Maker Galaxy E15: Brooks Myers of Knockout Concepts

17 Apr, 2014 by in MAKER GALAXY
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We’re always talking about the future of design, the future of technology, the future of MAKING. In a world where LEGOs have become a prototyping tool for building robots in your living room, a world where you can carry a 3D printing pen in your pocket, how do we find the next big thing? MakerGalaxy is a show that explores the crossroads of Design, Technology, and the Future of Making.

This week we talked with Mr. Brooks Myers, CEO and Founder of the mobile 3D scanning company Knockout Concepts. After a short career in the Time-Based Media field in Los Angeles Brooks returned to his industrial design roots to create a mobile 3D scanner that allows everybody from casual users to professional designers to capture the world around them. We’ll talk with Brooks about everything from how working in a different industry helped him rediscover his roots as a designer, how he even even began the process of creating a 3D scanner, to why he thinks we’re on the cusp of a 3D scanning boom.

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LIX: A 3D Printing Pen That Actually Fits in Your Pocket

17 Apr, 2014 by in NEWS
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When the 3Doodler launched on Kickstarter a little over a year ago, it was met with enthusiasm to the tune of a little over $2.34 million USD. While it certainly broke the mold of what a 3D printer ‘could’ be, it was also met with certain limitations ranging from size to filament options…but that didn’t seem to slow down sales. With a height of 6.45 inches and a diameter of just over a half inch, the LIX 3D Printing Pen is everything that makes the 3Doodler great…in a minimalist’s sleek aluminum package.

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Gi looks to bring about the compact smart-bicycle with Jetsons-like style

16 Apr, 2014 by in DESIGN
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Most everyone has watched The Jetsons at one point or another. One of the most iconic moments of the show was the opening where George’s space vehicle folds into a briefcase when he gets to work (those 9-hour work weeks were murder). While we don’t yet have flying cars that can fold into luggage, we will have a smartbike that can fold down to a compact 3ft X 2ft size for easy portability. Tech startup Gi has designed an electric-assisted inner-city bicycle that sports some innovative features such as its ability to be folded and unfolded in a mere 3-seconds for compact storage.

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Local Motors Launches the 3D Printed Car Design Challenge

15 Apr, 2014 by in CONTESTS, FAB
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Been tinkering with some science fiction-inspired car designs in your spare time? Local Motors has just announced their 3D Printed Car Design Challenge with $10,000 in prize money if you think you might have the next great 3D printed car idea. Also known as the Direct Digital Manufactured Vehicle (DDMV), the challenge aims to eliminate the expensive tooling process in bringing a car from a napkin sketch to the road. If you’ve been waiting to let your inner-Daniel Simon out, this just might be the perfect opportunity to put those crazy ideas out there.

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LEGO Robot Does Your Bidding Via Leap Motion Control Device

15 Apr, 2014 by in TECH
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Can you make a robot do your bidding by the mere movement of your hands? The answer is yes. Can you make a robot use a motion controller to control itself? While your brain capillaries burst considering that, check out the nifty integration between the Leap Motion Controller and LEGO Mindstorm EV3 posted by the team at Leap Motion. German Vargas from the Math Department of the College of Coastal Georgia programmed it, linked it and strapped a laptop to his belly while walking around campus, shocking people as he controlled the bot by waving his hand about.
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Watch the Making of the Iconic Eames Shell Chair With This Series of Mesmerizing Gifs

15 Apr, 2014 by in FAB
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Released in 1950–and still just as relevant today as it was nearly 65 years ago–the classic Eames Shell chair was the world’s first mass-produced plastic chair. While the original design has gone through countless iterations (an example of Charles and Ray’s ode to constantly refining details), the general gist of the original design still stands with us today. Herman Miller ceased production of the fiberglass-reinforced models in the 1990′s due to sustainability reasons, however the company went back in time recently for an Instagram campaign to show us just how Charles and Ray managed to produce ‘the world’s first mass-produced plastic chair’.

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SolidSmack Radio | How Music Works (David Byrne)

15 Apr, 2014 by in RADIO
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This week’s Spotify-powered SolidSmack Radio Playlist brings an entirely new face-smack of great music to help propel you through those laborious, tedious design tasks for the next few days. This week we’ve put together some music discussed by former Talking Heads frontman and overall smart-guy David Byrne in his book How Music Works–certainly a book worth checking out if you care about music. We’ll start with ‘Wenlega – a Mossi Dance’ and work our way through a wide variety of iconic music ranging from The Sugarhill Gang and U2 to Nancy Sinatra and of course…Talking Heads.

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The Das Keyboard 4 Professional- Elegant, with enough sound to aggravate anyone nearby

14 Apr, 2014 by in DESIGN
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When it comes to mechanical keyboards, users fall into one of two categories- they either love them or hate them, there is no middle ground. Some find the auditory ‘click’ of the keystrokes soothing, while others would rather undergo a root canal than listen to the incessant clacking of the keys. For those that fall in the former group, Metadot has joined forces with design firm d:e to bring the next iteration of their popular keyboard line, the Das Keyboard 4 Professional.

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Friday Smackdown: Funk Chunkin’

11 Apr, 2014 by in SMACKDOWN
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A long smile and cantankerous sneer sent the chill of an afternoon storm through the room. Hardly standing but tiptoeing deftly across each board, between snores it seemed, avoiding the cracks as not to trigger these links.

Rebecca Monk – Elegant illustration with some that reveal much more with simple motion of an object, a screen, time with crisp colors and beautiful approach to light and shadow.
New York Numbers – Oh, the array of typography used for the numbers that adorn the buildings, byways and streets of New York City. Lovely photos of many and many more to come.
Adventure awaits – Leave it to a butter maker to create the best 2001: A Space Odyssey parody using vegetables, cookware, a microwave and a gas cooktop.
Dues Ex – Inside Dues Ex Machina in Milano, Italy that has it all–motorcycles, bicycles, clothing and keychains. Stop by, say hi, grab some gear.
Fire + cornstarch – Crazy Russian Hacker shows you how to breath fire, using corn starch and a open flame. You should probably do this outside.
Darcy – Here’s your cute dose for the rest of the week. Darcy is a wee pet Hedgehog which totally makes me want to get a wee pet Hedgehog.
Stunts – New music video from Ravenyards featuring lots of colorful light patterns mapped across the faces of the band members as they sing to a funky electro-pop rhythm.

Cool Tools of Doom n’ Stuff: Episode 44

11 Apr, 2014 by in COOL TOOLS
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Brought to you this week by two cyclops mamas fighting over an ancient bowl of frost dragon soup, be sure to check out the all new episode of Cool Tools of Doom n’ Stuff! By the way, we love our SolidSmack readers! Have something cool you’ve come across and want to share it on SolidSmack? Don’t hide it in your neck skin! Send it on in to smoth@solidsmack.com. Kick it!

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