Digital Trends #1: 3D-printed Steel Bridge, Virtual Reality journey and Sustainable smartphone

Posted on September 2nd, 2015 by Marina

What is “Digital Trends”? It is a compendium of the best technology news. Aerys finds for you the top innovations of the moment.

MX3D engineers introduce the first 3D-printed Steel Bridge

 

The team has been able to overcome the shape and size restrictions of conventional 3D printing. MX3D engineers spent a lot time perfecting the robotic printer, which they say first started off as “worm-like blobs.” A few things did go wrong along the way, “a welding machine exploded, nozzles got stuck and the robot got destroyed.” Eventually—after “endless testing”—MX3D engineers were able draw complex sculptures in mid-air and then speed up the process.

3D printing is firstly used for manufacturing. Moreover, it can create 3D food, build 3D houses and it can save lives by printing artificial heart cells and caring for injured animals. This is truly crazy to see how far we can go with this technology! We’re convinced that 3D printing will create jobs in the Factory of the Future.

Source: iflscience.com/technology/robot-going-3d-print-steel-bridge / MX3D website

The Void is a virtual reality experience in a maze

At THE VOID you will walk into new dimensions and experience worlds without limits. From fighting intergalactic wars on alien planets, to casting spells in the darkest of dungeons, THE VOID presents the Future of Entertainment. Only limited by imagination […] Virtual-Reality technologies allow you to see, move, and feel our digital worlds in a completely immersive and realistic way. We are coming to major cities throughout North and South America, Asia, Europe and Australia. More than watching a movie or playing a game … in THE VOID you will live an adventure.

Enter the maze and let the virtual reality game begin. To provide the most immersive experience, The Void used its Rapture devices: HMD (Head Mounted Display), vest and gloves. The player knows he comes in contact with every virtual reality object thanks to environnemental effects felt from multiple points within the vest. Virtual reality is about to grow to the next level with The Void. Will gamers prefer the digital world to the real world? Maybe one day we will wear the Iron Man Suit in VR.

Source: The Void website

Fairphone, a sustainable smartphone which lasts longer

We want to integrate materials in our supply chain that support local economies, not armed militias. We’re starting with conflict-free minerals from the DRC to stimulate alternative solutions. We’re using design to change the relationship between people and their phones. We’re focusing on longevity and repairability to extend the phone’s usable life and give buyers more control over their products More Help. Factory workers deserve safe conditions, fair wages and worker representation. We work closely with manufacturers that want to invest in employee wellbeing.We’re addressing the full lifespan of mobile phones, including use, reuse and safe recycling. We believe that our responsibility doesn’t end with sales.

We discovered Fairphone at Futur en Seine 2015. New technologies are not only about creating the best Sci-Fi gadgets as the hoverboard from Back to the future or flying cars. It is also being conscious that we need to preserve our resources thanks to sustainable projects. Planned obsolescence on smartphones is an issue for environment. Fairphone could change our point of view to not throw our smartphone too easily.

Source: Fairphone website