The best gifts are the ones that aren't obvious. Oh you're going to get your sister another pair of earrings? Nah. This time you should go for a set that were 3D printed instead. In order to wow your family and everyone on your list this year, here's are some magical presents that came out of a printer.
Every four years, there's another World Cup. Every World Cup gets a new game ball. And since 1970, that ball has been made by Adidas. Enter Brazuca, the official game ball for World Cup 2014. It's different, which is great—especially for players who find themselves in need of a scapegoat.
Rap music is usually a pretty good marker of what's trendy—or what's going to be trendy in a few months. Maybe people were bragging about Sidekicks in the early aughts, but when did that drop off? RapGenius's new RapStats feature shows you.
One of the limitations of 3D printing is in the materials—plastic might be the most affordable and widely available, but it's also cheap and brittle. So some students at Michigan Tech University have made a relatively cheap metal 3D printer, and they're releasing the plans to the masses.
It's been three years since a massive earthquake ravaged Haiti, and the island nation is still recovering. One large and pervasive obstacle is a lack of supplies—specifically, medical supplies. So iLab Haiti is exploring how 3D printing can be used to just make them on the spot.
It's always distracting if your phone so much as vibrates when you're trying to focus on something. Knowing that, artistic collective Tundra created the Void, a 360-degree audiovisual installation that'll straight up stop if your phone rings.
When you sit down to go to town on your Thanksgiving spread today, don't forget that there's a reason that your cranberry sauce is full and thick, and that your turkey is perfectly plump and juicy. And that reason is science, as this video explains.