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.
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.
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 Activity Crystal and the various styles of housing available
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.
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.
CAD Models and Technical Drawing from Mappin and Webb
The technology for creating 3D printed precious metal jewellery has been commercially available to the jewellery trade for just over 3 years now. But while we haven’t seen anyone able to incorporate precious metal sintering into a viable business model yet, the promise of that technology excites quite a few people in the luxury market, and may go some way towards explaining why the concept of jewellery CAD itself is slowly and steadily continuing to build its caché.
The Jewellery Editor has recently interviewed several big names in luxury jewellery manufacturing and retail to see what they’re currently doing with jewellery CAD and 3D printing. Along the way, she collected a series of beautiful CAD-made jewellery images to accompany.
True to form, The Economist has recently released an excellent technology research piece on recent innovations in touch screen technology.
Image courtesy of The Economist
Some of these innovations may even prove to finally be the way forward allowing us to achieve the sensitivity we need to make CAD a feasible tool for a tablet.
A couple of decades ago, one resourceful contemporary art jeweller named Caroline Broadhead explored the idea of using projected light as a tool for body decoration. Of course, as with many experimental art pieces, its connections to the practical weren’t immediately obvious at the time. However, with recent advances in body projection and motion tracking, it seems several designers and developers are revisiting this idea of projecting jewellery and accessories as light onto the body. Only this time, they’ve added a whole new level of functionality.