The Magic Candy Factory lets you 3D print your own sweets!

3D printed sweetHaribo, Percy Pigs, Gummy Bears… who doesn’t love a gummy sweet?! And while there may already be a massive variety to choose from, it’s now possible to design and make your very own using a 3D printer!

German confectionary company, Katjes has installed a 3D printer for gummy sweets, called the Magic Candy Factory at the Café Grün-Ohr in Berlin, which it claims is the first 3D printer for food available to the public.

Customers can currently choose from a range of different animal shapes or lettering, and can tailor their design using a combination of ten different flavours and seven colours. However, the company plans to introduce even more shapes and flavours in the near future.

3D printed sweetOnce the individual has entered their specifications using an iPad based user interface, the machine sets about printing their bespoke creation using heated candy, which cools and hardens as additional layers are added. Each 10g sweet takes around 5 minutes to print and costs 5 euros (£3.70). It may seem like a lot for a sweet, but it definitely gets you a whole lot of novelty value!

While the exact ingredients are confidential, the sweets are predominantly made from pectin, sugar and fruit extracts, reportedly containing almost no allergens whatsoever. They are also lactose, gluten and gelatin free, making them suitable for vegans.

What do you think of the Magic Candy Factory? Would you eat a 3D printed sweet?

 

Samsung teases Gear S2 smartwatch, again!

Last week when Samsung launched its two new phones, the Galaxy S6 Edge + and Galaxy Note 5, it also got the tech world excited by showing a short teaser video of its eagerly anticipated new smartwatch, the Samsung Gear S2.

To build even more hype for the new smartwatch ahead of its official launch in early September, the company has just released the teaser on You Tube for the whole world to get excited about the device that’s set to rival the Apple Watch.

With its stylish design, round face and apparently smaller size, the Samsung Gear S2 looks nothing like its bulky predecessor, the Samsung Gear S, and is arguably even better looking than the Apple Watch.

While we’ll have to wait until September for the full specs, the video does hint at some of its functions including heart rate sensor, sport tracking, stopwatch, weather and time zone apps.

The video confirms that the Gear S2 will be announced on September 3 at the IFA in Berlin, and we’ll certainly be tuning in then to find out more.

What are your first impressions of the Samsung Gear S2? Do you think it’ll be a match for the Apple Watch.

Samsung announces the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Galaxy Note 5Yesterday Samsung announced two new supersized phones at its Unpacked event in New York: the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+.

The new handsets both have 5.7 inch screens boasting 2560 x 1440 resolution Super AMOLED diplays, with 518 pixels per inch.

Like the Note 4, the Note 5 still comes with an S-pen stylus, but its predecessor’s plastic frame has been replaced by metal and glass, in keeping with the Galaxy S6 Edge.

Measuring 154.4 x 75.8 x 6.9mm and weighing 153g, the Galaxy S6 Edge is effectively a larger version of the S6 Edge, released earlier in the year, and retains the same curved sides. It has the same Exynos 7420 octa-core processor but boasts 4GB of RAM instead of 3GB and comes with either 32GB or 64GB of internal storage. However, there is no micro SD card slot and the 3,000 mAh battery is non-removable.

The Note 5 shares the same specs, and both have a16 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera, and fingerprint sensor for security and use with Samsung Pay, which was also announced at the event.

There’s also a keyboard attachment for both handsets, for those who prefer physical keys as opposed to touchscreen.

UK pricing is yet to be confirmed, but the Galaxy S6 Edge+ is expected to arrive on our shores on 4 September. However, there are currently no plans to release Note 5 in Europe.

What do you think of Samsung’s latest handsets?

Graava: an action camera that also edits footage for you

Graava action cameraIf you’ve ever used an action camera, you’ll know how easy it is to end up with hours of footage that you never do anything with. If that sounds all too familiar, the new Graava action cam could be just what you need. This smart little camera not only films your activity, but edits the footage to provide you with a short clip of the highlights that you can share without fear of boring your audience to tears.

The Graava action cam uses motion, audio, accelerometer and GPS sensors, as well as voice cues, to pick out the best bits of your footage. All you have to do is select a sountrack and the length of your edit, and the camera will generate a short film for you. If you’re not happy with the end result, you also have the option to select the sections yourself or edit the footage manually.

The camera can shoot three hours of continuous full HD 1080p video at 30 fps (or 720p at 60 fps) per charge, and can also take 4K hyperlapse video and 8 megapixel photos. It’s also water resistant, has wireless charging, and Wifi and Bluetooth connectivity.

Graava has just been made available for pre-order at $249 (eventually going up to $399 when it goes on general sale) with shipping expected to begin in February 2016.

What do you think of Graava action cam? Would you trust it to edit your videos for you?

Samsung takes on the iPad with its new Galaxy Tab S2

Just days after announcing its thinnest smartphone to date, the Galaxy A8, Samsung has just announced its thinnest ever tablet in the form of the Galaxy Tab S2.

At only 5.6mm thick, the new Galaxy Tab S2 is 1mm thinner than last year’s Galaxy Tab S, and even thinner than Apple’s 6.1mm thick iPad Air 2.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

Samsung’s latest tablet comes in two sizes; an 8 inch and 9.7 inch model, both with a 3 x 4 aspect ration, which is much more reminiscent of the iPad’s dimensions than those of its widescreen predecessor.

The new tablets are not only super thin, but also extremely light, weighing only 265g and 389g respectively. They also have a 2048 x 1536 pixel super AMOLED display that, while lower res than its predecessor, is designed to provide bright, vibrant colours whilst also being easy to read.

As well as being slim and easy on the eye, the Galaxy Tab S2 is also fast and powerful, with loads of memory. It has an octo-core processor running at 1.9Ghz/1.3Ghz, and 3GB of RAM, with either 32GB or 64GB of internal storage, which can be increased to up to 128GB via micro SD. There’s also a 8MP rear camera and 2.1 MP one on the front.

With its sleek design, altered dimensions and improved specs, it’s clear that Samsung is taking on the iPad, and the Galaxy Tab S2 may be its biggest rival yet.

Available in either black or white, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 will go on sale in August although the price has yet to be divulged.

What do you make of Samsung’s latest tablet?