With the rise of the utilization of 3D printing, we have gone from printing out figurines and animation projects for our own personal amusement to fabricating items to improve the quality of life of those with health afflictions I mentioned on the site before about a patient receiving a new jaw via a 3D printout and the first synthetic organ transplant with a 3D scan and stem cells, but this one is SOMETHING ELSE. A couple of weeks ago, it was revealed that a man in the United States (his name being withheld) underwent a transplant procedure to have 75 percent of his skull replaced with a 3D-printed plastic prosthetic. That’s correct; THREE-FOURTHS of a MAN’S SKULL was REPLACED! **head explodes** Read the rest of this entry
Thanks to the advancements in technology and being able to breathe new life into our iconic celebrities of the past (here’s looking at you, Tupac), visual-effects company Framestore and ad agency AMV BBDO have brought back Audrey Hepburn for a wonderful 60-second commercial for Dove chocolates (known as Galaxy in the UK and Ireland). Seriously, a task such as this was very time-consuming and required a heavy amount of work, plus some excruciating trial-and-error. Read the rest of this entry
This week, The Classic Schoolhouse Design Goes All “Deconstructivist-style”, How To Go Out In The Rain & Not Get Wet, The Ohio State Marching Band Goes The Way of the Gamer, and Look! Up Above The Ring! Wrestlers On A Scaffold! Plus, San Antonio MONSTER-CON is tomorrow and I may be going as The Doctor for Halloween. Read the rest of this entry
For some time now, Stream TV has been talking about their Ultra-D glasses-free 3DTV technology, however nothing close to a marketable product has been seen. Just yesterday, the company has signed a manufacturing deal with Hisense, and the specs of an actual device had been released as well. The display will be 42 inches diagonally with a full HD 1080p display, and so far that’s all we know; at least something tangible is in the works. Stream TV will be showing off its latest gear at IFA 2012, so I’m looking forward to more and more details of this product coming to light. Hopefully, this glasses-free 3D tech won’t make my eyes bleed like the Nintendo 3DS does — of course, I’m exaggerating. Anyway, if you’d like to read more information on the Stream TV/Hisense partnership, the full press release is available after the break.
This week’s episode of The PractitioNERD (the 2nd version) discusses a leaning architectural work that NOT a tower in Pisa (the Roman Colosseum), robots printing 3D structures out of soil and sand (the Stone Spray project), electroshock “therapy” via a Sega Genesis/Mega Drive (Furrtek’s “Gene-Zap” project), and Hulk Hogan cartoon from the eighties (Hulk Hogan’s Rock ‘N’ Wrestling).
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At midnight tonight, the last chapter of Christopher Nolan’s Batman film series, “The Dark Knight Rises”, premieres in movie theaters everywhere…AND I CAN’T WAIT!!! Anyway, up until then (and very likely to continue after the first release) we have been exposed to a multitude of advertisements, trailers, promotions, water-cooler talk, and online discussions about the film, the characters, the trailers, interviews, and practically anything that has to do with the movie. The idea of the film tie-ins is nothing new (novelizations, video games, web games, etc.) and usually doesn’t offer much new content to better contextualize or expands the film’s narrative; that’s really up to the FILM itself. Nokia is getting involved in the film tie-in game with these new 3D maps of Gotham City from Nokia, so now you can appreciate the architecture and urban planning of the great metropolis that is under constant surveillance of the Dark Knight himself (if you haven’t played “Batman: Arkham City”, or even its prequel “Batman: Arkham Asylum”; if that’s the case, GET ON THAT NOW). Read the rest of this entry
Remember children, if you do not take care of those ol’ chompers, you’ll have to live with badly conditioned teeth, gums, numerous surgical procedures and battling the evil disease of GIN-GA-VITIS!!! Or…..you could always get yourself a new pair of the old incisors, canines, premolars, and molars from a freaking printer!! Last year, an 83-year-old woman in Belgium had her entire lower jaw replaced with a 3D printed replica.