from MIT’s Technology Review:
The prototype for Manual Deskterity is a drafting application built for the Microsoft Surface, a tabletop touchscreen.
The interface’s most interesting features come out when the two types of interaction are combined. For example, a user can copy an object by holding it with one hand and then dragging the pen across the image, “peeling” off a new image that can be placed elsewhere on the screen. By combining pen and hand, users get access to features such as an exacto knife, a rubber stamp, and brush painting.
“A human’s ability to think about the future is still in beta.” ~ Jason Tester, IFTF
by David Sherwin, Design Mind (via The Institute For the Future)
Imagining a sustainable future is like observing a series of waves crashing upon a shore, imperceptibly eroding the sand away.
It isn’t clear whether we’re at high or low tide, so we can’t be sure how far to stand from the water. We try to judge, in the far distance, if there are large waves that may get our feet wet, or even worse, pull us out in the undertow. There are a fearless few out surfing the breakers, but most people are content to rest on their towels, sun themselves, and read a book or two. There is no clear understanding of how our actions on the shore will change the quality of the water, or what lives beneath the surface. Our influence on the known world is intangible. [Read on]
from Singularity Hub:
Evgeny Orkin’s thesis project, called RollTop, is a concept video of a laptop that rolls into a tube to take with you on the go.
from Trendhunter (via Emergent Futures)
The Black Hole mobile concept design was made for Apple and predicted for 2020:
The holographic phone has a central mouse ball that levitates and allows the user to control all the phone functions and applications in mid-air.
By just opening the palm of your hand, the central ball rises into the air and opens up the phone’s applications.
The conquest of outer space was on the mind of men decades ago, with some surprising similarities to today’s space platforms these visionaries seemed to predict the future. A future that they could not an have possibly understood or fathomed. Ultimately, we will need a new fleet of space shuttles to get there.
Printers equipped for 3-D are poised to go mainstream, now that Hewlett-Packard plans to start selling them. The company’s inkjet and laser printers are staples in offices and homes.
The devices, which can crank out three-dimensional plastic models through a process similar to printing text on sheets of paper, have until recently been available only to high-end industrial designers. HP’s devices will be targeted at a broader market of mechanical-design professionals, and will probably cost less than $15,000.
“This is the boldest step we have seen so far in 3-D printing,” says Scott Summit, chief technology officer for Bespoke Innovations, a company that creates 3-D artifacts for medical use. “A lot of people want to do 3-D printing but it is a mysterious world. With HP embracing it, it is likely to demystify the idea to many consumers.”
Also see: 3-D Printers Make Manufacturing Accessible
3-D printers can take blobs of plastic and shape them into almost any object you desire. Now, thanks to open source hardware designs and enthusiastic do-it-yourselfers, these printers are increasingly popular and accessible. People are using them to fabricate iPod docks, plastic bracelets, hair clips and miniature teapots at home.
from National Geographic:
Etymology: from bi (as in “life”) + onics (as in “electronics”);
the study of mechanical systems that function like living organisms
or parts of living organisms