Seemed like it was just yesterday when 3D printers were the talk of the town, hyped to the maximum, the next big thing, a technological wonder that was poised to revolutionize our world like never before. However, the fire seems to have burned out pretty quickly as most now think that these 3D printers are only suitable for printing miniature action figures for geeks.
Yes, its is known that these machines can do a lot more than just print action figures, but do their boons far outweigh their bane. Here are some talking points on potential harmful consequences of using 3D printers:
1) Energy-Hogging – They consume about 100 times more energy to melt plastic and mold it than injection molding.
2) Air Emission – The emission of unhealthy toxins from burning of plastics resulting in environmental issues and health risks.
3) Plastic Reliance – When the world is moving towards a plastic free age, ironically, the devices is centered around the usage of plastic for printing purposes.
4) Manufacturing Impact – Introduction of these printers in the car or aviation manufacturing industries to replace the human element will result in loss of jobs for manual labor.
For every bad thing that can be said about anything, there can definitely be a good thing that can be said about it too. Let us see how 3D printers can help change the world for the better.
Changing the way rhinos are being poached:-
A San Francisco-based startup has come up with an interesting concept to curb the poaching of rhino horns. Coupling the usage of 3D printers and the advancements in biotechnology, they are attempting to fabricate rhino horns from not synthetic materials but organic matter, metals, minerals, proteins and in cases even actual rhino DNA. The idea is to sell these artificial rhino horns to the said poachers ( to cover the cost of printing it ) who then go on to sell them in various international markets to make money and feed their families. This way, the rhinos are left unharmed and the market eventually dies out.
Tracking poachers using turtle egg shells:-
Not as big as a rhino but just as endangered, turtles have a huge market for their goods. Turtle eggs are stolen and sold for huge money with one egg going for a whopping $150. Paso Pacifico, an environmental conservation organization has taken the initiative to safeguard these turtle eggs from being poached and sold. They proposed to use 3D printers to print fake eggs, equip them with GSM and mixing them with the real eggs so as to enable the authorities to track their movement and uncover the sellers and their markets.
Medicine and health care:-
While we are on the topic of turtles and their safety, here’s another usage of the 3D printer, that is soon to be adopted by almost all veterinary hospitals around the world.
The image displayed below is of Akut-3 a loggerhead sea turtle that got struck on the jaw by a boat’s propeller. It was rescued by an organization called Dekamer.
A CT Scan of his skull showed what needed to be done, and BTech Innovations a company that specializes in custom implants created this printed beak and jaw made out of titanium for the wounded turtle. Now, Akut-3 is swimming freely deep in the ocean with his almost perfect printed jaw.
Self Service Dentistry:-
From turtles onto humans, we go on to the case of one Mr. Amos Dudley, a digital design student from New Jersey who decided to implement all that he learned about his own treatment. Choosing not to wear braces as a child left Amos with a crooked smile. Being broke but having unlimited access to all the high-end equipment from his lab at college, Amos decided to take things into his own hands.
Some cheap alginate powder that gave him a mold of his teeth along with a 3D laser scan that could translate imagery into existence which finally was fed into a 3D printer, he was able to print a model of his braces. At the cost of $60, he now has a fully functional set of bracers that are doing wonders for him. This is clearly an indication that 3D printing can be widely used in dentistry for treating the untreatable.
3D printers capable of outputting in colour and multiple materials already exist and will continue to improve to a point where functional products will be able to be output. With effects on energy use, waste reduction, customization, product availability, medicine, art, construction and sciences, 3D printing will change the manufacturing world as we know it.
Uber Lite Makes Its Debut, Starting From India!
The cab hailing company Uber Technologies Inc., launched its new app, Uber Lite in India. The Uber Lite app is supposed to be lite, for real! The app will not take much space on your smartphone. Uber Lite is exclusively for Android users!
This narrowed down version of Uber app requires only 5 MegaBytes (MB) of free space to install. Uber Lite occupies 176 MB space less than the standard Uber application. The head of rider experience at Uber Technologies Inc., Peter Deng said You delete three selfies, you have room for Uber.
