The top 10 emerging technologies for 2013


Here, the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Emerging Technologies identifies the top 10 most promising technology trends that can help to deliver sustainable growth in decades to come as global population and material demands on the environment continue to grow rapidly. These are technologies that the Council considers have made development breakthroughs and are nearing large-scale deployment. Continue reading

3D printing? Now there’s an app for that


3D printing started to take off last year with some mindblowing videos showing what’s possible with this new technology. 3D printing essentially recreates an entire object in 3D, where it’s able to pick up on moving parts in the original object that can be replicated to work perfectly. Now 3D is coming to your iPhone, with the launch of a new app that allows you to experience 3D printing for yourself.

The app, produced by printing company Sculpteo allows you to create personalised designs on the app by picking an object from their collection – such as a vase – and personalising it a number of ways, including adding your Facebook profile photo. When you’re happy with your design, you can submit it and pay and Sculpteo will then 3D print it in ceramic, to be posted out to you.

Now some may find this part a bit underwhelming as it isn’t a very intuitive experience of 3D printing, but it has opened up the industry significantly, bringing what is currently a very new concept right into people’s hands.