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Ok, enough of the silly posts. Time for something seriously cool and real. If you use Gmail, it’s an absolute pain to have it synced with Outlook. On top of that, if you use Plaxo and have all your other email accounts synced with Outlook, your Gmail account is an abyss of random email addresses…

There’s an interesting segment in technology that really has the largest direct effect on how we work and how teenagers spend 20+hours of their week. The Screen. That amazing peripheral you’re gazing into right now to which we’ve come to view the entire world through… until it goes black or your laptop is yanked off…

A very new and very large report on 3D Technology came out this month that “takes a realistic view of 3D display technology and its future in the professional and consumer electronics sectors.” Being familiar with developing a product in 3D, you may like to know 3D display technology is spreading and could affect how…

So, I was in the sphere yesterday, right, and the boss says, “You’re 3d models are all mis-shappened, are you using this thing right?” He just doesn’t understand the stress of having to be in this thing for hours. Ya gotta just love those virtual reality developers. They’re always thinking of the next way to…

So these OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) are the posh new way of illuminating those dark research laboratories. Flexible OLED’s aren’t new, but GE’s is the latest with this fancy printable OLED sheet. These OLED’s are so thin they could be used in just about any capacity that requires some sort of lighting… and more.…

Well, the top secret Microsoft technology that was speculated a couple weeks ago, is indeed the Microsoft Research Worldwide Telescope project of Roy Gould and Curtis Wong. This will be a free download early this Spring at WorldwideTelescope.org. I have to admit it pretty inspiring and it will be incredible to open of the sky…

There’s this stylish new keyboard that’s been floating around the sphere of tech-hungry computer users. One with programmable keys. Oh, and each key is a separate full-color OLED display. If you frequent tech blogs, you’ve probably seen this or a video. It’s certainly cool, but also makes one think of how antiquated a keyboard seems…

Wait till you wrap your head around this… or rather warp this around your head. Emotiv Systems is preparing to launch the Emotiv Epoc. A wireless device that senses brain activity and allows you to interact with an interface. “The $299 headset has a gyroscope to detect movement and has wireless capabilities to communicate with…

For those who use the Firefox Web Browser (and you should of you don’t) or are interested in trying new stuff you may be interested to know that Firefox 3 is in Beta now. You can download the Beta Version here or the portable version here that won’t interfere with your existing version. It definitely…

I love new developments in interface design and the whole questioning why we do things the way we do. I cover some of it in the Tech to Watch category and have focused a lot on monitor technology. However, one aspect of interface design is the mouse. You have the SpacePilot to reduce mouse clicks…

I know, my hand is beautiful in a pasty sort of way, but that isn’t important. That orangish thumb drive between my digits has SolidWorks 2008 running off it. It uses Thinstall application visualization to lock and load the software. By packaging with Thinstall, the application has all files, libraries, components, and data that it…

Well, the fury of CES 2008 has ended and nothing is left of Las Vegas except what’s usually there and looking forward to better stuff next year. It’s was the typical flash and dazzle, new HDTVs and digital photo frames, but, there’s a handful of CAD related goodies you’re gonna want to see. Alienware Curved…

The Australian have some crazy idea that you can get 3D data from drawing lines on top of video. They’re actually doing it too. The Australian Centre for Visual Technologies is gettin’ all fancy with innovative technology and have creatively named it VideoTrace. VideoTrace is a system for interactively generating realistic 3D models of objects…

Yep, SolidSmack is not “live at CES” like all these other blogs. I’m just sitting back and letting all those guys do the legwork, shoving each other to get to the laser pointers and paying $5 for an ounce of water. I’ll have my chance at SolidWorks World. The 2008 International CES features all the…

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is going on next week week and one of the coolest things that will be debut has gotta be this LG-Philips 14.3″ bendy screen you can… bend. This is a little bit bigger and a little bit cooler than Sony’s smaller razor-thin screen. Source Engadget

Boy, I tell ya. The big gaming systems like the Xbox 360 amd Nintendo Wii come out and the kids go crazy with tearing things apart and making mods. A nice young man named Johnny Chung Lee has done just that with his Wii-mote and is moments away from manipulating 3D space with his fingertips.…

Ever wonder where software developers (eh-hmm) and the technology elite get their ideas for interface design? It may very well be the last episode of Battlestar Galatica or James Bond. It’s no secret sci-fi has been an inspirational motif of futuristic possibilities, but the guy behind a lot of it may be the one to…

What is it with cool hologram stuff coming out? I absolutely love this stuff and Vizoo Media is bringing holograms and visualization to a new level “with revolving video images, that can be seen 360° in all ambient light conditions.” The product is called the Cheoptic360 and you can’t even describe how amazing this looks…

