Rob, this could be used in packaging to detect product defects. Currently, products go single file past a high speed camera. The act of getting products single-file means more contact with the product, takes space, takes time, can cause jams. If it can be done while products are still on a wide conveyor belt, at slower speed, so much the better.
There will be many applications for this in industry. Maybe not so much in personal use, but definitely in industrial use.
Scanners to me are kind of like fax machines--in a way, they're almost a forgotten technology and haven't advanced all so much as other technologies have emerged to replace them. This shows that there is still a lot of innovaiton in this space. It's quite cool what this product can do, but in a nod to Rob's comment, what's the target application or customer?
Altair has released an update of its HyperWorks computer-aided engineering simulation suite that includes new features focusing on four key areas of product design: performance optimization, lightweight design, lead-time reduction, and new technologies.
At IMTS last week, Stratasys introduced two new multi-materials PolyJet 3D printers, plus a new UV-resistant material for its FDM production 3D printers. They can be used in making jigs and fixtures, as well as prototypes and small runs of production parts.
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
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