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Tech Talk: Meet NASA’s Iron Man-like female robot

by Doug Delony / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on December 11, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 11 at 1:15 PM

HOUSTON – The folks at Johnson Space Center have been hard at work, coming up with a cool robot for an upcoming competition. Also, check out the complaints about a so-called iPad babysitter. This and more in today’s Tech Talk…

== Fisher-Price’s iPad baby seat ==

A new baby bouncy seat with a built-in iPad attachment is coming under fire from children's advocates who say babies need "laps, not apps." The Fisher-Price bouncy seat -- marketed as the Newborn-to-Toddler Apptivity Seat for iPad -- comes with a with a spot for parents to insert an iPad so baby can watch content aimed at the youngest children. Fisher-Price describes it as "another way to stimulate and engage baby." The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood started an online petition campaign Tuesday, urging Fisher-Price to recall the product.

== Meet Valkyrie ==
NASA uploaded a video to YouTube this week showing off a “female” robot named Valkyrie at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. Her makers say Valkyrie is advanced and designed to work alongside people. But on top of that, they wanted her to look cool (which probably explains why she has an Iron Man-like light on her chest). She will participate at a competition next week, and future versions of her may help colonize Mars ahead of humans. YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IE-YBaYjbqY

== Victoria's Secret model wears 3-D printed wings ==
This year, as part of the annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, one of the most elaborate costumes was a pair of "angel wings" created with a 3-D printer. Model Lindsay Ellingson wore the costume at the show. Victoria's Secret, a division of Limited Brands, partnered with 3-D printing service Shapeways to create the wings. Architect Bradley Rothenberg designed them. Shapeways scanned Ellingson's body using a 3-D scanner and printed the wings layer by layer with nylon plastic. They were then encrusted with millions of Swarovski crystals.

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