Yahoo! Japan has created a machine with a voice activated internet search engine that is attached to a 3D printer.
What Yahoo! is calling “hands-on search”, was developed in order to incorporate a touch experience into internet browsing, rather than it simply being a seeing one.
The machine tracks down the information used for 3D printing and uses it to construct fine layers of materials such as plastic, carbon or metal creating solid objects like cars, dinosaurs and aeroplanes in a matter of minutes.
While Yahoo! reportedly has no plans to commercialise the technology as of yet, the machine has, and will be made available to the public in the future.
At present, the machine has been made available to the Special Needs Education School for the Visually Impaired in Japan. Part of the University of Tsukuba, the institute now gives children with disabilities the opportunity to search the internet for items and then touch it once created from the 3D printer.
Should a search not produce any results, Yahoo! will place ads on the project’s site in order to obtain the data necessary to create that object.
The machine will be available for students to use for free until mid October.
To see this remarkable machine in action, take a look at the video below. Inspiring stuff!