The Hamilton PSR is a literal blast from the past

Perhaps this is just a matter of my own childhood, but I remember being fascinated by those calculators that had the light-up red numerals on their displays. When I found that those also showed up in watches, well, it was just a matter of time till I had one (and I did in the late 90s, a second-hand Fossil one that I found). They were cool, but viewing it in daylight was a disaster. There’s a newly reimagined version – the Hamilton PSR – that has a slight twist on that display technology, so here’s to hoping daylight visibility is better.

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The 3D printed ventilator parts are being threatened by IP claims

A few days ago we wrote about the 3D printed ventilator parts that were made and saving lives in Italy. Everyone should love this, right? The company that made the originals was not a fan, and threatened the 3D printer folks for infringing on the company’s intellectual property.

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3D printing fixes a hospital’s ventilators, saves lives

A hospital in Italy was having difficulty sourcing parts for their proprietary ventilators. Ventilators are especially important when treating the respiratory effects of COVID-19. The valves on the respirators were breaking, with no replacements available. It’d be a hell of a situation for people to die because some valves broke.

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Swarms of self-organizing robots – nothing could go wrong, could it?

Researchers at Northwestern University have been working on making self-organizing robots that figure out how to efficiently arrange themselves into patterns. The problems are what you’d imagine – you tell 100 kids to form a shape like a marching band on a field, and they’re going to bump into each other, and some number of kids are gonna run across the field from one end to the other, right?

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