Dubai debuts world’s first fully 3D-printed building

The first fully 3D-printed and completely functional building has celebrated its grand opening this week in Dubai. It is named the “Office of the Future,”

The 3D-printed building has all the amenities of traditionally constructed structures, such as electricity, water, telecommunications, and air conditioning. The office is also outfitted with a number of energy saving features, including window shades to protect from Dubai’s blazing sun. In order to create all the pieces needed for the office, builders used a 3D printer measuring 20 feet high, 120 feet long, and 40 feet wide. Aside from the equipment, it took a very small team of workers to put the office together. Seven installers and 10 electricians and specialists worked together to assemble the fully functional office in just 17 days. Dubai’s media office estimates this represents a 50 percent cost savings in labor alone compared to buildings of similar size built with conventional methods. 

From nano-sized structures to whole buildings: 3D printing definitely made its way to be used productively.


Manipulating faces in video sequences in real-time

Researchs at Stanford University have shown an approach for real-time facial reenactment. The system is capturing an actors facial expression and is transferring it to another face in a target video.

One of the obvious applications could be, to enable filmmakers to change the expression of the actors after the scenes were shot.

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Google I/O conference 2016

Last week at their conference, Google showed many interesting sessions. Some highlights are:

  • Google Assistant
    A next gen voice assistant with a more natural, conversational feeling
  • Google Home
    A voice controlled device, like Amazon Echo
  • Google Daydream
    A new platform for Virtual Reality. This also includes a standardization of VR Hardware
  • Google Allo and Google Duo
    Two new communication apps

To get a detailed picture, watch the 12 min. summary or the complete keynote. There were tons of news and announcements and the spectrum of their technology portfolio is quite impressive!


Algorithm clones artistic style and applies it to other images or movies

Manuel Ruder at the University of Freiburg in Germany is showing within this video how different artistic styles are transferred to other movie sequences. The technology is based on a deep neural network, which is analyzing the content of the target image and is also identifying the artistic style of the source image by finding correlations between the content and the way how this is reproduced by the artist.

Deep neural networks are key players of artificial intelligence. They are simulating basic information processing of the brain and are more and more used in many products.

One World Trade Center Elevator Ride

Even if New Yorks new World Trade Center opened its doors back in 2015 and this experience is not really new or technically outstanding – nevertheless it proofs that a historical review of a city is not only limited to books or articles. Here you see a prime example of how you can combine (a sort of) virtual reality and every day life in a great, informative and surprising manner. And of course it seems to be a special user experience!

Kingspray Graffiti Simulator

In a few days, a very promising looking game called Kingspray Graffiti Simulator is released on the SteamVR platform. It can be played with the HTC Vive virtual reality headset / controllers and is looking amazingly real! This example shows the possibilities of virtual reality to express creativity – or just a way to train for real graffities. Of course only where allowed!

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Airbar – Get touch functionality on any PC

The Airbar is a thin magnetic bar that you can stick along the bottom edge of any laptop screen to immediately turn it into a touch screen. It’s not clear how it exactly works – their website just mentions an “invisible light field” that is projected on your screen. But this thing is truly plug’n’play (no calibration required!), and being light-based it can sense any object: fingers, gloves, chopsticks and whatnot.

Referring to Windows laptop / tablets, Tim Cook once said that ‘You can converge a toaster and a refrigerator, but those aren’t going to be pleasing to the user.’ While it might be true that tablets and laptops require two very different kinds of UIs, there seems to be no good reason why a laptop screen must be as dumb as an old black-and-white TV-set. Why shouldn’t you be able to swipe and pinch on your laptop, too? Of course the mouse is there to stay, but this unobtrusive and relatively inexpensive device (69$) can be surely useful in many situations.

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ShiftWear – customize your sneakers

The high tech sneakers feature a wrap around, flexible e-paper screen. Using a mobile app you can create and share static and animated designs and then load them onto your shoes. Shiftwear allows a user to have complete creative control over the designs that go on their shoes. Shipping from Fall 2016.
A great new creative wearable musthave!


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Beat Pumas BeatBot

To support the athletes during their training and to create a head to head situation Puma invented the Beatbot. Equipped with infrared sensors to scan and follow the track, it also is able to measure speed and distance and process all the data in realtime. A top speed up to 44 km/h (to match Usain Bolts current world record time) is possible as well.
It’s not everytime about functional cloths which improve the athletes performance – even technical gadgets like this do their stint to pushing their limits.