Jamaica’s Tsetsi Davis, one of the favourites to take the 2016 version of the Wray and Nephew Contender title, had an easy first fight, on Wednesday night, as he completely overwhelmed his young American opponent Courtney McCleave in their five round fight at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium. McCleave’s corner threw in the towel at two minutes and 10 seconds of round four. McCleave, who is 21 years old, and has been a professional boxer for only a year, showed his inexperience right from the start of the fight. He really looked like a boxer with only three previous fights, two of which he lost, and his record is now one victory and three losses. Davis, who now has a 15-4 record, had won the three previous rounds easily and seemed to be on the brink of a knockout victory when McCleave’s corner threw a towel in the ring to signal to referee Ransford Burton, that their fighter was in no condition to continue. It was the right decision for them to make, as McCleave would just have been beaten up badly and knocked out, if the fight had continued. Davis, who last fought on July 1 last year, when he dropped a majority decision to Richard Holmes, showed that he was in need of a fight. He stalked McCleave from the opening bell, but missed with several punches that were thrown to his opponent’s head. His timing was badly off and he would have been better served if he had tried to build up his attacks behind his jab. McCleave showed some boxing skills as he tried to score points with his jabs, but these were tentative and had no muscle behind them. A few landed to Davis’ head and body but had no visible effect on him and certainly did not dissuade him from coming in. After repeatedly missing with punches to the head, Davis changed strategy and made the body his target, and this paid dividends, as McCleave was definitely hurt a few times. He increased the pressure each round and after round three it was clear that the fight would not last much longer. Davis stepped up the pace at the start of this round, and his hooks to the body made McCleave wince in pain. His corner saw what was happening and correctly gave the signal to the referee that their fighter had had enough. Davis now moves on the quarter-finals, where he will certainly get better opposition. He has a lot of work to do in the meantime, however, as his conditioning seemed suspect. He is, however, one step closer to the first prize of $2-million and the title that has eluded him over the years. In the amateur bouts that preceded the main event, Raheim Pitter from Boys’ Town scored a first round technical knockout victory over Shaquille O’Neil from Sugar Olympic gym, while Joshua Forrest-Davidson from Seaview Gardens gym had a similar second round victory over Joel Wedderburn from the St. Thomas Boxing Club.
Sunita Rani made a stirring return to the track, winning the 1,500 mThis is the Asian Games in the land where cabbage is king and calling estranged neighbours home is the flavour of the season. You can’t escape Korea’s famous kimchi or even the feel-good South Korean vibes radiating towards,Sunita Rani made a stirring return to the track, winning the 1,500 mThis is the Asian Games in the land where cabbage is king and calling estranged neighbours home is the flavour of the season. You can’t escape Korea’s famous kimchi or even the feel-good South Korean vibes radiating towards their visiting brethren from the North. In this scenario of reunion and rehabilitation, the Indian performance has been powered by Family.It’s said that in the great Indian families, the centrifugal force rests in the figure of the mother. At the Busan Asian Games, after a first week ridden with disappointment, India’s challenge came together in the form of its women athletes who hauled in the gold and set records.Saha won the 200 mIn a single day, three women won gold, doubled India’s tally of athletics golds from the 1998 Bangkok games and gave the country more of this precious metal than in any other Asian Games since Delhi 1982. In a signature move that is patented by Indian sport, one of those women, Sunita Rani whose victory was the most emphatic of all, almost didn’t make the trip to Korea at all.Reality will bite later, when the expectations and stakes get higher and the competition tougher, but in Busan the Indian athletes team pulled the national contingent out of some grim early days and towards a heady finish. For India’s fractious sporting family, it has been a tale of sacrifice, adoption, brotherhood and sibling rivalry.After K.M. Beenamol strikes it rich in the 800 m, not to be outdone, little brother K.M. Binu runs the race of his fledgling career and, in the most surprising finish for India, ends up with silver in the men’s section. A family from the hilly Ikkudi district of Kerala, where there isn’t a proper road leading to their village of Kombotinjhal, has brought India three Asian Games medals.advertisementNeelam Jaswant Singh produced her personal best and a Games record to win her first ever Asian goldNo ordinary obstacle could stop Robert Bobby George reaching out to give his own small family everything he thought it needed. He gave up a love of his life – long-jumping – for the love of his life: wife Anju. “I stopped jumping because I could not focus full-time on her career,” he says simply. Bobby now is always almost on the edge when Anju jumps in competition. She set off the gold rush for India, winning gold on the first day of the athletic competition.Ask the tall, slender Anju if her hugely technical event, the long jump, needs more decorated coaches and she laughs and replies like the good Indian wife of the fables, “There is a foreign coach for jumps, but I would rather listen to my husband.” Today the