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CMU offers Tartan gear created by 3-D printing technology

PieceMaker Technologies, a local startup that develops self-service, 3-D printing kiosks, recently announced its partnership with Carnegie Mellon University as the college's first official licensee for 3-D printing. 

PieceMaker founder and CMU grad Arden Rosenblatt said that the company's first Shapeways.com storefront will offer officially licensed, 3-D printed Tartan gear. Just in time for graduation, the very first product offerings will be aimed at the class of 2015.

"As with everything in 3-D printing, each order from our Shapeways store is made on demand, but with this initiative, PieceMaker is stepping into the online world with two limited edition offerings," Rosenblatt said in a statement. 

Shop the Shapeways store here

Earth Day celebrates sustainability and success

The worldwide Earth Day event on April 22 has special significance here in Pittsburgh. This year, Pittsburgh Earth Day marks the recent advancements our city has created in sustainability, technology, and innovation.

Involvement in the day’s lineup springs from sources ranging from the local business community gathering for a speakers’ breakfast to the fashion shows, exhibitors, music, pop-up dance party and the food truck festival that will follow.

Events will take place throughout the day in Market Square and Mellon Square in Downtown and Schenley Plaza in Oakland.

See the full lineup of events here.


New York Times spotlights Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

The New York Times credits the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh for leading a current movement among U.S. museums.  

The trend originated when the museum moved to its current location on the North Side to accommodate the ever-growing number of visitors in the late 1990s. Once the museum moved, however, a surplus of space existed with a shortage of content to exhibit. The need to fill the space prompted museum leaders to lease it in order to generate income outside of the typical exhibits and special events. 

Over time, museums across the country with similar concerns took notice and followed the lead of the Children's Museum. Now the museum administrators offer consultations on how to expand revenue opportunities to institutions across the country.

More details in the full article here.

Google bestows honor on South Side marketing firm

ProFromGo Internet Marketing in the South Side was given a PR/Marketing award by Google for its local public relations initiative utilizing the Google Business View program.  

ProFromGo’s winning campaign provides retail stores, restaurants, and dealerships ways to invite potential customers inside their places of business. This allows would-be patrons a virtual shopping tour of the brick-and-mortar establishment, granting them an up-close view of product availability, store layout and ambiance, among other details. And because ProFromGo’s virtual tours are Google based, they can be accessed via Google Search, Google Maps and Google+ Local.

More about ProFromGo’s trek to receive the award from Google can be found here.

Grist.org hails Pittsburgh's new protected bike lanes

Environmental news site Grist.org has been eyeing up plans for five miles of new protected bike lanes in Pittsburgh, and likes what it sees.

The article explains how protected bike planes shield cyclists from traffic with barriers like parked cars.

“If any city has a need for safe streets, it’s the ‘Burgh,” writes blogger Liz Core. “Pittsburgh boasts the steepest road in the country (yep, higher inclines than any mole hill in San Francisco), and has more bridges than any other American city or region.

Read the full post here.


'City of 21st Century Learners' has lessons to share

Pittsburgh is a model for education innovation and has a lot to teach other cities about building, maintaining and measuring an Education Innovation Cluster, according to the education technology website EdSurge.

In a post titled "Lessons from Pittsburgh: Rallying the Local Troops Around Innovation in Education," blogger Tony Zanders cites Pittsburgh’s collaborative culture, history of education innovation, stellar local universities, and nonprofit efforts as setting an example for other cities to follow.

“It was so refreshing to see a city working in concert … as demonstrated by the over 60 organizations contributing to the city’s learning community,” Zanders writes.

Read the full blog post here.

PPG transforms television technology

PPG Industries is manufacturing organic light-emitting diodes, or OLEDs, that have the ability to make big screen televisions more energy efficient and eventually more affordable for consumers. 

PPG sends the manufactured crystals to Universal Display where companies like Samsung and LG electronics buy the technology that is currently used in cellphones and mobile devices like Samsung’s Galaxy S5

According to Consumer Reports, Organic LED displays would combine the best attributes of plasma and LCD screens with none of their shortcomings. Applying OLED technology to televisions would improve the quality of colors on screen and make units thinner and lighter.

Casepops, a 2014 DATA Award finalist, makes national news

A local iPhone case company is making national headlines, particularly in the teen magazine market.

Casepops is a fashion iPhone case line that allows owners to customize their phone by choosing different charms, such as studs, skulls and gems that “pop” into and out of locks on the hard plastic case.

