Like any 3D printing device, the LIX pen melts and cools colored plastic, allowing you to create rigid, freestanding structures. Charging only takes one minute, and the pens are quite affordable with ballpoint versions starting at $60 and the 3D printing version at $140 for a limited time.
There’s currently a Kickstarter campaign to get the LIX 3D printing pen off the ground, and will be taking pre-orders soon. Something to freak people out during your meetings?
San Francisco’s Fitmob uses creative incentive design to encourage fitness class attendance — the company reduces the price for every extra session taken each week.
Users can access the Fitmob app or website to find a session near them and their first workout of the week will cost $15. If members take a second class that week, they’ll pay $10. And, if they work out for a third time that week, they pay $5. Users can cancel up to two hours in advance, but if they fail to show up without canceling they’re charged a $5 ‘flake’ fee, a portion of which goes to local park and recreation charities.
Would this encourage you to make it to the gym multiple times a week?
If you live in North America, South America, Australia, or eastern Asia, ou’ll get to see a lunar eclipse on the night of April 14/15!
A lunar eclipse is when the Moon slips into the shadow of the Earth and gets dark. Unlike a solar eclipse (where the Moon blocks the Sun) a lunar eclipse lasts for hours and is perfectly safe to observe without protection.
How does this work? Because of the sun’s light, the Earth will cast a shadow on anything that is behind it. Normally the Earth’s shadow just goes off into space, but sometimes the geometry works out that the Moon passes into it. The Moon has to be opposite the Sun in the sky for that to happen, so lunar eclipses only happen when the Moon is full.
A team of students in France have transformed a Makerbot Replicator into a tattoo machine.
The students created the 3D Printer X Tattoo Machine project as part of the Public Domain Remix event hosted by the French Ministry of Culture. The event challenged students to hack an electronic device within a time-span of only 8 hours.
A team of French students replaced the extruder of a Makerbot Replicator with a real tattoo instrument and transformed the 3D printer into a functional tattoo machine.
The students created the 3D Printer X Tattoo Machine project as part of the Public Domain Remix event hosted by the French Ministry of Culture. The event gave students eight hours to hack an electronic device and invited Le FabShop as a manufacturing expert to help the students with their projects.
The team of students, led by Pierre Emm, initially replaced the extruder with a pen, which allowed the machine to draw images on skin. The students decided to go a step further and transform the 3D printer into a real tattooing instrument, with the help of other students and teachers.
The team borrowed a real tattoo instrument, built it into the device, and first tested their device on artificial skin. They then were able to get a volunteer (victim?) so they could test the machine on a real person.
The step-by-step instructions on how the team created the tattoo machine can be found on Instructables. Would you trust your skin to a machine tattoo artist?
In the study, the Mayo Clinic designed an online and smartphone-based program for patients recovering from stent placement for a heart attack. Forty-four patients participated in the study — 25 used the application and a control group of 19 had regular cardiac rehabilitation without the use of the app.
The study was funded by the BIRD Foundation and recently presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 63rd Annual Scientific Session in Washington, D.C.
Patients used the app for three months, tracking their vital signs and reviewing educational content on diet and exercise. Vital signs included weight, blood pressure, blood sugar, physical activity and dietary levels. Basically, the app provided the tools for patient self-monitoring.
Here are the high level findings:
- Around 60% of the control group was either readmitted to the hospital or admitted to an emergency room within 90 days.
- For the app user group, that number was just over 20%.
- Additionally, the average weight for the app group was about 9 pounds (4.1 kg) lighter than the control group
- The average blood pressure was also about 8 mmHg lower for the app group.
- Within the app group itself, patients who had higher frequency of logins and greater number of app sessions also experienced lower blood pressure
Creative Advertising Turns Negativity into Positive Message
Honey Maid recently launched an ad campaign called This is Wholesome, featuring family types of all different ethnicity and same-sex combinations. It drew some negative responses — check out how Honey Maid responded.
