Mike North

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  • Fashion Forward Smart Bracelet

    Using e-ink, the technology in Kindle displays, LookSee is redefining the style, function, and efficiency of smart wearable devices.

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  • We Can Now 3D Print In Space!

    Made In Space has created the first 3D printer to go into space. Speaking with co-founder/CEO Aaron Kemmer we learn that they started by wanting to solve the challenge of creating a supply change. There were several challenges they had to overcome--lack of gravity, off-gasing, robustness, remote operability. Look for many more space start-ups as Silicon Valley moves into this "space."

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  • Take Your Pet Drone For A Walk!

    Do you ever wish you could have a robot for a pet? The ultimate selfie device? This might be the drone for you! Dr. North headed to Zurich to meet Fotokite founder Sergei Lupashin to see a flying UAV with a tether. The one-of-a-kind leash not only provides a direct connection to the flying robot, but also serves as a visual accountability mechanism--so that those around know who the drone belongs to. More About Fotokite http://www.fotokite.com/

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  • A Kinder, Gentler Assault Rifle?

    This product attaches to a rifle or shotgun and allows law enforcement to aim and fire pepper spray instead of a bullet. Doc North visits the design team looking to save lives, but wonders if using a lethal weapon to aim a non-lethal one will do what it's supposed to, or something else.

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  • Blow Torch Your Burger

    What if you want to work in food but don't want to be a chef? You can do what Dave Arnold did, which is, become a food inventor! Doc North isn't exactly an unwilling subject as he lets Dave use his "Searzall" to prepare various dishes for him.

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  • Robots That Skate and Slither

    One is cute and small, and the other is big and fearsome. But Glida and Titanoboa are both cool robots using unusual forms of locomotion. Doc North frolicked with them and their creators at this year's Bay Area Maker Faire.

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  • 3D Graffiti With Your Phone

    Computer input devices have evolved over the years, from the keyboard to the mouse to the touch screen. But what happens when the computer itself is the input device? Doc North is in Berlin to talk to the creators of Airmarkr, an app that allows you to move your phone to draw in 3D realspace.

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  • Social, 3D Printed Cast for Broken Bones

    Breaking a bone is never fun. But Doc North investigates a new application for 3D printing casts that is not only a medical advance, but also adds a social element.

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  • Building a Viking Ship

    How does Doc North go on vacation? He collects some pals, builds a viking ship, and goes on a gonzo awareness campaign for climate change. Naturally!

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  • Is This the Tesla of Electric Bikes?

    While passing through Prague in the Czech Republic, Doc North discovers a custom bike builder who has designed an electric bike with one really smart and important feature: COOL.

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