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As of this weekend,3D Hubswill be selling smallUltimaker 3D printed samplesto interested buyers all over the world. Each sample will be created by the Hub nearest the buyer, and only cost between $1 and $8.

3D Hubs networks 3D printers all over the planet and allows customers looking for 3D printing services to easily locate the closest available to them, allowing for cheaper shipping rates or even pick-up options. Currently there are over 7,000 3D printers in the 3D Hubs network, andaccording to their latest trend report336 of them are anUltimaker 2, and 475 of them are anUltimaker 1.

Thats a pretty impressive rate of worldwide coverage, and an install base at least among 3D Hubs users almost equal to that ofMakerBot. Additionally both machines appear on the list of 15 top rated 3D printers for print quality, coming in at 12 and 9 respectively.

With the rising popularity of 3D printers many consumers face the dilemma of which 3D printer to buy. One of the most important factors in the decision making process is the printer quality, of course there is no better way to judge the capabilities of a 3D Printer than holding an actual 3D printed sample in your hands. said 3D Hubs co-founder Brian Garret. Ultimaker and 3D Hubs are both companies that want to bring 3D Printing to a bigger audience, through this collaboration it becomes much easier to order a sample from a 3D Printer near you.

For a company based in the Netherlands like Ultimaker, sending out 3D printed samples is bound to get expensive, especially if youre trying to break into the highly competitive North American market. That added cost is naturally going to present itself as a roadblock to many buyers. By partnering with 3D Hubs, Ultimaker is going to make the cost of receiving a printed sample more affordable and attractive to interested buyers in the US. Not only will customers receive their sample quicker, as the Hub printing it will be their local hub, but with the recent jump in international shipping costs it will be significantly less expensive to send to you.

This is currently just a pilot program while 3D Hubs tests it out, but it sure seems like a winner of an idea to me, and they have said that they are going to open the program up to new 3D printers. Sending out printed samples for companies likeStratasysor3D Systemsisnt difficult for them considering they have their own network of certified sellers all over, however smaller companies with possibly superior printing capabilities dont have that luxury.

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At the core of Googles freshly announcedexperimental Project Tango smartphone platformis a vision processor called the Myriad 1, manufactured by chip startupMovidiusand its CEO Remi El-Ouazzane. The chip is being used byGoogles Advanced Technology And Projects Group, retained in the Motorola split, to enable developers to access computer vision processing never before seen on a phone.

Ive been talking to El-Ouazzane about the possibilities of the Myriad 1 and computer vision on mobile devices for some time. The way that low-powered computer vision systems like this will change the phones that we all use cannot be overstated.

The revolutionary part of the Myriad 1 vision processor? Power, pure and simple.

Most vision-processing platforms like the PrimeSense chip inside Microsofts original Kinect have a comparatively enormous power draw, usually over 1 watt. Thats orders of magnitude higher than whats needed in order to make it a viable option for use in mobile devices, where power is always at a premium. The iPhones battery hovers around 1,500 mAh, which is many, many times smaller than is needed to power such a chip for any length of time. The Myriad 1 operates in the range of a couple hundredmilliwats making putting this kind of chip on a phone possible.

Putting 3D sensing on a phone has been impossible up until this point purely because of this power issue. Now, its a reality.

When I took adeep dive into Apples acquisition of PrimeSense, everyone I spoke to about 3D sensing on mobile devices put it years away because the power costs were too high. Movidius has leapfrogged ahead in the 3D-sensing market by manufacturing a ready-to-wear chip that has enormously lower power consumption. It produces over 1 teraflop of processing power on only a few hundred milliwatts of power.

This kind of low-power technology is integral to getting 3D sensing onto phones, and spatial and topographic contextual awareness is table stakes for the next generation of phones. Apples working on it, Googles working on it and even Amazon is toying with it.

Perceptual computing encompasses the whole field of analyzing data captured with sensors and visualization systems like cameras and infrared light. Computer vision is one component of the field, which allows devices to see the areas around it more like a human does or better.

For more on what perceptual computing means for our smartphones, be sure toread that piece on Apple and PrimeSense. But for now, were interested in what Googles ATAP group is doing with computer vision.

El-Ouazzane was a manager of Texas Instruments OMAP division, now shuttered. He and the team at Movidius, which was founded by three Trinity College students in Ireland, have been working on the chip for years. The companys board is also rich with experience including Dan Dobberpuhl, who co-founded PA Semi, the chip design firm that sold to Apple for $278 million and formed the basis of its A-series processor efforts.

The Myriad 1 chip is based on custom architecture. If youre not familiar with the way that chips are made this is insane. Most companies work off of a standard architecture like whatever Intel is pushing or the ARM platform that Apple uses a modified version of for iOS devices. Apple recently started to use custom layouts for its own processors but Movidius built its chips from the ground up.

Essentially, El-Ouazzane and his team came to a point in the chips development where they had to fish or cut bait. They could shop the design out to other companies with access to foundries, basing it on an existing architecture, or they could go full-tilt and build it themselves with no restrictions based on existing chips. And thats what they did, raising around $50 million to date and going toe-to-toe with big boys like ARM and Qualcomm.

The Myriad 1 is a co-processor. Youll be hearing a lot more about these kinds of side-car chips as phones get more powerful and more power-hungry in the future. Apple already uses one such co-processor the M7 which tracks and reports motion data to the main A7 chip. This enables your iPhone to record health-related activity data even while the system is idle greatly conserving power.

The Myriad 1 works in a similar manner, processing vision data from the onboard optics to perform advanced calculation jobs that the CPU doesnt know how to do without sucking down power.

What does this mean in practical terms? A chip that allows the phone to do things like motion detection and tracking, depth mapping, recording and interpreting spatial and motion data. That power will be provided to developers in Googles Project Tango program via APIs to let them integrate these things into image-capture apps, games, navigation systems, mapping applications and a lot more.

Movidius and Google have put the power of a Kinect-like system into a practical phone platform for the first time, ever.

