Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Watch this space ...

Met up with Nick Stone (Novalia), Jim Purbrick (Second Life's Mr Babbage) and Jonanthan Laventhol (Imagination) and others for an evening of belgium beer and dutch pancakes.

Unfortunately Mat Webb ( interconnected) was unable to make it (jet lag - the international lifestyle) and Suw Charman was at the premier of Hot Fuzz (blogpost here) ... oh well.

Anyway, apparently they are running future sessions in Second Life. I've been avoiding Second Life for a year now due to the amazingly wonderful experience it is, and my tendency to get highly addicted to such environments.

Virtual worlds, foo like sessions on future technology ... damn, I can feel the need to dust off my avatar ... damn it Babbage, or in other words "It's life Jim but not as we know it".

On another note, I talked with Nick about the state of the 3D printing industry. It still amazes me how few people realise that you can print physical objects and electronics and what this means for the commoditisation of the manufacturing process. Nick is facing these issues as well as people struggle to get to grips with his ideas.

With current technology, in a research setting, it should be possible to print out a digital watch (batteries included). It wouldn't be much of a time keeper - but then it would get the point across.

Of course as soon as we explain this you get the usual comments of "you mean print out an image of watch, like a photo of a watch"

Nope. I mean print out a watch, which you can put on your wrist and tell the time with.


Suw said...

I'm really sorry that I missed it - would have been nice to come and hang out with you guys again, but who can resist Hot Fuzz? Then again, who can resists futurology in Second Life? Any details on the sessions?

swardley said...

No details at the moment, I've been sent an invite from Second Life but I've not logged in yet as I've been travelling.

I'll check it out tonight ...

It was a shame not to see you, but then Hot Fuzz - well, I understand.

Nick Stone said...

Hey, Simon, i came across this whilst searching for various things and thought i should at least comment in some way! i had a great night, met some really interesting people (as usual), thanks for asking me. Hmm not sure I have, or will ever forgive you for introducing me to second life though! My life is full of duality already! I have a part time job working on nanoelectronics, whilst i try to set up my own business; I try to cross the gap between manufacturing via printing of two dimensional objects and using printing to create four dimensional active 3d objects; and deal with an ever increasing sense of gender dysphoria! then you go and introduce me to SL where I can go replicate all of this in another world yet again; too much! But of course i love it really :) see you soon, and keep up being such a great herald for printed electronics!

swardley said...

Hi Nick, as always it was great to meet up with you. I apologise so much for introducing you to SL all that time ago ... I did try an warn you after opening pandora's box and saying look at this. Something like horse, bolted, stable, door ... or words to that effect. Naturally things will get much worse as we start being able to print more and more objects in RL ... but then that'll be partly your fault I'm sure :-). Of course, that'll be wonderful too. How's the new flexographic printer?

Nick Stone said...

Hey, I only jest about the sl intro lol, i love it really :) but you know that. The press is looking great, its been installed, just waiting for power now, but that is down to cma uni and so could take a few weeks. very exciting tho, i really do have the 'build and they will come' mentality at the moment. Ive had lots of very interesting company contact me, my job is to turn that interest into some new concepts and get them out there.