We keep hearing about 3D printers these days. Many of them are expensive and not reliable. MakerBot’s 3D printers do get a lot of attention from shoppers and for good reasons. Not everyone can afford to pay over $2000 to get them though. The MakerBot Replicator Mini does not cost as much and still looks sleek. It is a compact 3D printer for the rest of us.
The device is designed to make 3D printing easy. It is plug and play. You won’t have to be a 3D printing genius to get started with it. The MakerBot Replicator Mini is app and cloud enabled. The device offers 200 micron layer resolution with a build volume of
3.9 L x 3.9 W x 4.9 H in. More importantly, we are going to see a free MakerBot mobile app, which will let users monitor and control their printer from their handheld device. You will also receive notifications and alerts of print completion. These new products will be released later this year.
Speaking of cool products, WiTricity has announced a wireless charging system for iPhone 5/s that is capable of charging two phones concurrently. It provides a true tangle-free wireless charging experience to users. Once a WiTricity sleeve is attached to an iPhone, the user will be able to charge wirelessly thanks to the WiTricity charging hub. Using induction pads, you don’t need to position your phone in a specific location. You also get:
- Multiple Device Charging: Using a single coil, the WiTricity system allows multiple devices to be charged simultaneously and effectively. With induction-based systems, multiple device charging on a single pad requires multiple coils, driving up the cost of the charging system.
- Installation Flexibility: Unlike induction mats or other chargers that require physical contact and placement on top of a table or other surface – or major modifications to the table or counter – the WiTricity charging hub can simply be affixed under a table while providing power to the phone through the tabletop.
This exciting product will be on display at CES 2014. Sounds very promising, doesn’t it?