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There are a variety of things that this could be used for, but one prime example is indoor mapping. A computer vision system is capable of reading not just the size and shape of a room, but also all of the items in the room and treating them as discrete objects.

El-Ouazzane says that the strengths of the Myriad 1 lay in three parts. First, it offers your smartphone intelligent vision, which can read and interpret the real world via the camera. Second, its hyper power-efficient, making these kinds of systems viable on mobile for the first time ever.

This makes it ideal not only for smartphones, but also for being built into wearable devices. The applications for computer vision inside a device like Google Glass, for instance, are pretty staggering. If we pull the thread out a bit, we could be seeing Google enabling Glass wearers to map indoor environments in 3D just by walking around and looking at things.

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p into the Myriad 1 to develop new apps, which is pretty much the point of the new Tango platform. This is Googles smartphone version of Glass. A platform for developers to experiment on to determine what the next era of computing will look like.

The Myriad 1 is responsible for hardware accelerated computer vision, image processing and sensor data management inside Project Tango, but its only one of many partners that came together to make the phone possible as led by the ATAP group.

I think it is safe to assume Apple is looking to experiment with the question: What does a world look like when our device can see and hear us, Creative Strategies Analyst and Techpinions columnist Ben Bajarin told us about Apples PrimeSense acquisition. And the same is true with what Google is doing in this space. It already has one of the most advanced contextual computing offerings with Google Now on Android devices and adding computer vision to its toolkit will open up massive doors for mapping the world and using that information to make it feel even more prescient.

For now, Project Tango will be rolling out to just a couple hundred developers, but that should expand into the thousands. And Movidius is shopping the processor out to other customers and software partners as well as Google. Soon, any new flagship smartphone will have a co-processor very much like the Myriad 1 and a systemdesigned to capture and contextualize your surroundings.

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A hub for makers thrives in Anchorage

Caleb Lovelace works on a design that will be uploaded to a laser cutter in a class at Anchorage MakerSpace on April 6. (Marc Lester / Alaska Dispatch News)

On a recent evening in a workshop in Anchorages Spenard neigborhood, a group of people gathered around a laser cutter to chart the machines progress engraving a chunk of wood.

With some assistance from instructor Jess Austin, Andrew Cater pulled up his design on a nearby computer and went through a checklist: Check the water. Turn on the water pump and the air. Check the laser cutter bed for obstructions. Eventually, the device noisily went to work.

The finished product was a coffee tap handle with the logo of the cold-brew business Cater is working to get off the ground. It was made as part of a grant-funded laser-cutting class at Anchorage MakerSpace.

Anchorage MakerSpace, a hub for do-it-yourself-minded Alaskans, is a roughly 3,600-square-foot shop next door to Tap Root Public House in Spenard. Its a product of the maker movement in the U.S. comprising people who come together to create things. Those things can be anything from robots to costumes to furniture to promotional material for a small business. Makerspaces have grown in popularity in the last decade and are all over the country, though they range in size and scope.

Diamond Redmond, one of Anchorages MakerSpaces co-founders, said the maker movement in the states largest city grew out of Alaskans desire to share their knowledge with others and learn new things, but also to express themselves.

Its roots come out of the fact that I dont think people get to create anymore, said Redmond, 36, whose projects include custom leather binding. I believe that all humans have a natural desire to create and make. Its part of what makes us unique as a species. And modern society has become so efficient at meeting all of our needs and making everything that we could possibly want, and a lot of things that we would never possibly want; we all miss out on that expression.

Volunteers run the space, which is divided into two parts. A fabrication side holds welding equipment, a kiln, bandsaws, a wood lathe, a CNC (computer numerical control) router and various tools. The fabrication area connects to a less-dusty lab side that has the laser cutter, a vinyl cutter, plotter, 3D printers, computers, a robotics lab and stock electronics equipment.

In the three and a half years Anchorage MakerSpace has been around, people working in tech, anime enthusiasts constructing costumes for Senshi-Con, kids building robots and a drone racing league have all come to Anchorage MakerSpace.

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Some people like to do customizations for their cars. Others use the space for artistic endeavors.

Pieces of wood with laser-cut designs carved into them could be found throughout the shop the day of the class. Austin, a 31-year-old software developer who taught the laser-cutting class, once used the laser cutter to make a puzzle for her mom. And when Alaska provided the Capitol Christmas tree in Washington, D.C., in 2015, some of the custom ornaments on the Lutz spruce were made at Anchorage MakerSpace.

Anchorage MakerSpace instructor Jess Austin, center, talks with Andrew Cater about operating the laser cutter on April 6. Cater came to MakerSpace to make a tap handle for his cold-brew coffee business. (Marc Lester / Alaska Dispatch News)

My nieces were actually the ones who got to go and turn the tree on, Redmond said from a coffee shop downtown recently.

Redmond whose day job is as chief technology officer at E-Terra, a commercial technologies incubator said Anchorage MakerSpace can also help entrepreneurs.

One of the things we do is (help) businesses, Redmond said. So theres the art side, theres the tinkering side, theres the electronics side, theres the robotics side, but then theres also this manufacturing and entrepreneurship side of helping provide rapid prototyping capacities in the community.

Thats kind of our role, is to be like a hub for different projects. All different sorts of things come and go throughout there, he said of the shop.

Anchorage MakerSpace members can use the shop as they please, and classes are open to the public. There are also Monday night open houses where anyone can stop by. General membership that includes family members is $100 a month, but there are discounts for military, educators and student memberships for college students.

At 100 bucks a month, you have access to tens of thousands of dollars of tools and the space alone is massive, Redmond said.

Membership fluctuates month to month, but Redmond estimates there are close to 40 members at the moment. And the maker community in Anchorage is bigger than the space, he said, adding that Cook Inlet Tribal Councils Fab Lab (fabrication laboratory) is another great resource.

I would say (Anchorage MakerSpace) serves the sweet spot of someone who is individual enough to want to do it themselves but communal enough to want to do it with someone else. So thats kind of where we fit, Redmond said.

