Adidas and Carbon Launch First Tailored 3D-Printed Sneakers

Adidas has teamed up with 3D printing startup Carbon to mass produce its latest sneaker, the Futurecraft 4D. While 3D printers are generally not designed for manufacturing scale and lack the production-grade elastomers needed for a demanding athletic footwear application, Carbon’s rapid product development process enables adidas to iterate over 50 different lattices for the midsole before landing on the current design.

This partnership exemplifies how new technologies and materials are paving the way for custom, high-performance products that meet the unique needs of each customer.

Nadja – a chatbot with emotional intelligence

Nadja was developed from the Australian government to improve their National Disability Insurance Scheme, a service for people with disabilities. The bot helps to find information and is making it accessible in a more human way. The bot is able to read emotions through a webcam and is reacting them in a subtle way. Like AI, EI (emotional intelligence) is getting better and is learning from being used.
The technology behind this is by the company Soul Machines and the voice is Cate Blanchett’s.

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

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Real time facial projection mapping

This collaborative work of YABAMBI, Ishikawa Watanabe Lab, The University of Tokyo,TOKYO and Nobumichi Asai (WOW) is showing a performance, where a 1,000 fps projection system combined with super speed sensor is used to produce an outstanding immersion.

This demo is a nice example what can be achieved with latest sensor and projection technology. Also it can be very well adapted to many other appliances.

The Globe of Economic Complexity

The Globe of Economic Complexity is an interactive 3D map that visualises 15 trillion dollars of world trade. Created by Owen Cornec, who was a data visualisation fellow at Harvard University at the time, it presents an insurmountable amount of data in such a way that any layman can comprehend it.

This is a stunning example of how creativity and technology can be combined to represent complex topics in such ways that it becomes more than the sum of just its parts.

Source: The Globe of Economic Complexity