Nowadays, most people can’t make anything at home because it’s too expensive. Roboticist Hod Lipson wants you to stop shopping and use his portable 3-D printer to make your own stuff. 3-D printing is a universal technology that has the potential to revolutionize our life by enabling individuals to design and manufacture things. Popular Science has done an interview of him about the future of fabbing. Questions include:
Q: What sort of things are people printing with your fabber?
A: Watchbands, squirt bottles, batteries, artificial muscles, even fancy chocolates. What you print is really up to you.
Q: Wouldn’t it be cheaper, faster and easier to just go buy a new piece?
A: The only way to make something cheaply today is to have it mass-produced. For example, you wear the same shoes as everyone else. If you had a fabber, you could custom-make shoes that perfectly fit your feet. Three-dimensional printing will help us move away from the mass consumption that is so deeply ingrained in our culture.
Philips presented an A4-sized colour electronic paper. A paper-thin and bendable viewing panel. “This represents the next generation in display technology,” Chung In-Jae, chief technology officer and executive vice-president, said in the statement.
So, does this mean the paperless society is further away then ever or right around the corner? It is kinda corny they made it A4 size (to make it fit in your printer?). One great thing about this ‘electronic paper’ is that it only consumes power when the image changes on the display. I also like the fact that it -as it seems- is a passive display, meaning that it is reflecting instead of emitting light (It shoudn’t give you the feeling you’re looking into a lightbulb, like reguar displays and will automatically adjust to the environmental lighting conditions). I believe that once affordable it could lead to many interesting ‘information decoration‘ type of products.
Future billboards will be looking back at you! The Eyebox2 can track the gaze of several people at once from 10 metres away in order to know how much attention the billboard is given by innocent passer-by’s. Other uses are thinkable: When someone stops looking at the screen for a time, the image will pause until he/she is looking back again.
Sometimes I have a hard time choosing between going out and staying home watching TV or my computerscreen. The great fashiondesigner Hussein Chalayan made these choices a lot easier with this dress that has a screen woven into the fabric. Video after the clickertheclick.
A nice light printer by rAndom International. The printer makes images with light on a light reactive surface. Really nice and high tech, but what I like is that the images fade after a short while, reminding us of the temporary character of digital things. A short movie after the click.
This amazing ‘flexible love’ folding chair can be stretched to seat as many as sixteen individuals; once compacted, the chair seats one. Watch the video in order to understand the wonder of it.
Designed by Chishen Chiu who stumbled upon a small factory producing ‘honeycombed’ sheets of recycled paper in suburban Taipei one day. Intrigued by the use of the honeycomb structure to create cardboard palettes that were being used to replace traditional wooden palettes, he believed the material could be applied to create any rigid structure. Within days, the idea for FlexibleLove had been sketched out and turned into a working model. You can also buy a flexilove mini for only $29,97.Related: Sketch furniture, living furniture, dynamic terrain.
The Augmented Cognition System will help the brain adapt to data on computer-screens. If there’s too much/little data, it will decrease/increase the information for you. If the data-stream is of high complexity, it will chop up the information in order to prevent stress. Mike, it’s amazing!
augmentedcognition.org | video
The IonKids system from the firm Bluespan allows parents to give their young children some autonomy in the context of their environment to a certain point. The child wears an aesthetically pleasing Wristag that has the capability of communicating with a PDA-like Base Unit that would be near a caregiver. If the child wanders too far away, the wireless communication kicks in and the Wristag sends an alert to the screen portion of the Base Unit and the parent can effectively locate the child’s position. It seems like this product is quite an upgrade to silver bells on the shoes.
Bio Mapping is a research project which explores new ways that we as individuals can make use of the information we can gather about our own bodies. The project envisages new tools that allows people to selectively share and interpret this information.
The current version of the Bio Mapping system allows people to measure their Galvanic Skin Response (GSR) as a simple indicator of emotional arousal in conjunction with their geographical location. By sharing this data we can construct maps that visualise where we as a community feel stressed and excited.
RFID tags are tiny radio chips that resonate with a single echo when hit with a radio trigger. Kodak’s digestible tags are harmless and intentionally fragile. The tags would be covered with soft gelatin that takes a while to dissolve in the stomach. After swallowing a tag a patient need only sit next to a radio source and receiver.
They stop working when exposed to gastric acid for a specific period of time, providing a subtle way to monitor a patient’s digestive tract.
Kodak says that similar radio tags could also be embedded in an artificial knee or hip joint in such a way that they disintegrate as the joint does, warning of the need for more surgery. Attaching tags to ordinary pills could also help nurses confirm that a patient has really taken their medicine as ordered.
The Ironic Sans blog brings you Pre-Pixelated clothing! Stop worrying about whether or not the producer of that Reality TV show you’re on will pixelate your carefully chosen t-shirt. Beat them to the punch with pre-pixelated products!
Using electrodes positioned around a person’s scalp, scientists from the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas in Greece are developping a method for electronic identification by measuring the unique pattern of electrical activity within ones brain (EEG).
newscientisttech.com | related topic: 20k human chip
Amal has two RFID implants, one in each hand. His left hand contains a 3mm by 13mm EM4102 glass RFID tag that was implanted by a cosmetic surgeon. His right hand contains a 2mm by 12mm Philips HITAG 2048 S implant with crypto-security features and 255 bytes of read/write memory storage space. It was implanted by a family doctor using an Avid injector kit like the ones used on pets. He can access his front door, car door, and log into his computer using his implants, and has written a book called RFID Toys, which details how to build these and other RFID enabled projects.
Crowd counter is a piece of software able to track moving features within a video clip. It works on the assumption that points that move together are most likely part of the same entity within the crowd. Another version of the crowd counter uses information about the direction of individuals’ movement to estimate where they are looking.
The Power Aware Cord transports electrical power while simultaneously visualizing energy usage. Electrical transfer is represented through glowing pulses, flow, and intensity of light. The creators believe that expressing the presence of energy through light can inspire people to explore and reflect upon the energy consumption of electrical devices in their home.
This weekend is the last change to visit the Entry 2006 exhibition in the coalwashe building, Zollverein. Over 300 exhibits from more than 20 countries are on display. Next nature is one of the three theme’s of the Entry Paradise exhibition. If you don’t have a chance for a visit, here are some pictures.
Anshe Chung is an avatar, or onscreen graphic character, created by a Chinese-born language teacher living near Frankfurt, Germany has proclaimed herself the first second life millionaire. She turned a $10 investment into a million dollar corporation in 30 months. Her corporation now has virtual land and currency holdings worth about $250,000. To handle rampant growth, she just opened a 10-person studio and office in Wuhan, China. Indeed, everything in Second Life is virtual except for the economy.
What for many people starts as an escapism, soon becomes real work.