From techcrunch.com 9/7/13
metal extrusion laser sintering machine (read: a 3D printer that prints in metal) to be made into real-world prototypes.
Welcome to the future. Your jetpack will ship out next week.
[* Which actually makes perfect sense, since, you know, Jon Favreau's version of Tony Stark is straight up based on Elon.]
Elon Musk Shows Off His Crazy Iron Man-Inspired 3D Modeling SetupGreg Kumparak Elon Musk, the world’s busiest rich dude/mad scientist, has just posted a video showing off the Iron Man-inspired 3D modeling setup he tweeted about last week. Because people don’t compare him to Tony Stark* enough, right? By combining the gesture-sensing Leap Motion controller with an array of different display technologies (like the Oculus Rift VR handset, a 3D Projector, or a crazy translucent glass display that looks like it was pulled right out of Starks’ lab) and a modified version of the Siemens NX design suite, SpaceX’s engineers are able to zoom around and inspect their models without ever touching a mouse. It’s a bit unclear, though, whether or not they’re currently able to actually design models within the gestural setup, or just inspect models they’ve made with more traditional tools. While the video shows Elon and his engineers doing things like scaling, rotating, and even cutting away at meshes, it never demonstrates anyone building something anew. As anyone who has ever worked with 3D modeling software could tell you, this stuff tends to get crazy complicated, with each app having dozens upon dozens of menus and a few zillion hotkeys to memorize (especially when you’re designing with any sort of precision in mind). Squeezing anything but the most basic modeling concept into a set of motion gestures seems… difficult. After stepping in and around their designs, SpaceX’s team is able to send their models straight to a (presumably crazy expensive)
http://macdailynews.com/2012/02/22 “At the public memorial for Jobs last year, Cook reminded all employees that Steve didn’t want them to always ask themselves ‘what would Steve do,’” Eric Jackson writes for Forbes. “That’s not what Walt Disney wanted and that’s not what Jobs wanted. (Of course, this being Steve Jobs, I’m sure he had lots of strong ideas on core principles for how the company should continue to be run.)” “One area that we should expect Apple to also go off script in the future is the whole area of acquisitions. To this point, Apple has been most comfortable doing small, tuck-in acquisitions. Siri is a perfect example of this,” Jackson writes. “Yet, it is inevitable that Apple will need to do bigger acquisitions and/or move into new areas beyond just selling phones, computers, iPads, and TVs. The bigger they become, the more difficult it is to keep growing earnings 90% a year.” Jackson writes, “There are endless possible acquisition targets that investment bankers can dream up for Apple to buy. Facebook and Twitter are probably the sexiest names. They also clearly would help build out Apple’s skills in social Web stuff, where Ping is the most obvious example of where they have failed to connect with users… However, I do think buying Yahoo! makes a lot of sense for Apple. I can already hear the guffaws. Yahoo! seems to be the butt of all Internet stock jokes these days. Why would Apple want to strap a perennial stock loser for the last 5 years like Yahoo! to its back?” Here’s why: 1. Buying Yahoo! wouldn’t be that expensive. 2. Apple needs to either stay in or get out of the advertising business with iAd. 3. Ironically, beyond an ecosystem of apps, all the big mobile players in the future will need a core stable of amazing mobile apps to differentiate. 4. Search. 5. Patents. 6. Payments. 7. IntoNow. Read more at http://macdailynews.com/2012/02/22/why-apple-should-buy-yahoo/#faJd1OLMdDPU9prU.99
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