Creating 3D Models in Virtual Reality with Oculus Medium

It seems the world of Virtual Reality content design tools has taken another step forward at last. Now that virtual reality headsets like the Oculus Rift are relatively affordable, we’re now seeing a race among developers to make elegant 3D content design programs for these tools. While at the moment these tools are primarily focused on real-time animation, it’s only a matter of time before they expand onto other disciplines such as product design CAD.

Cinematography Database has recently performed a test run on Oculus Rift’s own 3D content and production tool Oculus Medium. It gives a good overview of just what these VR modelling tools can already do. See for yourself.

 

Upcoming Intermediate Matrix CAD Intensive Short Course at the British Academy of Jewellery

Intermediate Matrix CAD Intensive Short Course (formerly Level 4 CAD Award)

Made during the Intermediate Matrix CAD Intensive Short course (formerly known as Level 4 CAD Award) by Zoe Harding

We’re just now finalising an new selection of CAD and Design short courses at the BAJ for this summer. But the first of the set I’m happy to announce now.

From 4 June to 31 July on Mondays and Tuesdays, we will be running a 14 day Intermediate Gemvision Matrix CAD Intensive short course (previously called the level 4 CAD Award).

Visit the British Academy of Jewellery website for more details on this and the other upcoming courses!

Selling on Precarious Online Retail Platforms and the Trouble with Etsy and Shapeways – The Dark Side of New Technology Part 2

For my second article in the “Dark Side of New Technology” series, I want to discuss the unintended side-effects of 3D model marketplaces and online retail and service platforms, as well as what can be done to fix these problems.

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Hungry Social Media Versus The Creative Mind – The Dark Side Of New Technology Part 1

The Tower of Babel as a metaphor for hungry social media

“A bottomless pit of violence, a tower of Babel where all are speakers and no hearers.” -Alexander Smith

I’ve been away a while. For all this absence, I do have many things to show: a new baby, a new start-up jewellery company, a new teaching certification, and a clearer picture of several new technology trends I’ve been recently watching play out in the corporate and educational worlds.

Unfortunately, what I’m seeing now isn’t all good. All of the new technologies we have written about previously in this blog have brought with them new opportunities. However, very recently it has become clear there are some destructive side-effects to some of these new innovations and market shifts.

So many technology blogs spend their times evangelising the Next Big Thing, either because they’ve been paid to sell it, or because they’re itching to be the first one to discover something new. Not every blog, however, spends time talking about what these innovations could mean. These analyses are one thing that has always made CAD Jewellery Skills a bit different from the numerous other 3D printing and new technology blogs out there.

So what I’m going to do with these next few articles to examine the negative side-effects of many of these innovations, and what we as jewellery businesses can do about it to protect ourselves. I shall call this new series “The Dark Side of New Technology”.

This first article will be about the side effects of social media marketing’s continuous growth.

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Our Best Jewellery Books List Has Just Been Expanded

reading is fundamental to your intellectual life (image courtesy Allposters.com)

Our Best Jewellery Books purchasing guide has been just greatly expanded with dozens of new recommendations for nearly every category. We’ve even had to add three more categories. Have a look.

Thank you to the brilliant teaching staff at the British Academy of Jewellery for dozens of recommendations on jewellery books for practical, theoretical, and inspirational use.