I'm poised to use the DesignSpark Mechanical 3D design package and my 3D printer to create an über-cool holographic Steampunk watch. How about if we have a competition to see who can create the most interesting design?
Do you remember my slideshow about the world's most amazing 3D holographic watch? An old man staggers down the road dragging a heavy suitcase. He passes a group of yuppies who decide to have some fun by asking, "Do you have the time?" The smiles are wiped from their faces when the old man sets his suitcase down and pulls up his sleeve to reveal an amazing watch that generates 3D holograms.
In the slideshow, I told this tale through cartoons, including the one above. However, I've been thinking it would be fun to recreate this as a set of photographs using real people. EE Times blogger Dr. FPGA (a.k.a. Warren Miller) has volunteered to play the role of the old professor. We're planning on doing this at Design West 2014, so if you see a bunch of unlikely characters strolling around, that will probably be yours truly and friends.
One of the key props will be the watch itself (we can Photoshop a hologram into the pictures later). I'm visualizing something in a Steampunk motif, perhaps in the same general style as the one shown below.
One attractive aspect of this style -- a watch attached to a band of leather -- is that it makes it easier to generate the body of the watch using a 3D printer. But this is just one representation. In reality, we are limited only by our imaginations. I bet you could come up with something much cooler.
The real game changer is today's release of DesignSpark Mechanical, an industrial-strength 3D design package that is humongously powerful, incredibly intuitive, easy to use, and fabulously free. The introduction of this package means you don't have to be a 3D modeling expert who has spent years of practice and self-denial struggling to learn the tools. With the provided tutorials and just a little practice, we can all become masters and mistresses of the 3D domain.
I just downloaded DesignSpark Mechanical and installed it on my notepad and the tower computer in my office. For the tower, the install said I needed .NET Framework on my computer. If this happens to you, don't do what I did, which was to go the Microsoft website and download the .NET Client. If you take the time to look, you'll realize that DesignSpark has very kindly included a a copy of the .NET Framework installer with the other DesignSpark Mechanical files. I only wish I'd been paying a little more attention.
We could have a competition to see who can design the most amazing 3D representation of our holographic watch prop using DesignSpark Mechanical. If you email me a copy of your DesignSpark Mechanical design, I'll include a rendering of it in a future blog. I'll also create physical realizations of the most scrumptious designs on my 3D printer and take photographs of them. Even better, whichever design we collectively agree is the best of the best will be the one we use in the photoshoot at Design West 2014.