At 40 seconds into this ad, you can see a glimpse of the future according to ‘Under Armor’ – a women in a (terrifyingly thin) body suit interacts with some wrist mounted UI, selects a color for the bottom half of her suit, and then the top, and then off she runs. It’s cool, and I’ve been thinking about it a lot.
I had wanted to create something like this – a mobile, wheeled, 3d printing street-vendor cart! Called Kiosk 2.0 and created by ‘Unfold Design Studio’ based out of Belgium, the Kiosk combines printer and scanner (and I’d not thought of a scanner when I was making plans) and little bags of pre-printed objects hanging from the shelter over the top. tl;dr – The ultimate kiosk will include printer, scanner AND recycler – and we’re almost there!
Oh happy day! On the 6th of August, 2012, the Curiosity rover made successful touchdown on the surface of Mars. I stayed up last night to watch the control room feed, streamed live into my living room via the power of the internet, and I was SO HAPPY for those excited men and women the moment they called out ‘touchdown’. I was almost in tears, just as they were.
More thoughts on this, and what it would have looked like if Curiosity had thrown a few Instagram-like effects on her snap, after the jump.
I admit, I wondered if people would start hacking into the networks of 3d-printing-enabled homes/businesses, and start printing things without permission. The only thing that made me realize this future is unlikely, is that people haven’t been wardriving past 2d printers and sneaking documents and images to get printed out. Probably because even the owners of 2d printers can’t get them working, 80% of the time!
XKCD comic, here.
Sometimes I hanker for sci-fi food – which, I admit, doesn’t make any kind of sense. I want something so strange, peculiar and out there, that it just couldn’t come from our planet or time! However, searching for sci-fi food will get you half a million results for gagh, scores of cocktail recipes for pan galactic gargle blasters, and a handful of very well thought out methods for making problematic ice planet desserts. All well and good – but not alien enough for me – I don’t want the food of an existing franchise, but something odd in and of itself.
I love this – I love that there are fortune telling robots scattered across fairs and markets in India. These plastic mystics, these fiberglass fortune-tellers, are studded with garish LEDs, sport a clock embedded in their crotch, and frequently a pair of voltmeters or ammeters, one in each pectoral. Lastly, and most importantly, there are multiple headphone sockets, usually in the hips or waist.
Slingers is a heist movie in space – the swinging 60’s on a space ship – with suits so sharp they’re holographic. If Firefly was the sci-fi version of the 1880’s American old West, then this is 80 years later when the martinis are dirty and the the chips are down. Maybe it’ll get made, maybe it won’t – but I could definitely do with some sexy-smooth sci-fi on my TV again.
(And I love the yellow space suit at 54 seconds in.)