Fully Charged: NASA growing space lettuce, Audi designs new Leica and software converts flat photos to 3D images

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NASA to grow food in space

For the first time, NASA is experimenting with growing food in space. From this December, the agency will be running the Vegetable Production System, or VEGGIE, on the International Space Station as it looks for cheaper ways to feed astronauts. Food currently costs about £6,350 per pound to send into space, so you can see why this is an area where NASA is interested in exploring.

VEGGIE is a small rig that will grow six romaine lettuce plants under LED lights, and it’s thought they’ll be ready for eating in 28 days. This particular strain of lettuce combines fast growth with a richness in antioxidants, takes up little space and requires no real preparation before eating. Other candidates for future testing are radishes and a special type of tomato. [Source: Modern Farmer]

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Audi and Leica team up on premium compact camera

The new Leica C Type 112 is the venerable company’s first camera to offer Wi-Fi and NFC – and it’s designed by Audi to boot. Available in dark red and champagne finishes, it sports a 12.1MP sensor, 20-200mm equivalent zoom lens and 3in screen. It’ll be out in the next week or two in the UK, priced at £550. [Source: PetaPixel]

Software turns 2D images into 3D objects

What if, with a simple success of mouse clicks, you could take a two-dimensional photo of a simple object and turn it into a fully rotatable 3D model? That’s the reality offered by 3-Sweep, a piece of software which defines and maps flat objects and transforms them near-autonomously into editable 3D objects – all the user need do is made three sweeps with his or her mouse (hence the name). Check out the impressive video to see it in action. [Source: DVICE]