Haptix is a compact 3D motion sensor that turns any flat area into a multitouch surface. It could help do away with the traditional keyboard as well as the mouse.
Life isn't quite at the point where it's completely practical to get whatever you want from a 3D printer. But if it were, I sure would be keen to give designer Sam Abbott's artsy skateboard a brief spin.
From afar, the 3D-printed, twin-lipped skateboard may appear to sport an unusual texture, but it's actually a crazy collage of wacky creatures adorning the backside. A white version of the board, printed up by 3D Print UK, celebrates Abbott's recent win in a competition hosted by the company and 3D model archive CG Trader. The impressive deck measures 30.5 inches wide, 6.8 inches deep, and about 2 inches high.… Read more
We loved the NES modded with a built-in screen, but it looks like former computer science Ph.D. and current software engineer Dave Nunez has done it one better. He's created a portable NES, which he calls the NESPo, almost entirely from the ground up.
Rather than cannibalize an existing NES ("Call it honor among the elderly," Nunez said), he started with an NES hardware clone known as a NES on a chip (NOAC) called the NES Retro Entertainment System (RES). This would form the guts of the machine.
For NESPo's screen, he used a 4.3-inch color TFT camera screen that plugged into the RES, and to power it, he picked up a 1500mAh NiMH rechargeable battery that gives the device around two hours of gameplay. For a speaker, he used a LM386-based amp module. Once that was all put together and tested, the next step was creating the case. … Read more
We've seen Elon Musk's vision for a supersonic Hyperloop shooting passengers across California in less an hour, but it's uncertain if it will ever become a reality, as Musk has said he has no plans to build the full system.
So what do you do when Tony Stark is just too darn busy to save the world (or at least revolutionize public transit)? Well, you can organize on Reddit, or you can fire up some 3D printers to create a nifty scale model.… Read more
You may be able to control objects on your future iPhone or iPad just by moving your fingers above the surface.
Published Tuesday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, an Apple patent filing called "Working with 3D objects" explains how to coax a 2D object into three dimensions by lifting your fingers and then manipulating it through gestures.
You would start off by touching the object on the screen and then using such common actions as pinching to control it in two dimensions. You would then touch the object in three places and move your fingers … Read more
Bow ties and I don't get along well. I graduated from clip-ons long ago, but my tying efforts still result in something resembling a neck-slung cabbage.
But what if bow ties had some funny function? Say, warding off boozy party people when they lean in too close to deliver a back slap?
Well, say hello from a respectful distance to the Personal Space Defender.
Instructables user Aleksei Sebastiani created this 3D-printed bow tie to preserve his personal space. As seen in the tongue-in-cheek video below, the Defender flashes warning LEDs when people stand too close for comfort. … Read more
When die-hard fans of classic role-playing game Final Fantasy VII stampeded to Shapeways -- the marketplace for user-designed 3D-printed objects -- it was because digital artist Joaquin Baldwin was offering high-quality figures of the game's most beloved characters.
But all good things must come to end because of copyright laws (as the saying goes).… Read more
3D printing! It's the future! We will all have access to a "Star Trek"-style replicator in our homes!
3D printing is doing ever more new and exciting things, opening up a whole brave new world of home manufacturing and cheap, accessible goods -- as well as some amazing things in the lab. It has potential that we've only just begun to tap into -- and it's only going to get better.
What we don't see a lot of, though, is when it fails, which at times, it manages to do spectacularly. From human error through to technical failure, there's a lot that can go wrong, especially with a new technology that we're still learning how to use. … Read more
I'm not a fan of station identification (idents) that are over the top, but here's a neat video that takes brand artistry to a new level.
Taiwan studio JL Design, with Lithuanian digital video company Korb, put together an eye-popping series of IDs for China's CCTV Documentary Channel that show people creating seemingly 3D structures as they move.