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A new robotic mannequin has been developed by a professor at the Hong Kong Polytecnic University of textile and clothing. It transforms according to exact measurements entered digitally, resulting in a myriad of body shapes. Perfect for personally tailoring, couture dressmaking, schools and quality control.
At the expense of seeming a tech geek, these two fascinating developments in robotics allow a glimpse of the quickly accelerating future.
MIT continues its cheetah program but have advanced so far that the beast now can autonomously jump over obstacles at quite a speed with incredible stability. Must be seen to be believed.
On the opposite side of the spectrum we find nano-bots (again, from MIT) like the self-folding, maneuvering and ultimately, self destructing bot that could have many practical applications:
Brought to you by SOLS, this 5 layer boot is custom scanned and printed as an exoskeleton with the remaining inner layers utilizing air bags, sole and leather finishings. It will expand and tighten according to motion to optimize fit and is certainly a foot in the right direction…
3D printing continues to take small leaps and bounds as adventurers literally spin out innovative adaptations like that of Nervous Systems, Massachusetts and their kinematically designed frock. Made from over 2200 modular, triangular pieces that move individually allowing fluid, fabric like motion. 21st Century chainmail. So wonderfully innovative that MoMa NYC has bought it to place in their museum. Printed through Shapeways, it involved ‘folding’ the stl. file within the parameters of printing capacity. A remarkable, technological feat that is equally delicate and beautiful.
Rick Owens opens up about his workspace and headspace at the same time…
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The process of additive manufacturing is evolving very quickly and it won’t be long before the everyday consumer really feels the impact. For the moment, the novelty lends itself well to the luxury market, whether it’s a printed CAR, HOUSE or more modestly, the customizable Prada shoe! Clients can soon choose not only heels and other modifications on certain styles but have their own initials engraved on the heel. Couture, 21st century style.
A highly innovative design from Deniz Karasahin, Paris won the 2014 A’Design contest for a medical brace. It is not only custom 3-D printed to each patient but because of the material, is waterproof, lightweight, environmentally sound and bacteria-resistant. There are ultrasound probes on the interior that directly touch the skin so regular low intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS) will stimulate bone reconstruction. Quote: “For single 20 minute daily sessions this system promises to reduce the healing process up to 38% and increase the heal rate up to 80% in non-union fractures”. The structure also allows maximum breathability, reducing infections and itchiness. Impressive.
This sleek monster by Spike Aerospace is an 18 passenger supersonic business jet that will glide along at 1100mph (Mach 1.6). This will halve the current times between points like NYC to London in 3 hours. The streamlining is aided by the omition of windows. Yes, windows. In it’s place, the walls will act as video monitors of the outside in real time and can dim on demand. Sweet.
I’ve always had a soft spot for dutch design like the group Drood. This work by Alex de Witte reinforces that affection. Having studied at the Artemis Academy, his approach diverges the process in turn creating something unique and innovative yet very ‘light-hearted’.
Alex de Witte
Fast approaching the film debut of the Yves Saint Laurent film due out January 8,2014. It is directed by Jalil Lespert, stars Pierre Niney and has the blessing of Pierre Bergé himself. Have a glimpse here:
A few examples how the introduction of 3D printing is quickly transforming our contemporary aesthetics with almost no limits to the imagination…
Recalling the work of italian futurist Umberto Boccioni, these creations are visionary.
Hadid states: “I have always appreciated those who dare to experiment with materials and proportions”. “Our collaboration with United Nude reinterprets the classic shoe typology, pushing the boundaries of what is possible without compromising integrity.” Indeed.
Made of chrome vinyl rubber and lined in Nappa with fibreglass platform and heel, no amount of comfort is lost. Available in bronze, gold, black and silver.
Coming to Europe and Russia later this year, the new Philips DesignLine 2013 TV comes in 46- and 55-inch screen sizes, has a LCD display sitting behind the front glass sheet with active 3D technology for Full HD 3D, wifi and smart capabilities. It also sits casually on the floor, floating above the ground in a sleek display with ambient background light for added mood. No price has been disclosed yet, however…
Stars came out to see the unveiling of the world’s first 3D printed dress (well, Deborah Harry anyhow…) Designed by Michael Schmidt of Lady Gaga/Cher fame (ok?) in collaboration with SHAPEWAYS, the resulting linked nylon was sprayed black, sprinkled with Swarovski and poured over the VERY beautiful Dita Von Teese. Oolala!
With the race on for wearable technologies such as smartwatches by Apple and Samsung, Google is forging ahead with it’s glasses that incorporate augmented reality, straight out of William Gibson’s novel, “Virtual Light” from 1993.
Here you can have a sneak preview what this will look like…
Google Glass “Explorer” will retail for approx. US$1,500 and will go to market in 2014.