Anchorage MakerSpaces members monthly payments help keep the shops lights on. Austin, who is also a board member, said theyve also started looking to grants for additional funding, which they did for the laser-cutting class.

But the passion of the people who use the volunteer-run space is crucial.

So everything that happens from cleaning the bathrooms to paying the bills to fixing the machines to buying pieces to fix the machines, teaching the classes is fueled by volunteers, Redmond said.

Classes, like Austins laser-cutting tutorial, help people learn to use the tools available. Some people came just to watch the laser cutter in action. Others had their designs in hand and were waiting their turn. Austin was there to guide them through the process.

Once I learn about something I just get really excited and want to tell other people about it, Austin said. And I think the classes are just a nice way to add structure to that.

Classes can also attract potential new members to Anchorage MakerSpace. Cater said he was interested in becoming a member after learning how to use the laser cutter and seeing all the other equipment at the Spenard shop.

This is so cool, said Cater while he watched the laser cutter at work.

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Wyndham City Council has turned to augmented reality (AR) to show the impact of proposed infrastructure works on Werribees city centre.

In a first for Australian local government, the council is using Microsoft HoloLens technology to provide three-dimensional renderings of planned buildings for project stakeholders and citizens.

Dubbed WynLens, the council uses the holographic experience to demonstrate future scenarios across different city systems whether they are assets, housing availability or transport.

The platform provides a richer form of AR called mixed reality, overlaying digital landscapes and infrastructure models through the HoloLens headset onto real-world objects in real-time.

This allows users to walk around current and future works and obtain a visual understanding of their impacts to the surrounding environment.

Customer and IoT data can also be integrated into the platform, providing augmented reality views of different city systems.

According to Wyndham Citys digital research lead and project spearhead Dr Adam Mowlam, such mixed reality experiences can help bring an abstract or technical idea to life, so that a wide range of stakeholders can discuss and interrogate.

Mixed reality can also be used to document, tell stories and speculate the future attraction future investment, influencing decision makers, using it to consult with our communities, and even as a form of simulation-based learning, he said in a statement.

This innovative use of technology follows the councils recent initiative todeploy consumer drones to create high-resolution 3D maps of Werribees CBD.

Furthermore, the initiative won the Innovation to Create More Liveable Australian Cities award during the 2017 National Awards of Local Government.

Wyndham City Council is no stranger to exploring the use of cutting-edge technologies to achieve its goals and better serve its citizens and stakeholders, and for Mowlam, the use of HoloLens technology is just another step along the journey of leveraging technology to find better ways of doing things within local government.

We identified mixed reality as having broad functions and capabilities across a range of service areas at Wyndham, and the first area of interest for us was urban visualisation, he toldIoT Hub.

With upcoming construction to build a number of high-rise office buildings in the CBD in the works, urban planners, council members and stakeholders had trouble understanding their impact on a city centre that has traditionally only had buildings two or three storeys high.

Impacts caused by building shadows, Wi-Fi signals, and tree canopy growth (among others) were too difficult to understand by simply looking at two-dimensional blueprints or geographic information system (GIS) maps, according to Mowlam.

The visualisation of 3D models holographically was really something that appealed to us from an understanding perspective, he added.

We see the project as a fundamental building block for our smart cities strategy. At the moment were looking at putting in a range of other datasets, such as car parking sensors, Wi-Fi signals, stormwater pipes, and so on.

The technology allows a whole range of stakeholders to really understand the urban environment a lot quicker, and a lot more intuitively.

Mowlam said he is fortunate to work for a council CEO thats willing to smash the local government model of exploring technology, especially compared to other council environments which can be relatively slow to adopt new technologies.

We were seen as being innovative building smartphone apps in 2013, when in reality that was probably three years after they were readily acceptable, he explained.

The decision to go with the HoloLens as the platform of choice came about not only because of the councils existing relationship with Microsoft and its products, but also the compatibility of existing datasets with the HoloLens platform.

It future-proofs the product a lot better from our perspective than going down the route of some other augmented reality technologies, Mowlam said.

The project team did trial a number of different devices privately before deciding on HoloLens, but in the end it was pretty clear-cut decision for us.

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Ultimately, the use of augmented reality technology was done to enable the council to have smart citizens, allowing them to inspect and interrogate open datasets visually.

Mowlam added that while the market for augmented reality is such that there are very few devices being used at the moment, he expects adoption to increase over time.

I think were currently in an interim period where not many people are going to have these devices, but the investments by the likes of Microsoft, Google, and Apple will eventually bring mixed reality to the mainstream, he said.

Ultimately, were not here to show people gimmicky technology; were here to distribute a message, and that is to show people how their city is going to look and to give them an opportunity to respond, whether they be internal staff, developers, citizens or business owners.

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Tom and Angela decided to go out today. They want to take the perfect selfie! Join the two kittens and lets make them look purrfect. Dress them up in the prettiest clothes. They have lots of outfi…

Amber is going out with her doggy Diago. First she needs to clean them, after that they both need a cute outfit!

Can you help Hello Kitty to prepare for prom?

Destiny runs a doggy day care during the day, and for the most rambunctious pups, she needs to wear them out with a long walk before they hit the playroom! Shes so experienced with trading leashe…

The animals are hungry, feed them with the right food! Be careful of the rotten fruits and dont make them sick. The more levels you accomplish, the more outfits will be available to dress up the a…

Looking for someone cute and cuddly to wait for you to get home? Dont let that adorable face fool you, this bunny rabbit needs a lot of caring for. Not to mention a lot of dressing up! They don…

Fluffy and funny, Furry and friendly! The Happy Easter Bunny wishes you all the best this chocolate egg covered Holiday! Why not dress him up in all sorts of adorable outfits and take a crack at he…

Some Easter bunnies have so much fun this time of year 2016, they cant even contain themselves! This wacky rabbit loves to hide the Easter eggs in crazy locations, so help him dress up in some ra…

Can you help this cute bunny to dress herself for Easter?

Your teacher has given you a fun assignment to get you ready for Easter. A local farm has just donated a clutch of baby chicks for your class to take care of, and your teacher is letting you take …

Lily is a professional horse rider, and she and her horse are going to train for a new super important match! Lets get their costumes ready, because appearance is key!

