Apple App store turns 10 and prosthetics made with 3D printing tech assistance
This week Apple’s App Store turns 10 years old.
Ahead of its 10th anniversary on 11 July, App Annie has today released a retrospective of the top iOS apps of all time, along with key milestones in App Store history.
Its report tallies up the top apps of all time by both downloads and revenue, as well as the top apps by year starting in 2010 (when App Annie started tracking this data) and more.
The result is a fairly comprehensive look back at the App Store, which has now seen more than 170 billion downloads and more than $130 billion in consumer spend on apps since July 2010. And now, today’s App Store includes some 2.2 million apps, even after Apple’s big cleanup.
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Tech guru Aki Anastasiou attended the launch of the CAT S61mobile phone. He says CAT has really come up with a way to distinguish itself in a very crowded market of cellphones. They are synonymous with rugged devices, he says.
The CAT S61 boasts an integrated FLIR thermal imaging camera with enhanced software for greater image contrast, expanded temperature range to 400 degrees Celsius, and an upgrade from VGA to High-Definition detail from the visible camera.
The device also includes an indoor air quality sensor from Sensirion to alert users to high levels of indoor air pollutants (Volatile Organic Compounds or VOCs) in their working environment.
It keeps watch over indoor air quality levels and inform users when an unhealthy environment is detected, allowing them to make timely decisions such as opening a window to improve ventilation or taking a break.
The phone comes with laser assisted distance measurement which can measure point-to-point distances up to 8m, then calculate area, and switch between Metric and Imperial measurement
In other tech news, 3D printing technology is being used to help provide prosthetic and orthopedic support to patients in need.
The 3D printing technology being trialled in Madagascar and Togo by Humanity & Inclusion (HI), formerly Handicap International, is part of Impact 3D, a programme that began in November 2017.
It involves a small, lightweight 3D scanner which creates a digital mold of the amputated limb. The mold can then be adapted according to the patients’ needs using the computer-modeling software before being sent to a 3D printer. The printer creates thousands of layers of thermoplastic to produce a bespoke socket that corresponds perfectly to the shape of the patient’s amputated limb.
More on the 3D printing technology, click here:
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