So,basically, the main aim of the cab hailing company is to reach out to those people with low storage phones and low connectivity. Apart from the storage benefits, the app provides you with highly responsible services for a low connectivity phone. With a 300 millisecond response time, the booking process gets faster like never before. The cab hailing company is striving to tap the emerging markets, no wonder why they chose India for making its debut. In the whole of India about 2 percent are still using their phones on the 2G network. However, the company is looking forward to making it more convenient for these people.
Here’s a list of the revised features in Uber Lite,
- Guided pickups
- Tap over type
- Maps only when you want them
The guided pickups feature require minimal typing as it detects the user’s location and comes with several pick points that you can choose. Whereas, the tap over type feature has to be one of the most remarkable features of the Uber Lite. Even when you are offline, the app traces out the most popular places you visit without a network! The maps only when you want them shows the map when you want them to and they can be hidden for the rest of the time. However, there is going to be a progress bar displayed which helps you track your cabbie!
As of now, the Uber Lite will be available in Jaipur, Hyderabad, and Delhi and later, it would tap in other cities of India by the end of the year.
Get Ready To Say Goodbye To Yahoo Messenger On 17 July
Let us take a dig at those nostalgic days when Yahoo instant messenger was a big thing! Remember those funky emojis? Oh, yes! How could you forget those stylish yet cute avatars that you could change instantly! Well, get ready to say a final goodbye to Yahoo messenger on 17 July.
According to the latest reports, Oath, the subsidiary of telecommunications giant Verizon, who operates Yahoo, announced the final wrap up of Yahoo Messenger. Yahoo’s spokesperson said,
Yahoo Messenger will no longer be supported after July 17, 2018. Until then, you can continue to use the service normally. After July 17, you’ll no longer be able to access your chats and the service will no longer work.
The current users who are still clinging to the old messaging service will be redirected to the new group messaging app Squirrel. Users will have six months to download their chat history! For more than a month now, Yahoo has been testing beta testing the Squirrel app. It will be open to the public once the Yahoo Messenger shuts down. However, those who are looking to try out the Squirrel app right now can request for beta access.
Yahoo on its official website said,
We know we have many loyal fans who have used Yahoo Messenger since its beginning as one of the first chat apps of its kind. As the communications landscape continues to change over, we’re focusing on building and introducing new, exciting communications tools that better fit consumer needs.
The Yahoo Messenger was launched in 1998 and was a big hit with the users! However, with time, the app appeared to lose its captivation as the competition got intense. Over the years, the app came up with a lot of updates to keep its users hooked to it. From redesigning the app, to bringing up new features, Yahoo did try surviving in the messaging platform but, couldn’t make it. The users did not find the messenger fascinating enough and eventually switched to other apps. Anyway, It is time to say goodbye to our once favourite messaging app, Yahoo messenger!
You will always be our first and favourite messaging app.
Apple Jeers At Android With Operating System Comparison At WWDC 2018
From the launch of the new iOS 12, watchOS 5, tvOS to macOS Mojave, this year, Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC,) kickstarted with some amazing revelations! Whether or not you are an Apple fan, you can’t really ignore the fact that Apple have some eye grabbing features!
The Senior Vice President of Software Engineering at Apple, Mr. Craig Federighi heads the iOS and macOS engineering teams, announced the most anticipated iOS release, iOS 12. Alongside the announcement, Mr. Fedrighi ridiculed the tech giant Google’s operating system, Android. He said that the whole 81 % of iOS device users are on the current version of iOS 11. The recent Android Oreo release by Google, has a mere 6 % installed base. This indicates that Google launches new Android features every year but most of the Android users do not get to use them. Currently, there are more than 2 billion Android users active, but a majority of them are on outdated software. A wide range of Android devices are either on the Nougat version or the Marshmallow version, launched in 2016 and 2015, respectively. Android is really struggling to move the Oreo version to its device users. However, the latest Android P would also be unveiled soon. Well, as per the data revealed by Mr. Federighi, only 6 % users are experiencing the features of Android Oreo. Post the release of Android P, how many users would be able to experience the upcoming updates?
The rivalry between the two tech giants is definitely worth looking! Over the years, Apple and Android have topped the list in terms of competitors! Both the companies strive to bring out the better versions of their software! Looking at the stats, it does look like Apple is heading the competition in comparison to Google! Google really needs to gear up and improve its devices.
Let us wait for the upcoming revelations from the three days event WWDC, that are yet to take place!
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