When the iPhone came out back in 2007, the idea of using it as part of a 3D printer would have probably been laughed at. Roll the clock forward 9 years and it’s pretty amazing just how far technology has come. I have had an email sitting in my in box for over a week for OLO, and had yet to open it. Today over lunch I decided to see what OLO was about and I have to admit, I’m pretty impressed. Apparently others are too, because these guys are way past their goal on Kickstarter. The video below shows how it works, so I’m not going to go into any deep details, but basically it uses the light from your phone and special polymers to print an object. The retail price is 99 bucks so it makes it a mass market item, and the fact that it works with iOS, Android, and Windows Phone makes it pretty universal. I could see myself using this on a regular basis, and I can see a huge market for prebuilt 3D models emerging specifically for this printer.
As someone who is deeply rooted in graphic design, who’s career began with hand lettering before computers, and is insanely fascinated by video, storytelling, and motion graphics, the video below makes me all happy inside. Gentleman Scholar has produced a video for HP that is chocked full of killer typography, amazing shots, solid editing, and graphic design. The short spot is timed and paced so fluidly, with a soundtrack and voice over that help keep you focused on the visuals. Love, love, love this.
Oftentimes we find that our creativity is reduced to the footprint of our computer screens. But what happens when the digital and tactile work in tandem? Teaming up with 180LA, Gentleman Scholar explored this notion with piece below for HP’s new “Sprout 3D-scanning PC.” Using handcrafted vignettes that make up the spot, and presenting a new frontier in creativity: “where digital innovation meets tangible reality, a world in which imaginations take flight.”
God I love living in an age when advances in technology are completely reshaping the way we create. As little as five years ago people would have laughed if you had told them you were going to create a 3D model on a hand held computer. They would have laughed more if you told them you were going to print a physical 3D object from the same device. Thanks to Autodesk you can actually do this.
I am completely blown away by 123 Creature, and just how powerful this tool is. Seriously, this software is pretty damn amazing. The results it produces are very good, and the fact that you can send your creations to a 3D printer… amazing.
“Now, for the first time, 123D Creature makes it easy for anyone to create a sophisticated creature on an iPad, and then have a 3D print delivered to their doorstep with a few swipes of their finger,” said Samir Hanna, vice president of Consumer Products at Autodesk. “With our 123D family of apps, we strive to put powerful 3D technology into the hands of anyone who wants to be creative, and we look forward to seeing the original creatures people will create and share with the community.”