Blog 2 (January 25, 2013):
After watching the first computer mouse demonstration: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfIgzSoTMOs
As a user that grew up with the modern computer mouse, it’s almost comical to watch the movements of the first mouse. It’s amazing to see the transformation that has occurred. Watching the first mouse, I noticed a couple features that`1 are the beginnings of today’s mouse. These include the ability to place the cursor any place on the screen with smooth, fluid movements and the ability to copy and paste a certain area of text. I feel jaded by modern technology to give an opinion whether the demonstration was impressive or not. I’d rather say it’s impressive how far the computer mouse has evolved. I don’t think I would have recognized the importance of this work at the time because I usually don’t have the newest and greatest technology; I wait for the technology to be common and then buy into it.
After watching: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wbl7JEJNTJM
Doyle believed the mother of all demos was a fake. We should share information to expand general knowledge. The population is generally greedy, because we are taught to be. But in a perfect world, there would be no money to worry about so there is no reason not to share information. We could better share information by keeping everything open source. Patents are good for knowing who first created the idea, but beyond that it should depend on the initiative of the entrepreneur to make money from the idea. If people were selfless this would be an easier task, until then it will always be about money.
Blog 1 (January, 18, 2013):
Exploring thingiverse.com, I found some interesting creations.
Something useful: Shotgun/bottle Opener
Something useless: The Cat Bus
Something beautiful: Thayer Vase
Something funny: Stegosaurus Dinosaur Costume
Something scary: Goey Monster
In response to this article: http://www.salon.com/2012/12/30/the_tinkerers_how_corporations_kill_creativity/
I would consider myself a tinkerer, as an engineer this is an important skill to have. Many of my friends are engineers as well, so I would consider most of them to be fellow tinkerers. I don't like the corporate culture interfering with most aspects of my life, let alone my tinkerer abilities. Many young people today have similar feelings; I hope there will be a change in the future, giving that my peers do not just follow suit as soon as they get in any sort of power position.I also find it funny that Steve Jobs started as a tinkerer and his later products prove to be anti-tinkerer.
In response to this video: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=50138327n
I believe the principles Kelley pushed were diversity, intuition, and empathy for the consumer. We can definitely draw from these to improve our work in the 3D printing lab. We have already dug into diversity with our groups. Many of us have begun playing with the machines by pure intuition. We could develop empathy for the consumer by making the 3D printers easier to use and advertising to make the vocabulary more familiar to the public. It was neat to see Kelley has also jumped into the 3D printing world.