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Please Feel Free to Touch the Works of Art

A recently launched Indiegogo campaign is on a mission to bring classical artwork to the visually impaired. Adventure Club, a project started by software programmer Marc Dillon, enables artists to volunteer to scan, model and 3-D print classic works of art that can then be experienced by the visually impaired through touch. The art will focus on depth and detail, and once printed it can be covered in a variety of materials, such as resin, ceramic, sandstone, or can be painted or glazed.

“All of the artworks in this project will be made freely available as downloadable 3-D files that can be printed locally at exhibition size and quality, plus being scalable to something you can put into a person’s hand or onto a wall or table,” says Dillon. Click here to read the full article.

New Material Is Tougher Than Diamonds

In an effort to uncover a quick process for making lab-created diamonds, researchers from North Carolina State University stumbled upon a new material that’s even stronger than a diamond. Dubbed Q-carbon, the material is also magnetic and emits a glow. The researchers are still in the process of understanding the material, but hope that Q-carbon could one day be used in electronic displays and devices and also help in our understanding of magnetism on other planets.

Find out the process that brought about the Q-carbon discovery by clicking here.

Rechargeable Power Paper Could Change Renewable Energy

Researchers out of Sweden have recently developed a paper-like material that has the ability to store energy. The material, aptly named “power paper,” is made of nanocellulose and conductive polymer, can be recharged over and over again and can store amounts of energy comparable to supercapacitors currently on the market.

Unlike current batteries and conductors, “power paper” is lightweight and waterproof and contains no dangerous chemicals. Find out more about how the material works by clicking here.

Stay Awake Behind the Wheel With the Help of Kirobo

A tiny robot that debuted at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show aims at keeping drivers awake behind the wheel. The tiny robot, named Kirobo, fits in your cup holder, recognizes voices and faces, interacts with its driver through talking and gestures and will even suggest music to listen to and alternate routes to take — all in an effort to keep drivers alert and awake. Kirobo is manufactured by Toyota, but it is unclear if it will be made available outside of Japan.

Watch a video of the little robot in action by clicking here.

Internet of Things Tops Health Care Trends for 2015

As the year comes to a close, the health care industry is looking back on some of the biggest trends that defined the field in 2015. At the top of the list? The Internet of Things (IoT). A variety of personal devices, or “things,” embedded with software meant to exchange and collect data, IoT has allowed health care providers the ability to personalize care and treatment while improving connectivity, and safety with their patients.

Find out more about how the Internet of Things works to provide more streamlined health care and learn about four other trends that defined the industry in 2015 by clicking here.

Regards,

Amanda Stiltner
for The Daily Reckoning

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