Emerging-Technologies

  • College Campuses Are The New Test Facilities For Emerging Technology Crunch Network

    College Campuses Are The New Test Facilities For Emerging Technology

    College campuses have long been sites of innovation and technology. Housing superior research and development facilities, a plethora of advisory resources and brilliant thinkers, higher-ed institutions are natural hubs for creating next-gen systems. But while universities are traditionally credited with tech invention, they are less celebrated for tech adoption — which is arguably just… Read More

  • Making The Case For Drones In Commercial Markets

    Making The Case For Drones In Commercial Markets

    Today at TechCrunch Disrupt London 2015, the CEOs of Sky Futures, Verifly and Airware took the stage with TechCrunch writer Frederic Lardinois in an attempt to explain how drones can be used other than for taking selfies. But, before that can happen, common sense regulation is needed, the panel argued. Chris Blackford of SkyFutures stated that his company, which provides drone solutions… Read More

  • What Technology Will Look Like In Five Years Crunch Network

    What Technology Will Look Like In Five Years

    As a driver of technical innovation for a software company, a huge part of my job depends on forecasting how current tech trends will play out, merge, dissipate or expand. Here are some of my predictions of what the world will look like in 2020. Read More

  • Fleks3D Lets You Pull Your 3D Prints Out Of Your Printer With A Quickness

    Fleks3D Lets You Pull Your 3D Prints Out Of Your Printer With A Quickness

    Pulling a 3D print out of your printer is usually a process fraught with conflict. Who will do it? Can you hire someone? Why does it have to be so painful? Has the deity abandoned us Earth people, leaving us to fend for ourselves in a cold, unfeeling universe? Probably not, but it’s still a pain in the butt. You see, normal 3D printers extrude onto a smooth build plate treated with either… Read More

  • Dispatch Joins The Ground Delivery Club

    Dispatch Joins The Ground Delivery Club

    Delivery companies have finally realized the importance of rolling before learning to fly. While autonomous quadcopter and other airborne drones have been in vogue over the past few years, autonomous ground-based vehicles are slowly eking out their space in the delivery market. Dispatch, founded by a team of MIT and University of Pennsylvania computer vision researchers, is one of several… Read More

  • Researchers Can Now Create 3D-Printed (Plastic) Hair

    Researchers Can Now Create 3D-Printed (Plastic) Hair

    Researchers at Carnegie Mellon have created a system to put realistic-looking plastic hair on 3D printed objects. While this doesn’t help the follicularly challenged humans among us it does allow you to add cute hairdos to 3D printed characters and even simulate hard growth on living things. The system uses a standard 3D printer with special programming that extrudes a little plastic… Read More

  • GoPro Publishes Sneak Peek Of Upcoming Drone After Reporting Disappointing Earnings

    GoPro Publishes Sneak Peek Of Upcoming Drone After Reporting Disappointing Earnings

    GoPro is working on a drone that’s scheduled for release in early 2016. The company just posted a sneak peak of footage captured from the new drone. Spoiler: It’s silky smooth. This footage was released an hour after GoPro announced a disappointing third quarter financial statement, which caused the stock price to crash 18% in after-hours trading. Analysts are skeptical about… Read More

  • Parrot Enables Autonomous Flight For The Bebop Drone

    Parrot Enables Autonomous Flight For The Bebop Drone

    The Parrot Bebop can now fly by itself. After purchasing Flight Mode, Bebop owners can tap out waypoints and sit back while the drone flys autonomously. The ability is enabled by purchasing the in-app upgrade called Flight Plan. It costs $20. It takes just a few presses on the mobile app to set the trajectory and flight height. It’s a drag and drop affair. Users can even tell the drone… Read More

  • Dragonlock Lets You Print Your Own RPG Dungeons

    Dragonlock Lets You Print Your Own RPG Dungeons

    Your party enters a darkened room. Candles flicker in the gloom and something is glinting along the far wall. Your thief enters first. Her dwarvish blade begins to glow. Danger is nearby! What will you do? Will you 3D print a wall section and snap it to a floor section? Or will your move a 3D-printed Beholder into the room? What about a pillar or stairs? What about a little wooden… Read More

  • I, For One, Welcome Our Sphere-Shaped Quadrupedal Robot Overlords

    I, For One, Welcome Our Sphere-Shaped Quadrupedal Robot Overlords

    If you’ve ever wondered what you’ll eventually find inside your body cavity when the robots take over, meet QRoSS by Takeshi Aoki, Satoshi Ito, and Yosuke Sei from the Chiba Institute of Technology in Japan. This robot consists of a rounded roll cage and four legs hidden inside its body. You can throw the ball into a room where it can roll around and then, when it needs to move… Read More

  • Voodoo Manufacturing Taps The Power Of 3D Printing To Make Things On Demand

    Voodoo Manufacturing Taps The Power Of 3D Printing To Make Things On Demand

    Four ex-Makerbot employees, Max Friefled, Oliver Ortlieb, Patrick Deem, and Jonathan Schwartz, have come together to create a Brooklyn-based rapid manufacturing system using – what else? – Makerbots. The group, called Voodoo Manufacturing raised $300,000 to build their 3D printing shop and are currently profitable, a testament to the power of making things quickly. The company has… Read More