The Sugar Lab’s 3D Sugar Printing System




Winner of the 2014 Innovation Award by the TASTE AWARDS. Acquisition by 3D Systems. Press coverage in major media, as well as launch of Los Angeles studio space.

Founders or Inventors

Liz and Kyle von Hasseln, co-founders of The Sugar Lab.

Their background

Kyle and Liz both have backgrounds in molecular biology, but about 5 years ago they decided to transition to architecture, and graduated from SCI_arc with Masters of Architecture. SCI_arc makes it a point to embrace emerging technologies as design tools, and that institutional stance meant that they were exposed to a lot of cool technology during their time there, and were encouraged to use it in novel ways. Throughout graduate school both Kyle and Liz were fascinated by free form fabrication in general, and unorthodox 3D printing configurations and materials in particular. Their graduate thesis, although it had nothing to do with sugar, centered on the development of a novel fabrication system. Their shared curiosity for the range and utility of 3D printing definitely contributed to an interest in applying the technology to the genre of food.

Concept & Innovation

The Sugar Lab is a micro-design firm for 3D printed sugar. 3D printing transforms sugar into a structural, sculptural element that can interact with food on different terms. 3D printed sugar can be used to sweeten or to ornament, but it can also start to define the form of the food instead of the other way around, or even to support it structurally. For example, Kyle and Liz are very excited to be working right now with several talented cake artists at a well-known bakery in Hollywood. The goal is to design a four-tiered wedding cake with a 3D printed sugar cake-stand, plus 3D printed sugar-tiers supporting cake tiers. It will be a traditional cake silhouette in which sugar plays anything but a traditional role.

That’s an exciting part of 3D printing sugar — transforming sugar into a structural, sculptural medium that can start to define the form of the food instead of the other way around, and even to support it structurally.


sugarlabIt started about two years ago, when they were graduate students in architecture. Kyle and Liz were living in a tiny apartment in Echo Park (Los Angeles) with a correspondingly tiny outdoor kitchen. They didn’t have an oven, and when they realized that meant they couldn’t bake their friend Chelsea a cake for her birthday, it was decided to try to 3D print one instead. Eventually Kyle and Liz managed to print a simple cupcake topper that spelled out ‘Chelsea’ in cursive sugar. Chelsea loved it! After they graduated, they optimized the printing process and started The Sugar Lab.

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The Canary Home Security System


INNOVATOR PROFILE: The Canary Home Security System


Crowdfunded $1,960,884 on

Founders or Inventors

Canary was cofounded by CEO Adam Sager, CTO Chris Rill, and Design Director Jon Troutman in New York City.

Their background

Adam Sager: Former Israel

Defense Forces, security advisor to CEOs and Fortune 100 companies, founder of nation’s largest security non profit organization. Chris Rill: Built embedded systems and electronics for the US military, startup technical co-founder, FIRST robotics mentor. Jon Troutman: User Experience & Product Designer, former product design lead at General Assembly, former art director at brand strategy agency.

Concept & Innovation

Canary is a single device that contains an HD video camera and multiple sensors that track everything from motion, temperature and air quality to vibration, sound, and activity to help keep you, your family and your home safe.

Controlled entirely from your iPhone or Android device, Canary alerts you when it senses anything out of the ordinary — from sudden temperature changes that can indicate a fire, to the sound and movement that could mean an intrusion. Instantly receive, view and act on the alerts wherever you are. Over time, Canary learns your home’s rhythms to send you smarter alerts.

Canary packs all of the technology necessary to keep your environment safe within one beautifully designed device, and learns your household’s habits and behaviors to constantly provide better security, at a price point available to anyone.

Containing an HD camera, audio, temperature and other life-safety sensors, Canary connects directly to your mobile device and alerts you or your designated loved

ones when anything is out of the ordinary. Canary empowers individuals – whether they rent or own their homes – to take control of their own security.


Canary came out of personal experiences. Both Chris and Adam had looked for security solutions such as this: simple, intelligent, and designed for their homes.

The first thing they did was think through what security in the home really is, and what it boils down to. It isn’t about placing sensors everywhere, nor is it about alarms that alert call centers. Rather, security is about two things: receiving the right information from your home about what is going on at any particular time, and knowing who to communicate with should there be a problem. With Canary, they are innovating in both ways, and have built a smart home security device for anyone.

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eBay Launches Interactive Digital Storefronts

Rollout of Interactive digital storefronts created by eBay for retailers Rebecca Minkoff,  TOMS shoes, and Sony. eBay considers this a logical next step in their product strategy.

From a popup standpoint, this removes the need for an actual venue to show products, while still having a real-life presence..

Photos here are from the Westfield Shopping Centre in downtown San Francisco

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Ellen Degeneres custom iPhone Commercial takes heat

As much as she loves the iPod, TV star, comedian, and talk show host Ellen Degeneres learned one thing about Apple: Don’t make fun of the iPhone, even if you’re just kidding.

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Applie-Gizmodo-iPhone “Scandal” a la Jon Steward

John Steward comments on the Applie-Gizmodo-iPhone “Scandal. ” He accuses Apple of being the Big Brother in the Apple 1984 ad

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