Internet piracy battle rages – First ever 3D printed car – Find lost objects using a smartphone
Internet piracy battle continues
A court has demanded a number of internet piracy sites blocked, in the next step in the war on illegal downloads and piracy.
The sites in question which have been blocked include Kickass Torrents, H33T and Fenopy. The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) said that these sites infringed copyright on a "significant scale" as they sought to get the block put in place. BPI chief executive Geoff Taylor commented "The growth of digital music in the UK is held back by a raft of illegal businesses commercially exploiting music online without permission." Along with these three torrent sites, there has also been a long legal battle to try and shut down The Pirate Bay, which is perhaps the most high profile illegal piracy website of all.
This follows the introduction of the six strikes policy in the United States, which will see penalties given to users who are consistently caught illegally pirating material, including slowing of internet speed.
3D printed car would be world's first
A 3D printed car is the next innovation inspired by the 3D printer, with the first vehicle of this kind said to be nearing release.
Engineer Jim Kor has produced the Urbee 2, with the car designed to be as efficient as possible with a strong ratio of miles to the gallon and lightweight engineering. The process of 'printing' each car takes around 2,500 hours, a little over three months. It works through a method of 'lights out' printing, where the design for each part is uploaded to the system and then left alone, as the entire printing process can be automated without the need for any human interaction or interference.
Speaking on potential safety concerns that would come from a car which was completely plastic aside from elements such as the wheels and the engine, Kor gave a confident answer, stating: "We're calling it race car safety, we want the car to pass the tech inspection required at Le Mans".
While it is unlikely that a time will ever come where all cars are manufactured in this way, it shows that 3D technology is continuing to innovate and explore new horizons.
Find lost objects using a phone
A smartphone app has been developed which allows users to find missing objects such as their keys or wallet by 'calling' them. By attaching smart stickers to important items, you will be able to locate important items using a radio signal, which displays on your screen how far away from them you are.
This means that by sending a signal to your wallet, you will be able to track its position and easily locate it by checking the screen of your smartphone device. The technology has been developed by Stick-N-Find Technologies, masterminded by Jimmy Buchheim. He debuted the innovation at the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona, the biggest trade show in the world for mobile devices, demonstrating the 20 foot range and accurate positioning of the smart stickers.
Funds were raised for the idea using Kickstarter, with around $70,000 (£46,000) pledged by people excited by the idea. Prices will start at around £32 for two stickers, with cheaper prices for those who contributed to the Kickstarter fund.