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News roundup: 3-D printing makes medical history with skull transplant

In this news roundup, learn about the first 3-D printed skull transplant, Infor's new CloudSuite and the formation of the Industrial Internet Consortium.

Dutch woman becomes recipient of first 3-D printed skull

In a medical first, doctors in the Netherlands used a 3-D printed skull to save a patient's life. In an announcement this week, the University Medical Center Utrecht announced that the 22-year-old woman and recipient of the world's first digitally fabricated skull, is doing well three months after her skull transplant operation.

The patient had suffered from thickening of her skull, which had affected her vision and motor coordination and would have eventually proved fatal, according to the hospital. A digital scan of her skull allowed Anatomics, an Australian 3-D printed medical device company, to print the patient a new, custom skull. Since the operation, the woman has regained her sight and is pain-free, her doctors said.

Infor announces CloudSuite for Amazon Web Services

Infor took a major step into the cloud this week with its announcement of Infor CloudSuite, the company's first industry-specific applications designed for use on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) hosted platform. The service will be subscription-based and available in any region serviced by AWS, the company said.

Infor plans to roll out CloudSuite applications designed for industries such as automotive, aerospace and defense and hospitality. CloudSuite will come with Infor ION middleware, Infor Ming.le social collaboration, Infor Mongoose development platform and Infor Analytics. It will also include enterprise systems such as Infor LN, Infor M3, Infor Lawson, Infor SyteLine and Infor SunSystems.

IoT leaders form consortium for standardization

A number of key players in the Internet of Things (IoT) world have come together to form the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), a non-profit group dedicated to standardizing the IoT. The founders of the IIC include AT&T, GE, IBM, Cisco and Intel. The IIC is also receiving government backing, according to Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker.

"By linking physical objects to the full power of cyberspace, the Industrial Internet promises to dramatically reshape how people interact with technology," Pritzker said.

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