Moana, Lilo & Stitch are having a wonderful Caribbean vacation. The weather is just perfect, the water neither too hot nor too cold and the water activities they have in mind are going to keep them…

Lets give Baby Rudolph a nice makeover!

Oops, the pet shop got very dirty! Lets clean it up!

Pick a Pony and lets start grooming!

Lets help Twilight Sparkle to cook some delicious Red Velvet Cake!

Angel and Ginger are going to do laundry!

The lovely little Ponies have a magical friendship.. and so they celebrate Christmas together! Lets get them a lovely outfit!

After a long day of playing with her beautiful pet Seashell,Ariel need to wash and take care of Seashell.While they were playing Seashell injured himseft.You can start by cleaning him up, wash him …

Lovely Pet Friends Makeover is a free online pet care game for girls. You have two pets at home, one is a cute cat and another one is a lovely dog. The cat and the dog are good friends. But they al…

Fluttershy and Pinkie Pie are throwing a surprise party for Rainbow Dash. The challenge is to help them prepare everything without getting caught by Rainbow Dash and spoiling the surprise. You will…

After a long day of playing with her beautiful pet Sultan,Jasmine need to wash and take care of Sultan.While they were playing Sultan injured himseft.You can start by cleaning him up , wash him and…

Can you help Hello Kitty to create some lovely origami pieces?

These cuties need your help! They are so dirty that they really need a fresh shower. Afterwards you can also dress them up really cute. Can you help these sweet animals?

My Cute Cat Makeover is a free online pet care game for girls to play online. Your pet cat was playing in the backyard with you and after the play, it became very dirty. It must be given a bath and…

Hello Kitty goes on a summer break and needs your help to relax! Can you help Hello Kitty in this summer game?

Can you give your pony a treatment? Shes really sick and needs a doctor!

Talking Angela is eagerly waiting for Halloween because it is the time she can try some crazy and creepy look. Yes, Talking Angela needs a creepy makeover for Halloween and you will be giving her t…

Can you help Olaf to dress up for Halloween? Give this frozen buddy a lovely makeover!

Can you dress up talking Angela for Halloween? She could be a witch, vampire or even a dragon! What do you pick for Angela?

The Evil Boss once again stopped the minions from getting to the crown and one of them got seriously injured. Rushed to the hospital for a long recovery, he is found with some fractures, injuries a…

Looks like Twilight Sparkle needs some pampering moments after a full day. She has in mind a scented bubble bath that will help her relax
and forget about the stress. You need to help Twilight get …

Hey Girls, are you also a fan of the cute little ponies? Arent they simply the most adorable creatures? If you would have to name your favorite My Little Pony, who would you name? I know its hard…

Can you help Aurora to take care of Bloom?

Twilight Sparkle and Pinkie Pie are going to go to a concert after school. Their favorite band is in town and the girls are so excited. The Equestria girls been talking the whole week about what to…

Lovely Linas counting on your help! Shes just adopted an adorable kitty and she needs your help for giving the sweet little bundle of fur a royal pamper, for entertaining her and getting her styl…

Ladies, can you help cute Hello Kitty find a new boyfriend? Shes been asked out by three different boys and she would like to go out on a date. But which one should he choose?

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Can you help Hello Kitty by giving her a stylish makeover?

Visiting the Sea Park is sure fun, unless youre poor Bubbles the Dolphin! Bubbles is a lazy dolphin but he will do anything to get some fish, like performing cool tricks. But today he wants to avo…

Its a big day for Angela and Tom, today these two lovable cats are getting married, but all they want to do is kiss. Help the furry couple be sneaky and steal kisses from each other without being …

Cupid sent his love arrow towards the Equestria girls and love is in the air! Only one of the girls is lucky enough to have a boyfriend and they really want to kiss. For this, they need your help b…

Princess Barbie is a very pretty lady- and so are her pets! Lets help her favorite kitty get a beautiful makeover!

Rapunzel needs your help! Her new pony got all messy because she was playing in the mud.. Can you help Rapunzel out?

After a long day of playing with her beautiful pet Teacup,Belle need to wash and take care of Teacup.While they were playing Teacup injured herseft.You can start by cleaning him up , wash him and t…

Can you help Baby Hazel to take care of this cute puppy?

Turn your pony into a stylish beauty with fun pony games!

Hello Kitty is going for a summer break. She never went surfing before, but this time shes going to do it! Will you join her?

Today is Pusheens birthday party! He is really happy about this special day in his life, and that is why he has thought about organizing a fantastic birthday party with all his friends!

After a long day of playing with her beautiful pet Glem,Rapunzel need to wash and take care of Glem.While they were playing Glem injured herseft.You can start by cleaning him up , wash him and take…

Talking Angela loves new experiences. She is also very talented and she loves to use all her skills to entertain. Join her in the new game called Talking Angela Dance Lessons and have fun with her….

Papi is back and that means its party time! Youre invited to the fiesta event of the year where Papi pulls out all the stops for a fun, outrageous celebration for his daughter Rosa. Join old fri…

Choose cute dresses and accessories for our little Nurse Kitten.

This little cute puppy hurt himself while playing outside! Lets help him get cleaned up and give him some love!

Angela wants to go on a romantic date with Tom to a fancy restaurant, but Tom needs a new suit, will you help Angela design him a costume? Clean up the room by finding the hidden objects and start …

Baby Barbie loves pets. She enjoys taking care of them a lot, because they are cheerful and friendly. You can always trust a pet to be by your side and they are very easy to take care of. In the ve…

There is a fire and a doggy is trapped so in this barbie Superhero pet rescue game you will have to solve the puzzle and see where the incident is happening so you can go there and save it. http…

The most annoying yellow creature got himself hurt again. Lets help him get rid of his ear infection- and take over the world!

