When I read this news I though it was not really high tech, nothing to compare with plasmons I wrote about just few days ago and so I decided it was not worth reporting. Then, curiosity led me to look at the video clip associated to it, and I decided that once in a while news like this are good for my post, so here it is!
Disney researchers, along with researchers at Carnegie Mellon, have invented a 3D printer that can print soft object that you have sketched on a computer.
The printer is a mixture of 3D printing with a sewing machine. You feed it with yarn and under the direction of a computer the printer creates a 3D object that is soft, exactly how a Teddy Bear should be.
You can also "wrap" the soft Teddy Bear skin around a more rigid core, and you can insert parts, including electronic chips and circuits to give voice and movement to the Teddy Bear.
It is nice to see technology put to a good use...
In addition, Disney researchers have invented a way to print loudspeakers using a 3D printer. In this way loudspeakers can have any form you might desire making your fantasy come true. You may want to take a look at the video clip here.