Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Parrot Beebop Drone

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Apple Watch

My first impression yesterday was not an instantaneous amazement, day later
I think it's growing on me. More here.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Synthetic "leaf" that produces oxygen

Julian Melchiorri, a graduate of the Royal College of Art, claims to have developed a silk leaf that could create oxygen.
Here we go, beyond obvious physical form into the inner workings/biologically inspired "objects". Glimpse of the future of design?
Article here.

Connect ANYTHING to the internet...DIY IOT

Cloud starter bundle by
Little Bits Electronics
...gotta get one (two/several!)!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Thursday, July 24, 2014

NASA has released FREE 3d printable files of satellites, asteroids and other space goodness!!

NASA has released 3d printable files (though unsure of printability, they are only scaled) of various moon surfaces, asteroids, satellites and radars...check it out! Pretty amazing! Here.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Shape Shifting Design...evolution of design

Want to know the future?
Watch the movies it seems is the answer.
Shape shifting design, from 3d printing to 4d printing to self assemblies and shape shifting objects...Exciting!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Why companies need to embrace design (i thought we were beyond that point...good to read nonetheless)

by Ian Callum, Design Director at Jaguar
"For any car company, if it doesn’t have design, or it doesn’t look right, or doesn’t feel right, it won’t sell – it’s that simple."

Sunday, May 25, 2014

pulling CO2 out of the air

addressing CO2 head on, at the point where we can no longer prevent it from getting in the air, a brute force tactic to pull it out of the air directly by Carbon Engineering, a firm in Canada.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Micro Robots by SRI International...Amazing

fast, accurate and can build things. at scale, their speed is just under Mach 1 for a human...whoa...

Friday, April 18, 2014

Introducing: Keon V1, a ring for your key(s)

My latest patent pending design!

You know when you ____________ and just have to carry a 1 key (or 2)?
That's what Keon V1 is for!
available at ObjectTheory.net, my store at Shapeways.
Great for running, hiking, surfing, skate boarding...etc.

Check it out!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

NASA z-1 and z-2 suits...seriously? my gut reaction...

Considering the technology that these contain, and the "the chance to make a suit with a look unlike any suit ever built before." They blew it. First off, the congratulations though. To get this to a reality is no small feat, I can't imagine the technical difficulties and resolutions that had to occur in order for the engineers and designers to get this to come to fruition. With that though, there was also a serious opportunity to blow people away, to amaze them visually, to MATCH the technical ingenuity that they had accomplished. Instead, this looks like a poor rendition of what a beginning student thinks a space suit should look like. Look at the z-1. Where did you get your inspiration from? The color palette? Buzz Lightyear?!! Also look at z-2, and the options you can 'vote' for. Like the suit itself, it looks lazy. It looks like they asked a layman to come up with 3 graphics for a space suit. Oh, and the layman they ask has no graphic or design sense or education. Sorry to be so harsh NASA, but damnit, you had an AMAZING opportunity here. Instead you are showing us this less than average design, and telling us how amazing it is. Sure, technically yes, but goodness, our eyes and hearts don't lie. Next time, or maybe soon, get a concept designer or kick ass industrial designer involved, someone like Scott Robertson.

This is further reason why STEM needs to become STEAM. When you take art/visual out of the tech, you take out the way people interact with the technology. As amazing as any developed technology is, if it poorly interacts with people it will run into difficulty. This is why windows copied mac, CGI and robots that try to be too human freak us out, old space suits rocked and these new suits sputter(they are less than appealing, no matter how much you market and tout them).

Take a page from the COSMOS playbook, in addition to the amazing tech/content/subject matter, you HAVE TO present it in a visually stunning way.Z-1, inspired by buzz lightyear?

Z-2, something at the Ymca?

Thursday, March 13, 2014

A step towards ‘programmable materials’ "Could change the world of mechanics forever"

via kurzweilai.net
towards materials that can change shape. amazing.

In this instance it's used to change the aluminum bar's thickness, this would affect it's vibration dampening abilities. Small step, huge implications.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Lockheed Martin, Speaking of the future, Advanced Aeronautics...new directions, and the value of research

...the true value of research is not in the answer you get that you know you were looking for, but in the answer you find that you didn't know to look for."
Research, inherently a journey, a blind journey as it seems, where you're led by bread crumbs of tantalizing possibilities.
Research, looking for and finding things you didn't know to look for when you began the journey.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Stronger than steel, lighter than water...3d printed microtrusses

Jens Bauer and his team at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany have created a 3d printed material that is stronger than steel and lighter than water. More here.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Internet of Things

It was a big theme at 2012 CES and no different in this year's, 2013 CES as well. John Chambers, CEO of Cisco, gave it the name of the Internet of Everthing...not just things. So, the future, direction, the wind, it's definitely clear. How it will play out? Who knows. The point? What's exciting? To me, it means things will become alive. Objects won't just sit there, they will be reporters unto the world, in ways that we can't/don't quite understand as of yet. But, there are some very interesting indications/developments/products that are NOW showing us what the potential will be. And who else than Kickstarter to help show us. Here's one that was released back in 2012, (still amazing to me) Twine.

and here's a site, appropriately enough, called IOT world (internet of things world).