Chinese hacker SexyCyborg’s hacking gadget, 3D-printed Cortex Exoskeleton – 3D printing compilation
1. A hot Chinese hacker named SexyCyborg has 3D-printed a pair of shoes with hidden compartments for hidden Wi-fi testing tools that would allow her to secretly gain access to corporate computers.
2. A design for a 3D-printed cast has been dubbed one of the finalists for the 2013 James Dyson Award. The cast, called the Cortex Exoskeleton and designed by Jake Evill, is meant to be more flexible and convenient than traditional orthopedic plaster casts. The technology aims at providing more structured support for broken limbs while also remaining lighter and more durable than currently used casts made of plaster or polyurethane.
3. Dutch startup company MX3D has announced plans to build the world’s first 3-D printed bridge across an Amsterdam canal. The company hopes the technique could become standard on future construction projects.
4. A New Zealand design student has come up with a redesign of the plaster cast using 3D printing technology that could revolutionize the process of healing broken bones.
5. US space agency NASA is funding engineering firm Anjan Contractor with $125,000 over six months to develop the 3D printing of foods. Advocates of 3D printing technology say deriving long-life foods from alternative ingredients could help solve the problem of feeding astronauts and ease food shortages on Earth.
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