Pop!Tech Outgrows Its Toys
Last weekend, Caleb Chung—the toy inventor behind the Furby phenomenon of 1998—took the stage of the opera house in Camden, Maine, to unveil his new creation, a robotic dinosaur called Pleo that could be the hit toy of the coming holiday season. British scientist Adrian Bowyer demonstrated his self-replicating rapid prototyper—a machine capable of printing three-dimensional plastic, ceramic, or metal parts (it can even produce all of the components needed to make a copy of itself). And John Shearer, chief executive officer of wireless power startup Powercast, showed off his company's technology by turning on the lights of a Christmas tree that wasn't plugged in. These were just three of the eclectic presenters at this year's Pop!Tech, the annual three-day conference held this year from Oct. 18 to 21.
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