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MakerBot, a company specializing in selling 3-D printing hardware to individuals and smaller companies, unveiled a small, desktop-sized 3-D scanner prototype at SXSW on Friday. MakerBot founder Bre Pettis said the device uses a series of cameras and lasers to scan an object, and then creates a digital file that can be read and used to fabricate a 3-D printed object on one of MakerBot’s Replicator printers. The company aims to launch the product by the end of the year. Inexpensive 3-D scanning was also a major focus at Microsoft’s recent TechFest.
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News Bytepressing charges against the men who found the device in a bar last year and sold it to Gizmodo, which then revealed it to the world. The gadget blog, however, is off the hook.
News Bytethe next iteration of the device at the gathering. Reuter’s describes it as a working prototype and says it features a front-facing camera, which has been endlessly rumored. But it offers no photographic proof (evidently its eyewitness is unfamiliar with the intricacies of the smartphone camera). Odd that Apple would allow something like this to be taken to an event filled to bursting with media. Good thing News Corp. didn’t hold it at a German beer garden….(Disclosure: News. Corp. owns this Web site.)
This year’s Consumer Electronics Show figured to be the year of the tablet, and so far it hasn’t disappointed. Motorola, Samsung and LG all announced new slates on Thursday, adding to a growing list of aspiring iPad rivals.