London based Gravity are developing an augmented reality sketchpad to assist in 3D design and manufacture. The company stemmed from a group project carried out by design engineering students at the Royal College of Art.
Patricio Gonzalez Vivo – Master of Fine Arts Candidate at Parsons New School, New York – devised a way of using the depth maps from Google Street View to show a City in point cloud form.
The term maker culture has been used to explain a paradigm shift in the way products are designed and manufactured. It was first used to describe product development as a hobby or past time. However, it has crossed over into the commercial sector as well.
Maker cultures are also referred to as maker movements. Change is largely based on the use of digital technologies. This includes solutions like 3D printing, which impact upon product development at a process driven level.