couple plan to try out the Grand Prix and indoor season in Europe in the winter.HOCKEY: India launched the defence of its Asian Games title riding on the genius of their controversial veteran Dhanraj PillaiTimes have been kind to the Georges; for another sporting couple Busan brought an end to hard time: Jaswant Singh, husband and coach to discus thrower Neelam, watched her turn her Bangkok bronze medal win into gold in Busan and throw her personal best. The quietly fiery Neelam told journalists after collecting her medal, “You have all been unkind to me, always saying that I only performed at home. This should set the record straight.”It was also the only score sprinter Saraswati Saha wanted to settle in Busan. “I will not return empty-handed,” she had told her family. A painful hamstring almost caused her to limp out of the race before the home stretch but she ran and ran – and at the end limped away to the dressing-room to call to Kolkata to her husband.Some families adopt: in 1992 coaches Dr Kuntal Roy and his wife Shubraja took in a confused, gawky teenager. Soma Biswas came to Shubraja with the desire to be a high-jumper after she was discarded by a SAI scouting programme. When Kuntal returned from Germany after a doctorate in sports coaching, his wife told him she had almost given up trying to shape Biswas into any kind of athlete.GOLF: Golfer Shiv Kapur won India’s first gold in Busan in blustery conditions. It was the first gold for Indian golf in 20 years.”She had no speed, no power,” he remembers. Today she is Asian Games silver-medallist in the heptathlon, a gruelling seven-event competition. Her first phone call after completing her last event was to Shubraja. “I’ve instructed her parents not to call her up often. She has no social life, no boyfriends,” says Kuntal. “At times, I feel bad. But then I have to do it.” To be a heptathlete you have to be a monk first.The air in Busan does strange things even to the quarrelsome Indian hockey team which came together like never before, putting out the challenge of Pakistan in a high-tension semi-final. The Indo-Pak match was a grudge game and an encounter of the highest order.Hard-edged competitiveness and gamesmanship replaced goodnatured bonhomie and mutual respect. Only Dhanraj Pillai could manage to assimilate both in one gesture. During the pre-match warm up, Pillai went to retrieve a ball from Pakistani territory, glared at the Pakistani bench, waved his stick menacingly, said a few words, waited for moment and then broke out into a laugh.Sitting in the stands, Asif Bajwa, the Pakistani assistant coach, had a blueprint of the game plan for India. On a map of the world that is their field, he had designated two figures next to the name of Pillai. But still they couldn’t stop him scoring two goals. For once, a young team responded to the genius of their ageing lion.advertisementLONG JUMP: Anju Bobby George leapt to 6.53 m, good enough to open up India’s gold account in athletics”I have never seen a goal like this in my 14 years of playing. Never seen one, never scored one like that ever,” Pillai said of Gagan Ajit’s Singh’s match-winner – one of those he had accused of not passing the ball to him in the previous match versus Pakistan. Once the old enemy was vanquished, all was forgotten and forgiven.As long as the wins kept coming, all was sunny. But questions must be asked of those who returned empty-handed. After the euphoric Commonwealth Games in July, pistol-shooter Jaspal Rana had bluntly ruled out chances of a medal in Busan. He did not disappoint, but that is not a reason.More will be asked of the shooters in Athens and their response must be more convincing. The heavyhanded discipline of weightlifting continued to churn out rumour and innuendo. A member of the ad-hoc body that runs Indian weightlifting had allegedly written a letter to the Sports Ministry, asking for permission not to field a team in Busan. In the face of two positive dope tests at the Commonwealth Games, it was believed the Indian weightlifters didn’t quite have the “confidence” to take their best shot in Busan. After all, Leo Tolstoy did say that while all happy families were the same, all unhappy families were unhappy in their own way. The Asian Games usually bring good news. Now if only someone figured out how to do the same at the Olympics. – Siddharth Saxena is correspondent of The Hindustan Times, Delhi
Huawei delays laptop reveal, Xbox head on the future… I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Apple iPhone XS Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X In April, a report suggested that Huawei would be restricted to “noncore” parts of Britain’s next-generation cellular infrastructure. A decision on this had been expected in recent weeks, but it was delayed by Prime Minister Theresa May’s Theresa May’s decision to step down, according to Reuters.Huawei didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.First published at 6:11 a.m. PT.Updated at 6:37 a.m. PT: Adds more details. $999 An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Tags Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. See It See at Turo Mobile Internet Turo: Save $30 on any car rental $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express 1:07 $520 at HP Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $59 at eBay Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. $999 See It 1 Huawei P30 Pro’s four rear cameras from every angle $999 The Cheapskate Rylo Sarah Tew/CNET Read DJI Osmo Action preview HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. See at Amazon Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Sarah Tew/CNET $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Sarah Tew/CNET Read Google Home Hub review Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) $155 at Google Express $60 at Best Buy $299 at Amazon Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. See It Share your voice DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) See it Now playing: Watch this: Turo TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Comment Read the Rylo camera preview Sprint Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. $999 Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 40 Photos Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) $6 at Tidal Read the AirPods review Angela Lang/CNET China warned that Britain shouldn’t exclude Huawei from its 5G development. Angela Lang/CNET China’s ambassador to the UK has warned Britain’s government that barring the use of Huawei equipment from the country’s 5G network could hurt trade relations and investment. It’s yet another twist in the international relations saga as the US puts pressure on its allies to avoid dealing with the telecommunications equipment maker.”It will send a very bad message not only to Huawei but also to Chinese businesses,” Lui told the BBC, noting that it could lead to “bad effects not only on trade but also on investment.”The ambassador echoed several of the talking points from an April op-ed in which he urged Britain not to let fear get in the way of “win-win cooperation” with China. The US doesn’t want its European allies to adopt Huawei’s 5G equipment, saying the gear could be used to spy for China. Huawei denies the allegations.Commentary: Rushing foldable phones doesn’t work. Just ask Samsung and Huawei Best Buy Share your voice 5G Huawei,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Boost Mobile Chris Monroe/CNET 0 Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. $210 at Best Buy Tags Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Amazon Post a comment Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Sarah Tew/CNET
Gadgets Appliances Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. We’d never tell you to skip out on your morning caffeine ritual — but bringing a trusty reusable coffee cup to your favorite java shop or making your own brew at home and toting it in a chic coffee tumbler is a smart way to avoid the single-use plastic and paper cups piling up in landfills. Bonus: a lot of brew houses give you a discount for bringing your own coffee cup.We’ve selected some of our favorites to help you find the very best reusable coffee cup. Whether you’re looking for a mug that fits into a car cup holder or something with a modern flare. These sleek, sturdy and stylish coffee cups are made from hard plastic, glass or metal and engineered to hold warm or cold beverages, keeping your tea & coffee hot for hours and an iced drink chilled for just as long. So do the environmentally-conscious thing and bring one of these reusable mugs with you next time you make a coffee run. The planet — and your wallet — will thank you.Read more on CNET: the best water bottles in 2019 | best coffee machines for 2019Read more on Chowhound: how to make good coffee while traveling | coffee products you shouldn’t live withoutNote that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of products featured on this page. Amazon KeepCup Reusable Coffee CupThis stylish sipper is made in the USA from soda-lime glass, which means it’s easily recyclable when you’re done with it eventually. You can also microwave it, and even though it’s glass, it’s lightweight enough to carry with you on your morning coffee runs. Thankfully, the cork band keeps your hands safe from burning and the lid and plug are dishwasher safe when it’s time to clean it.$28 on Amazon Amazon Yeti RamblerImagine the amazing power of a Yeti cooler — they’re the standard for fishermen and people who like the outdoors — but in the palm of your hand. This double-walled tumbler keeps your morning coffee hot well into the afternoon, and the genius magnet sliding lid comes apart when it’s time to throw it all in the dishwasher. It’s also the perfect size for most car cup holders when you’re driving through the great outdoors — or just, um, to the office.$30 at Amazon Amazon Hydro Flask Travel Coffee FlaskStash this 16-ounce reusable mug in your bag for your morning coffee run — it’s perfectly sized to a standard coffee cup, so your barista will know exactly how much to charge you. Plus, this flask will keep your cup of joe hot for up to 6 hours and your cold brew chill for 24 hours (thanks to double-walled insulation). It also has a wide mouth opening so that you can gulp the good stuff and let the caffeine do its magic before your first morning meeting.$25 at Amazon Amazon Kinto Travel TumblerIf you’re picky about your coffee, you probably have opinions on reusable coffe cups, too. This super-chic to-go mug comes in neutral shades and has a stainless steel insulated cup that keeps everything at the same temp for up to six hours. Yasssss. The lid spins off to reveal an opening that you can sip from at any angle, and the sleek design is totally museum-worthy. $34 at Amazon Amazon Contigo West Loop Stainless Steel Travel MugNo shame if you’re the person who gets more coffee on their sleeve than in their mouth whenever you’re carrying a cup on the go. Thankfully, the lid on this reusable coffee canteen won’t let anything escape it — and it’s also slim enough to fit in a car cup holder, which means even the bumpiest of rides won’t threaten your morning brew. You can practically take this one with you anywhere. $15 at AmazonS’well Tumbler Amazon This attractive 18-ounce tumbler comes in a ton of amazing shades and designs, but it’s not just a pretty face: it’s made from stainless steel and is triple-walled so that you’ll never get condensation on your hands. But also, did we mention that it’s p-r-e-e-e-e-e-t-t-y? Use this gorgeous and reusable coffee cup around the house and find one that matches your decor (yes, that’s a thing). Heads up, you have to purchase the lid separately. $26 at Amazon Amazon Stojo Silicone Collapsible CupThis is the travel mug for when your work bag is already loaded with notebooks, an iPad, your laptop and a million random receipts from heaven-knows-where. Made out of super-light, leak-proof silicone, it collapses to just 2.5 inches thick, meaning you can tote it practically anywhere without adding bulk to your bag. And when you need a warm-up, it’s microwave safe. Hot tip: it also comes with a straw for when iced coffee season hits.