Let’s play God!

July 22, 2011

Yuhuuu! Researchers have stated demostrating that we can print live tissues… next step is to print people!!! Why not a “mini-me“??


One of PopSci’s favorite regenerative medicine specialists, Anthony Atala, printed a biocompatible model of a human kidney on stageat the 2011 TED conference Thursday, in a technique that could someday be used to create new organs from a patient’s own tissue rather than relying on donated organs.

“It’s like baking a cake,” Atala said.


Printing Solar Cells

June 28, 2011

Well, it looks like these days we can “print” virtually anything!!! These MIT researchers are developing a technique to print solar cells! What about printing textiles with a solar cell to recharge your smartphone? What about covering your house with fabrics so that they are sustainable? What about…Possibilites are endless!!


Let’s build a house

September 22, 2010

I’m so glad spanish constructors don’t have access to this technology yet… but how about having a big printer build your house?? Building houses is still a very manual and costly process, and the automatization proposed by Prof. Khoshnevis can certainly do some good!! 😉

Out-of-the-box imaging media

June 14, 2008

As we commented earlier, printing — and imaging in general — does not need to happen in regular surfaces. Any kind of media, like food, is possible, like in the following interesting video where the authors have built a latte art printer:

It is amazing the number of custom devices to build custom objects that people built. We are smoothly advancing towards personal fabrication…

Unlimited Design

April 13, 2008

Watch out this cool video on designing furniture on the fly. A nice combination of 3D capture, rapid prototyping and great sales video 😉 — from inventorspot.

A very nice way to start personal fabrication…

Unlimited imaging

March 31, 2008

As frontiers among disciplines and devices fade out, we are more likely to see natural interactions arising from many more different objects than we expect. The following example has little to do with technology (well, besides the relationship with customized toast images proposed by boldlentil), but I think it is very mind-opening:


device-less web navigation

March 16, 2008

In the path of making computer interfaces more natural, the Publicis & Hal Riney website proposes a very interesting method: navigate throught their website only with the webcam, without the need of a mouse. It suffices to stand at a certain distance of the camera and wave your arms to select the right and left directions.

webcam-based website navigation

Check it out, soon computers will be able to understand our signs, speech, body language…

Natural names for natural colors

November 16, 2007

In the information society we live in, sometimes we loose original names and concepts by dehumanized incomprehensible codings. In this line, the post “An online color thesaurus” permits to specify colors in natural language and to find out which is the corresponding RGB webcolor.
color thesaurus

And you can also collaborate enlarging their database!

video resume

October 13, 2007

Oh, my God… It looks like BS is severely spreading to video resumées!!

Check out Esquire’s post on The Worst Video Resumes Ever for some pearls. You can’t miss it!

Pens ‘n’ Pencils

September 9, 2007

For some reason, engineers tend to value more complex solutions than simple ones.

You might have probably read the rumor of the space pen. In short, NASA developed a pen that could write in zero gravity, spending $12M and thousands of hours of work, while Russians used pencils instead. Although the story is simply a hoax, it well illustrates a principle seen in many engineering decisions: simple solutions are undervalued. High-tech, high-complexity solutions are seen as the correct ones by whole communities of experts, even if simple solutions might be just better.

space pen

I have heard in professional contexts: “Solution A is the one that works the best, but… it is too simple. We’d have a hard time justifying our job.”. Seriously. Sad but true. Simple ideas can save millions of dollars, not only because they are cheaper, more robust and perform better, but also because you can get rid of personnel that complicates things…

So here’s an history of my own. In a robot contest, which goal was to get out of a maze, we presented a radically simple design. It turns out that the kind of maze proposed can be solved by always going to the right. This was our proposal: a single wheel robot, that would turn in circles if left alone, but that sticked to the wall in its presence, and would just follow it straight ahead. Whenever there was a right turn, it would do the right turn as it turned in circles in absence of wall. A small curved arm was set to the front so that when it found a wall in the front, it would do a left turn. The results? Five times faster than any of the other competitors. And we were disqualified, of course. That was not a robot. It didn’t have chips, nor LEDs, nor IR sensors. And yet it solved the problem better than anyone else…


So, which are the stories of your own? Which are the pencils that can be used instead of pens?