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Jast 2011-01-16 15:52

3d printed food is a radical idea but also an obvious step. It doesn't look like we're going to have practical teleportation any time soon if ever, so this is the next best thing. And it opens the door to far much more than homemade chocolate biscuits... imagine whipping up perfect and personalizable three-coarse meals from the comfort of your office chair, speedily and effortlessly. Sounds like a lazy man's ultimate dream, right? I'm a lazy man!

Chefs will become eChefs... programmers, food architects, adjusting the code for the perfect taste. There'll be open source generic foods, and copyrighted foods. Restaurants and the entire food industry will be completely transformed overnight if automated food whip-upping can be large-scale and local. And of course efficient, but any modern machine is more efficient than a human. I'm excited for the future. :)

And I'm deadly serious here. People laughed at Jesus too.

Darkflame 2011-01-16 17:10

I can see that happening....but, on the other hand, I'm not sure it would be so great if everyone could get restaurant meals at home.
In terms of efficiency it would be better for us (as humans) to eat more in groups. One delivery to and from a point is better then everyone going to a supermarket by car, cooking at home, and then all the waste having to be picked up later. At least in city area's eating out should be normal rather then for a special occasion - its just the human labor factor making it more expensive.
For students and people on real budgets I always thought their should be flat-fee super markets where you can take what you want, but have to cook and eat it there ;P
(which kitchens and large seating attached, of course). In fact, if you could pay for a years access or something.
This is a pretty mad idea though.

SpaceGuitarist 2011-01-16 17:55

Woah. So many fascinating news since I last visited this thread. This thread is sure one of the coolest things in MBN, I wish I had more time to read everything.

About antimatter - What exactly can you do with antimatter once it's "captured"...?

About food - Now, is that any healthy? :p

Jasiek 2011-01-16 18:04

You can let it touch regular matter to get ridiculous amounts of energy to power entire cities... giant space ships, you name it.

Darkflame 2011-01-16 21:40

Indeed. Anti-mater is pretty much the holy-grail for a civilization to control. Insane abouts of thrust or power for hardly any mass.
Previously we could only make the stuff in really tiny amounts and it took far more energy to make then it was worth. But now we know its generated naturally all that changes.

Of course, capturing it is still very hard.

SpaceGuitarist 2011-01-17 03:26

Yeah, I can't imagine how one captures anti-matter... that is insane!

So they produce energy uh? I thought they were for these:

:lol: :rolleyes:

Darkflame 2011-01-28 17:32

Image from a successful social sail based probe;

Jasiek 2011-01-28 19:02

It's SOLAR, it's a SOLAR sail, not a SOCIAL sail.....

!! !! !!

Awesome news indeed, hasn't NASA deployed their sail?

Also check out what SpaceX did!

Darkflame 2011-01-29 01:23

Didn't NASA's one crash? or was that ESA? someone had one that failed to launch (a few times).

Anyway, more 3D Printing coolness;

Steal can now be printed;

This joins Titanium, Glass, Gold and even Pasta :P
The material options are getting very practical, just need some smart way to combine a few at the same time.

Also a new design for a paperclip;

Darkflame 2011-02-03 20:03

Kepler spots over 1200 possible planets outside our solar system - 54 look to be in habital regions.

Jasiek 2011-02-05 01:00


Darkflame 2011-02-12 13:38

Breaththough in microchip design, a 1mm chip made with nanometer engineering tech;

The techinical details here;

Darkflame 2011-02-21 02:05

Based on an etrapolation of the Kepler servay it looks like there is 50 billion planets in our galaxy;

50 billion! Thats 7 planets for each of us!

Only 500million in the (humanish) habital region, but still....whoa.

Jasiek 2011-02-24 02:17

Seems like a first idea for a viable "space ship". A bit like the thing from Planetes or Magnetic Rose.

Uses space station tech and near-future inflatable modules.

Darkflame 2011-02-24 14:09

Cool, but I still want;


only what....$6trillion?

Darkflame 2011-03-02 23:38

Colour Nightvision Camera invented;

Obviously hard to show of on video, but still, pretty cool.

Jasiek 2011-03-04 01:16

Soo, it shines infrared on the object first? Means it's sort of detactable then? Kinda not good for security purposes.

Darkflame 2011-03-04 13:19

Nightvision camera's all have to shine out something first. If your just going to sit there and collect ambient photons, you could end up with exposures of half an hour or something before you get something decent to look at :P
(you notice this on video cameras "low light" mode, they normaly half the framerate and even then don't make stuff much brighter)

Darkflame 2011-03-15 16:33

Terminator jokes aside (getting old), this is just wonderfull. Exoskellitons finnaly reaching the market to actualy help people.

Darkflame 2011-03-29 20:34

This is awesome;

Odysseus 2011-03-30 15:50


Originally Posted by Darkflame (Post 403777)

Yeah impressive. :D

I like to see robots struggle more tho.
Its much cuter. :o|)

Darkflame 2011-05-08 14:38

Neato :P

This is impressive;

Massive 3d extraction of a country - like google earth on steroids in your browser.
(hit 3d at the top and zoom into a city , the detail builds up after a few seconds)

Its clearly photo extracted 3d but very well done on this scale.

xesf 2011-05-08 15:16

Really impressive all that detail.

Darkflame 2011-05-25 16:18

Want to make your 15 year old self feel inadaquate?
Check out these projects for the Google(and co.) science fair finalists;

Google also investing 40million or so into a windfarm (this ontop of their largest commercial solar array, and their seawater cooled datacenter);

Bot13 2011-05-25 21:42

2 Attachment(s)
This might be interesting for DF or some other guys interested in 3D printers (I've read some things about it in this thread in the past)

A few days ago I got a request to model a few designs that will be built in theme park in Sweden. But before that, as a part of the merchandise, they wanted a few models to be printed out in small. I received the photos a few days ago, it's pretty amazing technology!

Also I've attached a picture of me wearing a motion capture suit. It's 50k dollar worth of technology that's capable of tracking movement wirelessly and applying it real-time to a 3D skeleton.

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