Category Archives: New Technology

Companies race to make electric cars mainstream. PBS NewsHour video

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When Tesla Motors announced in March it would build a new, all-electric car at a starting price of $35,000, it was a turning point for the company. General Motors is also developing an all-electric sedan and hopes to market it early next year. Will increased competition and new options spur more sales? NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent John Larson reports. PBS NewsHour Video

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Ensuring America Leads the World Into the Next Frontier. The White House video

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In this week’s address, President Obama highlighted the White House Frontiers Conference, where many of America’s leading innovators came together to discuss how we can empower people through science, technology, and innovation to lead our communities, our country, and our world in the future. The White House video

 

 

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Watch a robot sew a shirt from start to finish. CNNMoney video

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Sewbo, a robotic sewing arm, is part of an automated system that can manufacture clothing without any human labor.

Sewbo, Inc. it has used an industrial robot to sew together a T-shirt, achieving the long-sought goal of automation for garment production.

Major Breakthrough in Clothing Manufacturing

SEATTLE – Sewbo Inc. on Thursday announced that it has achieved the long-sought goal of automated sewing, by using an industrial robot to sew together a T-shirt. This milestone represents the first time that a robot has been used to sew an entire article of clothing.

Despite widespread use in other industries, automation has failed to find a place in apparel manufacturing due to robots’ inability to handle limp, flexible fabrics. Sewbo avoids these hurdles by temporarily stiffening fabrics, making it easy for conventional robots to build clothes as if they were made from sheet metal. Afterwards, the process is reversed to produce soft, fully assembled garments.

“Our technology will allow manufacturers to create higher-quality clothing at lower costs in less time than ever before,” said Jonathan Zornow, the technology’s inventor. “Avoiding labor issues and shortening supply chains will help reduce the complexity and headaches surrounding today’s intricate global supply network. And digital manufacturing will revolutionize fashion, even down to how we buy our clothes by allowing easy and affordable customization for everyone.”

Sewbo performed their feat using an off-the-shelf industrial robot, which they taught to operate a consumer sewing machine. Having successfully proved its core concept, Sewbo is now expanding its team and working towards commercializing its technology.

About Sewbo Inc.: Sewbo is a Seattle-based startup. Learn more at sewbo.com

Jonathan Zornow is the 30 year-old inventor behind Sewbo. He came up with the solution to automating garment manufacturing while reading about temporary support materials for 3D printers, which are water-soluble plastics that could be melted and molded. These materials let 3D printers build things that would otherwise be impossible, and he thought that the same concept could be applied to the garment industry.

This would ultimately prove to be a successful approach – but not before many long nights of tinkering, including a crowded stretch where he shared his tiny NYC studio apartment/workshop with a rented industrial robot.

Zornow studied economics and studio art at Brandeis University, where his sculpture thesis was a fresco-making machine called “Robotecelli.”

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Can DNA tests help repair social ruptures from transatlantic slavery? PBS NewsHour video

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Alondra Nelson has followed how African-Americans are using DNA tests to help answer questions about their identities that were lost during the transatlantic slave trade. Her book, “The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations and Reconciliation After the Genome,” chronicles their experiences. She joined Hari Sreenivasan to discuss. Slave reparation? Video PBS NewsHour.

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The Evolution of Autonomous Transportation. Bloomberg video

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Ryan Popple, Proterra‘s chief executive officer, discusses the evolving state of transportation, the outlook for autonomous buses and the possibility of an IPO. He speaks with Bloomberg’s Emily Chang on “Bloomberg West.” David Kirkpatrick, Techonomy’s chief executive officer and a Bloomberg contributor, also comments. Bloomberg video news.

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