Princess Alice is fond of pets. So, whoever comes to visit her, would present an adorable pet to her. Thus, her room is filled with innumerable pets. For the pets, she has constructed a ravishing d…

Baby Hazel has just been granted permission to get a pet kitten. Taking care of an animal is no easy task and Baby Hazel is very excited to prove herself worthy of this great responsibility. But …

Choose your horse and prepare her for the show or to ride for a bit!

After a long day of playing with her beautiful pet Beauty, Aurora needs to wash and take care of Beauty. While they were playing Beauty got injured. You can start by cleaning her up, wash her and t…

All your favorite friends from My Little Pony are organizing a fun rock concert, so get tickets for a fabulous time with good music. What is more, you can choose how to mix their songs and record t…

After a long day of playing with her beautiful pet Pumpkin,Cinderella need to wash and take care of Pumpkin.While they were playing Pumpkin injured herseft. You can start by cleaning her up , wash …

Can you kiss without being noticed in this cute hello kitty game?

Princess Snow White has adopted an abandoned pet puppy which she found on the street. The puppy looks very dirty and is wounded. Snow White asks you give a proper care to her puppy and make it loo…

Catch em all! Create your own trainer, boy or girl, and select your ultimate fighting team!

Superhero Barbie is always busy saving and rescueing the world- and ocassionally.. Cute kittens stuck in trees!

Can you help Oh to get better by taking care of him?

Learn the secrets of nail art with the ever adorable Angela and create your very own masterpiece! Join the glamorous talking cat in a professional salon and start the beauty treatment. Apply a rela…

Can you help Rapunzel to take care of this cute kitty?

Choose a horse of your choice and take care of him with a beautiful makeover and hair salon!

Do you like My little pony?! Create your own human my little pony creator! Create your own Anthro! Be it a cute angel pony, or a badass super hero.. The options are unlimited!

Meet a sweet princess who wants to swim and spend all day with her cute dolphin. He is very friendly and has a lot of friends deep in the ocean. Today our princess ask for your help to clean the do…

Can you take care of this cute mommy and puppy?

Can you help rapunzel to take care of this cute bunny?

Angela from Talking Tom needs a serious teeth cleaning. Can you help this cute cat?

Hello Doctor! Theres three cute little patients waiting for you! Please do your best and make them feel better!

Baby Barbie is going to have her very own Pinata Party! Lets help her in making the best pinata ever and fill it up with sweet candy!

This squirrel is having fun! Will you join him?

Barbie and the ponies from My little pony are best friends! Because, friendship is magic! Can you help Baby barbie clean Fluttershy, Rarity and Applejack?!

Ariel is very busy today and she needs you to take care of her beautiful and cute kitty. Make sure you feed the kitty with food that she likes and she drinks some delicious milk. After the kitty ha…

Do you have a pet and you do not know where to take it for a full makeover? Our salon is open 24/7 and we will gladly take care of your pet. We will do every step of a full makeover so you will be …

Talking Tom has a very bad skin! So hes going to surgery to make it better! Can you help him?!

Elsa goes horseback riding! She loves riding her royal horse, but she also loves looking pretty! Can you dress up both Elsa and the horse, for a perfect ride through the kingdom!

Frozen Elsa loves the animals and for this reason she decided to spend her summer holiday at a farm o
f horses. Of course that there she will have a lot of things to do but she is happy because she …

Snow White and Aurora, the most beautiful princesses, have two great pets. Beauty, the kitten, belong to princess Aurora and Berry, the rabbit, is Snow Whites treasured pet. They decided to have a…

The pony used to be a pretty one but now it looks quite messy. The pony is badly wounded while it was playing with other ponies. It has bruises, insects, leaves and sticks on its body. It must be m…

Can you dress up Angela as royal queen?

This cute panda was caught trapped in the bush while playing outside that she has bruises, insects, sticks, and leaves on all over her body leaving her look completely messy. You must do something …

Princess Pet Grooming is a free online pet grooming game for kids and girls! This is a royal pet and it has been brought up by a princess who loves it unconditionally. The princess takes extra care…

Oh no! Clumsy little Ginger has made a mess of himself! Can you help clean him up?

Give a pet a new and enjoyable life with this caring game. Become a vet and help baby animals by healing their wounds and helping them get back onto their feet.

Oh no! Angela has an ear infection! Lets help her get better again, doctor!

Angela and Tom have become new parents and can`t wait to take care of their precious kitten. Help them feed the baby warm milk, play with her and cuddle the kitty until she feels relaxed so that yo…

Can you help hello Kitty with her first day of school?

After a long day of playing with her beautiful pet Treasure, Ariel need to wash and take care of Treasure. While they were playing Treasure injured herseft.You can start by cleaning him up , wash h…

Talking Tom had a bad bike accident and now he is at the hospital hoping you will make the pain go away. Be a fantastic vet, take good care of his wounds and bruises, check if he broke his arm and …

Baby barbie is present on a beauty pageant. Can you help her and the animals?

Its been a while since Toms last dentist appointment and his teeth look really bad. Tom doesnt even smile anymore, hes afraid his friends will make fun of him. Whats even worse, he cant eat b…

Can you help Elsa from Frozen with milking the cows?

Help Pinkie Pie to jump and grab all the muffins and hearts that are on the screen. You have 3 lives to try to get as many objects as you can and go to the next level be careful of falling. http…

This anime cutie loves to take care of animals. Of course she needs a cute outfit to do this! Can you help her?

Talking Tom loves to fish! Today its a perfect day to do so, can you help Tom?

Oh noooo! Our heroes from how to train your dragon got into a swamp accident. Take care of them by cleaning them, removing all the obstacles and more!

Baby Tom needs his diaper changed! He did a oopsie and needs your help! Lets help Baby Tom!

This cute lion puppy is dirty. You have to clean up him. Clean mud on him and give him a good bath. After bathroom dress up him with nice lion dresses. Have fun!

Can you help this cute bunny to get better?

Oh no! Olaf got a fever! Hes caught a nasty virus and he needs your help to get cured!

Sherrif Callie has hurt herself! Oopsie! Can you help her get better? Shes in the ambulance and needs you to help her get better!

