Legend has it many innovative products were designed on napkins or envelopes. CandleDragon's dotPen Pro hopes to bring that level of freedom to the digital era. The drawing device converts free-hand drawing into vector graphics, letting creative people draw on any flat surface and create data that can be utilized by a host of software tools including Adobe and Corel. An embedded Texas Instruments' C2000 digital signal controller and two imaging sensors triangulate pen position and track pen movement, angle and applied pressure. This data can be uploaded to a Smartphone, Blackberry, PDA or computer using a Bluetooth or USB connection.
The Space Kid, 11, will be one of the first civilians to have his design manufactured in space by NASA, thanks to the City X Project, which inspires kids to think about new 3D-printed inventions that could be useful for humans living in space.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.