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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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Maker Galaxy E14: Ti Chang of Women in ID

10 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 DIY means creating smartphone apps and connected devices, a world where building robots can be as easy as copying and pasting, 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 Ms. Ti Chang, founder of the upcoming Women in Industrial Design Show 2014 coming up this June in San Francisco. The show aims to highlight some of the best designs that female industrial designers are doing today ranging from seasoned professionals to talented up and comers. We’ll talk with Ti about everything from how she went from designing consumer goods to creating her own company, how females might approach the design process differently than men, as well as everything you need to know about the upcoming Women in ID show.

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MetaWear: Prototype Your Own Wearable Smart Hardware in 30 Minutes or Less

10 Apr, 2014 by in FAB
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By now a lot of people have had ‘great ideas’ for connected devices that up until now would have required weeks of research and development and a healthy dose of perseverance. While one could certainly test their ideas on a Raspberry Pi or other development board, the overall physical size prohibited creating anything wearable. New company MetaWear aims to change all of that and rapidly speed up development time with their newly-released ARM+Bluetooth LE platform that is barely the size of a quarter. Currently on Kickstarter for $30, it just might be the perfect weekend project kit to pair with your 3D printer.

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How It’s Made: 360 Degree Video Using 6 GoPro Cameras and a 3D Printer

09 Apr, 2014 by in FAB
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Ever since the original GoPro hit the extreme sports world in 2007 (2004 if you include 35mm), the footage of adrenaline junkies going faster, higher and getting more creative has been a whirlwind of fun for those of us who might not have the cajones to surf 50 foot waves or do triple backflips on a mountain bike over a canyon. Thanks to advancements in video quality in the past few years, the amount of creative uses for the compact GoPro has been seemingly endless and the latest viral GoPro-filmed hit takes us on a ride around the popular spherical panoramas (aka ‘Tiny Planets’)…all thanks to a little help from a 3D printer.

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3Gear Trips The Money Mine, Bags 1.9M, Blows Gesture Recognition Sky High.

09 Apr, 2014 by in TECH
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In the office these days, there’s a lack of drama. Drama that could be taken to awesome new levels with the right amount of hand gestures, teeth gritting and intense looks of determination behind the glow of a 30″ HD monitor. 3Gear Systems is bringing all that in multiple ways today, introducing impressive new gesture recognition (smack), previewing an entirely new depth-sensing device (SMACK) and announcing $1.9 Million in seed funding (SMAA-HAACK!!). With it, they plan to deliver a gesture recognition system that “actually works” and can be used in a broader array of applications than anyone has ever thought possible. Here’s just how they’re changing the gesture control landscape.
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Behind the Design: Building a Live-Ammo-Firing Han Solo Star Wars Blaster

08 Apr, 2014 by in DESIGN, FAB
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I’m sure you’ve sat at a business lunch–one that isn’t going so well–with the scene quickly reimagined as you screaming, “Tell Jabba…” and firing a blaster beneath the table to take our your would be assailant. (Yes, Han shot FIRST.) In December, Han Solo’s blaster from Star Wars was auctioned off to an anonymous buyer. The iconic prop fetched $200,000; was slightly worn, slightly dusty and yes, not in the slightest way functional. Some thought this ridiculous, yet it is a movie prop permanently etched in movie history and our minds. The shape sets it apart and for the collectors or sportsmen sci-fi-sters in the audience, a full-blown, laser-firing BlasTech DL-44 HEAVY BLASTER PISTOL would be the ultimate prize. For Bob Boyd, the same holds true and even though we’re not quite there with lasers, his article details the adventure of everything that goes into recreating a live-ammo-firing Han Solo Blaster.
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SolidSmack Radio | Having Pie with David Lynch

08 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’re sitting down and having cherry pie with David Lynch (okay maybe not literally, but we can pretend) with some Twin Peaks-inspired music. We’ll start with ‘Bridge’ from Amon Tobin and work our way through some Bobby Vinton, Chris Isaak, Dirty Beaches and others before wrapping up with ‘Summer Wine’ from Nancy Sinatra.

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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.