Tag Archives: 3D-printing

Retirement…slow down or speed up?

Not sure what your answer is, but mine is speed up! There are still so many stories I want to tell that another 50 years wouldn’t be enough, especially when I’m such a slow writer. And then there’s all that new tech coming online…

I’m not really a techie, you know. The true techies love all technology, whereas I’m pretty ambivalent about some of the innovations out there. Nevertheless, there are some gadgets I can hardly wait to use…like 3D printers for the home. Want that new top in your size? Not a problem, pay for the design and wait a few minutes while your 3D printer manufactures it for you. Or robots…I’ve loved the idea of robots since I first read ‘Door into Summer’ by Heinlein.

-laughs- I bet you thought Asimov was the only one who wrote about robots? Not so. You can find a description of ‘Door into Summer’ here.

Anyway, I’m saving my pennies for a household robot that will clean up after the cats, put the rubbish out, or maybe compost it on site? and mow the lawn. I’ve got a lot of lawn :/

But that’s not all! I haven’t had a chance to try VR yet, and it’s right up there as a ‘must do’ on my bucket list. I want to be able to travel the world from the comfort of my own home, and I want to fight monsters in glorious technicolour.

Of course, all of that depends upon how my eye-sight works with VR [I see depth via motion parallax, not stereopsis], but I’m hopeful, and this glorious track by Two Steps From Hell is how I feel at the ripe old age of 65. ๐Ÿ™‚

The track is called ‘Unleashed’… Bring it on!

cheers

Meeks


How to digitise real world objects for 3D printing

I’m stuck at home with a bad back and feeling rather sorry for myself, so this post by SV3DPRINTER was very welcome indeed. It not only gave me something else to focus on, it also gave me the tech that would make the world of Innerscape plausible rather than just possible.

Science fiction is always speculative fiction, so I knew that much of the ‘science’ in Innerscape was actually just magic based on tech that ‘might’ develop in the future. Nevertheless, I’ve always tried to make that speculation as close to reality as possible. That’s why I get so excited whenever something in Innerscape turns out to be ‘doable’.

Today, my discovery explains how all of Petra could be scanned and re-created inside a virtual environment. In the video clip below, the section on scanning terrain is only a small part of the presentation, but it made my day. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

And no, I didn’t know about these scanning technologies when I wrote Innerscape. I’m only an amateur techie, and I haven’t had a chance to explore the current Virtual Reality technology, so I simply assumed that a digital world would be produced the same way apps like Maya create digital models and gaming worlds now. Since watching this video clip, however, I’ve realised that re-creating the outside world for Innerscape will be a lot easier, and more accurate, than I originally thought, especially so far into the future.

Of course, the downside of each discovery is that my timescale for Innerscape becomes a little bit less likely. I mean, who would have thought ten years ago that 3D printing would become so commonplace so quickly? Or the internet. Who could have guessed that social media would become both a boon and a bane by 2018?

Honestly, the only thing any of us can say with any certainty is that the future will not be anything like what we imagine now. But that’s okay; perfect predictions would take all the excitement out of life. ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway, time to lever myself out of this chair and walk around a bit.

cheers

Meeks


The $50 cyborg hand!

My friend George, who’s a gamer, a game developer, and an all-round techie genius, sent me the most amazing link last night! It’s a video clip about a man born without a left hand. In the clip, this man demonstrates the difference between his $42,000ย [yes, I didn’t put in those extra zeros by mistake] prosthetic hand, and a $50 dollar one created using a 3D printer. And the $50 hand wins …hands down. ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks, George! This is the most amazing development yet.

cheers

Meeks


Emma’s ‘magic arms’

If this video on 3D printed exo-arms for a tiny little girl doesn’t make you choke up…

Thank you so much George. -hugs-


3D printed exoskeleton!

If you thought my post about 3D printing and special effects was astounding, watch this video showing a woman, paralyzed from the waist down, WALKING AGAIN!

I kid you not, this is real. You can read the full article here, and I’d like to thank 3D Print-news for bringing this incredible innovation to my attention.

If I were a religious person I’d call this a miracle. But I’m not, and it isn’t. This is humanity at its best, marrying technology to vision in a great cause. This is science fiction come to life.

I honestly can’t remember the last time I felt this good about being a human being!

cheers

Meeks


3D printing in SFX

Not long ago I wrote a fun post [well it was fun for me] about 3D printing of Hershey chocolate bars. It led to a great discussion in comments, with many of you trying to imagine how and where this new-ish technology would be in the future.

This morning I found an interesting new site called CGSoup. On it was this video clip about how 3D printing is helping to create your favourite movies…right now.

[Note : there seems to be a short advertisement right in the middle of the video clip, almost like an ‘intermission’. It’s not long, and the video clip will begin again quickly so just hang in there.]

cheers

Meeks


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