3D Printer capable of creating edible food being developed in Mexico

3D Printer capable of creating edible food being developed in Mexico

Feb 10, 2018

MEXICO CITY – Mexican scientists are developing a 3D printer that, using an additive manufacturing process, will be able to create edible food and provide health benefits, the National Council on Science and Technology (Conacyt) announced Thursday. The technology has the ability to prepare soft food in ways that facilitate swallowing it, as well as adding probiotic bacteria that help balance intestinal health, Zaira Yunuen, a researcher with the Ciatej technology research center in Jalisco state, said. In addition, “printing” various kinds of food items provides an alternative for people who cannot chew food that is tougher than normal. To obtain a food product created artificially one must first use software that models the items one wants to print and, then, the printer prints the edible material in layers, ultimately creating a three-dimensional product. The only difference between a paper printer and the Interlatin Colibri 3D is the type of printer cartridge it uses, replacing traditional ink with edible material. The investigator said that the edible material’s chemical and rheological properties must be taken into account in preparing the food products. While still in the prototype phase, the first printer cartridges for the device have been using chocolate and other creamy products, and researchers are working toward using products such as guacamole, gelatin, pates, batter and sauces. Source: Latin American Herald...

It´s official, Amazon is the world’s Most Valuable Brand

It´s official, Amazon is the world’s Most Valuable Brand

Feb 7, 2018

According to MediaPost , Amazon has beaten out Apple and Google, with the e-commerce giant’s brand value increasing by 42% year on year to a whopping $150 billion, according to Brand Finance. With a brand strength index score of 92.3, up from 91.3 last year, Disney is the world’s strongest brand and one of the most interesting to watch in the coming years, according to the valuation and strategy consultancy. In light of its recent purchase of a majority stake in 21st Century Fox, Disney can further develop its brand to deliver for more consumers worldwide. As for Amazon, it is no longer just an online retailer, but also a provider of cloud infrastructure and a producer of electronics. The company is moving beyond the digital space, as last year’s takeover of Whole Foods for $13.7 billion gave the brand a foothold in the realm of bricks and mortar. “Jeff Bezos once said that ‘brands are more important online than they are in the physical world,’” says David Haigh, CEO of Brand Finance. “He has proved himself right by choosing the name Amazon, known as the largest, most powerful river in the world, as 23 years later the Amazon brand carries all before it as an unstoppable force.” Click here to read full article: mediapost.com Source:...

“Amazon Go” is the grocery store of the future

“Amazon Go” is the grocery store of the future

Jan 24, 2018

No lines, no checkout, no problem! According to NBC News, retail powerhouse Amazon is disrupting retail yet again, with the opening of its checkout-free Amazon Go grocery store in Seattle. It looks and feels like a regular grocery store, but with one major difference: There’s no checkout — and no checkout lines. Upon entering, shoppers scan a special smartphone app that registers them into the store. After grabbing their items, customers are free to walk right out. “The just-walk-out technology is tracking that these items are leaving the shelf, and it’s putting them in my virtual cart,” Amazon Go Vice-President Gianna Puerini told NBC News during an exclusive look at the new store. “And if I put them back on the shelf, they come out of my virtual cart.” When customers leave the store, their account is automatically charged, which means no more waiting in long checkout lines. Overhead throughout the store, hundreds of cameras read labels through machine learning and sense the shopper’s body type. These cameras work in tandem with sensors embedded in the store’s shelves, all collecting data about your preferences. “Those cameras are primarily looking at all of these products and figuring out what has left the shelf and what is going back to the shelf.” Puerini says. “The system is highly accurate. On the rare occasion, if you were to find an error, we make it super easy to do a self-service return.” The new retail plan by Amazon has an increased focus on pricing, and Amazon says they won’t mark up prices to compensate for the convenience of just walking out. Fresh off of the $13.7 billion acquisition of grocery chain Whole Foods, Amazon says it has no plans to install this technology in those stores. And even though the store doesn’t employ any cashiers, Amazon downplays the effect on jobs. “There’s a kitchen full of chefs and cooks making the things that are on the shelf right now, and as you look around the store, all these folks in orange are all here to help make customers’ experience better. So we’re just shifting the kind of work that folks do,” Puerini told NBC News Source: NBC...

