The World’s Smallest 3D Printer

High-quality 3D printing at home has just come one step closer. Researchers at the Vienna University of Technology in Austria have presented the smallest 3D printer to date. At the size of a carton of milk and weighs 1.5 kilograms, it currently costs around €1,200 but the makers expect the price to drop quickly. The printer

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Janet Echelman: Taking imagination seriously

Janet Echelman builds living, breathing sculpture environments that respond to the forces of nature — wind, water and light— and become inviting focal points for civic life. Exploring the potential of unlikely materials, from fishing net to atomized water particles, Echelman combines ancient craft with cutting-edge technology to create her permanent sculpture at the scale

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3D printed, already assembled Mechanical “Strandbeest”

No other production method can do this! Theo Jansen at Shapeways For those of you who want’s to see the original creation of the Stransbeest, this feature from BBC is increadible:

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The Maker Movement : Soon a Industrial Revolution?

Home workshop projects used to start with a jigsaw, some screws and a big bottle of glue. But during the last year or two, we’ve seen an incredible new development described as the “Maker Movement”. Do it yourself has gone digital and projects now begin as bits that are transformed into atoms. Almost every Industrial Designers these

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Printing a human kidney: Anthony Atala

Surgeon Anthony Atala demonstrates an early-stage experiment that could someday solve the organ-donor problem: a 3D printer that uses living cells to output a transplantable kidney. Using similar technology, Dr. Atala’s young patient Luke Massella received an engineered bladder 10 years ago; we meet him onstage. (Recorded at TED2011, March 2011, in Long Beach, California. Duration:

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Making the Pawfect Suds Dog Soap

A few summers back, my girlfriend Jen started making her own, all natural dog soaps to sell at one of our local farmers’ markets. To begin with, she used soap molds of paw prints that she found at an online retailer. The feedback from pet owners was really positive and her soaps began to work

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Joulies – Regulating coffee to the perfect temperature

A couple of engineer buddies have designed the latest must-have accessory for the coffee drinker. Joulies are metallic beans you drop into your hot cup of cofee to make it exactly 140 degrees. They haven’t even been manufactured yet, but already the project has accumulated some $305,000 in Kickstarter cash. I guess a lot of

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Chocolate Treasures Gift Packaging

This item was concepted, rendered and modeled in 2005. A plastic container that mimics the treasure chest shape of the chocolate treat itself. Rendered in 3ds Max with Splutterfish Brazil. This packaging concept went into production, although the final version was a laminated 4-color cardboard box and not plastic per the rendering.

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Candy Plumbing

This brings back good ol’ memories! Back in the day, we had a lot of fun with candy dispensers and ended up producing a bunch of fun and colorful things. This SweetTarts candy plumbing dispenser was pitched to Nestle’s “Sugar Division” in 2005. The idea was that you could collect a bunch of tubes an build

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Cereal Lunch Kit

Here’s another concept rendering in the initial stages of development. We pitched this to Kellogg’s in 2003. They were more into smaller toys for within the cereal boxes at that time. I still think it’s cool and it should have been made by now.

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Skittles Candy Sorter

Concept 3D rendering of a Skittles candy dispenser. I designed this for Mars Incorporated (makers of Skittles, Snickers etc) in June, 2003. I can’t tell a green gummy bear from a red one – I just chow a bunch in my mouth and enjoy as a whole. This is more for those delicate taste buds

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Banana Plastic:Plastic from Fruit that Rivals Kevlar

Bananas are good for a lot more than just potassium. They can remove toxic metals from water and be used to make maxi pads for women in developing countries or underwear for men. Now a group of scientists from Sao Paulo State University have developed a way to use the fibers from bananas, pineapples, and other fruits to create

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The Power of Sharing Knowledge

Although my industry of creative innovation is secretive and often very confidential, without sharing your work and experiences with others it would be really difficult to take your organization to the next level. The internet is the ultimate resource for sharing knowledge and I’ve had some great experiences since when I first started sharing my

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Burton: How to Make a Snowboard

Traveling to Burlington, Vermont, the Cool Hunting video crew visits Burton’s snowboard manufacturing center to learn about their handmade process and prototyping techniques. Chris Doyle, the brand’s “mad scientist” who’s worked with founder Jake Burton since 1996, gives a behind-the-scenes tour explaining what makes their snowboards industry leaders.

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Inspiration: Pill Organizers

It’s time to open up the archives and present some pill organizer designs we’ve worked on over the years. With such a wide variety of pharmaceutical drugs on the market at different medication durations, a vast variations of pill containers are needed to assist patients. A pill organizer, pill container, or pill box is a special box for storing scheduled

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Stuck at your desk?!

