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‘Better’: Apple’s Short Film Illustrates a Cradle to Cradle Product Lifecycle in Honor of Earth Day

22 Apr, 2014 by in CULTURE, NEWS
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Having been criticized about their contribution to e-waste in the past, Apple has been working tirelessly to reverse their image and set themselves more in line with what is the environmental equivalent of their design ethos. Released by Apple in honor of Earth Day today, ‘Better’ aims to show Apple’s commitment to putting the Cradle to Cradle sustainability model in action.

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Cool Tools of Doom n’ Stuff: Episode 45

18 Apr, 2014 by in COOL TOOLS, NEWS
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Brought to you this week by a four-headed turtle dove devouring a spaghetti squirrel in a rum-soaked muffin tree, 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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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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What’s Up With BotObjects These Days? We Interviewed Martin Warner and Mike Duma to Catch Up

07 Apr, 2014 by in FAB, NEWS
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Since they came on the scene around a year ago, botObjects and their ProDesk3D 3D printer have been criticized, ridiculed and threatened due to controversial product renderings, failed shipments, and lackluster customer service. There was even a Twitter account created for those who pre-ordered a ProDesk3D to vent their frustrations. Well, in an effort to make good with the design and making community, founders Martin Warren and Mike Duma are back on the scene with the ProDesk3D and it’s ready to ship. They even came out to show off the printer at last week’s Inside 3D Printing event in New York City. We had a quick talk with them to see where they’re at with the printer, how they’ve been dealing with the frustrations and negative feedback, as well as what we can expect from the company in the next year.

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The Micro: A Consumer-Friendly $300 3D Printer That Gets the Job Done

07 Apr, 2014 by in FAB, NEWS
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While the MakerBot Replicator 2 has been the go-to for consumers, the $2199 (note: the price recently dropped to $1999) price tag has still been a bit of a hurdle for consumers not quite sure about the application of 3D printing in their day-to-day lives. The Micro 3D Printer just might be the first consumer-friendly 3D printer that will push those sitting on the fence over with their incredible $300 price tag…arguably a tempting price for swaying new customers that are used to similar prices for their inkjet printers. Today, Micro-creators M3D launched the Micro 3D Printer on Kickstarter and within minutes reached their $50,000 crowdfunding goal.

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Honda’s Clever April Fools’ Day Prank Pokes Fun at ‘Makers’ With a DIY Car Building Kit

02 Apr, 2014 by in CULTURE, NEWS
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We’ve seen our fair share of April Fools’ Day product design spoofs over the past few years that have actually been somewhat believable…if it wasn’t for the fact that the press release came out on April 1st. Yesterday was no exception and between products like the Sphero SelfieBot and the falconry-inspired ‘Twitter Helmet‘, those in the tech community were in for quite the laugh. Perhaps one of the more elaborate spoofs though came from Honda in which they poked fun at the Brooklyn/Portland Maker scene with a well-executed Portlandia-like video featuring beta-testers of their new ‘Fit Kit’ DIY car building kit.

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Gravity 3D Sketching: New Sketchpad Brings 3D to 2D Using Augmented Reality

25 Mar, 2014 by in DESIGN, NEWS
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Between the new Mod Notebooks that include return postage for digitizing your analog sketches as well as other sketch tools such as the new(ish) Wacom Cintiq Companion, designers and engineers looking to get their ideas on ‘paper’ have never had as many options for getting their ideas out there as they do today. Perhaps one of the bigger jumps out of the traditional analog sketchbook however is the new Gravity 3D Sketching pad that uses augmented reality to bring your ‘napkin sketches’ to life.

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SolidSmack Radio | So Fresh, So Clean

25 Mar, 2014 by in NEWS, 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’ll start our smooth vibrations with a classic from Glasser and work our way through some Blood Orange, Darkside, Chromatics, Dean & Britta and others before wrapping up with Antibalas.

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Here is Apple’s New CarPlay in Action

04 Mar, 2014 by in DESIGN, NEWS
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The 2014 Geneva Autoshow is in full swing this week and one of the most hyped announcements is that of Apple integrating their user experience into a variety of cars starting later this year called CarPlay. So far we’ve only seen the UE in pictures, but as part of the announcement for their new XC90 SUV, Volvo released this teaser video that shows a (as expected) ‘Her‘-like experience on your dashboard that uses your iPhone to power the system. Could this be the beginning of the end for third-party GPS units and stereo decks?

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Kickstarter Celebrating Over $1 Billion from 5.7 Million Pledges Today

03 Mar, 2014 by in NEWS
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It seems like people in the product design community didn’t really take notice of Kickstarter until Scott Wilson and his group of talented designers at MNML raised nearly $1 million for their TikTok+LunaTik Multi-Touch Watch Kits. The kits—which were essentially a bezel and wristband to convert an iPod Nano into a digital wristwatch—ushered in a new era where anybody with a good idea and the means to produce a prototype could ‘make it real’.

In less than five years, Kickstarter has seen over 5.7 million individual pledges to fund projects like Scott Wilson’s…and today that landmark numerical figure known more for Big Macs than crowdfunding is hanging proudly on Kickstarter’s homepage. In celebration, the world’s most popular crowdfunding platform has also released a special section of their site with some insightful data about the service ranging from who is most influential (hint: Coraline) to which countries are seeing the most pledges. Head on over to Kickstarter to check it out.