No. 124: Buzz Corry, oyster surveillance and age-defying gin

TG it’s F: A happy end of the week to everyone, especially those who remember Space Patrol, the 1950s TV show chronicling the 30th-century adventures of Commander Buzz Corry and his faithful sidekick Cadet Happy as they battled galactic bad guys who, interestingly, all had German or Russian accents. An experimental 3D episode – a television first – aired on this day in 1953.

Zuzfinally: Zuznow, a Start-Up NY import from Israel whose software can turn your web site into an app in a snap, is at long last up and running at Stony Brook University following months of visa delays. No lost time, though – the firm has remained busy hiring, signing clients and pushing out a product upgrade.

Hot stuff: When defense firm East/West Industries decided to get into 3D prototyping, it was go big or go home. Welcome the Fortus 250mc, which can put a serious melt on a roll of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene. (Current challenge: Training someone to run it.)

Empire Development strikes back: The state’s traveling Go Global On Our Dime road show will be on Long Island on Monday. (OK. They actually don’t call it that.)

Sea hear: Verizon is partnering with Cape Cod’s Ward Aquafarms to develop a system to monitor the firm’s oyster beds.

So we can get Hamilton seats now? NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said he will push for legislation to outlaw the use of bot software that scoops up blocks of event tickets for resale.

The AG announced more than $2.7 million in fines on bot-backed brokers this week, including TicketToad, Charm City and Flying Falco Entertainment.

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The art of wine, cheese and domes: The opening reception of the Simons Center exhibit “Buckminster Fuller: Inventing for Today,” is May 12 at 5 p.m. with welcome words by writer, inventor and general brainiac Kurt Przybilla. Show includes screen prints, photos and other displays of Fuller’s geodesic dome, architecture and some of his 28 patented inventions. Free and open to the public.

Somewhat less inviting: Paul Wiegmann discusses “Precise adiabatic transport and Quillen holomorphic anomaly” at the center, May 3, 1 to 2:15 p.m.

More dates: The rest of the Innovate calendar is here.

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Pink slips: 3D printer juggernaut MakerBot announced it will now contract production through Jabil Circuit and lay off the bulk of its manufacturing team in Brooklyn. (Jabil will likely build the machines in China.)

Buffalo watch: KeyCorp and First Niagara Financial Group have agreed to divest 18 First Niagara retail branches in Western New York in order to resolve antitrust concerns over their announced merger. A KeyCorp spokesperson said the company will announce an agreement with “a quality purchaser” soon.

Economic indicator: MasterCard said the number of processed transactions grew 14 percent to 12.6 billion in Q1.

Not the same old: Big Apple co-working space startup Grind has inked space for its fourth location, this time on Broadway. The deal includes below-market rent with the building’s owner getting a slice of profits at the site, protecting both sides if the City’s tech boom loses steam.

Hard luck: Former Motorola boss Rick Osterloh, recently reorganized out of Lenovo, has been named head of Google’s hardware businesses, including Nexus, Chromecast, Pixel C, Chromebooks, OnHub and the next version of Glass.

You caught that? There’s a next version of Glass coming.

They see the blue lights, though: NYC motorists receive twice the number of tickets for texting while driving as other parts of the state, even though the City has half as many drivers, Crain’s reports. (The crackdown is called Vision Zero.)

A real Ariel: Stanford is field-testing a joystick-controlled robo-mermaid with stereoscopic vision and fully articulated arms and hands that can pluck delicate pottery from French shipwrecks. (It’s actually designed for studying coral, but hey.)

Vaguely related: Europe is holding its annual robotics convention in Odense, Denmark June 1-3.


Not just blowing hot air: James Dyson has invented a hair dryer that goes for $399. The vacuum cleaner king says it’s well worth it.

True story: The Organic Consumer Association has filed a lawsuit in California that accuses Jessica Alba’s Honest Co. of falsely labeling its organic baby formula.

We’d almost managed to forget it: The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration has revised local snowfall totals for the Jan. 22-23 blizzard. Central Park’s total was increased to 27.5 inches, up from 26.8 inches, establishing a new record.

The NOAA blames the discrepancy on volunteer measurers.

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Compiled by John Kominicki. Thanks for reading.