Hello everyone, here’s this week’s roundup of business, tech and creative news from across the Moving World! Many thanks to all who submitted links!
The city of Los Angeles is about to embark on the biggest city broadband project to date – bringing free, fiber based internet to it’s 3.5 million residents and businesses, as well as including WiFi hotspots. The project will cost between $3 billion and $5 billion, with the government expecting the vendors to pick up installation costs. Possible bid winners could be AT&T or Verizon. As Google Fiber only cater to residents and not businesses they’re out of the running – although they could restructure their business model for a bid this big. It has also been argued that this is what Google wanted all along, as their plan with Google Fiber was to scare larger companies into offering higher speeds. This way customers would be more likely to use their faster internet access to watch videos on YouTube, and use Google search engine, resulting in higher revenue from ads.
Kickstarted well, still going strong
Kickstarter has announced that it has so far raised £22.5m for UK projects. The crowdsourced fundraising site has been active since 2009, and has been giving hope to projects in fields including video, design, publishing and many more.
One project currently featured on the site that has recently reached, and has almost trebled, its goal is the tool from Bare Conductive, which can turn any surface into an interactive object using conductive ink. We are holding a workshop using the kit this month at our London studio – slots are nearly booked up but nab a ticket or join the waitlist here .
Putting the : D into 3D printing
A father has made a 3D printed prosthetic hand for his son, using the school’s 3D printer and at a total cost of $10. The prosthetics required to enable the use of his hand would usually cost into the thousands. The benefit of 3D printing means parts can be adapted as his son grows, by simply amending the design and printing more parts. The joy on the young boy’s face in the video, as he proclaims himself as a ‘cyborg,’ shows just how exciting and life changing an invention like this can be.
In not-so-sweet body modification news, meet the DIY Cyborg Tim Cannon. (Disclaimer: do not watch this video if you’re currently eating your lunch…). Biohacker Cannon has inserted a chip into his own arm, which can record data from his body (such as temperature and stress levels) and transmit it to any Android device, which does mean his arm is now hackable. To add to the fun, he also underwent the process without any anaesthetic, or ‘raw dog,’ as he names it. If shoving an iPhone sized chip into a skin pocket interests you, you too can undergo the procedure for the small sum of $200 (oh plus $500 for the chip).
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IBM announces three patent disputes on the eve’ of Twitter’s IPO
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Dell forced to offer replacements after buyers complain keyboards smell like cat pee…