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Print A House(fast & affordable homes for all)

While the 3D printing services offered by Philips incubated Shapeways are helping to usher in the coming boom, they produce small objects that fit in one’s hand. Using concrete instead of plastic, Contour Crafting aims to build a house in 24 hours at 1/5th the cost. The worlds largest construction equipment manufacturer, Caterpillar has invested in the technology which comes out of research at USC I’ve been following for some years. You can see the current state of Contour Crafting for yourself

more videos and media coverage are available on the Contour Crafting media page. And yes, as long-time MJ readers and true funkateers surely know, this is filed under TVIR 🙂

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3D Printing Update




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Chickenfoot Mesh: Reactivating Node 0

As hinted at on the Node 3 page, Node 0 is being reactivated. Since the birth of the new Meshverse Journal, posts here at automatically show up at Node 1 via RSS. Now, using the power of Chickenfoot, posts are replicated on Node 0 as well. Eventually the replication will work between all nodes so so any activity at any node will show up everywhere. There will be different flavors of The Meshverse Journal – Ning, PeopleAggregator, WordPress, Second Life, Croquet etc. all presenting the same content so you can pick whatever works best for you. This evolution has very powerful economic and technical implications. I’d love to explore them in depth here but my focus is currently on implementation and this is just a small step along the way – there’s a lot more to get done. As pieces get done, I’ll be using the MJ to incrementally talk about what’s going on. In the meantime, you can dig through previous posts to see how it is directly related to the genie that got out of the bottle I mentioned just over a year ago as well as the coming boom. Whether you’re a developer or a savvy, but non-programming netizen, you should find jolt of empowerment in the automation features of Chickenfoot that let you “rewrite the web”. It is after all, your computer so you ought to be able to cook up any mash/mesh you like!

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New Nodes Activated

This node of The Meshverse Journal is now active as is the social network at Node 2. See the Node 3 about page for more details.

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Mitch Kapor: Minority Report Interfaces On The Way

As reported last year on the MJ in Getting Inside the Simulation, 3D camera driven interfaces are already available. What Kapor is talking about is widespread adoption

“Look at Minority Report,” Kapor said. “I’m here to say that (technology is) going to be real in the next (few) years.”In fact, he said, he predicted that 3D cameras, which would be built into computers much like regular 2D cameras are today, will be available in as little as 12 months.

Basically, 3D cameras would allow the virtual world software to interpret how users are moving in the real-world and to translate that movement into the software. That could mean, then, that if the user raises his or her hand, so too does their avatar.

Kapor said he wasn’t clear on what the interface would be like, but he suggested it could be based on something like that of the Segway, in which users move their body forward and the Segway goes forward, backward to go backward, and so forth.

“So, if I look to the left in the real world, I just want my avatar to look to the left,” Kapor said. “If I smile, I just want my avatar to smile. The cameras should be good enough to pick that up. I think we’re going to see an amazing jump in the sense of presence.”

Mitch Kapor: 3D cameras will make virtual worlds easier to use | Geek Gestalt – A blog by Daniel Terdiman – CNET

3D is a universal language that will impact all aspects of computing and communications. Just in time for the coming boom 🙂

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Google, Microsoft and the Coming Boom

On the heels of Google’s stumble,  Microsoft makes a $45B bid for Yahoo
– this is the beginning of the end of this cycle folks – a new business model is already emerging and even that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

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I Am A New Jersey Voter For Obama!

I’ve got an Obama poster in the right margin of the home page of Scripting News. It’ll stay there for the duration as a virtual equivalent of one of those signs people put on their front lawns.

Dave Winer: I’m a California Voter for Obama!

A great idea which I’m borrowing!

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Political Mesh & The Power of Music

Noted blogger Dave Winer has endorsed Barak Obama and one key to his analysis is the changing perception about race amongst young people:

The problem for the Clintons is that the country has changed, as recently as the generation that’s now in its early 20s. Because of my experience at Harvard, I know quite a few of them, and I promise you, race doesn’t mean to them what it meant when I was their age. To them, this country is a melting pot where we’ve not only accepted blacks and Hispanics, but people from incredibly far away with incredible complexions, hair, clothes, traditions and names.

Find A Shared Vision, v2.0

I would submit that the key driving force in this transformation/convergence, the single most powerful meshing factor has been music. Dave has been giving tribute to the Music for as long as I can remember but as I’ve noted elsewhere music goes beyond tribute:

Informing and inspiring the open source movement are the African call-and-response traditions, Jazz and the free dance movements which emerged in the 20th Century. Late 20th Century open source strategies include Fluxus, web jams, Wigglism and the international Hip Hop culture.

Wikipedia: Open Source Society and Culture

After Obama’s South Carolina victory, Stevie Wonder’s Signed, Sealed and Delivered was playing in the background. Some of us recalled that the real Clinton told us long ago this day would come:

Tell ’em to make sure they got their James Brown pass
And don’t be surprised if Ali is in the White House
Reverend Ike, Secretary of the Treasure
Richard Pryor, Minister of Education
Stevie Wonder, Secretary of FINE arts
And Miss Aretha Franklin, the First Lady
Are you out there, CC?

Chocolate City

More recently and much closer to the young folk Dave mentioned was Paint The White House Black. There’s a long way to go but it’s good to see people like Dave stepping up and shining a spotlight on what’s really going on. Colors don’t clash – people do.

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