The Eggbot is an open-source art robot that can draw on spherical or egg-shaped objects from the size of a ping pong ball to that of a small grapefruit– roughly 1.25 to 4.25 inches in diameter (3 – 10 cm). The kit is based on the original design by Bruce Shapiro, dating back to 1990. Our version, the “Egg-Bot 2.0,” is a modern and friendly update, designed with the assistance of Bruce and his team.
The Eggbot is super adjustable, and is designed to draw on all kinds of things that are normally “impossible” to print on. Not just eggs but ping pong balls, light bulbs, mini pumpkins, and even things like wine glasses– with a bit of work. In the photos, you can see just a few of the things that you can make with an eggbot: Incredible personalized golf balls, christmas ornaments, light bulbs, and (yes) eggs.
The Eggbot chassis is made of tough fiberglass, with integrated heat sinks for the included motors. The pen and egg motors are high-torque precision stepping motors, and the pen lift mechanism is a quiet and reliable servo motor.
The Eggbot kit is easy to assemble in a couple of hours, and only requires a couple of basic tools like miniature Phillips-head and flathead screwdrivers. You’ll also need a reasonably modern computer with an available USB port (Mac, Windows or Linux), plus internet access to download assembly instructions and necessary software.
I really enjoyed hearing Anthony Dunne, partner at Dunne and Raby and professor at Royal College of Arts in London, at interaction 12 talking about future interaction design and what ifs.
The more time we spend creating new innovative technologies that are currently impossible, the more inventions will find in between now and then.
BE IMPOSSIBLE FIRST.
<predicted> Origami will change the world </predicted>
“2SLEEP1 is a playlist of audiovisual performances in text mode, designed to make you fall asleep. The idea is to show the music being composed in real-time along with typewriter-style animations.
Both the music interface and the graphics are built up from text symbols. This means that the (graphical) objects can work together with the (musical) instructions, on a visual level. Vank is a first rough test of this and Matsamöt makes a similar thing, without the improvisation. Finally, Echidna is a silent movie with semi-live music.”
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This is one way to keep the fat off Americans. Produce a system that requires as many steps as possible to dispense a Butterfinger and eat it. Neato idea though.
Hey! I’m hungry!
1. Go to Android market
2. Download Foursquare again (I thought that era of my life was over.)
3. Open app
4. Oh a decision tree, should I
a. Login with Facebook. All my friends are going to know when I eat this beautiful butterfinger.
b. Create an account again. I’m sure I forgot my password and all I want to do is shove this chocolate in my mouth.
c. Create a new account. I might have to use a new email, Jeez today is getting worse… Damn you nokia.
5. I chose facebook, it seems to be the fastest idea.
6. Allow foursquare to access all my facebook information. Feel like I’m on a nude beach.
7. Hit the Join Foursquare. (no shit, I downloaded your app)
8. Grrr, I have to fill in the email address and password. I guess I should have signed up for a new account.
9. Wrong email. That was the one I used before. OK Try a different one, the yahoo one. I use Yahoo to mean “b” team or less preferable. ie. My yahoo outfit.
10. OK I’m in
11. Check in at this this nokia gift thingy.
12. oops wrong location. I’m sick of this qvga phone.
13. OK, checked in
14. Pushed! Here it comes! BUTTERFINGER!!!
15. Oh no… Error… OK
16. Try again! BUUUUUUTERFIIIINGER!
17. stick hand in slot. Get ready to eat.
18. Hmm, what’s this massive tube surrounding my candy.
19. Remove tube.
20. Remove wrapper. That’s ok, it needs some way to keep it from falling apart.
Prepare yourself to be blown away.
MOS Architects have some thoughts.
This image showed the response to my talk at the Design Machine Group at the University of Washington on the 21st. Looks like they seemed to understand Sociability. It also shows the weakness of that word.