Looking after other peoples pets is a great responsibility and with this clean up game you get to have the chance to clean up your pet salon before your new pet clients come in. Here you can have f…

Goofy Sven slipped into an ice hole while playing and now he is badly injured! Help our favorite reindeer get back on his feet and find the right cure in the vets office. Remove all the ice from h…

This cat loves boxes! Can you lead him to the right one?

Angelas little kitten is in need of a bath and she wants your help! Prepare the bathtub with bubbles and beautiful flowers so that you can start washing the adorable kitty. Shampoo his hair, rinse…

Talking Angela was playing in the backyard and suddenly she got slipped down and left with some bruises. Now shes very messy, can you help her to get clean?

There is a pets beauty pageant competition coming soon and baby Barbie cannot miss this great chance. She has already enrolled her precious puppy pets in it. Help the cute princess prepare Pumpkin,…

Visit the lovely animals in this Elsa zoo game and show them some love! Some of the cutest monkeys and lion cubs will be here so get your camera ready and take some awesome shots.

Stan has been abandoned by its previous owner and needs your help to be healthy again. Take the dog to your vet office, wash him to see what injuries he has and start the treatment right away. Pull…

Can you help Rapunzel to clean the garden?

Uh-oh! This Minion fell in one of the professors latest experiment.. a potion to make you older! But now he needs to get back to being young again! Can you give him a Botox treatment and make him l…

Talking Angela loves puzzling.. especially with her own photos! Lets play jigsaw with Angelas photos!

A poor pregnant Angela has a neck infection. Can you take care of her and get rid of her infection?

Angela is cooking a cake! Shes making a delicious cake, together with her baby!

Help Kaya to style her laptop! Pick a wallpaper, color, stickers and much more! Have fun!

Can you help our persian cat Amber to get clean again? Take good care of her in this fluffy animal game!

Doc McStuffins is a very famous and experienced doctor. She can take care of all the injured stuffed animals and she is gentle and caring. Her latest patient is Lambie, who got injured while walkin…

Can you help Talking Tom to fix the family bike?

These puppies need your help in this cute game. Help them in the salon and take care of them!

Peppa Pig wants to know what it is like to work on a farm! Lets give him a hand!

Do you know the gorgeous mermaid princess Ariel? She is a very beautiful girl and she loves pets. Her favorite pet is named Seashell and she is a cute horse. Ariel wants your great help taking care…

Pregnant Angela needs to help her other child, Ginger, get ready for school! So lets help her! Tom is waiting!

Talking tom wants to impress his girlfriend Talking Angela, can you help him by taking care of the garden and the flowers.

Baby Emma has been playing with Max, her dog, and got herself real dirty! Can you help clean her up?! Laundry time!

Wash, dry, brush, and clean your kittens teeth to make her look her best. You choose what sort of collars and accessories you want her to wear to make her stand out from all the other kittens on th…

Help these 3 cute kittens to have fun when their mommy is not watching!

Oh no! Little Talking Ginger has hurt himself! Can you help him get better? Patch him up like the great doctor that you are!

Explore the secrets of beauty with stylish kitty Angela and give her a fantastic makeover in a chic spa salon! Help her relax and get rid of all those breakouts by using special spa treatments so t…

Our sweet Talking Angela is expecting a baby! Ginger and Tom are setting a baby shower party for Angela. Help them buy everything for the party!

Our cute little kitten, Ginger, needs your help to take a bath before playtime! Start by decorating the bathtub with colorful bubbles and funny toys then clean up the kitty. Change his diaper, pick…

The Minions have once again made a mess of the laboratory! Lets help them in cleaning up the lab. before the professor comes home!

Our dear Angela is pregnant, this is why she needs your help with doing the laundry. Can you help Angela?

Talking Tom has some problems with his eyes and his vision has not been in good condition recently. He wants to take all the eye tests and get a solution for his eyes. Therefore, he is at an eye c…

Cute little Maras the new happy owner
of several adorable kittens! Since shed like to take the best care of her beloved bundles of fur, shes counting on you to lend her a helping hand for keepin…

Can you help Angela to clean the whole room? Its pretty hard to do it all by herself when she is pregnant.

Take care of your lovely pony, earn coins and get upgrades!

Even superheroes get hurt! Help Baymax get an eye check up! He doesnt see so well anymore..

Can you help Toto to save all his friends in this Frozen land?

This pony got herself a little dirty! Shes got mud all over herself! Can you help her clean herself up?

Trying to sneak out and see his beloved Angela, Talking Tom was not careful and fell directly into the dumpster. He is in terrible pain and needs you to be his doctor right away!

Princess Belles Horse, Phillipe, needs a bath! Can you help Belle to take care of Philipe?

Talking Angela and her family will go to the beach today, because she promised to her kids that this will be a picnic day. Its a sunny day and Angela is asking you to join the fun!

Pregnant Angela was walking in the park while the storm begin. She barely reached home and all she wants right now is to take a shower, to remove the sticks and the mud from her fur, to brus her fu…

Step right now to the greatest car wash in town. You will get the best cleaning services provided by the funniest and cutest cat, Talking Ginger. If your car is all muddy and needs a good wash, lea…

Sweet little Lina here is now the proud and happy owner of a cute puppy! Shes just adopted it! Now, how about lending her a helping hand for taking the best care of her adored pooch? Help her bath…

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Can you take care of this cute turtle?

Pou girl has gotten sick, can you take care of her?

Talking Ginger has suffered a terrible accident and right now her life is in danger. Can you please save her?

Help Tom and Angela decorate the baby kittens room in a new and exciting game! Choose from cute and colorful types of furniture. Change the bed, the curtains or the gifts and create the perfect env…

Can you take care of this cute kitty? You need to feed her, give her milk and much more! Enjoy!

Can you give this cute pony a lovely makeover?

This cute pony wounded. You have to treat her. Clean blood on her and remove branches. After treatment you must give her a nice bath. After bathroom feed her with fruits and cakes. Then dress up he…

Dress up this cute Guinea pig! Dress up like a princess or a pirate, cool or cute, funny or pretty! Its up to you!

