Look no further than a company’s patent trail to understand its expansion plans. If some moonshot technology suddenly comes up in a filing and never resurfaces again, it’s likely just the legal department trying to make the most out of employees’ overflowing imagination. But if that technology starts appearing in more applications over time, then you may have just stumbled…
Redmond wants to turn the process of fabricating CAD models into real-life objects a much smoother experience for the maker community.
Microsoft is looking to patent an augmented reality kit that could turn your desk or sofa into a full-blown interactive display for gaming. You’ll be able to hold that weekly D&D adventure with people from half way around the world.
Autodesk has designed a fast 3D printer that will be able to fab highly detailed composite objects out of up to seven different materials. Through multiple nozzles. At the same time. Oh, and it’s modular, too.