By on August 8th, 2012

So I was hoping to give you fulsome looks at the technologies I’m seeing but LA Conference Time is warp speed.  Here are some technologies to check out.  I vouch for nothing, this is your amusement park visit for the day — grab yourself a few rides.

People scans  (some motion-capture systems are designed to track only human hotspots and won’t work yet on, say, cows.)

  • •  3dMD.com               I’ll have 3D scans of me to share.  They also do motion capture (4D)
  • •  Faceware                  (a 3D and 4D scan)
  • •  3DDynamics           got a a scan of me, knees to tiptop (3D)
  • •  PHASESPACE        (a 3D and 4D scan)   I’ll have 3d scans of my face to share.
Other scans
  • •  gigamacro.com    macro-scans a coin, a leaf, a butterfly in tiny bites then reconstructs them for an image you can zoom into for details.
  • •  artscans studio  speciality scanning and printing for flat artwork and digital artwork.  quality looks good, yet another offshoot of Nash Editions {think Crosby, Stills and Nash].
  • •  I say yet another because the Boston area has one, Singer Editions.  I’ve long admired the quality of their work and have enjoyed working with them in the past.  (This for my East Coast readers.)
3D Printing, aka Rapid Prototyping
  • •  mcor technologies    the Matrix300 printer    (uses paper)
  • •  MakerBot       I am waiting for my 3d print to be done as I write  (uses the same plastic as Legos)
  • •  diylilcnc.org       open source.   hopeffully I’ll pick up a 3d print tomorrow.     (Uses subtractive methods to carve out a mold, casts a ceramic  mixture in the mold)
  • •  ShaderPrinter    haven’t
  •  seen samples yet but an intriguing channel for artists.
Digital Jewelry, Wearables, textiles
 Touchie-feelie
Opportunities for artistic/scientific collaboration
  • •  XSEDE      I haven’t investigated yet but this looks to be a powerful resource, funded by the United States National Science Foundation (NSF).

XSEDE is a single virtual system that scientists can use to interactively share computing resources, data and expertise. People around the world use these resources and services — things like supercomputers, collections of data and new tools — to improve our planet.

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 This list is incomplete but gives you a taste of what I’m tasting here.  If you have any interest in combining your artform with new technologies then let something here lead you in a new direction.

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