Elon Musk Shows Off His Crazy Iron Man-Inspired 3D Modeling SetupGreg Kumparak
Elon Musk, the world’s busiest rich dude/mad scientist, has just posted a video showing off the Iron Man-inspired 3D modeling setup he tweeted about last week. Because people don’t compare him to Tony Stark* enough, right?
By combining the gesture-sensing Leap Motion controller with an array of different display technologies (like the Oculus Rift VR handset, a 3D Projector, or a crazy translucent glass display that looks like it was pulled right out of Starks’ lab) and a modified version of the Siemens NX design suite, SpaceX’s engineers are able to zoom around and inspect their models without ever touching a mouse.
It’s a bit unclear, though, whether or not they’re currently able to actually design models within the gestural setup, or just inspect models they’ve made with more traditional tools. While the video shows Elon and his engineers doing things like scaling, rotating, and even cutting away at meshes, it never demonstrates anyone building something anew. As anyone who has ever worked with 3D modeling software could tell you, this stuff tends to get crazy complicated, with each app having dozens upon dozens of menus and a few zillion hotkeys to memorize (especially when you’re designing with any sort of precision in mind). Squeezing anything but the most basic modeling concept into a set of motion gestures seems… difficult.
After stepping in and around their designs, SpaceX’s team is able to send their models straight to a (presumably crazy expensive)
metal extrusion laser sintering machine (read: a 3D printer that prints in metal) to be made into real-world prototypes.
Welcome to the future. Your jetpack will ship out next week.
[* Which actually makes perfect sense, since, you know, Jon Favreau’s version of Tony Stark is straight up based on Elon.]
“At the public memorial for Jobs last year, Cook reminded all employees that Steve didn’t want them to always ask themselves ‘what would Steve do,’” Eric Jackson writes for Forbes. “That’s not what Walt Disney wanted and that’s not what Jobs wanted. (Of course, this being Steve Jobs, I’m sure he had lots of strong ideas on core principles for how the company should continue to be run.)”
“One area that we should expect Apple to also go off script in the future is the whole area of acquisitions. To this point, Apple has been most comfortable doing small, tuck-in acquisitions. Siri is a perfect example of this,” Jackson writes. “Yet, it is inevitable that Apple will need to do bigger acquisitions and/or move into new areas beyond just selling phones, computers, iPads, and TVs. The bigger they become, the more difficult it is to keep growing earnings 90% a year.”
Jackson writes, “There are endless possible acquisition targets that investment bankers can dream up for Apple to buy. Facebook and Twitter are probably the sexiest names. They also clearly would help build out Apple’s skills in social Web stuff, where Ping is the most obvious example of where they have failed to connect with users… However, I do think buying Yahoo! makes a lot of sense for Apple. I can already hear the guffaws. Yahoo! seems to be the butt of all Internet stock jokes these days. Why would Apple want to strap a perennial stock loser for the last 5 years like Yahoo! to its back?”
1. Buying Yahoo! wouldn’t be that expensive.
2. Apple needs to either stay in or get out of the advertising business with iAd.
3. Ironically, beyond an ecosystem of apps, all the big mobile players in the future will need a core stable of amazing mobile apps to differentiate.
Read more at http://macdailynews.com/2012/02/22/why-apple-should-buy-yahoo/#faJd1OLMdDPU9prU.99
Fully fluid RWD sites now more important than ever
|The new iPhone: now taller, which means media queries may need adjusting
You should see fewer memory issues and fewer graphical glitches.” The first of those points in particular highlights a potential problem for web designers and developers, given that many have relied on set pixel values regarding media queries.
“Until now, everyone has taken the screen sizes of the iPhone/iPod touch for granted with their responsive designs and used them as the ‘industry standard’ or ‘standard screen dimensions’ for their media queries,” explained web developer and designer Sebastian Green. “They have ignored other devices and targeted mainly Apple products when setting breakpoints, targeting screen dimensions of the iPhone, which has not changed since the first generation.”
But he warned that if a site has been built to target a specific dimension – the iPhone in landscape – this dimension has now increased, meaning the iPhone 5 and new iPod touch will be served styles for a bigger screen-size media query.
“This is going to lead to lots of sites looking odd in landscape on the iPhone 5 and will create work for developers/designers to modify their media queries,” continued Green. “It just goes to show, even the big companies will change things we all rely on. Responsive designs should not be dependent on certain screen dimensions. It is just more proof that designs need to be fluid in between their media query breakpoints so that they will work on any size of screen.”
Technology strategist James Gardner said he was “very much of the opinion that the iPhone 5 changes nothing” regarding web design, the caveat being that it changes nothing for designers and developers who weren’t living in an iOS bubble: “The interest in the iPhone launch, especially in the mainstream media, is indicative of the importance of mobile devices – and therefore their impact on the day-to-day lives of consumers. In this environment, the requirement for organisations to have a mobile-ready or mobile-optimised presence is increasingly important.
This isn’t about being innovative necessarily, but simply to ensure consumers have the right experience of your brand – don’t sell them short. The information that consumers require on a mobile device, and therefore the relevant user journey, will be different from other channels and requires thought. For me, these are the basics that need to be addressed. The actual device – iPhone 5 or Galaxy S3 – is a distraction.”
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