You know that open-source software like Apache or OpenOffice that actually makes it possible for you to do things on your own? Some bright guys applied that to hardware and have developed BUG, an open source, web-enabled, modular software + hardware platform. Sound cool? Here’s what they have to say. Bug Labs is a new…

The title of the post is actually a post I’ve been working on, thinking about and contemplating since the iPhone came out… then, BLAM! all of a sudden SolidWorks Labs goes and announces Drawings Now available on the iPhone. Thanks guys. you’ve ruined hours of coming up with the future of CAD and thinking of…

The innovation in prosthetics going on right now is phenomenal. With the Festo AG life-like arm an actual functional appendage for those without seems to be getting closer and closer. Dean Kamen and DARPA have revealed a little more in this peek inside the test lab at DARPA with Scott Kirsner of the Boston Globe.…

Things are about to get amazing in this box. That crumby video you currently see streaming online at sites like Youtube will soon be capable of using high definition technology. Social video site Vimeo has introduce High Definition to its onsite video capabilities and Adobe is about to release Flash 9, already in beta, that…

I would absolutely love not having a mess of wires wrapped around my computer desk. All-in-one computers come in different shapes and sizes. This one from Lumenlab comes in a 42″ streamline aluminum case with a 1080p screen on the front. Other feature include fanless 0db operation, 1TB of HDD storage, 2GB of ultra-fast ram…

While many of use would be happy with a No. 2 pencil and a blank sheet of paper, it just wasn’t good enough for Richard Ziade who decided to make it possible, and might I add easy, to do it online. Sketchcast.com eliminates that old pencil case and allows you to create and share sketches…

There’s nothing quite as cool sounding as Robotic or Bionic, unless you add Ninja on to the end. This Bionic arm developed by Festo AG brings us one step closer to something just like that. Airic Smash Rock Airics_arm is a bionic arm project initiated by Festo AG out of Germany. Their primary CAD package…

Philips has taken the idea of 3D displays, shaken it vigorously, added some marketing genius and have turned out a display that requires no glasses to see 3D content. Philips has been developing these for a while with the 42″ version being introduced in March 2006. Find out more here. Now they’ve taken one of…

A group from USC have created an Interactive 360º Light Field Display. I didn’t understand what was interactive about it until I saw the video. (below) These types of displays are called horizontal-parallax multiview 3D displays and this one is actually kinda scary. It’s basically a light field projected onto a mirror rotating 20 times…

At Siggraph this year, ATI announced its line of super-powered, new generation, 3D whooping, FireGL™ graphics cards. With features that lends itself to perform better with 3D applications, you would think it’s what everyone with slow graphics performance would want. So what kind of KILLER video card is this going to be? Here’s what Efrat…

It’s one thing to take 3D models and make 2D drawings of them. Sure it’s a lot of work and has it’s place, but what if you could take a bunch of 2D photos and turn them into 3D representations. Several companies are doing just that. Fotowhoosh constructs a 3D representation from a single photo.…

Since their launch in March of 2007, SpaceClaim, out of Concord, Mass. has been making some waves with their new solid modeler. I’m even starting to hear more talk about it amongst the casual uninterested CAD users. Their assertions to a “highly flexible design environment” make some wonder if this is a fresh approach to…

Wouldn’t you just love to put a giant metal contraption on your hand and touch the stuff in your computer screen. Get ready to feel the warm buzz of the pixels against your skin with this very large 3D glove. Fellow blogger Ben Eadie of SolidMentor.com sent me a link to this story. The software…

Interface design is getting a lot more interesting lately. It probably has a lot to do that fancy Microsoft Vista coming out and the multi-touch interface craziness going around. Spacetime has jumped in headfirst with a new search/browse interface. What does it do? 3D Search and browsing with plans to implement email, music and RSS.…

In the vein of new interface technology coming out, Sony is debuting a razor-thin display that can bend. People are already imagining the possibilities. One way I see this being used is to provide a more environmental interface with a larger resolution to work in, and I literally mean work IN. Imagine being surround by…

How many of you have a binder of design ideas lying around? Yeah, me too, and have always been discouraged when I try to get a prototype made or quoted. NOVEdge has put out another interesting interview with the CEO of Ponoko whose new approach to turning out product just may change how and who…

I first saw Jeff Han’s mutitouch screen on the TED website. Since then I’ve been keeping an eye out for what that guy is doing. I came across another video of him demo’ing the touchscreen. It looks like they’ve added some functionality since the previous demo. Imagining this in the context of 3D CAD usibility…

With an addiction to trying new stuff when it comes out, its been difficult finding what I actually need to get SolidWorks to work the best on Vista. So, when the Windows Vista native version of SolidWorks was made available as a pre-release download from the SolidWorks web site May 4th and thought I’d try…