Polaroid and Apple: Innovation Through Mental Invention Steve Jobs admits to few idols. But one is Edwin Land, the college dropout who invented the polarizing filters used in everything from car headlights to sunglasses. Land, of course, also invented the Polaroid Land Camera. It happened like this: One time when Land and his three-year-old daughter were in New Mexico, she asked why she couldn't immediately see a photograph that he had snapped. He took a short walk through the desert, pondering that question. By the time he had returned (and it was no more than an hour, he recalled), he had visualized the elements of the instant camera.
Peer-to-peer production and the coming of the commons Illustration: Andrzej Krauze ‘At a certain stage of development, the material productive forces of society come into conflict with the existing relations of production or – this merely expresses the same thing in legal terms – with the property relations within the framework of which they have operated hitherto. From forms of development of the productive forces these relations turn into their fetters.
3D Printer Firm MakerBot Takes on the MP3 Market Player With MixTape MakerBot is well known for its affordable consumer 3D printers. Now the company is branching out into consumer entertainment products with its new MixTape – buy it or print it. From the MakerBot website: 3D Printing Technology Poised for New Industrial Revolution When the TV series Star Trek first brought the starship Enterprise into German living rooms, the concept of a replicator was pure science fiction, a fantastical utopian vision we might experience one day centuries in the future. Replicators, something of a mixture between computer and miniature factory, were capable of creating food and replacement parts from next to nothing. They were highly practical devices, since Captain Kirk couldn't exactly take along a lot of supplies for his journeys through outer space. That futuristic vision, though, has receded far into the past -- overtaken by the present.
David Kelley on Designing Curious Employees Design thinking is a process of empathizing with the end user. Its principal guru is David Kelley, founder of IDEO and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford (otherwise known as the d.school), who takes a similar approach to managing people. He believes leadership is a matter of empathizing with employees. In this interview, he explains why leaders should seek understanding rather than blind obedience, why it's better to be a coach and a taskmaster and why you can't teach leadership with a PowerPoint presentation.
WikiSpeed, Manufacturing in the Age of Open Collaboration If Henry Ford was still around, what would he do to disrupt manufacturing once gain in this new century? He would certainly join Team WikiSpeed, using Agile, Open Source and Modular Design to bring on a Third Industrial Revolution. Ever since Michel Bauwens brought it to our attention, WikiSpeed has been one of the projects that excited us the most in the Collaborative Production field. We finally had the pleasure to welcome Joe Justice, founder and Team Lead of WikiSpeed, for a series of workshops and conferences in Rome (at Cowo360), Barcelona (at FabLab and MOB) and Paris (at ENSCI with La FING). Here is a synthesis of the conversations and lessons learned from our time spent with Joe.
Here Comes Controversy: Hobbyists 3D Print Automatic Weapons An interesting and controversial story was published by Atomic MPC this week involving hobbyists designing and 3D printing automatic weapons. In the wake of the tragic shooting in Colorado earlier this week, the Atomic forums entered a discussion on gun control and gun laws not only in Australia but the USA. Naturally as conversation progresses the topic goes off track a little, and one Atomican discovered a forum discussing the manufacture of AR15 lower receivers.At first glance some readers, and especially gun enthusiasts may say “so what, why is this any different to making your own car parts?”. Building a low-cost light-cured resin 3D printer Mar.7, 2013 Light-cured resin 3D printers are getting really popular. The students led by Rachel Levine at Rochester Institute of Technology have been working on building a projected image 3D printer since last year. The system uses an ordinary overhead projector to project black and white images onto a film of UV curable photopolymer in order to selectively cure/harden the polymer.
Ideas to accelerate agency innovation Me with Scott Prindle, Aaron Shapiro and Tony Signore I just came back from a great session at the Mirren New Business Conference. Laurie Coots, TBWA Chiat Day’s CMO, no stranger to change and innovation, moderated a panel with CP&B’s creative technology lead Scott Prindle, HUGE CEO Aaron Shapiro, Taylor CEO Tony Signore and me. We tried to cover everything from sources of inspiration to methods for transforming an organization. I actually took notes.
The Post-Apocalypse Survival Machine Nerd Farm Marcin Jakubowski sits cross-legged on the dirt floor of a round hut in Missouri farm country, carefully making an open-faced mayo and cheddar sandwich. Inside the hut there’s a bed, a small desk, a few plastic containers (including one for food), and, occasionally, mice and snakes. It’s 104F out and only slightly cooler inside. There’s no fridge, so just how the mayonnaise hasn’t spoiled is something of a mystery. SpiderFab: NASA Turns to 3D Printing for Future Space Expeditions Astronauts have always had limited carry-on storage. Even some of the most valuable scientific equipment can be restricted from flight because of constraints in the design of a space shuttle. NASA has green lit a new project called SpiderFab that will enable the manufacturing of spaceship parts and other equipment in flight. How? By integrating 3D printing into the space program. From Iowa State Daily: