True to form, The Economist has recently released an excellent technology research piece on recent innovations in touch screen technology.
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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.
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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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.
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
According to an article in the Guardian and a recent technology report, Apple has recently invested in the infrastructure to develop sapphire crystal touch screens for smartphones.
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.
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?