The 3-D printer being used by astronauts on the International Space Station recently reached its second big milestone—it was employed to print a usable tool after a data file was uploaded from Earth that gave the printer the specifications and directions for how to produce the tool.
2014 brought more attention to 4K and curved displays than on 3D and active glasses. Toshiba launched a 4K laptop in April, LG sells a 4K curved TV, and recently Samsung introduced a 4K curved PC monitor. Apple took it a step further and released a 5K iMac refresh, followed by Dell with a 5K "smart desk", and Samsung promised to release a phone with a foldable display in 2015. Toshiba is also following the 'retina' trend and is looking to bring smooth 8K broadcasts by 2020.
When you think of what 3D printing can do, you probably imagine simple plastic models and parts -- clever, but not exactly revolutionary. If you ask Dovetailed's Vaiva Kalnikaite and Make's Anna Kaziunas France, however, they'll tell you that 3D printers can accomplish much, much more. Dovetailed's 3D-printed fruit is just the start of what you can do with food, for example. Kalnikaite told Engadget Expand guests that 3D printing offers not just extra creativity with how you present meals, but a way to change the meals themselves. Do you like the taste of bananas, but not their texture?
Via debuted a rugged fanless low-power Android mini-PC based on Via’s dual-core Cortex-A9 Elite E1000 SoC, and offering mini-PCIe, mSATA, HDMI, and GbE I/O.