Monthly Archives: May 2014

3D Printed Projects to Upgrade Your Creative Lifestyle

With 3D printing all the rage we turned to the most impressive projects out there and how they could benefit our clients and candidates artistic passions. With prices starting at $1,500, 3D printing isn’t easily accessible to every creative soul. 3D Hubs is a good source for locating spots where you can print while sussing out if investing in a printer is right for you.

Scott Summit, the co-founder of Bespoke, created the first ever 3D printed guitar. The wood guitars are made from is becoming scarce, so polyamide is a progressive option. Plus, it’s recyclable.

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The One Cup A Day  project is printing one ceramic espresso cup a day for sale online. It’s an interesting project from both the consumer and creator’s perspectives.

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These 3D printed high heels were created by Pauline Van Dongen and made out of laser sintered nylon. They come in a multitude of colors and you should be the first to rock them!

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3D Printed fabric may just start edging manufactures as the fabric of the future. It’s far more environmentally friendly and requires less labor.

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What’s your favorite concept?  And if money weren’t an option, what would you print? Comment here or Tweet at us!

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The Five Wearables To Watch: 

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Sensoria Fitness has created the ‘smart sock’. Runners can track their fitness via the band. Most impressively, it alerts runners if they are racing in a pattern that could result in injury.

Intel has partnered with the fashion industry to create a smart watch to compete with The Pebble and Samsung. It’s stepping up, claiming this watch won’t need to be tethered to a mobile mobile device to work. It will also geo-locate so you can find restaurants, shopping and anything else you’re looking for on the fly.

iWallet is armed with Bluetooth technology that works with your smartphone to alert you of theft.

Voltaicsystems has a variety of solar powered laptop cases to choose from. Wearable Solar has impressively designed solar-powered workout garments that charge your mobile up to 50% as you run. Use the sun’s rays instead of the socket to give your device some juice.

The SunFriend – just in time for your summertime fun. It alerts you when you have reached maximum UVA/UVB exposure. You can set your own levels, just be… smart about it. (No pun intended).

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The Most Affordable Wearable Tech, Just For You

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Amazon has created a section just for Wearables. The retail giant is positioning itself as the go-to for introducing new wearables that pop on the market. It’s design is to have you look at Amazon as the one-stop shop for wearable tech. Will they be successful at aggregating the market so we don’t have to? Time will tell. To set the precedence, Amazon inked a deal to be the only place you can pre-order the Misfit Bloom Necklace, a piece of jewelry that works in conjunction with the Misfit Shine: Fitness Tracker. It appears that retailers and tech companies are sold on wearables taking off, but only 15% of consumers polled said they are sporting them. High prices, not an unwillingness to evolve remain the biggest obstacle.

Knowing that, we’ve curated a list of four of the most affordable wearables on the market for you to check out:

The Kite Patch: You may be thinking “Oh, come on, we want an iWatch.” Sure you do. But, do you enjoy walking in the burbs and being eaten alive? Whether you’re a camper or not, you’re going to attend at least one backyard BBQ this summer. The Kite Patch makes you undetectable to mosquitos for up to 48 hours. No red itching bumps. Just $10.

Geek Chic T-shirts: The most useful of the pack is a wifi-detector tee. Especially if you’re traveling, you’ll be the most useful person on your team.

The FitBit Zip: Itty bitty and counts all your calories for a fraction of the price. If you want to get in shape on a budget, this is the tracker for you. Plus, it’s impossible to get a rash from this model.

Cuff: The unisex jewelry does run up to $150, but you can get cheaper pieces starting at $30. The design is excellent and the purpose, to alert a loved one if you’re in danger, is a great function.

We’ll be back next Wearable Wednesday with “What Not To Wearable.” In the meantime: Tweet us your thoughts on the most affordable technology.

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