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How 3D printing will turn us all (back) into makers: Avi Reichental at TED2014

How 3D printing will turn us all (back) into makers: Avi Reichental at TED2014

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3D printing pioneer Avi Reichental is nostalgic for a time he never quite experienced — a time of hyper-local, made-to-order, personalized craftsmanship. While the industrial revolution did a lot to advance humanity, says Reichental, it eradicated local manufacturing that people like his grandfather, a cobbler, excelled in. It atrophied society’s craftsmanship skills. But, says Reichental, there’s []

A biologist, an engineer, a designer and a musical robot builder walk into a room. Not a joke; it’s their office

A biologist, an engineer, a designer and a musical robot builder walk into a room. Not a joke; it’s their office

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Listen to too much talk about innovation, and before long you’re bound to hear someone utter the “cross” word. It might be followed by “fertilization,” maybe “pollination,” perhaps even “disciplinary,” but the sharing of ideas with unlike-minded people is a hot topic, the holy grail of wannabe world-changers. After all, the thinking goes, working with []

TEDWeekends talks innovation for the Global South

TEDWeekends talks innovation for the Global South

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Malaria kills about 2,000 people every day. The mosquito-borne disease has ravaged the equatorial areas of Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia, where a combination of poverty and climate make a dangerous breeding ground for disease. There is currently no vaccine. But Nathan Myhrvold has a solution. In his talk and demonstration from TED2010,  []

Happy 157th birthday, Nikola Tesla

Happy 157th birthday, Nikola Tesla

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Nikola Tesla, named by The Oatmeal the “greatest geek who ever lived,” was born on this day in 1856. And on the occasion of his 157th birthday, we’d like to share this great talk about the inventor who held more than 700 patents, including ones for alternating current, the radio, the remote control, the electric motors []

Wherefore Raspberry Pi?: Eben Upton at TEDGlobal 2013

Wherefore Raspberry Pi?: Eben Upton at TEDGlobal 2013

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Fifteen months ago, a small device called Raspberry Pi was put on the market. Despite the glut of gleaming, do-everything devices available today, this credit-card sized, £25, Linux-run computer with nothing but a microprocessor, 512MB RAM, some ports and an SD card slot has sold more than 1 mllion pieces since its launch. What’s it []

Inanimate objects brought to life: 7 intriguing talks

Inanimate objects brought to life: 7 intriguing talks

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Roads need constant repair. Rain, snow and other moisture seeps into the asphalt and — if it freezes — expands, breaking it apart and creating potholes. In today’s talk, given at TEDxDelft, civil engineer Erik Schlangen reveals a fascinating solution: a road that is able to heal. He gives a demonstration of a new type []

Google Glass: prototyped using binder clips and clay

Google Glass: prototyped using binder clips and clay

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You may have heard of Google Glass — a new venture by Google, where a user wears a head-mounted display (think, futuristic sunglasses) that overlays digital information and images onto the physical world. Tom Chi was on the team that developed Google Glass, and spoke about the experience at TEDYouth. In this newly released TED-Ed []

When flying robots meet mind control

When flying robots meet mind control

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Everything is a remix, Kirby Ferguson told us at TEDGlobal 2012, explaining that the essence of creativity is the welding together of others’ ideas to form something new. We couldn’t help but think of this when we saw an article on TheVerge.com about researchers at Zhejiang Univeristy’s CCNT lab who have combined brainwave technology and airborne robotics []

The case for a Nikola Tesla museum

The case for a Nikola Tesla museum

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In June, TED favorite Marco Tempest told us about the “electric rise and fall of Nikola Tesla,” the late 1800s inventor who held more than 700 patents, including for concepts still used today like alternating current, radio, remote control and robotics. However, after building a wireless telegraphy center in upstate New York that he envisioned []

Born to innovate: Fellows Friday with Alex Odira Odundo

Born to innovate: Fellows Friday with Alex Odira Odundo

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Armed with a good idea, some scrap metal, and plenty of determination, Alex Odira Odundo invented two low-cost machines that make it easy to process fibers from the drought-tolerant sisal plant – promoting stable incomes and improving lives in his subsistence farming community. How did you come to invent the Sisal Decorticator and Sisal Twinner? []