Seventeen magazine writes: “Changing your phone case as often as you change your outfit just got easier.”

Casepops is also a finalist for the 2014 DATA Awards.

Local startup Astrobotic earns mention in the New Yorker

Pittsburgh-based startup, Astrobotic got a big mention on NewYorker.com this week for their work on creating a lander for what will be the first lunar commercial delivery.

The lander, called Griffin, will hold the time capsule bearing Pocari Sweat, a Japanese beverage. Griffin is the same technology that Astrobotic is hoping will win them the Google Lunar X prize.

Astrobotics’ focus is on developing technology for commercial deliveries to the moon. Right now their prices exceed half a million a pound.

Vote for a LEGO Cathedral of Learning

How cool would it be to be able to buy a Cathedral of Learning LEGO set? Josh Hall, a Pitt alum, is trying to make it happen.

Hall’s model of the Oakland landmark won the S.W. Randall LEGO Build Contest in 2012 and inspired him to enter the design on LEGO Cuusoo, a site on which LEGO enthusiasts can post their projects to be judged by the community. If supported by 10,000 people, the project will be reviewed by LEGO for a chance to become an official product.

Vote to support Hall’s project here.

Wohlers report from Pittsburgh conference says 3-D printing is exploding

PlasticsNews.com (yes, there is an e-zine for plastics, too) offers their insights into the world of 3-D Printing, including a conference held on the subject in Pittsburgh back in June. "Attendance at the event, organized by the Dearborn, Mich.-based Society of Manufacturing Engineers, nearly doubled this year to more than 2,500, from 1,400 who attended the event last year in Atlanta. It also featured about 100 exhibitors.

Additionally, some 500 people showed up at 8 a.m. June 12 to hear keynote speaker Terry Wohlers, the additive manufacturing sector's recognized guru, declare: "I've never seen so much interest in this technology. It's unprecedented."

To read more about this burgeoning market, click here.

The secrets behind the successful launch of Design Allies on Facebook

How do you engage an online community around design?

Chris Koch, Director of programs at The Design Center, shares secrets to the impressive success of Design Allies Facebook page in an interview with the Association of Architecture Organizations.

"In 2011, the organization re-branded itself as the Design Center and established a new website and a Facebook page called Design Allies, which is actually part of a larger, multi-faceted community engagement effort operating under the same name," she says. "

The social media strategy, developed by the Design Center, was intended to expand its role in advocating, educating, and engaging communities in good design and planning, both locally and nationally. The strategy focuses on reaching out to practitioners, community members, and thought leaders to ensure dialogue and action in community revitalization."

To read more about Design Allies facebook strategies, click here.

CEO Michael Ressler of StatEasy featured as Founder in statewide pub Keystone Edge

'Central Catholic star running back Damien Jones-Moore played the game of his life against Woodland Hills High School, gaining 133 yards on 15 carries and scoring three touchdowns. Unfortunately, his parents were working and missed the game.
Not to worry. Pittsburgh startup StatEasy not only allowed his parents to relive the highlights the next day, but it gave them a great recruiting video with which to launch their son's career.  
StatEasy was founded by CEO Michael Ressler, a Carnegie Mellon computer science grad and former club volleyball coach who recognized the value in a good sports video software that integrates statistics compiled during a game with the video footage."

Read the profile here and then see the other Founders throughout the state.

Kennametal's Carlos Cardoso: The New Face of PA Manufacturing

When Carlos M. Cardoso speaks of the American dream, it is with the passion that derives from personal experience.

Born in Angola, Africa, Cardoso came to the United States at age 17 to attend college on a soccer scholarship. Today, he leads Kennametal, a $3 billion global manufacturer with headquarters in Latrobe. Cardoso is credited with navigating the nearly 75-year-old firm through most of the last rocky decade and emerging with strong cash flow and a solid balance sheet.

Read it here.

Uh-oh. CMU robots can replace retail employees

Be afraid retail workers, be very afraid....

Carnegie Mellon University's Intel Science and Technology Center in Embedded Computing has created AndyVision, a robot conveniently designed to keep track of store inventories and assist customers in finding products everyday.  

Equipped with a Kinect sensor and a combination of image-processing and machine-learning algorithms, this robot's productivity is giving the average retail worker a run for their money.

Watch a video and read the full story here.
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