First 3D Printed Office Opened

Above:  Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, signs on the board during the official opening of the world's first functional 3D printed offices in Dubai May 23, 2016. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

REUTERS – Dubai has opened what it said was the world's first functioning 3D-printed office building, part of a drive by the Gulf's main tourism and business hub to develop technology that cuts costs and saves time.

The printers - used industrially and also on a smaller scale to make digitally designed, three-dimensional objects from plastic - have not been used much for building. 

This one used a special mixture of cement, a Dubai government statement said, and reliability tests were done in Britain and China.

The one-storey prototype building, with floorspace of about 250 square meters (2,700 square feet), used a 20-foot (6-metre)by 120-foot by 40-foot printer, the government said.

"This is the first 3D-printed building in the world, and it's not just a building, it has fully functional offices and staff," the United Arab Emirates Minister of Cabinet Affairs, Mohamed Al Gergawi, said.
"We believe this is just the beginning. The world will change," he said.

The arc-shaped office, built in 17 days and costing about $140,000, will be the temporary headquarters of Dubai Future Foundation - the company behind the project - is in the center of the city, near the Dubai International Financial Center.

Gergawi said studies estimated the technique could cut building time by 50-70 percent and labor costs by 50-80 percent. Dubai's strategy was to have 25 percent of the buildings in the emirate printed by 2030, he said.

What is 3D printing?

3D printing or additive manufacturing is a process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital file. 

The creation of a 3D printed object is achieved using additive processes. In an additive process an object is created by laying down successive layers of material until the entire object is created. 

Each of these layers can be seen as a thinly sliced horizontal cross-section of the eventual object.


How does 3D printing work?

It all starts with making a virtual design of the object you want to create. 

This virtual design is made in a CAD (Computer Aided Design) file using a 3D modeling program (for the creation of a totally new object) or with the use of a 3D scanner (to copy an existing object). A 3D scanner makes a 3D digital copy of an object.

3d scanners use different technologies to generate a 3d model such as time-of-flight, structured / modulated light, volumetric scanning and many more.

Recently, many IT companies like Microsoft and Google enabled their hardware to perform 3d scanning, a great example is Microsoft’s Kinect. 

This is a clear sign that future hand-held devices like smartphones will have integrated 3d scanners. Digitizing real objects into 3d models will become as easy as taking a picture. 

Prices of 3d scanners range from very expensive professional industrial devices to 30 USD DIY devices anyone can make at home.


Wedding Date Search

  1. One male date
  2. Must be willing to travel to Nova Scotia
  3. Pose as employer's boyfriend for a weekend in Cape Breton 
  4. Not mind being a wedding crasher

A unique job ad has gone up on Kijiji, viewed 27,000 times and climbing.

It's from a woman who says she is 30 years old, single and traveling home to Nova Scotia to attend her best friend's wedding. 

Problem is, she doesn't have a date and wants someone to pretend to be her boyfriend for the weekend.

The ad says the wedding is June 11 in Baddeck and the job involves attending the rehearsal the evening before.

There's no mention of payment for this interesting acting gig, but the gentleman who is successfully hired will be provided with accommodations and meals.

To help her make a choice, the woman asks applicants to send a photo of themselves enjoying a place they had travelled to. 

She also wants to know their drink of choice, whether they are afraid of mice and what they would do with only a month to live.

The job posting went up on Thursday and soon made the rounds on social media with people speculating who the mystery woman is.

CBC News has reached out to the poster of the online ad, but have not heard back.

Two ways to chill out...

Art of Knitted Squares

The yarnbombing trend isn't letting up a stitch. Right now, more than 1000 knitted squares cover a historic building in downtown Ames, Iowa. The project, an art installation called “Intertwine,” is the brainchild of Jennifer Drinkwater, an artist and assistant professor at Iowa State University.

Though the overall visual effect is a huge part of the finished project, Drinkwater also intended for community involvement and audience participation to be part of the overall artistic concept. 

Since last August, she has collected 12-inch by 12-inch knitted and crocheted squares, receiving submissions from 14 states.

"'Intertwine' intentionally blurs the lines between audience and participant and connects 'makers' in a collaborative project," Drinkwater said. "In reaching out to many different organizations, we offer the opportunity for people who do not consider themselves to be artists to contribute to a public artwork and have their efforts included in an exhibition."

In April, the squares were sewn into large panels and installed on the facade of a 130-year-old building that houses Design on Main, the satellite facility of ISU's College of Design. 

And, true to Drinkwater's vision, the project inspired a number of community events, from crochet lessons to regular knitting circles. One elementary school even used the project as part of their art curriculum, donating nearly 100 squares.

The panels will be taken down on June 1, but the project doesn’t end there. After the installation is removed, each square will be dry-cleaned and stitched into blankets that will be donated to local shelters.

“I have a very full heart because of this project," Drinkwater said.  "I feel like I maybe came up with the idea, but it totally snowballed into its own thing because of the hundreds of people who were involved.”


Hump Day Art

Human Puppies

In 2014, Channel 4 aired a one-off documentary Secrets of the Living Dolls, exploring a burgeoning community of “female maskers men who find enjoyment in donning doll-like latex costumes. 

