[12/25/17 - 12/29/17] Welcome to Industrial Evolution, Plethora’s weekly newsletter on technology and manufacturing. If you’re building something cool and need parts for it, we can help you make them.
HDDG is hosting a meetup next Thursday at Suppylframe’s SF office! If you’re into manufacturing automation or amatuer radio, you should check it out.
TOOLS & MATERIALS
🌱 Scientists from NTU Singapore and CMU have developed a way to mimic organic growth in hydrogel.
📐 Product designer Cory Grossman gave an excellent talk at the Hackaday Superconference on the power of emotional design.
🍽 The first practical dishwasher was patented on December 28th, 1886 by Josephine Garis Cochrane, who went on to found KitchenAid.
🤝 As baby boomers leave the workforce and millennials begin to take their place, the manufacturing industry is shifting.
🏭 Take a look inside the Shenzhen factory where Sonoff IoT devices are made.
🍵 Make it so: the promise and peril of nanofabricators.
👞 Vivian Saskia Wittmer, a cobbler in Florence, Italy, explains how to make a shoe.
☕️ A close look at the innards of Smit’s Moccamaster coffee maker.
📊 Robots could worsen the gender pay gap by automating more women’s jobs than men’s.
🇸🇪 While many Americans are anxious about the future impacts of automation, our Swedish counterparts are looking forward to it.
🚗 Companies developing autonomous vehicles currently use a range of different technologies, but fragmentation in self-driving cars will eventually be a problem.
🏠 Zenplace, a San Francisco real estate startup, is using 3-foot-tall robots to give home tours to prospective clients.
🐝 Meet the Insectothopter, the CIA’s 1-gram dragonfly robot from the 19070s.
📸 The winners of the 4th annual International Drone Photography Contest have been announced.
😍 You don’t need a PhD to grasp the anxieties around sex robots - just turn on your TV.
💉 Alice Lloyd George did an excellent interview with Keller Rinaudo, the CEO of Zipline, whose drones now deliver 20% of the national blood supply in Rwanda.
💠 An international team of researchers has stumbled across a new kind o quantum material: a Weyl-Kondo semimetal.
🔲 KAUST researchers have developed a Lego-like building block assembly method for integrated circuits.
🕶 Yahya Tawil wrote an in-depth report on making, detecting, and avoiding counterfeit parts.
🐈 A sweet end-of-year compilation from IEEE Spectrum: Animals vs Electronics.
📺 Check out this neat 1950s television factory tour.
FEEDBACK & SUBMISSIONS
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See you all next week!
- Nick Pinkston & Katie Hoban