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.

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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

3D Printing Industry – Elements Lab and Their Upcoming Jewellery Maker App

3D Printing Industry recently wrote an interesting story about Taiwan-based 3D printing bureau Elements Lab and the Jewellery Maker app they’re currently working to build.

As with similar efforts in the past to build a simpler mass customisation tool, the idea is to make jewellery modelling for 3D printing simple enough for anyone to try their hand. They even made a trailer to show off the app’s intended capabilities:

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Elements Lab and Their Upcoming Jewellery Maker App

Exciting New Applications For Wearable Technology and Smart Jewellery

It seems we have recently started seeing a big momentum change in the fields of wearable tech and smart clothing. Recent innovations in embedded RFID technology (as I discussed back in 2012), cost-efficient 3D printing for accessories (as I’ve also been following here), and new materials research have finally come together to create a proper trend in wearable technology innovation.

The InnovateUK Blog has written a good overview of the many different directions of wearable technology research happening now.

But there is so much more going on right now in many fields of accessory design and experimental fashion. While some of the immediate applications are clearly more practical than others, all of them show the commercial possibilities we’re only just barely starting to explore within these technologies.

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Last year, Intel proposed the MICA (My Intelligent Communication Accessory) as an extravagant snakeskin-covered wearable device with full smart-cuff touch screen capabilities. (image courtesy Engadget)

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Making Bespoke Toys with Hasbro, Mattel and 3D Printing

Marvel 3D Printer from 3DPlusMe

Hasbro and 3DSystems collaborated to form 3DPlusMe, which produced this Marvel 3D Printer.

Given the speed at which 3D printers have been improving in the past few years, I knew it was only a matter of time before 3D printed toys reached the point where they could be made on-site while customers wait at a toy store. From the look of recent events in the news, it seems two big toy manufacturers had the same idea. It seems all they were waiting for was the right combination of 3D scanning systems and simple 3D user interface. Continue reading

Venturebeat Article – Photoshop CC App To Be Available for Touchscreens

As reported by Venturebeat at the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 launch event in New York City today, Adobe unveiled and demonstrated an Adobe Photoshop CC app completely ported for use on mobile touchscreens.

Adobe Photoshop CC on Microsoft Surface Pro

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The Future of the Touch Interface? Microsoft’s 3D Haptic Project Incorporates Touch Screens With Tactile Feedback

Microsoft Research is working on an interesting project right now involving a touch screen which not only allows users to move objects on a screen, but also allows them to feel the resistance and “hardness” of an object.

Microsoft Research 3D Haptic Touch Screen

The BBC has also written an article about it.

Could this be a step in the direction of the next generation of touch screen technology?