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).

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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Economist Article – The Moving Finger Moves On – Advances in Touch Screen User Interfaces

True to form, The Economist has recently released an excellent technology research piece on recent innovations in touch screen technology.

Economist touchscreen innovations

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.

Economist Article – The Moving Finger Moves On

Jewellery as a Projection Mapping Onto the Body?

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.

Image courtesy OSKAR + GASPAR

Image courtesy OSKAR + GASPAR

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A Credit Card On Your Wrist, a Debit Card On Your Keychain – Barclaycard’s bPay Wearable Technology

Recently Barclaycard announced it’s latest foray into RFID-based contactless payment technology, with the Barclaycard bPay system.

By embedding the touch pay system from their credit cards into wristbands, keychains, and specially made anti-tamper stickers, they’re hoping to further encourage their customers to use the ultra-fast payment system.

Why I’m interested in it is because it’s one of the first times a commercial bank has ever ventured into wearable technology.

bPay by Barclaycard contactless payment with wearable tech

Introducing bPay by Barclaycard

Introducing Cadfolio – A New Production Management Website for CAD Jewellery Businesses

For those who have been following this blog for a while, you’ll know I’ve been quite keen on following the changes happening with the way CAD and the jewellery design business interact. In particular, I’ve seen some interesting opportunities open up within e-lancing and the sharing economy, as well as the new ways CAD designers can bring their work to market.

A new product has been announced which, if it delivers what it promises, could well provide an entirely new way for to do business for all jewellers working in the supply chain. And all of it stems from CAD/CAM and the sharing economy. It’s an exciting prospect indeed.

Introducing Cadfolio, the professional jewellery network, as well as an e-lancing site, CAD model library, production manager, and online stock manager.

cadfolio video screenshot

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Setting Up the Cintiq Pen Tablet to Work Better with Zbrush.

A very talented colleague of mine here in the UK has recently completed an online tutorial (along with a video) on how to set up your Wacom Cintiq Companion pen tablet for optimised use in Zbrush.
For those who do not know, Zbrush specialists are particularly fond of switching over from using a mouse to a pen tablet, as it allows for the most freedom of movement and pressure sensitivity when performing surface sculpture.

Have a look at what he’s come up with:

Glen Southern - Zbrush Cintiq options

Setting Up a Cintiq Companion in Zbrush – Glen Southern