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3D “printing” is a new manufacturing technique that sprays out solid material like an inkjet printer, building it up layer by layer into a larger object.
The first 3D printed items were simple lumpy toys. But the technology has advanced fast — and now surgeons have used a 3D model of an infant’s heart to prepare for life-saving surgery.
No, they did not *make* a new heart on a 3D printer! Maybe someday…
Instead the doctors at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital in New York City worked from MRI scan data to make a 3D model on which they could better see how it was “riddled with holes and structured unusually,” The Independent reports. “Surgery was going to be complicated and dangerous, but this 3D printed heart provided the surgeons the opportunity to study the organ, and develop a detailed surgery strategy.”
The full story is here.
Kids, watch this!
Oct 28, 2014 by Paul W.
Dick Tracy would be envious: it’s not just a watch, it’s a camera!
With the Kidizoom Smartwatch, “young photographers can take photos and videos on the go,” VTech says.
The color touchscreen can be set with 50 clock-face designs.
There’s also a voice recorder, with “wacky voice-changing effects,” and four learning games.
VTech’s first portable camera “watch will create an entirely new play experience for kids 3 and older,” the company says.
It’s $60 here.
The makers of the Ovatemp fertility tracking app are now offering the complementary ONDO digital thermometer to monitor the start of ovulation.
A woman’s fertility cycle can be measured based on basal body temperature throughout the month, TechCrunch reports, and the thermometer makes it easy to check that, sending the temperature information via Bluetooth to your iPhone when you stick the thermometer under your tongue.
Ovatemp says its methods are based on traditional Chinese medicine.
The ONDO will ship next Spring, and is available for pre-order now for $75 here.
Baby goes for a drive
Oct 23, 2014 by Paul W.
All right, it’s actually a stationary car — but it encourages your baby to sit up, crawl, pull up, stand & move all around for play inside & out, says Fisher-Price.
The Laugh and Learn Crawl Around Car is a “vehicle for fun” the company says, “fully loaded with busy activities inside and out.”
Your baby can turn the key, honk the horn, turn the steering wheel or shift the gear to activate lights, learn phrases, and sing along to 75 songs and tunes. There are Learning, Music, and Imagination modes to introduce babies to letters, numbers, colors, first words, greetings & more.
It’s $67 here.
The Tablift Tablet Stand
Oct 21, 2014 by Jennifer M.
It’s not pretty, but I love it. The new Tablift tablet stand looks like something out of War of the Worlds, so I was a bit skeptical about using it. Until I used it! Touted as “the most stable tablet stand on the market,” its four bendable rebar-like legs keeps it stable on the couch, chair or bed without touching your body. Therefore when you move, it doesn’t.
The Tablift works with all models and sizes of the iPad and Samsung Galaxy. I tried it out on my iPad – both horizontal and vertical. It’s comfortable and stable and very handy for reading (watching Netflix) in bed or tweeting along with your favorite television program on the couch!
It would most likely fit over most preggo tummies, and I can see it being a great asset for kids and toddlers who want to watch their shows or play their games on the couch, in bed or at a table. It also folds up to be very compact, for travel or storing away:
Disclaimer: I did receive this product free for review, but am seriously considering purchasing several more for holiday gifts. You can get it here for about $50. For more information about this product, visit the Tablift website.
“Having a baby can be exhausting,” write Jeana Lee Tahnksep at Mashable. “Aside from the growing it and pushing it out part, the first few months (or even years) are riddled with little sleep, interrupted sleep, floor sleep, rocking chair sleep and sleep that leaves you guzzling coffee like there’s no tomorrow.”
Her solution? Advice from the experts. How did she get it? Delivered live to her home, via Google’s Helpouts.
“A quick search on baby sleep pulled up quite a few options and I took a few minutes to read descriptions and watch the video introductions,” she writes. She selected one, paid $25 for 30 minutes, and “I thought it was well worth it. …She was fantastic. I didn’t expect a miracle to happen that night after one conversation, but at least I had some new tactics to try and moreover some expert insight into why my baby was waking up at dawn.”
She concludes that “I’m grateful to have help just a screen away and am betting that more sleep consultations, terrible twos and potty training advice are in my future.”
The full story — with helpful links — is here.