Using 3D Printers housed in a shipping container, unmanned drones and GPS tracking system Project Blue Sky promises to freak the hell out of unsuspecting Burning Man participants. The project is run by a non-profit called ReAllocate.org, which curates teams of world class talent and pairs them with specific technical projects, humanitarian organizations (other non-profits, NGOs) and resources to solve global challenges. Right on.
Imagine that you are in
Black Rock desert close to Center Camp. You step into a brightly
decorated space surrounded by ancient statues. You are ushered into a
shipping container that has been converted into a high-tech innovation
lab. You and your fashionable friend strike a pose which is captured
with 3D software and converted into a 3D model. You are given a GPS
transponder and specific instructions for your mission. On the way out
you catch a lecture on 'Scientific Exploration' and watch some aerial 3D
footage of flying over Burning Man projected in a 3D imax dome.
After you leave, your image scan is 3D printed into a miniature
statue and loaded into a capsule on a multi-copter. The copter navigates
to your GPS location.
When your GPS transponder goes off, you look up as the multi-copter
hovers above you. It gently lowers a padded capsule with your statue of
you inside. You unwrap a 3D medallion of yourself.
Your only responsibility is to return the transponder and tell us your story for our documentary.
With this series of 3D Printed Soldering attachments for a BIC lighter you can be like MacGyver and repair your PCB's anywhere. Sure, it may be a little more geeky than MacGyver, and perhaps without the brown leather jacket and frosted tips, but MacGyverish all the same....
For every person who attempts to use a technology such as 3D Printing for a weapon (and whether the journalistic hype surrounding the drama actually meets reality), there are hundreds of thousands of people who use 3D Printing for something creative such as the iShooter, a 3D Printable ring stabilizer for the iPhone and iPad.. No more shaky videos and may even be handy for some gyroscope based driving/flying games (not first person shooters)...
The ultimate geek timekeeper? 3D Printed DIY Minecraft Binary Clock, yes....
This is a binary clock that was built into a 3d printed case created in Minecraft. It shows the current time in a binary coded decimal format. The model was exported with the free tool Mineways and printed on a Zprinter 650 3d printer, with a block size of 25mm3 (so every block has an edge length of 5mm). After printing, LEDs were glued into the case after filing the openings a bit wider. Then, the LEDs were soldered to form a 4x4 LED matrix, and the matrix was connected to an Arduino board. Next steps will be to tidy up the wiring and add some buttons to set the clock to the right time (right now this has to be done in the code).