I really should be buying one of these myself. As I implied in my dot matrix example from my earlier comment, I was an early adopter with dot matrix printers. My first word processor used capitol letters only in, I think, a 7x9 dot matrix. Other people thought I was nuts. My writing instructors couldn't decided whether they should accept it or not. I was thrilled with it.
I couldn't use my dot matrix printer to replace 1200 DPI (dot per inch) commercial printing, but I could do things that simply were not otherwise possible.
I would also be buying one of these things except, for the moment, there are too many other things on the list ahead of the 3D printer.
@Caleb: I'm saying get one of those, or the camera that came out with the tiny projector and house it in your 3d printed watch case. It would be bulky, but fitting with the comic. Then you can walk up to any wall and have your "hologram". Perfect costume piece.
Oooohhhh -- I hadn't thought of that -- what a GREAT idea!!!
forget 20 years, I'm saying get one of those, or the camera that came out with the tiny projector and house it in your 3d printed watch case. It would be bulky, but fitting with the comic. Then you can walk up to any wall and have your "hologram". Perfect costume piece.
Very cool. I honestly don't think we have any idea what the world (of technology) is going to look like in 10 or 20 years ... just think that the first iPhone was only introduced 6 years ago and the first iPad only 3 years ago ...
Even some of those are not all that great. I had a recent experience where I attempted to use Shapeways. I designed my part to the letter in accordance to their published specifications and the result was less than impressive. I have worked with much more costly services, and can say that the results were impressive, but at a cost that I could have (as a hobbiest) made a similar or better quality part by hand.
I am hoping that the consumer market will advance at a faster pace. Seeing that companies like Microsoft and Autodesk are aligning to support this industry, I think that we will see improvements in the next 5 years.