Broken Bone Cast of the Future - Cortex Exoskeleton

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I've never broken a bone, because I'm too good for that. But for the rest of you, this seems like a good option.

A design for a 3D-printed cast has been dubbed one of the finalists for the 2013 James Dyson Award. The cast, called the Cortex Exoskeleton and designed by Jake Evill, is meant to be more flexible and convenient than traditional orthopedic plaster casts. The technology aims at providing more structured support for broken limbs while also remaining lighter and more durable than currently used casts made of plaster or polyurethane.

Traditional casts are generally problematic in that they are susceptible to water, so wearers have trouble bathing, which can lead to hygiene issues. Such casts are also itchy, uncomfortable and inconvenient.

The Cortex Exoskeleton would be created using 3D printing technology to ensure that it fits well over a broken limb, with an extra membrane structure around the point of injury. Newly printed Cortex casts would be left unfastened so that it can snaps shut around the affected limb. The waterproof nature of the material and its design allows washing to be possible without taking the cast off. It is also thin enough for clothing to fit over it.

According to Evill, his design addresses the growing issue of medical waste and a rising number of fractures and breaks.

26 Cool and Unique Push Pins

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The push pin was invented in 1900 by Edwin Moore and quickly became a success. These pins are also called "thumb-tacks." I know there is some sort of "prick" joke to be made here, but my mind is blank.

Just because their job is boring, doesn't mean the they need to be boring. Here are 26 cool and unique push pins.

Little log pins

Googly eyed pins

Paper airplane pins

The Cube Stormer II

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This machine puts any geek to shame.

"CubeStormer II solves the Rubik's Cube puzzle faster than the human world record.

This ARM Powered robot was designed, built and programmed by Mike Dobson and David Gilday, creators respectively of CubeStormer and Android Speedcuber

The mechanics are constructed entirely from LEGO, including four MINDSTORMS NXT kits, with the addition of a Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone running a custom Android app as the robot's brain. Both the MINDSTORMS NXT kits and the Samsung Galaxy SII use a variety of ARM --based processors.

The app uses the phone's camera to capture images of each face of the Rubik's Cube which it processes to determine the scrambled colours. The solution is found using an advanced two-phase algorithm, originally developed for Speedcuber, enhanced to be multi-threaded to make effective use of the smartphone's dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 1.2GHz processor. The software finds an efficient solution to the puzzle which is optimised specifically for the capabilities of the four-grip mechanism. The app communicates via Bluetooth with software running on the ARM microprocessors in the LEGO NXT Intelligent Bricks which controls the motors driving the robot. During the physical solve, the app uses OpenGL ES on the phone's ARM Mali-400 MP GPU to display a graphical version of the cube being solved in real time."

Human speedcubers' solve times only include the physical manipulation of the cube and don't include some time which is allowed to "inspect" the cube beforehand. Times recorded by CubeStormer II are for the total solve including: image capture, software solution calculation and physical solve." 

So here I am, thinking the Cube Stormer II is awesome, like an idiot. Apparently there is a Cube Stormer III. I was a fool to think it could not get any better.


41 Dum Dum Flavors

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1924Dum Dums® are a popular American lollipop, invented in 1924. Dum Dums are sphere-shaped lollipops named by I. C. Bahr, a sales manager at the Akron Candy Company in Bellevue, Ohio, in 1924. In 1953, the Dum Dum Pop was purchased by the Spangler Candy Company.

Dum Dums are a popular treat given away on Halloween. They are inexpensive, and kids love them. There were 7 original flavors, but over the years, there have been 41 total flavors released, 16 of which are currently in production. Behold, 41 Dum Dum flavors:

  1. lemon
  2. lime
  3. orange
  4. coconut-pineapple
  5. cherry
  6. grape
  7. butterscotch
  8. root beer
  9. strawberry
  10. chocolate
  11. banana
  12. raspberry
  13. black cherry
  14. cream soda
  15. pineapple
  16. watermelon
  17. peach
  18. sour apple
  19. blue raspberry
  20. orange cream
  21. fruit punch
  22. buttered popcorn
  23. mystery flavor
  24. bubble gum
  25. cotton candy
  26. cherry cola
  27. pink lemonade
  28. mango
  29. tangerine
  30. Ashlynn Coconut
  31. strawberry shortcake
  32. banana split
  33. Savannah Blueberry
  34. mystery mania (flavors)
  35. fruit punch
  36. dulce de leche
  37. peach-mango
  38. raspberry lemonade
  39. Hawaiian Punch™
  40. Fruit Juicy Red™
  41. Hawaiian Punch™ Polar Blast

Photo source: DDGuy

Art Done Right

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"Stairway to Kevin," brilliant. Whoever did this, really gets my taste in art.

Via EbaumsWorld