The co-founder of Defense Distributed, Cody Wilson, discusses the company's distribution of designs for gun parts that can be produced using 3D printers and his plans for expansion, as well as the mixed reaction from the public.
South by Southwest Interactive is best known as the technology festival that put such social networking mainstays as Twitter and Foursquare on the map. But if there was a "next big thing" at this year's event, finding it would be pretty hard.
3D printing's capabilities in art, sculpture and toys have generated considerable buzz at South by Southwest Interactive over the past few days. But one Austin, Texas-based group has a more controversial application in mind: guns.
Tech enthusiasts at South by Southwest Interactive exploring the exhibit hall's gizmos and apps on Sunday were greeted a little differently at one booth -- the figure approaching them was not a person but a television-sized monitor mounted to a sleek base on wheels.
Some school administrators are testing a bold idea to integrate the multitude of systems that are used to store student data, giving teachers a single view of how students are performing and allowing them to better deliver the right learning materials.
Facebook's Graph Search could be a powerful tool for steering people toward products and services on the social networking site, and marketers are starting to wrestle with the impact it may have on their brands.
NASA showed off a full-sized model of the next generation telescope, the James Webb Space Telescope, at South by Southwest Interactive.
From climate change to government corruption to genetically modified goats, Al Gore's discussion at SXSW left very little unturned.