Do you think it was a nice way to repackage the criticism?
Sometimes the most brilliant ideas are the most simple.
PullClean is an elegant solution that combines hand sanitizers and door handles, prompting hospital users to wash each time they enter and exit a room.
The handle features a built-in hand sanitizer dispenser that can easily be pressed at the same time as the door is pulled open. The goal of the device is to increase the rate of hand washing and impeding the spread of hospital-acquired infections.
Interestingly, the handles also come with a smart fob that is also attached to each door — the fob detects each time the door is opened and each time sanitizer is dispensed. Hospital managers can then plug the USB fob into their computer and analyze the data to see how often users are washing their hands, as well as whether the sanitizer needs replacing (might be better if it was wifi connected?).
PullClean will go on sale for $200 later this year. Would you feel better with these installed at your hospital? How about public restrooms?
London-based industrial design students Rodrigo García González, Pierre Paslier, and Guillaume Couche worked together to design the Ooho — it’s a blob-like water container made out of an edible algae membrane.
The container is created using a culinary technique called “spherification” and the water is held inside by a double gelatinous membrane. The gel around the water is created from brown algae and calcium chloride.
Because of the double membrane, identification labels can be placed in-between the layers without affecting the water and without the need for adhesive. The size of the sphere can also be controlled when the water is in the form of ice during the “packaging” process.
The Ooho promotes the use of natural and edible packaging that is simple, cheap, biodegradable and edible.
Could this be a viable alternative to plastic bottles?
Today is National Beer Day, also known as New Beer’s Eve!
It’s celebrated every April 7 to celebrates the end of Prohibition in the United States. Prohibition in the United States was a national ban on the sale, manufacture, and transportation of alcohol, for 13 years from 1920 to 1933.
In March 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt signed into law an amendment to the Volstead Act, allowing the manufacture and sale of certain kinds of alcoholic beverages. Sales of beer in the United States would become legal on April 7 provided that the state in question had enacted its own law allowing such sales.
On the evening of April 6, 1933 people lined up outside breweries and taverns, waiting for midnight when they would be able to legally purchase beer again. Since this date, the night of April 6 has been referred to as “New Beer’s Eve”.
Entrepreneur Christiaan Holland has partnerd with experimental designer Pauline van Dongen and solar energy expert Gert Jan Jongerden to createWearable Solar— it’s a clothing line that features embedded solar panels.
The line so far consists of two prototypes — a coat and a dress — made from leather, wool and strips of rigid and flexible solar cells. Solar strips can be folded out and put away again depending on when they’re needed, which can fully charge a standard smartphone after about two hours in the sun.
No word on whether these will actually be delivered to market — upon first glance, these look to be kinda warm to be wearing in the sun…anything you’d ever consider wearing?
Those of you who suffer from asthma will be familiar with a tool called a peak flow meter — it measures how much air is passing out of your lungs.When you’re in the middle of a flare-up, it can be useful to see what outside allergens or problems might be causing a bronchial flare-up. My Spiroo is a connected, ultraportable peak flow meter that connects to your smartphone.
Created by Dr. Lukasz Koltowski and Peter Bajtala, the product is about as big as a traditional mechanical peak flow meter but has a headphone jack to connect to your phone.
The team is planning to add geolocation and statistic information to the app as well as collect asthma data from users, which would allow them to release warnings to sufferers who may react to certain pollen or pollutant levels and help users manage their inhalers. Sounds kinda like Waze for asthma!
If you suffer from asthma, would you be interested in this?
April is a pretty dishonest month, kicking things off with April Fool’s….then comes April 4 which is Tell a Lie Day! Yes, there is actually an annual “holiday” about lying.
Psychology Today reports that the “average” person lies several times per day! But despite what our parents and teachers told us, it is totally acceptable to lie – but just this once. So go ahead - give it your best shot! Kind of ironic, but National Honesty Day comes up at the end of April!