Our Drone Future

March 27, 2014

From Alex Cornell: Our Drone Future explores the technology, capability, and purpose of drones, as their presence becomes an increasingly pervasive reality in the skies of tomorrow.

In the near future, cities use semi-autonomous drones for urban security. Human officers monitor drone feeds remotely, and data reports are displayed with a detailed HUD and communicated via a simulated human voice (designed to mitigate discomfort with sentient drone technology). While the drones operate independently, they are “guided” by the human monitors, who can suggest alternate mission plans and ask questions.

Specializing in predictive analysis, the security drones can retask themselves to investigate potential threats. As shown in this video, an urban security drone surveys San Francisco’s landmarks and encounters fierce civilian resistance.

40 Years Of The Cellphone In Under 90 Seconds

March 25, 2014

Cellphones are so ubiquitous now that we don’t consider them so much an external device as we do an extension of ourselves. Take a moment to reminisce in our digital appendage’s incredibly clunky origins and evolution.

5 Ways 3D Printing Will Change The World

March 6, 2014

While 3D printing seems well suited in the plot of a futuristic sci-fi novel, it is well within our grasp. Using a variety of materials that includes wood, metal, plastics and fabrics, we are now able to print various three-dimensional objects, ranging from food, spare parts, weapons, homes, organs, medical devices, clothing and more. Yet what effect will these present capabilities have on our future? We uncover five important ways 3D printing will change the world.

1. 3D printing can end world hunger.

3D Printed Food

Source: Engineering

We’ve all been there: making food sounds like too much of a hassle, yet buying it seems equally oppressive. While this age-old issue has plagued us for decades, three-dimensional printing now offers a viable alternative. Say you’re craving a deep dish pizza. Instead of calling the delivery guy, you just choose your pizza and toppings and print the deep dish pie from the comfort of your home—Seriously, NASA recently granted Systems & Materials Research Corporation $125,000 to develop a pizza printer.

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3D Printers, The Future Of Food

March 1, 2014
3D Printers Shapes

Source: 3D Systems

Over the last few years, 3D printing has opened up a whole world of possibilities that even the most ingenious inventors of yore could only ever dream of. Up until now, food production has eluded 3D printers, but that’s about to change.

3D Printers Sugar Lab

Source: 3D Systems

Multi-dimension printing pioneers 3D Systems debuted their latest brainchild this year at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Known for their unique 3D creations, they’ve cracked the printing code and have broken all baking rules with their machine that actually prints sugar shapes and chocolate. Their 3D food printers come in two models; the ChefJet, which makes monochromatic treats, and ChefJet Pro, allowing more seasoned confectioners to print in color and even mix and match a variety of flavors.

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If Instagram Were Invented In The 80′s

February 23, 2014

It was the decade of shopping malls, material girls and Duran Duran. It was a time when we swapped substance for superficial shine. In other words, Instagram would likely have been just as popular in the 80s as it is today. Aware of this, the folks at Squirrel-Monkey have devised Instagram as it might be understood then.

What We Love This Week, Volume LII

February 14, 2014
Frida Kahlo Valentine

Source: Design Taxi

Ben Kling’s Geeky Literary Valentines Day Cards

Camus Valentine

Source: Design Taxi

Hallmark is too commercial. A box of chocolates conjures too many images of Tom Hanks. Neither of them portrays your sophistication; none demonstrates that you did indeed get an A on your James Joyce essay or that you’ve been to the Met. Twice. That is, of course, until now. With graphic designer Ben Kling’s valentines, you can show your sweetheart just how erudite you are, and how the kafkaesque underpinnings of the holiday do not go unnoticed to you.

Dali Valentine

Source: Design Taxi

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