I watched this VICE documentary the other day about a guy who wants to 3D print guns. After the Sandy Hook shooting, MakerBot immediately took down plans for gun parts that were hosted on Thingiverse, which is a kind of repository for plans for 3D-printed things. Check out what the guy has to say about how 3D printing impacts the gun control debate.
Yesterday, the first ever fully 3D printed gun and its plans were released online.
This makes me think about what I mentioned once during Jia’s Human to Machine crit, about the problems with a frictionless relationship between human and machine interfaces. This seems like a really fascinating way of combining digital and ‘analog’ things. When the person in the demo dragged different gradient overlays onto a lightswitch to change the colors of the lightbulbs in the rom that just blew my mind.
This is really cool. A series of tablets that are designed to be interacted with by elderly people. What I think is really interesting is how it boils down the essentials of the action – for example, to print something from a ‘tablet’ you just slide it into a printer. It removes any deeper use of the tool but it also does something interesting by reducing the object’s function to a single gesture.