Wired Wednesday 013: Smart Pill Dispenser, copying 3D printed objects by sound and the Samsung Galaxy S7 launches

Samsung Galaxy S7 underwater

This week on News 1130 radio in Vancouver, I spoke about these tech topics for Wired Wednesday with Ben Wilson:

  • Hero unveils a new home gadget to help you track and dispense pills (source)
    A New York City startup called Hero plans to replace those plastic pill organizers with a high-tech home appliance. It’s easy to load your medicines, vitamins and other health supplements into the machine, then indicate the dosage you’ll need and when you’re supposed to take it. Once you’re all set up, the Hero device will automatically alert you when it’s time to take your medication and dispense the pills accordingly.
  • A Smartphone Can Copy a 3D Model By Just Recording the Sounds of a 3D Printer (source)
    With an experiment that’s not going to help alleviate any concerns over 3D printing and piracy, researchers at the University of California Irvine have proven that they can copy a 3D model, with surprising accuracy, by simply recording the sounds that another 3D printer makes while it’s making it. The servos, pumps, and extruders that power a 3D printer produce a symphony of mechanical sounds as it’s printing away. And all those sounds tell a story of how the machine’s printing head is moving around as well as how much plastic filament is being extruded from the nozzle on every pass.
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 Launch
    Listen to the clip below for the highlights of the new (now waterproof) smartphone (yes, that’s it in the fishbowl), the bundled VR headset accessory (modeled by Steve Dotto) and the forthcoming 360 degree camera and the included migration adapter all shown in these photos:

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