Yes, it’s a helicopter controlled by your brain. Something I never thought possible in my lifetime, let alone commercialized, but there you have it. The Puzzlebox Orbit is a toy chopper, the sort you fought for at Target on Black Friday. And had you avoided the hangry crowds you could have supported the Orbit on Kickstarter. Well you still can (if they don’t get sued by DARPA or Boeing).
Okay, you know the rule. You can only cut once. Not twice, not thrice. But once. And when you have powertools, your mistakes are magnified. Curse be to the Human Condition, your hands shake, you’re eyes are dim and maybe you barely have the strength to handle your powertools. It is a reality, but a reality we can augment and resolve. Enter, The Augmented Reality Router.
M.C. Escher, one of the great rappers of art and mathematics, whose work has been plastered across college dorm rooms and famous galleries alike for decades. His work has been given a new twist – literally. All those impossible shapes you saw on the cover of your grade 11 algebra textbook (just to give you an indication that everything inside was seemingly impossible) have been rendered possible by Professor Gershon Elber of the Israeli Institute of Technology.
And while Australia is going big with 3D Printing, Austria is going the opposite direction. The Vienna University of Technology has developed a method for 3D Printing on a microscopic scale using lasers. If you recall they printed a tiny F1 car, complete with details right down to the steering wheels and hubs. Now they’re working with biological materials, developing scaffolding for cells or particular molecules to colonize. Next step is making a tiny little Michael Schumacher to drive his tiny little F1 yet still win World Championships on regular-sized racetracks.
Home-cooked meals are supposed to be special. They’re also supposed to be organic, free-range, cruelty-free, gourmet meals custom-made to suit your desires – because everyone’s picky. And why not? 3D Printing both the food and the preparation tools might just make that easier. Or sillier. We think we can have both. Remember the Burritobot? Printing food isn’t really feasible at the present moment, but that hasn’t stopped Google and Paypal billionaire Peter Thiel from trying.
When you saw Star Wars or Star Trek for the first time as a kid, the space travel scenes were pretty kickass. Especially on the big screen – it seemed way cooler than the so-so acting. Well here’s you’re chance to actually travel through the Universe – the real Universe as recorded by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. Watch the filaments of stars and galaxies whiz around as you travel at a million times the galactic speed-limit. I may not have my warp capable Cadallac, but gosh darn it, I’ll take what I can get in this century. At least I’ll know what kind of ride I’d be getting.
Sean Charlesworth is a digital designer from New York, and no doubt, 20,000 leagues beyond his colleagues. His OPUS V is a 3D printed, sea-punk submersible, his final project for his Masters at NYU. Complete with LED lights, moving parts and flexible tentacles. Bar none, it is the most impressive 3D prints we’ve ever seen here on SolidSmack. Thus, I contacted Sean and asked him a few questions about the OPUS V… and when a full-scale one was coming (probably not).
Okay, I admit. It’s more like a ‘Pen-on’ experience, but you get the idea. Why point and click on a model with a mouse on an ol’ 2D screen when you can pull them right off the screen in 3D – near holographic-like, virtual 3D. The zSpace platform by Infinite Z promises to “transform today’s computing environment” with their approach to 3D displays. Put on a pair of nifty polarized glasses, grab your clicker pen and you’re ready for an interactive, in-your-face 3D experience.
Who would have imagined that sound and shape mix and mingle so effortlessly! Brazilian designers at Studio Guto Requena took the street sounds of São Paolo and used them to alter a set of classic chair designs creating these fantastic Nóize Chairs. Yes, your chair has been infused with the Portuguese chatter, Samba music and untuned motorcycles, giving your furniture a whole other level of ‘street cred’.
Yep, we’ve looked at our stats. There are, in fact, a few Solidsmack readers in the frozen wastelands of Canada. If you were in my neighbourhood, and you like making things, you might have dropped into Vancouver’s mini-Maker Faire. Mini it was not! Hundreds of makers and vendors descended upon the Pacific National Exhibition grounds to bust out their hobby and crafting skills. Families with small ones were milling around. Quadcopters flying overhead. It was amazing. I gathered a few pictures that highlight the event – enjoy!