SyFy Labs Showcase Latest Technologies @ CES 2016

CES 2016: The show floor here at CES is absolutely packed with cool technology, but one that caught my eye was the SyFy Labs booth. It’s what they call their innovation lab, where they’re using all kinds of high-end and modern technology to inspire them to deliver the latest content. We’ve got VR headsets, allowing you to explore a demo called “expanse”, a virtual reality app for the Samsung Gear VR, where users can explore spacecraft and settings from the TV show in 3D.

It’s a cool demo and it’s clear how this could be a great tool for show makers to really get into the mindset of their locations in sci-fi TV and movies, especially given the level of greenscreen work.

Next up we’ve got 3D printing from MakerBot, while this is a great tool for making props and other cool things, you can actually download models of ships, props, logos and more from the shows and download them to print yourself!

Joining forces with Philips Hue, Syfy Sync can enable your home RGB lighting to run on a “lighting track”, allowing the 2016 season of The Expanse to give you an even more immersive home cinema experience.

It’s great to see TV show producers really thinking outside of the box to make their shows more immeresive, and I may have to go buy some RGB Hue bulbs now just to try out the lighting track feature.

MakerBot and NASA Launch a Competition for The Best ‘Human Base on Mars’ Design

MakerBot has reportedly launched a competition, in collaboration with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, challenging people to become inspirational in designing a human base o Mars. Things like extreme temperatures, radiation spikes, dust storms are just a few examples competitors should take into account.

Although not every entrant will have a strong astrophysical background, NASA is in search for individuals who like to ‘think outside the box’ and give NASA some fresh insights and other points of view they might be missing. MakerBot has also placed a Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer up for grabs for whoever wins the competition, which has started on the 30th of May and will close on the 12th of June. Though not a lot of time has been made available, it has been reported that the competition already received 70 CAD file submissions.

One of the submissions comes from a graduate engineer by the name of Pierre Meyitang, who has submitted a so-called ‘DasDome’ , which is a huge dome housing surrounded by solar panel arrays that can fold in on top of the dome in order to protect it from external factors.

Ryan from Florida is another entrant who has submitted his ‘Mars City Base’ design, having it engineered to be elevated off the ground in order to grant wind deflection, having a pond in the center to store fresh water and houses located above agricultural plots.

3D printing concepts for space living have been around since astrophysicists looked at using the concept of 3D printing Earth homes and do the same thing for the Moon, having NASA due to launch the first 3D printer into space this year in order to experiment with printing in the most challenging conditions.

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MakerBot Launches Campaign To Get 3D Printers Into American Schools

President Obama made a plea to “ensure that the Next Industrial Revolution in manufacturing will happen in America” and with the launch of the new MarkerBot Academy, it looks like it may already be happening.

The thinking behind the new academy is simple, get 3D printers into classrooms and let the next generation innovate for the future. Having joined forces with DonersChoose.org and Autodesk, MakerBot have launched a campaign to raise the required funds to make this happen.

The crowdfunding campaign is non-profit and will allow interested parties to donate to the project, which in turn will give both students and teachers access to MakerBot devices. The pack in questions that will be available is the truly epic MakerBot Replicator 2, three spools of filament and MakerCare support.

3D printing is already a big deal and has already paved the way for many technology innovations that range from the pointless to the amazing, people fixing toys to a man who 3D printed his son a prosthetic hand. MakerBot are making a great choice by getting the hardware required into the hands of students who can grow and develop ideas for the technology and it will be exciting to see what they come up with over the next few years.

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