This little suction cup enhanced desk set started as a promotional concept for a pharmaceutical drug treating anemia due to chemotherapy. Ironically, the marketing brand team were focusing on the “stability” of the drug in advertising campaigns. Years later, the drug is now pulled off the market. The FDA have banned Erythropoiesis-Stimulating Agents (ESAs) in medication after

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47 mph on skies with UAV jet engine backpack

  This kind of thing clearly isn’t for everyone. Hartman, who lives in Mammoth Lakes, Calif., is a professional stuntman who enjoys sky diving and, bungee jumping and other extreme pursuits. The jet pack he uses was built for a rigid sky-diving wing he recently developed for flying after jumping out of airplanes. “I cannot lift

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The Story Behind Comic Sans

There may not be a designer on the planet who hasn’t heard of Comic Sans. In fact, there may not be any computer-using non-designers who aren’t familiar with — and don’t have an opinion about — Comic Sans. Vincent Connare’s 1995 design for Microsoft has become one of the most popular and most maligned typefaces of our time.

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Moleskine Debossing: How it’s done

“What’s life like inside the Moleskine factory? Every bit as timeless and beautiful as the notebooks themselves. Here’s a scrumptious look at how the debossing process works, deep in the heart of Moleskine. What I love especially is how much is still done by hand—the brass die are machined, then finished by a real live

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Why work doesn’t happen at work

Jason Fried has a radical theory of working: that the office isn’t a good place to do it. At TEDxMidwest, he lays out the main problems (call them the M&Ms) and offers three suggestions to make work work. Jason Fried is the co-founder and president of 37signals , a Chicago-based company that builds web-based productivity tools

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Let’s raise kids to be entrepreneurs

An entrepreneur since childhood, Cameron Herold wants parents and teachers to recognize — and foster — entrepreneurial talent in kids. Bored in school, failing classes, at odds with peers: This child might be an entrepreneur, says Cameron Herold. At TEDxEdmonton, he makes the case for parenting and education that helps would-be entrepreneurs flourish — as

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Egg Speakers

Giant egg?  Check.  Neoprene sack?  Check.  Induction charging dock? Check.  These are space age speakers. This luxury speaker unit combines the practicality of a portable sound system and striking modern design to create the antithesis to the boom box.  From the cord trap/ ipod cup, to the dense rubber ring on the underside of the

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Plastic Injection Molding: How it’s done

Injection molding (British English: moulding) is a manufacturing process for producing parts from both thermoplastic and thermosetting plastic materials. Material is fed into a heated barrel, mixed, and forced into a mold cavity where it cools and hardens to the configuration of the mold cavity.After a product is designed, usually by an industrial designer or an engineer, molds are made by

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Dispensing the Remedy

Unlike some of us, who enjoy a bit of over self medication, most people take the recommended dosage of cough syrup.  Especially when it comes to giving our little ones drugs.  This unique childrens cough syrup bottle was designed to do just that.  The user simply twists the base to unlock, fits the provided syrup

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Plastic Bottles: How it’s done

Plastic bottles are made with a variety of resins, the most popular of which is high-density polyethylene (HDPE), Low-density polyethylene (LDPE) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) are also popular resins used to make different types of plastic bottles. PET is most often used to make plastic bottles for water and soft drinks, and the above video

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A decade ago: 3D Ice Cream Illustrations

I’ve been using 3D graphic programs professionally since 1999. As a recent graduate from School of Communication Art (now known as Living Arts College)  in Raleigh, I went back to Sweden to work for two very large production houses within the printed media industry. This gave me the opportunity to work on some great accounts. The Hemglass account was

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School kills Creativity?

Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity. Sir Ken Robinson (born Liverpool, England, 4 March 1950) is an author, speaker and international advisor on education in the arts to government, non-profits, education and arts bodies. He was Director of The Arts in

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Glass Bottles: How it’s done

If you’ve always wondered how glass bottles were manufactured, then check out this interesting “How it’s Made” segment. In all cases a stream of molten glass at its plastic temperature (1050-1200 Celsius) is cut by a shearing blade to form a cylinder of glass called a gob. Both of the processes start with this gob falling

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Teaching life lessons through tinkering

The founder of the Tinkering School, Gever Tulley likes to build things with kids. In this video, Gever uses engaging photos and footage to demonstrate the valuable lessons kids learn at his Tinkering School. When given tools, materials and guidance, these young imaginations run wild and creative problem-solving takes over to build unique boats, bridges and

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WhatTheFont?

Have you ever seen a logo or been to a website and wondered, “That’s a nice font, I wonder what one it is they’re using?” Well you need to wonder no more. WhatTheFont is a service to help you find out just that. It’s a simple service to use too with two ways to find

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Daniel Uppling: Zbrush Exercise

  One of the perks of working with The Product Farm is that we have a handful of talented collaborators working with us : Designers, 3D Artists, Sculptors, Animators, Illustrators and Programmers – throw a challenge at us and we have the talent to handle the job. Daniel Uppling is a former class mate of

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Vinyl toys: How it’s done

  Take a peek inside the Obitsu Factory, which has been manufacturing Japanese toys since 1966. Rotational molding, also known as rotomolding, rotocasting or spin casting, is a molding process for creating many kinds of mostly hollow items, typically of plastic. A heated hollow mold is filled with a charge or shot weight of material,

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Color Trend Forecast:

If you’re wondering what the upcoming color trends are, look no further. We’ve prepared a list of inspirational color chips and resources with expert advise from the fashion world and Pantone Color Institute: Color Report for Fall 2010 Pantone Fashion PANTONE Fashion Color Report Fall 2010 features the top 10 colors for women’s fashion for fall 2010,