German automotive research center to arrive in Querétaro with an investment of 50 million Euro

German automotive research center to arrive in Querétaro with an investment of 50 million Euro

Jan 23, 2018

This year, a research center for the automotive sector from Germany will be established in the city of Queretaro, representing a total investment of 50 million euro. The Secretary of Sustainable Development of the municipality of Querétaro, Daniel Rodríguez Parada, did not reveal the name of the company but anticipated that it will generate a thousand first level highly remunerated jobs in Queretaro. “In a couple of weeks we will be able to officially announce the name of the company that will make this investment of 50 million euro, (more than one billion pesos), generating hundreds of highly specialized research and development jobs, that will be extemely well paid” he said.  This investment from Germany, represents almost 30 percent of the projection of foreign investment in large projects for the municipality of Querétaro this year, which is 3 billion pesos in total. According to Rodríguez Parada, for 2018 the total projection in investment attraction is 30 billion pesos, between national and foreign capital, 10 billion pesos more compared to 2017, when the city received around 20 billion pesos in investment. Source: Secretariat of Sustainable Development of the municipality of...

Tijuana’s interactive museum will take you outer space

Tijuana’s interactive museum will take you outer space

Jan 17, 2018

With the objective that children, youth and adults have a wider knowledge of Space, Tijuana’s El Trompo, Museo Interactivo will address this issue through various activities that will be conducted through workshops. The director of the Interactive Museum, Rosario Ruíz Camacho, said that the activities that will take place in the facilities of this museum’s entertainment center, will take children and adults closer to the stars and planets. “Through the Friday Museum topic, we will approach El Espacio (Space), as part of the first edition of this year, the space is vast and contains many mysteries, without a doubt, that is why it awakens our curiosity,” Ruiz Camacho said. She indicated that during the program, attendees from four to fourteen years of age will carry out different activities such as: “creation of constellations with chocolates”, “wooden sticks” and “elaboration of lunar stones using vinegar and other materials”. “Children, teenagers and adults will gain knowledge about the phases of the moon, about the planets and stars, and will experience a space adventure through games, dynamic activities and there will be a lot of learning for young and old,” Rosario Ruíz Camacho concluded. Source:...

20 Mexican projects are present at CES, the biggest tech show on Earth

20 Mexican projects are present at CES, the biggest tech show on Earth

Jan 14, 2018

For many technology entrepreneurs and startups, CES is where dreams are born. It’s the place where their concepts and products are showcased to the masses for the first time ever, all with the hope to make a dent in one of the most thriving industries at the moment. Over the past 12 years, that’s been the case for Manuel Gutiérrez Novelo, a 47-year-old Mexican entrepreneur and inventor who has been attending the show since the ’00s. Gutierrez has launched a number of products throughout the years at CES, including what he calls the world’s “first” virtual reality viewer connected to a computer in 2006.   But CES 2018 was slightly different for Gutiérrez-Novelo. This year, he took on the task of bringing 20 of Mexico’s best startups to the show, as part of a project created in cooperation with the country’s government dubbed Mexico 4.0. It all began at last year’s CES, where he came across a Mexican official at the event who was taken aback by the fact that Gutiérrez’ company, Angel Inventum, was the only one from Mexico with a presence at the show. That led officials to ask him how they could help more entrepreneurs from Mexico showcase their work at CES. The answer to that question was simple: They needed resources like money and, most importantly, a way to find the best talent in a country with almost 128 million people. Gutiérrez-Novelo said he worked with three government agencies, including INADEM (National Institute of Entrepreneurs of Mexico), which provides financial support to entrepreneurs and small-to-medium-sized businesses in the country. After months of conversations, what transpired was Mexico 4.0, a program designed to help inventors create companies, produce, market and export their technologies, as well as attract funding for them both in Mexico and internationally. Gutiérrez-Novelo said there were about 2,300 applications from startups and other “well-established” firms all across Mexico, but only 20 were selected to make the trip to Las Vegas for CES 2018. Click here for full article on Yahoo News Source: Yahoo...