There are even conventions to unite maskers from around the world.

Now the U.K. channel is going to the dogs with its latest bizarre documentary, Secret Life of the Human Pups, which, as you might expect, follows a community of men who are not content with just owning a canine, but want to be one.

Man’s best friend is the most popular pet in the U.K. with animal charity the RSPCA counting 8.5 million pet dogs across the country in 2015.

However, that figure doesn’t include the 10,000 people Brits who have taken cosplaying to a new level. According to Channel 4, these “grown men covet doggy treats, belly rubs and squeaky toys.”

The idea for Human Pups, which airs Wednesday at 10pm, came to director Guy Simmonds after he “stumbled across some pictures [of human dogs] on the internet,” he tells Newsweek . “I’d never seen anything like that before. 

On the surface you’d think it was a few people dressing up as dogs behind closed doors. But the more we researched it, the more surprised I was to learn how large the community was in the U.K. They’ve got their own social networking sites, events and competitions.”

What motivates this hidden society to dress up as dogs? Simmonds says he came across a “broad church of people from all walks of life” who turned to “puppy play” for different reasons. “We’ve come across librarians, security guards, even CEOs of huge corporations who wanted to remain anonymous. There are gay, straight, transsexual, aesexual pups.”

In the documentary, one pup viewers meet is Chip, 42. “Life is getting more hectic nowadays, so much pressure on work and life,” he says. “Some people drink, there’s drugs… You’ve got to be civilized in our society. When you’re in puppy mode, all that goes away. We don’t care about money; we don’t care about what job you’ve got, or the bigger car.”

Puppy play as a form of escape from the pressures of everyday life is also true of Tom, a 32-year-old sound and lighting technician. He was named Mr. Puppy U.K. 2015—a Crufts-like competition that sees human pups show off their talents—as dalmatian Spot.

Tom has dressed as a human dog for 10 years and spent over £4,000 on custom-made costumes for his alter-ego. He even sleeps in a dog cage and, like a real dog, lives with a “handler”—a human who takes responsibility for the pet—named Colin.

“I do theater work, I hide in the dark, I do the sound and the lights,” says Tom. “I don’t want to be seen at work. I don’t want to be in the public eye. But in my pup life, I want to be the center of attention.”  Read more


Will Feed Both

Do you wish you could give your pet even more attention, and that they in turn could reciprocate the love with more than sloppy face licks? 

According to Laughing Squid, an engineer named James Cochrane has built a machine for just that. He calls it "The World's First IOT Robot People/ Pet Affectionator."

As Cochrane explains in the YouTube video caption, the idea for the invention came to him while he was scratching his dog, T-Bone. 

With the press of a button, the machine can make a gloved robotic arm softly 

pat your pet and then present him or her with a handful of treats. A button on the opposite end of the 

machine is pet-controlled and offers the same head pat and snack presentation (preferably human snacks) 

to you. "While this demo is not utilizing IOT it would be very easy to construct two of these and network 

them across the internet," Cochrane writes. Not a bad idea for when you're far away from your beloved furry (or feathered, or scaled) friend.

Dancin' fools...

Bible Translated

The Bible has been translated into 531 languages in order to spread God's word throughout the world.
But now tech-savvy worshippers and potential converts have the option of reading it in EMOJIS.

The symbols showing facial expressions, common objects, places and types of weather and animals used online and in text messages are popular among young people.

The unidentified author is keen for Millennials to hear the good book's teaching in a way that will resonate with them.

"Emojis are emotional, and allow people to express feelings in a visual way within the structure of 'normal', written language," they told The Memo.

"What’s made them so successful, is that they’re language-agnostic — they allow you to convey an idea to anyone, regardless of what language they speak."

"A major goal of this whole process was to take a book that I think is very non-approachable to lay readers and try to make it more approachable by removing a lot of its density."

It is not the first time the Bible has been translated into a slightly more off-the-wall language.

The Old Testament in the Dialect of the Black Country is the holy text rendered in the distinctive accent of Dudley, Walsall and Sandwell in the West Midlands.

And Star Trek fans have translated the Bible into the fictional Klingon language.

For example: "In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God" is "Daq the tagh ghaHta' the mu', je the mu' ghaHta' tlhej joH'a', je the mu' ghaHta' joH'a'."


Yes, the Robots Are Coming for Our Jobs, But Just the Boring Ones

Which of America's bridges are getting ready to collapse? Ask the robot boats.

More than 600,000 bridges in the U.S. are due for inspection.

Traditionally, divers are sent out to visually examine the bridges' underwater structures. The work is time-consuming, expensive, and tedious, and can be dangerous.

Karl von Ellenrieder and his team at Florida Atlantic University’s Dania Beach campus are working on a fleet of intelligent, autonomous boats that could replace many of those divers.

Using underwater cameras, the boats patrol the underwater structures of the bridges without any human supervision.

If all is well, they continue on their programmed route.

If damage is detected, they cluster around the area, making sure it’s well documented for the managers overseeing the boats from land.

It is only at this point that human divers would need to be dispatched.  To read the entire article, click here

Woah... flash back....