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Surf Approved : Better Wax Comb

Wax combs are a necessary product for surfers.  They are tools used to scrape old wax from a surfboard so that fresh layer can be applied.  We were asked to design a quality item to be given away at a major surfing competition that attendees would actually keep.  We thought instead of just giving a

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Pointing to the future of UI

Remember the data interface from Minority Report? Well, it’s real, John Underkoffler invented it — as a point-and-touch interface called g-speak — and it’s about to change the way we interact with data. When Tom Cruise put on his data glove and started whooshing through video clips of future crimes, how many of us felt

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Finding brand logos online

One thing that really makes a presentation stand out is when we’re provided good quality artwork such as high res images or logos in vector format. It allows us to do so much more and with less effort. Since we know from experience how hard it is to obtain logos from your clients in a timely

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Patent Drawings

Patent Drafting, Patent Drawings or Patent Illustrations – although the name has changed many times over the years, the fact that you need accurate, high quality patent drawings still remains. Luckily you’re at the right place – The Product Farm provides intelectual property support services for patent attorneys and individual inventors that are in the process

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Amateurs innovate in ways big corporations can’t

At some point you’ve stumbled upon that perfect million-dollar idea. That ideas that you scribbled down with a waiter’s pen on a napkin, can it really compete and penetrate a market full of big dog corporations who spend millions of dollars on new innovation?? The answer is YES, you can. And most likely do it

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Google Wave is Dead

Urs Hölzle, Google: “We have always pursued innovative projects because we want to drive breakthroughs in computer science that dramatically improve our users’ lives. Last year at Google I/O, when we launched our developer preview of Google Wave, a web app for real time communication and collaboration, it set a high bar for what was possible

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USB Scent Flower on NBC17 “My Carolina Today” Show

If you tuned onto NBC17 this Tuesday at 11am (after the Today show locally in Raleigh, NC), you may have caught a glimpse of “My Carolina Today” hosts Page Crawford and Sharon Delaney interview me about the USB Scent Flower.  We talk about how it got started and where we are today on their program segment: “Tech Tuesday”. Check

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Broken: Discover Lattea Design Contest

Create a new and unique latte macchiato glass.  That was the challenge for the Melitta Lattea contest.  In response, the Broken/ Home Collection was imagined.  The collection is defined by 8 uniquely shaped cast ceramic handles, combined with an archetype latte glass to create a set of glasses with individual identities.  Each glass in the set is also

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Xbox Controller with Trackball Aim

I always wanted to develop this for Xbox, however getting access to the Xbox developer kit was proven a little bit to difficult to obtain.  Without it, it’s impossible to encrypt the wireless signal, making it possible for the controller to communicate with the console. Imagine the precision in a trackball vs joystick when you try to

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David Merrill: Siftables, the toy blocks that think!

MIT grad student David Merrill demos Siftables — cookie-sized, computerized tiles you can stack and shuffle in your hands. These future-toys can do math, play music, and talk to their friends, too. Is this the next thing in hands-on learning? Source: TED.com

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3D Atlas of the Universe

For the last 12 years, Carter Emmart has been coordinating the efforts of scientists, artists and programmers to build a complete 3D visualization of our known universe. He demos this stunning tour and explains how it’s being shared with facilities around the world. Source: TED.com

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How to Export Email Addresses from Facebook

Facebook APIs don’t expose email addresses of users and hence none of the Facebook apps can provide you with the actual contact data of your friends. There’s however a simple (and perfectly legal) workaround that can help you easily download all your friends email addresses from Facebook’s walled garden. The trick, as you can see

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College Hunks Hauling Junk: Newsletter

College Hunks Hauling Junk is a national chain offering rubbish removal services that haul away unwanted items from commercial and residential property that local trash collectors won’t. College Hunks Hauling Junk’s opened in Washington, D.C. and in March, 2008, relocated the corporate headquarters to Tampa, Florida. They now have 33 franchises nationwide. We met up with Christopher Jackson

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Wind Powered Lantern

Being born and raised in Sweden (one of the most northern countries in Europe) our summer days are very long and sometimes everlasting. They call Sweden “The Land of the Midnight Sun” and certain parts of Sweden never see darkness during the summer. But that does not mean we get a lot of sun. Fluffy

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Woody Harris: Hyper Sonic Sound

Woody Norris shows off two of his inventions that treat sound in new ways, and talks about his untraditional approach to inventing and education. As he puts it: “Almost nothing has been invented yet.” So — what’s next?

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Adding some “umpf” to an old townhouse kitchen

A few years back I gave my depressing town house kitchen an uplifting renovation. The house was built in 1980 and the kitchen had not been touched since then. The glass mosaic was fun! And time consuming. I put down cement boards on the floor to handle the distribution of weight added by the new

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One Idea, One World, One Market

    The “dismal science” truly shines in this optimistic talk, as economist Alex Tabarrok argues free trade and globalization are shaping our once-divided world into a community of idea-sharing more healthy, happy and prosperous than anyone’s predictions.

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