$20 at AmazonRead more: The best gifts for coffee and tea loversThis article was written by Julie Vadnal Post a comment Tags 0 Share your voice
This story appears in the June 2013 issue of . Subscribe » More Invention Brilliance May 22, 2013 MauzThe Mauz device turns an iPhone into a motion-controlled, wireless optical mouse. Sustainability » Love & Connecting »InventionUrban Life » Rural Life » Food & Beverage » Work Life » Gaming » Crowdsourcing & Collaboration » Sports & Recreation » SoundlazerOpen-source parametric speaker Soundlazer transmits audio in a directed beam of sound for private listening without headphones. EverpurseMaking midday phone death a thing of the past, Everpurse converts handbags into mobile power stations. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now PowerPotBoil water in the PowerPot, a Kickstarter-funded thermoelectric generator, and it will provide enough juice to charge any device that uses a USB port. Enroll Now for Free hipKeyAttach hippih’s tiny, wireless hipKey proximity and movement sensor to an object (even your child), pair it with your iPhone, and an alarm sounds if your valuables are moved from a designated radius. Corrections & Amplifications: An earlier version of this article misstated the number of estimated MakerBot potential users as the total estimated users. There are an estimated 115 million potential users globally. TouchfireThe transparent, flexible Touchfire iPad Keyboard fits over the tablet for faster and more accurate typing. LiquiGlideLiquiGlide, a new material invented by MIT scientists, makes surfaces super-slippery, allowing for everything from pain-free ketchup squeezing to more efficiency in oil pipelines. NanoSatisfiNanoSatisfi: This hardware startup aims to democratize space exploration by offering anyone a chance to rent space on its small, open-source satellites–at $250 a week–to conduct their own experiments. LockitronThe smartphone-controlled Lockitron device fits over existing deadlocks, allowing users to lock and unlock their doors remotely from anywhere in the world. 4 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. The maker movement took center stage at this year’s South by Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas. The coveted opening keynote was delivered by Bre Pettis, CEO of 3-D-printer manufacturer MakerBot Industries, who used the occasion to unveil the Digitizer, a desktop device capable of scanning objects up to 8 inches in height using lasers and a webcam, streamlining the printing infrastructure from end to end. “You can fill the world with garden gnomes if you want,” Pettis joked.The onstage debut was an homage to Maker-Bot’s origins: In early 2009 Pettis was part of a collective of hackers who wanted to get their hands on a 3-D printer, which at the time were the size of mainframe computers and cost about $100,000. “We couldn’t afford one, so we made it,” he says. They got a rough prototype working before SXSW that year, so Pettis hopped on a plane, headed to Austin bars and began printing shot glasses with the device. He and his co-founders sold some 20 printers in just a few days.The latest model from Brooklyn-based MakerBot, the fourth-generation Replicator 2, costs $2,199 and is the size of a large toaster oven. It works by meticulously layering thin sheets of bioplastic material to create three-dimensional objects–a process made all the more mesmerizing under a lighting scheme reminiscent of a Virgin America cabin.Related: MakerBot’s Bre Pettis on the Next Industrial RevolutionMakerBot’s Bre Pettis.MakerBot’s range of industrial and personal printers has been a major catalyst in the hardware revolution, unlocking the ability for anyone to make things faster and more cheaply. Growth has been wild. In four years MakerBot has gone from three employees to more than 200; at press time the company had 50-plus job listings. There are some 20,000 printers in use (close to a quarter of total market share) and an estimated 115 million potential users globally (40 percent of orders are from outside the U.S.). NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is the biggest customer, but the printers are also a boon to smaller operations like Robohand, creator of open-source prosthetic hands for children, and even to one geek dad who printed custom foot molds to help his kid pass the minimum height requirement at an amusement park.”We’re not just a hardware company,” Pettis says, noting that MakerBot also creates firmware and has a partnership with Autodesk, which makes software with rendering capabilities. And this fall’s release of the Digitizer–which should cost roughly the same as the Replicator if Pettis’ “washer-dryer” analogy is any indication–will further build out the company’s position in the 3-D-printing ecosystem. And this is all just scratching the surface: “I think one day people will buy printers like they buy iPhones,” he says. “If you put your MakerBot goggles on … anything is possible. It’s a frontier, and we’re going to explore it.”