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?
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.
Premiering next week at SXSW in Austin, Print the Legend is set to be the first non-YouTube documentary that focuses on the rise of the 3D Printing community and the stories we’ve come to read almost weekly that go with it. Featuring in-depth footage of 3D printing newsmakers ranging from Bre Pettis to Cody Wilson and Avi Reichental, the film looks to be similar to Objectified, albeit with a focus on ‘The Next Industrial Revolution’. If you’re heading down to Austin next week for the SXSW conference, there will be three screenings starting Sunday 03/09 at the Stateside Theater. Take a sneak-peek at the trailer after the jump…
In case you didn’t catch our EngineerVsDesigner episode last year that featured BotObjects founders Mike Duma and Martin Warner discussing the development of their ProDesk3D full-color 3D printer, it was one of our most popular and most-commented episodes of all time…and for good reason. At the time, affordable full-color 3D printing was a relatively new concept…and the BotObjects guys lifted the bar pretty high only to later be met with skeptics, criticism, unfulfilled orders and a mountain of bad press. Released yesterday, this video shows the ProDesk3D in action…but with other 3D printers on the market that can print multiple materials as well as multiple colors, is the ProDesk3D too little, too late?
Currently accepting entries, the first Women in Industrial Design show is the first show aimed at bringing attention to the female industrial designer. The fact that this is the first industrial design show focused on female designers is both something to celebrate as well as something that makes you think “what took so long”? Some of the most critical contributions to design have come from women starting all the way back when the Damsels of Design helped Harley Earl bring interior trim, colors and female-friendly features into post-WW2 automobile design. Today, women such as Agnete Enga of Smart Design are filling the role of design director and leading critical design decisions with their female perspectives.
If you’re a female industrial designer or know of one, the IDSA-sponsored show is offering a free Call for Entry open to all US-based female industrial design students, enthusiasts, and professionals. For the final event, 15 designers from two categories (up+coming and professionals) will present their work that is either conceptual, in production, or anything in between. Link to entry PDF after the jump.
Long, drawn into the side of a cheek that was five inches of skin atop 20 inches of muscles. How many hits does it take to break a capillary in a giant of that size? It would have taken years if we hadn’t made it to the green–a lush landscape of vegetation and underground beasts known as Magellan Spikes. They could penetrate the skin, and did, lured out only with the Orb of Time and these links.
Simon Scales – Oz based cg artist with a knack for absorbing the outer layer of your soul into his rich, detailed environments.
Prog fonts – A group of highly legible fonts that are easy on eyes of any programmer soaking in the long, dry dark of the computer screen.
Rivver – Every person and every eye is shown behind a surface in 25 portraits of 25 stories about 25 people in 3 minutes, 8 seconds.
Dylan Toh – I’m not much for landscape photography, but Dylan could change my mind, capturing the serene, surreal and the exotic.
Dexter/Justice – If you know Dexter’s Laboratory and Justice music, you know this is just about the perfect mash-up.
Zim & Zou – Paper art sculptures from vitamins and food to birds and monsters. The colors they use just make it even better.
Deharme – A great set of Photoshop brushes that will help you add that extra little effect to your otherwise unbrushed work.
Wild Enough – a description of your upcoming weekend and also the name of this S-VHS delivered music video from Neighbors.
From DIY PVC Marshmallow Shooters to LEGO Mindstorm Kits, young makers who have a passion for making things have quite the gamut of options these days. Despite the lack of wood shop and other ‘hands-on’ classes in school that their parents and grandparents might have taken back in the day, the amount of options for creating products—either as simple as a wooden car or as complex as an Arduino robot—is growing every year. This past week we stopped by the International Toy Fair in NYC (the largest toy fair ever on record as a matter of fact) to see what is trending and/or coming out on the market later this year for the next generation of industrial designers, mechanical engineers, and Makers of all kinds.
With no signs of slowing down (and currently hiring up the wazzoo), MakerBot extended their reach further into the university system last week with the opening of the very first MakerBot Innovation Center at the SUNY campus in Upstate New York. Perhaps they couldn’t have chosen a better school either: the SUNY campus in New Paltz, NY is just a quick drive up the scenic Hudson River from the industrial Brooklyn MakerBot Factory and is one of a few schools on the East Coast that offers a program specific to Digital Design and Fabrication. We stopped by the grand opening last week to check out what exactly a ‘MakerBot Innovation Center’ is and could it possibly be a prelude to the ‘school computer lab’ of the near future?
Having been President and CEO of Dassault Systèmes (parent company of SolidWorks) since September of 1995, Bernard Charlès has seen better than most how much the 3D software—and software in general—landscape has changed in the last twenty years. From the transition of industrial designers increasingly adopting CAD engineering tools into their workflows to the concept of Cloud computing and mobile devices, the world of 3D software is always re-shaping itself to meet the social and performance needs of today’s demanding product designer. We had the chance to sit down with Bernard at last week’s SolidWorks World to hear more about his thoughts on the move into Mechanical Conceptual as well as how a childhood in the French countryside helped shape the ‘always-inspired’ Bernard that we all know of today.
Having been founded by aerospace engineer Greg Mark, MarkForged (or MarkForg3d) is already making waves since their debut at last week’s SolidWorks World in San Diego. Their flagship product—the Mark One 3D Printer—was on display in the Partner Pavilion and was perhaps the only product demonstration booth that had a crowd gathered day-in and day-out throughout the entire week. It’s hard to argue why: Mark and company have taken the otherwise laborious and tedious process of fabricating with carbon fiber and streamlined it into a rapid prototyping package. Somewhere in the haze of a post-lunch coffee and cookie break, Mark and Gian Paolo Bassi of SolidWorks gave us a little rundown on what the Mark One 3D printer is all about.