Mattel announces 3D printer for kids, smart house for Barbie (Tomorrow Daily 315)
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I'm Angela [INAUDIBLE].
And I'm Jeff Canata.
And it is time for headlines.
The first of which is about toys.
The New York toy fair is spinning down and there's some really high tech toys this year, particularly from Mattel.
The toymaker announced two products in particular that caught our eye.
First they unveiled an updated ThingMaker.
But instead of the goop baking box from the 1960s, this time around it's a 3D printer for kids.
Complete with an app to design custom toys.
Mattel also brought Barbie's dream house into the 21st century, complete with voice commands, color changing lights, and other internet of things compatibility.
Both products will each cost $300, And will hit retail stores later this year.
Interestingly, Hasbro went with a much more analog approach, kind of the opposite from what Mattel was showing off.
Archrivals until the bitter end.
But we may have to talk about that later this week.
I think maybe that's a Thursday topic in the week.
It might be.
So let's talk about Vanderbilt University.
There is a team of scientists there using a $40 cotton candy machine to create artificial human capillaries.
Human capillaries are very, very small, about one-tenth the diameter of a human hair.
So creating artificial capillaries has proven pretty difficult for scientists.
But the Vanderbilt team is using a store-bought cotton candy machine to spin up sugar strands, then they pour gelatin over the cotton candy which coats Each individual strand.
And once that gelatin cures, they dissolve the cotton candy inside each gelatin channel, creating a system that could be a first step towards artificial vasculature to sustain lab grown organs.
The next step for the team is to find a way to get cells through those channels without clogging them up.
I'm hoping they go with gummy bears.
Gummy bear [UNKNOWN], gummy bear [UNKNOWN].
This is amazing.
It is, it's incredible.
This is like one of those science things that it blows your mind to use this product.
They got it at Target, a cotton candy machine.
They got it at Target.
That's the ultimate mod.
Yeah, ultimate mod squad, for sure.
So if you guys want to talk about The topic that we picked for Thursday's show.
You can use the #HEYTD.
Yeah, we love it when you shout at us over social media and then if we like what you say, we'll incorporate it into our discussion.
Our deep dive discussion on Thursdays.
Speaking of which, what do you think we should choose?
Well I know you got really excited about all the toys.
I think that.
Let's talk about toys.
I think even more interestingly is the Hasbro approach, so I feel like we have to talk about that and why they might be moving in that direction for this year.
I think cotton candy organs is pretty crazy, but yeah, I'm with you.
Let's go toys.
We have a wildcard so we might be able to pick
Two from one day, but let's go choice.
Well maybe people can give us their recommendations as well using that #heytd.
So now that that's all been said, let's check out our Phonetographer of the day.
Today's Phonetographer of the day is Chuck.
Who took this inferred photo on his iPhone six using a fancy pants attachment.
He writes to us and says Jeff and Ashley, I love the show, attached is a photo of my two golden retrievers snoozing.
The picture was taken with an iPhone six with an IR adapter by [INAUDIBLE].
FLIR, the shot shows different degrees of heat from the dogs.
White is the warmest.
On the dog in the front you can see his warm breath.
You have my permission to use this photo on your show, Chuck.
This is good for when you're playing Metal Gear Solid with your dogs in real life.
Right you're looking for them and you need to make sure they're sleeping.
Check them out in the dark.
[CROSSTALK] Sneak up on them.
You don't want to turn the light on because they might realize you're there and then it's going to be just lit because all day long they're going to jump all over you and give you a little dog slurp.
Your heat map will be much hotter.
It's all ruined.
Then it's all ruined.
So yes, that's very handy for making sure that your dogs are asleep in the pitch dark of night.
Very cool photo though.
Thanks a lot.
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Yeah, we love hearing from you, and we'll be back tomorrow with more headlines, and then Thursday we're going to hit you with some [INAUDIBLE] stuff.
Yes, and we have a guest.
Having to do with gravitational waves.
Man I'm very excited about that.
If you love science, don't miss Thursday's show.
That's it for the show guys, until next time.
Be good human.
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