Working The Crowd: This Fuse Will Set The Collective Brain On Fire
April 28, 2017
Fans of HBO’s “Silicon Valley” series are well versed in the trials and tribulations facing coders struggling to write better compression software. That show is fictional, but the problem is very real. It affects movie downloads, live streaming and also industry.
The LEDs Have Ears: The Company Edison Founded Seeks Interactive Lights In A Crowdsourcing Competition
May 19, 2016
How many inventors does it take to change the future of a lightbulb? GE Lighting partnered with the maker movement magazine Make: and the hardware-hacking community Hackster to find out. Their crowdsourcing competition, called Lights for Life Challenge, invited inventors to take LEDs in new and unexpected directions. There’s one condition, though: The solutions must include voice commands.
When Regina Dugan, former director of DARPA, took to the stage at the 2013 All Things Digital conference in California, it was to explain how she planned to bring fresh thinking to Google-owned Motorola Mobility. She then revealed a temporary tattoo embedded with thin, stretchable electronics on her forearm.
According to Venture Capital (VC) database CB Insights, the total amount of venture capital financing hit $29.2 billion across 3,354 deals in 2013. What’s interesting is the number of overall VC deals has remained relatively flat over the past three years, as have the total investments (holding Q1 of 2012 as an outlier).
Additive manufacturing established early roots in the healthcare industry more than 20 years ago by creating implantable devices, hearing aids and affordable orthodontics. Recent advances that create even stronger materials have provided new opportunities.
Freed from the boundaries of traditional materials, additive manufacturing allows engineers to design more organically, optimizing weight-to-strength ratios with design flexibility. The process also has the benefits of using less material and producing less waste.