Google’s Project Glass product lead Steve Lee walks us through his experience with the development of the company’s sci-fi-inspired eyewear–from his team’s “hundreds of variations and dozens of early prototypes” to his vision of the future.
I was totally into this stuff in the 90’s, reading Wired and Mondo2000 whenever I could find them, and devouring Gibson and Sterling like candy. I’m a product of the cyberpunk age.
Yet another new business emerging from the drop in cost of 3D printing. Makie is a company that lets you design your own doll digitally, which they then will print, dress, and send to you. They look incredible, and this is just the beginning of the massively-customizable toy explosion that is headed our way.
Yet another Kickstarter for cheap and connected sensors that record and report things about your environment. Seriously, people, these are going to be everywhere.
I’ve been talking for awhile now in my presentations and writing about how interfaces are changing, and how the way we design for information retrieval is going to evolve over the next few years as they do. Here’s a prime example of the sort of thing that will be trivial to do in a very short amount of time…gestures as UI for computing.
You know that Internet-of-Things I’ve been talking about? Here’s an example, from two of the hottest products to come from Kickstarter:
I cannot adequately express how much I want to do this. Really fun use of 3D scanning and 3D printing by Disney here, and only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the future of toys. As this sort of thing drops in price, it’ll be available at every Toys-R-Us.
Guests attending Star Wars Weekends at Walt Disney World this year will have a chance to be captured by Darth Vader, frozen in carbonite, and mounted inside Jabba the Hutt’s lair – or at least a notch or two short of that.
Check out Cubify, a 3D printer for the non-hacker among us. Complete with wifi printing, cartridge-based printing media, and a design that is less hacker and more modernist architecture.
Remember all those talks I gave over the last few months talking about a data explosion because sensors were getting so cheap that they will soon be ubiquitous and allow us to measure everything and anything?
Yeah. So that’s happening.