3D printing technology has been revolutionary in the healthcare, automotive, aerospace, and aviation sector. AsapScience has put together this interesting video of how 3D printing works and how it changes the world. Check out the video above.
Volvo has recently announced a project called “Drive Me.” The Drive Me project will see that 100 self-driving vehicles will make it’s way around Sweden. Volvo plans to use this project to point out the benefits of self-driving cars. This project will be happening in the city of Gothenburg. Volvo is partnering with the Swedish Transport Administration, Lindholmen Science Park, the City of Gothenburg, and the Swedish Transport Agency for the project.
Michigan Technological University announced earlier this week that they have built a metal 3D printer. The design for the metal 3D printer will be released as an open-source project and can be built from parts that costs less than $1,500. The printer is created by laying down layers of steel that are sealed together with a welder that is integrated into the printer. By making it open source, the team at M-Tech believes that development will speed up for the 3D printer.
Time Warner is launching a new affordable cable plan that lets you get HBO and 20 channels for only $30 per month for the first year. This can be advantageous for consumers that do not want tons of extra channels that they never use. The new offering has local broadcasts, shopping channels, and shopNBC. This can be seen as Time Warner’s response to Comcast’s offer for HBO and 25Mbps Internet for $40 or $50 per month.
Swarm Mobile has raised around $3.5 million in a first round of funding, according to an SEC filing. This round of funding was led by Icon Ventures. Icon Ventures partner Tom Peterson is joining the board of directors at Swarm Mobile. The company helps track a shopper’s movement by detecting their mobile phone locations. In October of last year, Swarm Mobile raised a seed round of funding.
Applebee’s is one of the most popular restaurant chains in the U.S. and the company serves over 1 million guests per day. Applebee’s is going to install around 100,000 E la Carte Presto tablets on every table and multiple bars at over 1,800 Applebee’s restaurants in the U.S. by the end of next year. DineEquity, the franchisor of Applebee’s and IHOP restaurants, announced the partnership earlier this week. Applebee’s customers can use the tablets to place their orders, pay for orders, and play games. The tablets may also be added to IHOP restaurants.
Microsoft researchers are working on a smart bra that has sensors to detect the mood of the wearer. Microsoft Visualization and Interaction Research Group research manager Mary Czerwinski is studying how this technology can be used for detecting stress. The bra has embedded electrocardiogram and electrodermal activity sensors along with a gyroscope and accelerometer.
San Francisco based startup Trifacta has raised $12 million in Series B funding from Greylock Partners and Accel Partners. Trifacta uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to help save users time and effort by making data usable by business intelligence software. Trifacta launched in October of last year.