Affordable 3D

The development of Prime Sense triangulation sensors, along with their distribution via Xbox Kinect, gave consumers an understanding of motion capture and 3D imaging virtually overnight. Since the release of Kinect in 2010, a market has grown around affordable range sensors. For example, MakerBot announced a partnership with SoftKinetic for their next object scanner at the International CES 2014.

Applications like gesture based control for Smart TVs and 3D scanning via mobile devices even drew the attention of companies like Apple and Google. This was firmly cemented when Apple acquired Prime Sense on November 23rd, 2013.

Wearable Solutions

Glasses like MoveEYE or SpaceGlasses from Meta approach the human to 3D condition from a different angle. Instead of tracking movement by treating a person like an object in a scene, each company is using wearable technology that documents an environment by projecting out from the body. The glasses are also equipped with motion sensors in order to use head movement as another form of control.

    The Joe 90 Effect

    The Internet of Things “IoT” is the latest in an infinite number of guru-like ideas to get repackaged. Relabeled the Internet of Everything “IoE” for business-to-business “B2B” and business-to-consumer “B2C” purposes in the US, it explains how a price drop in sensor technologies has led to connected devices that talk to one another. The example often used is the fridge that accesses a bank account and orders your groceries when supplies are running low. For IoT and IoE explained in more detail, read The Internet of Something?



    The Joe 90 Effect can be applied to repackaged ideas or products that require a suspension of disbelief in order to believe they are really happening. Just stay calm and think of Gerry Anderson every time you sit through a presentation containing half an idea (a full idea if it is a racier day). Most importantly, always remember the technology driven world portrayed in Joe 90 was meant to contain dramatic devices like the suspension of disbelief . 







      Rustic CAD

      Developments in computer aided design “CAD” and computer aided manufacture “CAM”  are still driven at a technical level by infrastructure and asset management based applications. Projects like The Bay Lights in San Francisco also demonstrate how the emergence of a maker culture – users working with CAD and CAM outside of the traditional factory setup – is transforming once specialist solutions and expanding horizons in terms of application.  It is easy to disregard the impact such developments have on populations outside of built up urban areas until you cross paths with a CAD designed trophy deer in its natural and rural habitat.  

      Back Alley Metals, Montana

      Back Alley Metals, Montana



      The Bay Lights

      As a designer, Gian Pablo Villamil replicated a 4 inch piece of suspension cable from the Bay Bridge using 123D Catch derived meshes and 3D printing. The plastic facsimile produced using a MakerBot 3D Printer informed the design of a clip that made the project possible – preventing wear on the wires that supplied power to 25,000 LED lights.




      A total of 50,000 clips were produced in order to make the project work. Each was used to keep wires in place across 1.8 miles of bridge at every 12 inches of cable. Using real world data provided a simple solution to an otherwise complex problem.

        The Internet of Something?

        The Internet of Everything from Cisco is the latest repackaging of the Internet of Things, with “Every” added to “Thing” based on the US economy and infrastructure. First used by Kevin Ashton, the Internet of Things stemmed from Bruno Latour’s idea of a Parliament of Things in We Have Never Been Modern. In an Internet of Things, humans and objects are independent agents in the distribution and communication of knowledge. In other words, people interpret, synthesize and communicate their perceptions of the world through technologies like smartphone, tablets or a connected community of sensors in this instance.


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