Archives for December, 2012

Top airports for spreading germs ID’d

U.S. airports that are hubs and are connected to lots of other hubs, such as Honolulu International and JFK, excel at spreading infectious diseases that originate in the airport’s home city   An infectious disease that really wants to go global would do well boarding planes at JFK or LAX, according to a new computer […]

Next Up in Kinect-Style Motion Sensing: Ultrasound?

Microsoft researchers have been developing a system called SoundWave that emits pulses in ultrasound ranges and detects Doppler-based changes to track human movements. Its creators hope their accidental discovery could improve gesture-based controls. Gesture-based controls have become so widespread they seem almost mundane. We casually flip through photos on our smartphones and have no problem […]

How to Get Started: 3D Modeling and Printing

Thanks to an influx of easy-to-use software, 3D modeling isn’t just for engineers toiling endlessly on CAD programs anymore. New tools built with ordinary people in mind make it possible to design whatever parts or prototypes you can imagine, and bring them to life with the power of 3D printing. There was nothing wrong with […]

3D Printer Prizefight: MakerBot Replicator 2 vs Formlabs Form 1

We take a look at two of the newest 3D printers coming to market to see how they stack up on material quality, printing resolution, and cost. The demand for affordable personal 3D printers has skyrocketed in recent years, with new models and designs popping up all the time. Budget-conscious enthusiasts, designers, engineers, and small-business […]