4D printers

It’s remarkable that you can now buy 3D printers to make (generally plastic) objects. 3D printers work by translating computer models into objects layer-by-layer. You can make pretty nifty stuff with consumer 3D printers, too. My personal favorite is this Mario Kart Koopa shell racer:

Koopa and batteries not included

We’ve progressed quite a bit when you consider the shift from printing presses to dot matrix, inkjet and laser printers to 3D printers. Could the next shift lead us to 4D printers?¬†What would a 4D printer do, anyway? If the fourth dimension is time, then I imagine it would print an object as it appeared along the time continuum. If you wanted a complete and undamaged sculpture of the Victory of Samothrace, you would simply adjust the print settings to go back to 190BC, and voila!

Maybe with enough tinkering, we could even use 4D printers to look forward to the future: What will the Victory of Samothrace look like in 3100? Just 4D print to find out!

Wakeup slides

When I was a kid, I loved going to school but I hated my morning routine: Wake, wash, dress, brush, eat, dash.

I remember wishing I had a fun alternative to the banality of the repetitive drill. That’s when I came up with the idea of a ‘wakeup slide’. The basic idea was that I would wake up, pop into the tube, slide down and go through stations that did the work for me. Each pod station would accomplish a different task – brushing my teeth, washing my face, feeding me breakfast. The slide incline and station speed would be designed so that the whole ordeal would be finished in less than 1 minute. It would go something like this:

Waking up would be so much more fun if we could just hop in a slide and let technology take care of the rest. What do you think, fantasy or future? I’m inclined (har har) to think that a Wakeup Slide is probably more than a few years away…

Hello world!

Welcome to my new blog! I think I should inaugurate things with a prosaic introductory post. So… here it is! Also, I’m told christening boats is all the rage, and since blogs are definitely cooler than boats, I wanted to christen this blog. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be a ‘christen’ smiley, so a nice Google image will have to do instead:

Thanks for stopping by! More content coming soon. I hope.