GE Direct Write: 3D Inking Intelligent Sensors (VIDEO)

Most of the parts or products created with a 3D printer are not “thinking” products or parts that have a brain, or a sensor. In a recent visit to GE, the Global Research team took me through a number of new concepts and technologies that they are developing. One of the most interesting is one they call: Direct Write. This development would allow you to create more intelligent 3D printed parts — such as sensors. Continue reading “GE Direct Write: 3D Inking Intelligent Sensors (VIDEO)”

Technologies of Tomorrow: 3D Printing & Wearable Tech

Wearable technology is the name given to clothing or accessories that incorporate digital elements, whether practical or for purely aesthetic reasons. The famous Google Glass technology is one example but things such as smartwatches or the coyly named CuffLinc, which contains a tiny wireless device allowing users to send signals to their contacts at the touch of a button, are becoming more and more common. Continue reading “Technologies of Tomorrow: 3D Printing & Wearable Tech”

3D Printed Smartwatch is Open Source for More Smarts

There are plenty of rumours about Apple’s iWatch. For instance, that it will feature a bunch of biosensing technology to monitor a wearer’s blood sugar, heart rate and physical activity. Or that it will use a slap-bracelet style wristband to evoke 90s nostalgia. Why wait for all of those fabulous features when you can build your own smart watch? Continue reading “3D Printed Smartwatch is Open Source for More Smarts”