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Thing-O-Matic brings images to life

12:25PM | Thursday, 22 December 2011 |  A device known as the MakerBot Thing-O-Matic can turn two-dimensional images into three-dimensional objects made of plastic.

Cycle itineraries set wheels in motion

12:50AM | Wednesday, 14 December 2011 |  Melburnian Matt Hurst has written a book about cycling around the city, entitled The Casual Cyclist’s Guide, which celebrates the joys of riding a bike when you’re not clad in Lycra.

Surf’s up for Sydney photo firms

12:02PM | Monday, 12 December 2011 |  A band of surf photographers have carved a niche along Sydney’s shores, taking early morning surf shots and emailing them to large numbers of subscribers.

Open Shed opens up new ideas

12:02PM | Friday, 9 December 2011 |  New Australian website Open Shed allows people to rent out or hire goods from people registered to the service.

The grass is always greener on the other rug

12:54AM | Thursday, 8 December 2011 |  For consumers seeking a green living space, there’s a grass rug that brings lawn into your living room and a couch grows three kilograms of potatoes a season.

Gourmet food trucks move with the times

12:20PM | Wednesday, 7 December 2011 |  Upmarket food trucks serving gourmet street grub are the new way to eat out in Melbourne’s inner city, following trends in New York and Los Angeles.

Bionic contact lenses are a crystal clear idea

12:34PM | Tuesday, 6 December 2011 |  A new generation of contact lenses could take video gaming to a whole new level, thanks to a team at the University of Washington.

Hotmail co-founder unveils new venture

12:35PM | Monday, 5 December 2011 |  One of the founders of Hotmail has launched a free text messaging service, promising it will be as revolutionary as his previous venture.

Coffin alarm system wards off robbers

12:25PM | Friday, 2 December 2011 |  An Italian luxury funeral accessories company has devised an alarm system for coffins and urns, designed to alert police to would-be grave-robbers.

Straw seat a natural development

12:46PM | Thursday, 1 December 2011 |  A children’s seat made from completely biodegradable material, which literally sprouts and grows at the end of its life, is now a reality.