The Pilot – The Smart Earpiece Which Translates Languages As You Speak

Every once in a while you see a piece of wearable technology which seems to border on “too good to be true” territory. Waverly Labs’ Pilot smart earpiece definitely falls into that category.

While the idea of making a piece of technology which serves as a fast interpreter is hardly new, the idea of making one this portable and able to work from audio does seem to be something pulled out of science fiction. It is nothing less than the real-world creation of the Babel Fish from Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. Even Star Trek featured larger handheld devices which offered comparable functionality.

As we speak, the Pilot is currently gathering investment on Indiegogo right now. Check it out there or on Waverly Labs’ own website.

Lockheed Martin Files Patent For Synthetic Diamond 3D Printer

According to a recent article from 3D Printing Industry, Lockheed Martin has just filed a patent for a synthetic diamond 3D printer. And predictably, social media’s imagination has run wild…

diamond-cow

One precious moo… Imagine creating anything you want as a 3D printed synthetic diamond.

In all seriousness, though, this has some potentially very interesting applications for both industry as well as jewellery design.

See the full article here:

3D Printing Industry – Lockheed Martin Patents Synthetic Diamond 3D Printer

MIT’s DuoSkin – Conductive Smart Tattoos Which Connect With Your Mobile Phone

The MIT Media Lab has recently developed metallic temporary tattoos which can communicate with other electronic devices such as sending signals to your mobile phone.

They call it DuoSkin. It already has some technology experts quite excited at the possibilities of using your own skin as a track pad for mobile applications or a remote sensor (for unlocking doors).

The Phantom Limb Project’s Amazing Collaboration Between Prosthetics and Video Game Design

In one of my previous articles on prosthetic limbs and their potential for creative expression, I mentioned the James Dyson Award-winning affordable prosthetic hand design of Open Bionics.

Since then, Open Bionics has done something amazing — they have established a collaboration with Konami (makers of Metal Gear Solid) to develop creative prosthetic limb design. They call it the Phantom Limb Project.

The Phantom Limb Project (image courtesy the Alternative Limb Project)

The Phantom Limb Project (image courtesy the Alternative Limb Project)

This partnership echoes Ove Arup’s famous vision of designers and engineers working closely together in all endeavours, and is a perfect example of what I am confident we will see as commonplace in the future of prosthetic limb design.

The Phantom Limb Project

Swarovski Enters Smart Jewellery Market with Shine Activity Crystal

Smart jewellery manufacturer Misfit has partnered up with Swarovski to develop a smart bracelet and pendant which combines activity tracking with a rather nice sparkling clock face function. It makes for both a very elegant and very functional piece of wearable technology.

The crystal itself is interchangeable between two different styles of bracelet and one style of pendant.

Swarovski Shine comes in two styles of bracelet and one style of pendant.

Swarovski Shine Activity Crystal and the various styles of housing available

Urban Wearables Article – Swarovski Shine is Surely Now the World’s Smartest Crystal

3D Modelling in Virtual Reality

3D Modelling in Virtual Reality with VRclay, Razer Hydra, and Oculus Rift

3D Modelling in Virtual Reality with VRclay, Razer Hydra, and Oculus Rift

Now that Google and Microsoft are taking virtual reality seriously, it was only a matter of time before we started seeing some exciting applications start to appear that would be relevant to 3D designers.

As it happens, in the past few months three experimental products have appeared which capitalise on virtual reality for use in 3D modelling. It seems they have all learned valuable lessons from Augmented Reality user interfaces as well.

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Jewellery Focus Article – Cooksongold E-Manufacturing To Offer Platinum 3D Printing Service

Jewellery Focus recently announced that Cooksongold E-manufacturing‘s Metal Laser Sintering service is now expanding to offer platinum as a 3D printing option.

You can read the full article here.

I’m curious to know how they managed to find a way to control the cost aspect of this, but I am very pleased to see this is now a reality.