Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Printing your own 3D objects

Not so long ago, in a galaxy not so far from here, printing a 3D object was as close to magic to a regular 3D CG nerd as levitation is to elephants. We were standing in awe at SIGGRAPH 2004 or similar trade shows looking at the (Stratasys) alchemical process taking place behind the glass of a pricey machine who was able to substantiate the content of an .stl file into a plastic low definition sculpture.

In the last years companies such as Shapeways and Crystalline3D are gathering data on the cloud, offering an 3D Etsy flavored consumer experience where designers and creators can afford and offer the fruit of their imagination to the public as a glorious and small 3D object made of many different substances and nowadays it's even possible in full to have a figurine in full colours.

This year, as 3D TVs and Avatar's blue giants get crowds of people to stand in theaters wearing goggles for three hours in exchange of a great experience and a mild headache, it was expected to see 3D printing getting closer to our desktop.
Sure it's not yet a StarTrek replicator yet, but it's quite a treat to think that soon everyone able to use Maya, ZBrush, SketchUp or even the great and free Blender software to create 3D objects out of their brain cells for less than $1K:

And with some patience, a bit of soldering and a bunch of parts from MakerBot they might be able to share it with others on Thingiverse. The wealthier can also decide to spend some $15K for a soon available HP 3D printer.
Behold! in a few years we might be able to print human size objects to populate our apartments and gardens. What is even better is that we might be able to have these sculptures to react to music or interact with visitors through opensource software out of the Arduino (Singuino in this case) genius boards.

Product | The PEREGRINE

A new kind of control glove to play:

Product | The PEREGRINE

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Fashioning Technology

I love this site: Fashioning Technology, it's all about new ways to use technology to create beautiful fashion pieces with interactive features and new technologies. It offers a glimpse of a close future where we will all show a little bit more of our colours as we walk the streets. Can't wait really, and should not as much as these clothes are available today, not in stores but at your friendly tech fashion designer. A lot of that stuf is DIY and relates to Arduino, LEDs and conductive thread.
It's worth the dig and if you go through the members you will find a bunch of a very different kind of wired heads.

Syuzi's Blog - Fashioning Technology

Some pieces transform you into a fullbody gaming device, others are more than merely decorative and display your heart rate in colour as you rush to the dance floor.
Follow the links and you will find much info about new fabrics and techno crafts.

Find more photos like this on Fashioning Technology

Paul Debevec animates a photo-real digital face | Video on TED.com

Creating photo-real human performance animation capture geared for the future:

Paul Debevec animates a photo-real digital face | Video on TED.com