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Devin Coldewey

Waxed canvas messengers from Trakke, Waterfield, and Mission Workshop are spacious and rugged

By | bag week, bag week 2019, bags, Gadgets, Hardware, messenger bags, mission workshop, Reviews, TC, trakke, waterfield, waterfield designs, waxed canvas

It’s nearing the end of Bag Week 2019, where we highlight the best receptacles for the tech we cover daily, and we’ve got a few more winners for you. Earlier this week I collected a few excellent waxed canvas laptop bags together, a sequel to last year’s round-up, but these messenger style bags stood out. So I’ve collected them here separately.

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Silicone 3D printing startup Spectroplast spins out of ETHZ with $1.5M

By | 3d printer, 3d printing, ETHZ, Gadgets, Hardware, Health, Robotics, Science, TC

3D printing has become commonplace in the hardware industry, but because few materials can be used for it easily, the process rarely results in final products. A Swiss startup called Spectroplast hopes to change that with a technique for printing using silicone, opening up all kinds of applications in medicine, robotics, and beyond.

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How Oculus squeezed sophisticated tracking into pipsqueak hardware

By | Augmented Reality, Facebook, Gadgets, Hardware, Oculus, Oculus Quest, TC, Virtual reality

Making the VR experience simple and portable was the main goal of the Oculus Quest, and it definitely accomplishes that. But going from things in the room tracking your headset to your headset tracking things in the room was a complex process. I talked with Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer (“Schrep”) about the journey from “outside-in” to “inside-out.”

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Flexible stick-on sensors could wirelessly monitor your sweat and pulse

By | Berkeley, flexible, flexible electronics, Gadgets, Hardware, Health, Science, stanford, Stanford University, uc-berkeley

As people strive ever harder to minutely quantify every action they do, the sensors that monitor those actions are growing lighter and less invasive. Two prototype sensors from crosstown rivals Stanford and Berkeley stick right to the skin and provide a wealth of phsyiological data.

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These robo-shorts are the precursor to a true soft exoskeleton

By | exoskeleton, Gadgets, Hardware, harvard, harvard university, robotic exoskeleton, Robotics, Science, TC, wyss institute

When someone says “robotic exoskeleton,” the power loaders from Aliens are what come to mind for most people (or at least me), but the real things will be much different: softer, smarter, and used for much more ordinary tasks. The latest such exo from Harvard is so low-profile you could wear it around the house.

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