Do You Have What it Takes to Change the World?

Do You Have What it Takes to Change the World?

Have you ever wanted to change the world? Have you ever thought that your skills could be game-changing? A group of students from the University of Calgary, called FREDsense Technologies, is doing just that. The FREDsense team is using cutting edge synthetic biology to quickly detect pollution in water sources, solving a problem that occurs throughout the world’s water cycle. FREDsense (FREDsense: http://2013.igem.org/Team:Calgary_Entrepreneurial), founded in 2013 as an iGEM project, is a team of everyday university students from a variety of disiplines who joined together to compete in iGEM, which stands for International Genetically Engineered Machine (http://igem.ucalgary.ca/), which is a global competition where undergraduates use biological parts to compete in building biological systems and cells. FRED, the organism the team has created, stands for Field Ready Electrochemical Detector.  By identifying existing organisms with DNA strands that are able to detect toxins, the FREDSense team was able to take the seperate DNA codes and create a new organism that uses electric currents to detect toxicity in water. This technology can play an important role in Alberta as there is a growing need to be able to quickly assess the toxicity levels of water for those who work in the oil industry and enviromental fields. In Alberta’s oilsands there are large quantities of contaminated water that need to be tested and cleaned before being released back into the natural water cycle. This technology allows for people to test water efficiently and quickly, providing an option to previously slow methods. Beyond it’s current use, what does the growth look like for this budding industry? The global market for Biosensors in 2012 was...
3D Printing at Your Fingertips

3D Printing at Your Fingertips

Have you ever wanted to learn how to 3D print? Previously, 3D printing has been difficult to learn, pricey, and time-consuming. Now, you can take 3D printing into your own hands with the 3Doodler. This innovative technology allows you to create simple and amazing things with the press of a button. Find out more about this device and hear directly from the creators about how they came up with the idea, the difficulties they faced along the way and their advice to future innovators and entrepreneurs. Company Name: WobbleWorks Inc. Product: 3Doodler Number of Founders: Three co-founders What problem is your project trying to solve? Transforming an idea into a three-dimensional form is hard. This has always been a challenge that we as humans face when communicating ideas in 3D. While 3D printing has made the process easier than, say, chiseling a form into stone, it’s still quite complicated and expensive. CAD/CAM software is challenging to learn and pricey; 3D printers, even at the low end, cost US $1,000 and up. Running a 3D print often takes a lot of time, and may or may not produce acceptable results. The 3Doodler is the world’s first 3D-printing pen, which allows you to take an idea into three-dimensional space with virtually no learning curve and at a fraction of the price. The 3Doodler works by extruding plastic that cools almost instantly, enabling users to literally draw up into the air.2. How does your solution solve this problem in a new and innovative way? Does it rely on other previously developed technologies? We’ve just released 3Doodler 2.0, which is available exclusively via Kickstarter. The all-new...