Would you team up with adorable little Pepe for conquering his loved ones, Pipi, heart? Fashionize him, then help him impress her as he catches as many of the falling treats as possible and as he …

These 4 puppies need your help with getting a nice bath, can you help these cuties?

Sofia owns a cute Chihuahua puppy which has been named Tom. Tom has gotten really dirty when playing outside, now Sofia needs your help to clean Tom!

Take care of these cute dogs in this dog caring game!

My little pony maker! Now you can make your own pony! A cute little pony or a tough cool pony! And remember; friendship is magic!

A this foxy is so cute! Can you help her to get a lovely outfit in the awesome dress up game?

Talking Ginger is sick and really needs your help to get better. Can you help Talking Ginger?

Start giving a haircut to this unique client in our new Olaf hair salon game and he will surely look a whole lot better than the average snowman. Do not take too long or he will start melting away!…

Take care of this cute puppy thats hurt. Can you help him?

Rainbow Dash is ready for a daring adventure! Shes a loyal pony who will always help her friends – especially Twilight Sparkle and Shutterfly! Dress her up for a day flying around the skies of Pon…

Care for this happy and cute bunny! Lets pamper him with love!

Fynsys Beauty Salon has become very popular! Even Rarity knows about it. This Equestria Girl is oriented in fashion very well and it will be more difficult to choose clothes for her than for other…

Pitty Patty Unipet! Are you ready to take care of these cute creatures whom have been hurt?! Make them feel better, dress them up and play with them!

Our cute doggy is expecting a baby again! But it seems that the baby puppy is not in the right position in her womb. You will have to perform a Caesarean section, doctor. The surgery will help our …

This adorable puppy is in the right mood to play with you ladies, but in order to get the fun started youll have to dress it up as nicely as possible. Step in getting the Cute Puppy game started…

Cute Cat Care is a pet grooming and cleaning game for kids and girls! In this pet care game, you need to take care of this cute cat as your own pet. The cat loves being neat and clean. Therefore, g…

Tom and Angela love each other very much, but for now they have to keep it a secret. Can you help them?

Talking Tom and Angela will take part in this cat kissing game and you will have to keep an eye out for anyone that might be turning around and catch them off guard!

This cute pony needs your help, so take good care of this little buddy! http:/

This cute little

Desktop Machine Carves Metal and Wood Like Butter

How many desktop 3D printers have we seen on Kickstarter in recent years? Too many to count. But 3D printing is only half of the digital manufacturing promise. Where 3D printing is additiveCNC machines, guided by digital designs, subtract material.

Give a CNC machine a digital file, and itll painstakingly sculpt your design from a solid block of material like some kind of robotic Leonardo Da Vinci.

But most CNC machines are big and expensive. They arent typically available to your average maker or tinkerer. Or if they are, theyre kits requiring assembly. Now, however, anew Kickstarter campaignis aiming to remedy the situation by offering an affordable, pre-assembled desktop carving machine called Carvey.

Carvey is an enclosed desktop CNC router. It accommodates a range of milling bits, has a build area of a foot by eight inches, carves up to a depth of 2.75 inches, and works with dozens of materials including woods, soft metals, plastics, waxes, and foams.

The machine uses its own proprietary web app, Easel, or the CAD, CAM, and machine control software of your choice. In Easel, users draw a 2D design, the software converts it to 3D, and after selecting a material, the machine carves away.

The campaign shows silver jewelry, acetate and wood sunglass, a fiberboard speaker box, a walnut and silver metallic acrylic address sign, and an acrylic and birch circuit board and electronics enclosure. (And why couldnt you download a file for a simple tool, say a wrench, or a replacement part and fabricate it at home?)

The campaign has raised almost five times its $50,000 goal with nearly a month to go.

The team say theyve been developing Carvey for over a year and a half. They have a working prototype, and the Kickstarter will fund a manufacturing run. Early backers can get a machine for $1,999, later backers will pay $2,399. Theyre aiming to fulfill orders by this time next yearbut its a complex project, so, grain of salt.

Also, although Carveys software seems much more user friendly than standard 3D modeling software, we wonder if its still less for the average weekend crafter, more for makers with experience in design programs and trouble-shooting in the workshop.

And Carvey isnt set up to do full 3Dso, dont expect tosculpt super sci-fi motorcycle helmetsfrom a hunk of metal. Five-axis routers, like the one from Daishin in the video below, still cost into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

All that said? This is a pretty cool idea.

Desktop 3D printers are stuck on one material. Theyre relatively slow. And the plastic they use is expensive. Carvey, on the other hand, is multi-material, looks to be pretty fast, and uses conventional materials at, presumably, conventional prices.

Sure, consumer 3D printing isstill evolving, there are items you cant make any other way, and Carvey may well have shortcomings that arent readily apparent. But its awesome that, for the cost of an (expensive) laptop, you could plug that same computer into a machine that precision-carves a solid block of metal in your den or garage.

Jason is managing editor of Singularity Hub. He cut his teeth doing research and writing about finance and economics before moving on to science, technology, and the future. He is curious about pretty much everything, and sad hell only ever know a tiny fraction of it all.

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Ornaments of Christmas Past

Woolworths made a fortune selling Christmas ornaments individually and by the box.(Photo courtesy Jim Morrison, National Christmas Center)

Theres a wide market online for all kinds of antique Christmas ornaments, like this heavy-glass German kugel from the early 1900s.(Photo courtesy m)

Dresden ornaments such as these are highly prized among collectors.(Photo courtesy Jim Morrison, National Christmas Center)

Hand-painted glass ornaments such as these were made primarily during the first few decades of the 20th century.(Photo courtesy Jim Morrison, National Christmas Center)

Almost anyone who grew up celebrating Christmas has nostalgic memories of an ornament that decorated their childhood tree, whether a glass ball, a handmade ornament, or the family angel unveiled each year to crown the evergreen. For many, including people who dont consider themselves collectors, a traditional ornament from Yuletides past is just the gift that would return a simpler spirit of Christmas.

