Autodesk will make 3D models created in programs such as Autodesk Maya and Fusion 360 compatible with Mirosoft’s new HoloLens augmented reality technology (shown above), allowing designers to make and view models earlier in a project. The company also says its Spark 3D-printing platform will be made compatible with Windows 10, streamlining the printing of parts and models. [Autodesk]

Want work–life balance? Considering living at the office in one of these super cubes from CannonDesign's Yazdani Studio. [Fast Company’s Co.Exist]


By channeling the power of LEDs, Cree is among a number of lighting manufacturers that are reinventing the suspended linear lighting ubiquitous to offices and classrooms. The company recently debuted a fixture with optical wave–guide technology that turns its translucent fins into a luminous source of uniform, direct–indirect light at the flip of a switch. Plus, the company says, improved illumination means fewer fixtures are required to light a space. [Cree]

What happens when you douse a spider in graphene and carbon nanotubes? It weaves a really strong web. [New Scientist]


Created specifically for use with CAD, this mouse from 3Dconnexion (shown above) features a smart scroll wheel, quick zoom, and a full-scale middle button. []

Flying small drones beyond the operators' line of sight is off limits, according to proposed rules put forth by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) earlier this year. But that could change. The agency recently announced plans to re-examine​ the idea​, which would enhance the technology's usefulness, particularly on remote sites. The FAA will also work with news agency CNN to determine the value of ​flying drones over urban areas—in this case for news gathering—which is also forbidden in the proposed rules. [The Washington Post]