Every Friday I share the five coolest things I’ve found on the web in the last week.
1 – Escape to Canada with Launch Academy
As America accelerates as quickly as possible away from creating an environment which cultivates innovation, Canada has been expressing it’s commitment to cultivating the future of technology. Part of this is the Start-up Visa program which is attractive, but there are some barriers that make it not an option for many who might want to bring their technology to The Great White North.
Launch Academy is addressing this by providing a means to bridge the gap. The article covers the details but the short version is that if your idea qualifies for their program, they make it a lot easier for foreigners to pursue their dreams and become residents in a country which values progressive ideals as much as it values progressive technology.
2 – Amish Q&A on Healthcare, Mutual Aid and progress
Insight on how the Amish address some of the hardest problems facing “English” communities today.
(via the Amish America newsletter )
3 – AdoptABot
Printrbot is a cool company and one of the first companies to bring consumer 3D printers to the desktop. Brooks and team are now trying to put printers in front of more people by placing unused hardware in the hands of hackers who then donate the printers (and their knowledge) to their local community.
4 – Crowdmatch
With commercial crowdfunding showing it’s true face (and in some cases, alignment with genuinely disgusting entities ) I’ve been on the lookout for a way to leverage the many advantages of this method of funding work without the nasty aftertaste.
Crowdmatch applies the co-op model to crowdfunding, and it looks pretty cool. I haven’t tried it out yet (need to pick one venture to fund) but if you’re currently using Patreon, etc. I recommend checking it out as an alternative.
5 – Capture 3D models with your 2D camera with insight3d
insight3d is an open-source application that can create 3D models from a series of photographs. It does this using Photogrammetry which is short for “hard math and magic”.
While this is useful for small objects (because cameras are cheaper than 3D scanners), it’s essential for large objects like buildings that don’t fit inside your typical 3D scanner.