To find out about antique and collectible Christmas ornaments, we spoke with Jim Morrison, founder and curator of the National Christmas Center in Paradise, Pennsylvania, the only Christmas museum in the United States, which houses a vast collection of ornaments.

Antique and collectible Christmas ornaments can rekindle the feelings of Christmas at a range of prices

What makes collecting ornaments so inviting, Morrison says, is their diversity. People start out buying inexpensive decorations, he says, and then some get hooked, and go up the ladder to higher prices. Low prices have also discouraged forgers, Morrison notes, preserving an innocence in a collecting field where innocence is prized.

Some collectors love the hand-made ornaments, says Morrison, noting that many handmade ornaments made from 1850 to 1900 can be found in the $50 to $75 range. All through the teens and 20s there were magazine articles about people making ornaments, Morrison says. People would use scraps of what they had or could find, including fabric, yarn, thread, string and tinsel to patch together Christmas ornaments for the family tree. The most popular material among collectors, though, is cotton, which craftsmen used to make soft miniature snow children, angels, people, fruit, and Santa Claus, using the white cotton to mimic snow. These were made for sale.

Antique paper ornaments are also prized. In this category, the hand-made paper ornaments are not nearly as prized in the marketplace as the embossed and richly colored chromolithographs that reached the peak of their popularity between about 1870 and 1900. They depicted all kinds of subjects, including every stripe of creature, domestic or wild, and also patriotic figures such as Miss Liberty, Uncle Sam, and the American eagle during the Spanish-American War and World War I.

Elegance with a Price Dresdens and Sebnitz Ornaments

Some of the most beautiful and prized ornaments ever made were embossed, hand-painted cardboard ornaments called Dresdens. The name is derived from the 10 companies in the Dresden-Leipzig-Furth area of Germany that made them from about 1880 until the beginning of World War II.

The holy grail of Christmas ornaments are the Dresdens, Morrison says, noting that their rarity, beauty, and a keen group of collectors have pushed rarer pieces into the $500 to $1,000 range, with one Dresden selling for $10,000 a few years ago. Years ago I used to find them, but now too many people know what they are, Morrison says. Some people will pay anything for them. If you can afford them, theyre wonderful little miniatures.

Most Dresdens are a few inches long. Theyre embossed and painted with metallic gold or silver paint, with larger ones often painted more realistically. All were hung with a loop of thread or string. Most are animals, although angels and more elaborate (and expensive) transportation vehicles whether boats, locomotives, or even zeppelins were made. Since Dresdens took more time to make and never had true mass-market appeal in the United States, they were always expensive. At the turn of the 20th century, elaborate Dresdens would sell for 35 cents, compared to a fancy glass ornament that might sell for a penny or less.

Cousins to the Dresdens are Sebnitz ornaments, named after the German village where craftsmen would wrap cardboard forms in cotton, metallic foil, and in later years, plastic, perforated with small holes. The craftsmen would then embellish the forms with glass beads, fine crinkle wire, chenille, wax or miniature Dresden figures.

But today the king of Christmas ornaments is the glass ornament, which has enjoyed an ascendancy for the last 75 years or so. Until the start of World War II, the glass ornament capital of the world was a little German town called Lauscha. In the early 1800s Lauschan glassmakers blew kugels a German word meaning sphere to sell as window decorations, but they soon caught on as tree ornaments. They were hand-blown and made of thick glass, colored or clear, and sometimes decorated with paint. The painted kugels are hard to find because the paint has often worn off with time.

Lauscha was filled with family businesses in which men would blow kugels and women and children would decorate them and add metal caps. These glass ornaments received a big boost in 1848 when they were shown in a woodcut depicting Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and their children in the EnglishIllustrated London Newsand inAmericas Godeys Ladys Book.

Glass ornaments went from a cottage industry to an international phenomenon when Frank Woolworth, of English descent, opened a store in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. There, he discovered that many of the local German immigrants hung the kugels on their Christmas trees. He bought $25 worth of the new lightweight glass ornaments in 1879, Morrison says, and they sold out in two days. In the years following he bought tens of thousands of Lauschan glass balls and ornaments and sold them one at a time. He and his company made millions. His profit might be a quarter of a cent for an ornament, Morrison notes, but he had three thousand stores.

Many of the German glassmakers used molds to create a variety of glass ornaments, called figurals, a category that includes animals, flowers, fruits, vegetables, musical instruments, angels, Santas, and even household items such as umbrellas, shoes and lamps. The strongest glass ornaments are the figurals made from the turn of the century to the Second World War, Morrison says. More people are collecting those kinds of ornaments than any others. One reason theyre so popular is that theyre inexpensive. Although Morrison knows of one Noahs Ark that sold for thousands of dollars, many are in the $20, $50 and $100 range, and turn up regularly at auctions.

With the outbreak of World War II, the German strong-hold on the glass ornament industry ended, and through the 1940s, Americans bought their ornaments by the box from domestic suppliers such as the Shiney Brite Company. Like the glass kugels before them, they are fragile, but theyve proven the most durable in the contemporary marketplace, as the interest in new fabric, paper and cardboard ornaments has faded. Now, Morrison says, American manufacturers, in their turn, have succumbed to another manufacturer of still more inexpensive glass Christmas ornaments: the Chinese.

A lot of the modern ornaments have imagination, Morrison says. Its a continuation of the craft.

To learn more about Christmas antiques and collectibles in their historical context, see:

Christmas: Antiques, Decorations and Traditions, by Constance King. Antique Collectors Club Ltd., 1999.

To learn more about antique and collectible Christmas ornaments, see:

Pictorial Guide to Christmas Ornaments and Collectibles, by George Johnson. Collectors Books, 2004.

To see real-life Christmas antique and collectible ornaments, visit:

The National Christmas Center in Paradise, Pennsylvania, or take a virtual tour of the museum online at

Dennis Gaff
ney is a freelance writer in Albany, New York. He has been a contributor to Antiques Roadshow Online since 1998.

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