This weekend, I noticed that a couple of great projects are on KickStarter: SketchChair and Melody Man. SketchChair is a software tool for designing custom chairs that can be laser-cut, CNC routed, or otherwise fabricated. Melody Man is a designer toy with a hand crank, LED animations, and music. They’re both closely related to the [...]
The Toaster Project is an attempt by Thomas Thwaites to build a toaster from scratch, including mining and refining the necessary metals. Includes interesting reflections on just how much infrastructure and work goes into the creation of a simple product.
The Economist has a cover story on 3D printing this week, as well as a longer briefing on the topic. They mention the work of Peter Schmitt, a PhD student here at the Media Lab, as well as Neri Oxman, a professor here and one of my thesis readers. The article is quite insightful regarding [...]