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This Week in Tech: virtual reality for drones and more

Plus, Is Apple Building Another U.S. Campus, a light-art exhibit at D.C.’s Artechouse, and more design-tech news from this week. By Katharine Keane Engineers at MIT have developed a virtual reality system for drones to reduce crashes during training sessions. Called...
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Startups are riding the tech wave to build the future of the AEC industry

AN speaks with Jesse Devitte, co-founder of Borealis Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm geared toward the AEC industry, about the new wave of startups in the industry. By Robert Nieminen There’s a perfect storm brewing in the AEC industry with respect to technology,...
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MIT develops technology to digitally program water droplets

Researchers from MIT are developing a technology that transforms water droplets into programmable, interactive tools. Natashah Hitti Researchers from MIT are developing a technology that transforms water droplets into programmable, interactive tools for entertainment and...
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Miami’s growing tech scene tries to level up

Can South Florida recast itself as a diverse, affordable innovation hub? By Patrick Sisson Of all the changes taking place in Miami right now, one of the least appreciated may be the region’s growth as a technology hub. For many who associate the city, and South Florida, with Art...
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morpholio unveils smart fill, the world’s first area calculator for live design sketching

morpholio launches ‘smart fill’ for the already popular tracepro application on iPad and iPhone. whether it’s a simple DIY home renovation or a professional project, the app lets you sketch in real time while it calculates the actual area of any space and then fills it for you,...
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Autodesk Revit and Dynamo Get Major Updates

Revit 2019 and Dynamo 2.0 feature improved functionality and new features, many of which stem from user requests. By Wanda Lau Major updates to two popular software titles for architecture have been recently released. The first of these was the newest version of Autodesk Revit...
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Immersive technology may be architecture’s best tool for communication

By Robert Nieminen This year’s Tech+ conference—an upcoming and groundbreaking event showcasing technological innovators in the AEC industry taking place on May 22 in New York City—will feature pioneering speakers that are rethinking existing technological paradigms. Among them...
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This Week in Tech: 3D-Printed Self-Folding Materials

Plus, the world’s largest wind turbine begins testing, pollution-filled geodesic domes in London, and more design-tech news from this week. By Katharine Keane Thermorph from Morphing Matter Lab on Vimeo. Using an “inexpensive” 3D printer, a team of Carnegie...
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Transforming Walls into Smart Surfaces

Researchers say using this low-cost method could transform any room into an interactive space. By Ayda Ayoubi A team of researchers from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Pittsburgh and Los Angeles–based Disney Research have developed a method that can transform walls into...
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This Week in Tech: Scientists Accidentally Engineer Plastic-Eating Enzyme

Plus, the deadline for ARCHITECT’s 12th annual R+D Awards is extended to April 27, and more design-tech news from this week. By Selin Ashaboglu Scientists at the University of Portsmouth in England have inadvertently engineered an enzyme capable of digesting polyethylene...
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