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  • “3Dvarius”: Classical Beauty January 20, 2017

    Who would have guessed that a 3D-printed violin could produce concert-quality sound?

    That was Laurent Bernadac’s vision, five years ago.  Today, he’s made it a reality, with his invention: the “3Dvarius”.

    Laurent, who is both a mechanical engineer and a professional violinist, has created the world’s first fully 3D-printed electric concert violin.  He conceived the idea in 2012. according to his website.   After first trying to create a violin in aluminum, he turned to 3D printing.  The result?

    His “3Dvarius”, designed to play classical music as beautifully as a standard concert violin.

    In early January, Laurent exhibited his  innovation at CES® 2017’s Eureka Park™ Marketplace, in Las Vegas.   He also allowed fellow violinists a chance to play his new instrument–and the sound was incredible!

    Laurent talked about the process of designing, testing and marketing the “3Dvarius”.

    In this edition of Over Coffee® you’ll hear:
    • How Laurent came to choose 3D printing for his new violin;
    • Some of the challenges involved in creating it;
    • Laurent’s experiences testing and showcasing his new instrument;
    • His advice to fellow makers and innovators;
    • Where to see and hear the “3Dvarius” and meet Laurent!
    (Will you be at the National Association of Music Merchants trade show, in Anaheim, January 19th-22, 2017 in Anaheim?  Laurent will be there throughout the show, playing and giving a presentation on his new “3Dvarius” electric concert violin!
    Can’t make it to NAMM?  Here’s the link to Laurent’s YouTube channel, where you can see him play his 3Dvarius violin and check out the sound for yourself!)

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  • Wearable, Sleek…Lifesaving? September 9, 2016

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    The Rufus Cuff™ lets wearers make voice and video calls, hands-free.  It also has a full keyboard for texting and email.

    And in industrial workplaces, it’s a potential lifesaver.


    Gabe Grifoni is the CEO and Co-Founder of Rufus Labs, which developed two versions of this wearable computer.  The Rufus Cuff™, which straps on like a wristwatch, is a standalone device that comes in consumer and enterprise editions.

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    Gabe and his team were one of four start-ups who recently graduated from Make in LA’s second mentorship session.  The program culminated in a “Hardware Demo Day” graduation ceremony, in which program participants presented their projects to potential investors.

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    After his presentation, Gabe talked about developing the Rufus Cuff™, its uses in enterprise and some resources he’d recommend to fellow entrepreneurs.

    On this edition of Over Coffee® you’ll hear:
    • How workers can put the Rufus Cuff™ to use on the job;
    • How Gabe and his team came up with the concept for their wearable tablet;
    • How the Rufus Cuff™ could prevent one of the leading causes of death in a warehouse situation;
    • Additional functions that could make a workplace safer and more efficient;
    • How this wearable tablet assists in daily operations in a warehouse situation;
    • How Gabe and his team created an additional prototype in response to a specific client request in twenty-four hours;
    • Gabe’s resource recommendations for fellow makers, for design and 3D printing;
    • The free resources he used to find files and download them for learning and 3D printing;
    • Two important lessons for innovators, drawn from Gabe’s experience creating the Rufus Cuff™.

     

    Are you a maker or entrepreneur?  Check out Make in LA’s classes, makerspace and services!    They offer free office hours (30-minute sessions) on alternate Fridays, from 10 am to noon, to help you give your business a makeover for success.  Here’s the link to sign up.

     

     

     

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  • Creating the Possibilities July 16, 2016

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    Daniel Belquer knows the power of “what if”.

    When he couples it with technology and storytelling, limits can vanish.

    Daniel is the CTO of Not Impossible Labs, a Southern California community of altruistic innovators.  Their mission: to help the world, by helping one person at a time.   They’re accomplishing these goals by creating accessible technology–and content that inspires people to take action.

    Not Impossible Labs has now won two consecutive Interactive Innovation Awards at SXSW.  In 2015, they won for “Project Daniel”, with their 3D printed limbs for Sudanese amputees.  Then, earlier this year, they won again–for “Don’s Voice”, a computer technology that enables ALS patients to speak again.

    Those are just two of some very exciting innovations that combine caring with ingenuity.  “How can I not do something about this?” is a common theme among Not Impossible Labs’ staffers.

    Daniel talked about the beginnings of Not Impossible Labs, how he became involved, and a project currently in the works, to make the music-listening experience accessible to everyone.

    On this edition of Over Coffee®, you’ll hear:

    • How a noted artist’s illness led to the creation of  Not Impossible Labs;
    • How Not Impossible Labs’ first invention, the “Eyewriter”, gave graffiti artist Tempt One back his ability to paint;
    • How Daniel came on board with Not Impossible Labs;
    • How he had his “click” moment, as he used his specific talents to make a current innovation work;
    • The reception this particular project received at SXSW, and what these responses told the Not Impossible team;
    • An update on this current innovative project (hint: it’s going to be showcased this summer!)

     

     

     

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