumored to be slowing Tizen OS development, and ...

This Translucent Ruler Animates Math Homework

Once a student gets the hang of basic physical principles, they can design mini games. Photo: Anirudh SharmaIt can calculate the area of a shape, providing instant feedback on geometry homework. Photo: Anirudh SharmaThe Glassified ruler combines analog and digital experiences in a cost-effective manner. Photo: Anirudh SharmaThe ...