Monthly Archives: October 2013

A glimpse into the future

Rachel Webb Design

Two years ago I spoke to a sales rep from a Advertising company at the Surface Design show and we discussed print and the digital world of advertising, he briefly mentioned how in the near future we will be able to ‘scan’ adverts/billboard/magazines and information will be displayed about what we are trying to access; whether it be a fashion item, or world news.

I completely forgot about that discussion until today, when I came across Layar…

Today, Layar leads the way in augmented reality and interactive print, helping to bridge the gap between the print and digital worlds. The Layar App has been downloaded over 35 million times

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Welcome to the Third Dimension Part 2: An overview of 3D printing

Digital Initiatives: A Chronicle

After that last post, I feel as though a brief description of 3D printing is necessary: 3D printers print using polymer plastics, resins, ceramic composites and metals through two different processes: the more advanced models use selective laser sintering (SLS) in which lasers pass through the powdered material, fusing the particles together in the form of your design, the less advanced models use the process of molten deposition printing (MDP) in which spools of plastic filament are threaded through heated extruder heads, melted and deposited on a mobile heated platform in increasing layers to build your design. CPL’s Makerbot is a MDP model printer. Digital 3D blueprints for objects-to-be-printed are designed in free CAD (computer assisted design) programs such as Google SketchUp, the design is then converted by a slicing program (software which is provided with the printer at purchase) into a format readable by the printer, the file saved to an SD…

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The ultimate iron chef – when 3D printers invade the kitchen

UOW Research Blog

By Robert Gorkin(ACES – UOW) and Susan Dodds, University of Tasmania

Printing food seems more like an idea based in Star Trek rather than in the average home. But recent advances in 3D printing (known formally as additive manufacturing) are driving the concept closer to reality. With everything from printed metal airplane wings to replacement organs on the horizon, could printed food be next? And how will we feel when it’s served at the table?

From sundaes to space food

In some ways we have “printed” food for decades. Think of making a sundae using a self-dispensing ice-cream machine. Building by extruding material through a nozzle is quite similar to how certain 3D printers, called fused deposition modellers (FDM) work today. While FDM is primarily used for prototyping plastics, the technology has been applied in culinary arts for years.

Researchers at Cornell pioneered some of this work, adapting…

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Augmented Reality in Education: The Video

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Our school is innovating to enhance the student learning experience.  Click on the photo above to see how!

We’re utilizing Augmented Reality (AR) to connect at a deeper level with stakeholders while relying upon meaningful technology integration to promote 21st century skills.  AR in education is about possibilities and relationships.

In case you were wondering, AR is defined as a live direct or indirect view of a real-world environment whose elements are augmented (or supplemented) by computer-generated sensory input like sound, video or graphics (, 2013).  We are seeing more and more value in this cutting-edge educational tool.

We’re connecting with parents and school systems across the country in unprecedented ways.  My vision is to engage each and every student in a personalized 21st century educational experience marked by high levels of learning, creativity, positive character development and unceasing opportunities to collaborate in a technology-rich environment.

AR is…

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Is augmented reality the way forward?

Maurice Fantato PR & MarCom

It seemed only yesterday when we were told that QR codes were set to revolutionise the way we accessed information by enabling us to scan the familiar grid onto our smartphone to either find additional product information or access a database, like your British Airways check in option for example.

Two years in internet terms have become like a day in politics in our times; a small change can revolutionise an entire process, dispatching a new process into premature obsolescence.  And this it seems is exactly what is going to happen to QR codes, to be brutally replaced shortly by AR.

AR? Well, Augmented Reality that is.  AR has been around for a while as a concept, but not that long as a viable solution.  Nevertheless AR is at the very heart of what Google is developing with its Google Glasses. But you don’t have to fork out the…

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