The broadband market is changing. Consumers — and especially the younger demographics — are ‘cord cutting’. The cable companies made lots of money with offering Triple Play packages (Internet, TV and telephony) but now they are confronted with changing behavior which leads to price erosion.
The cable industry is fighting back by putting artificial data-caps in place so they've a way out to increase prices down the line.
When you show a 3D printed product to someone who has not seen a 3D printed piece before, there is significant chance that the conversation will be about the material. And that is not surprising. 3D printed pieces look rough, show “printing lines”, and feel different than regular materials.
I do not believe in a Star Trekian future. Seriously I do not think it is a plausible future that we space travel as humans beyond our solar system. I think even Mars is quite a stretch.
Instead I think it makes much more sense to download our human brain into a computer and send that computer instead.
You always end up with less when working at an early-stage startup. The company grows and you've to give away roles and responsibilities to others. It is inevitable for a growing company. But it's ok.
With great regularity I see ideas and companies trying to leverage WIFI as a WAN. I would not recommend it. It's just not designed for that. Here's why.
One of the major learnings of building a 3D printing online service, is that the demand of personal customization of products is overblown. People are just not that into it.
This is an exploration how a possible future can look like if we would not own stuff anymore, but they're made when you need them. Typically the future unfolds differently than we imagine, but it gives pointers on how trends can impact the world at large.
In my series on the impact of 3D printing, I wrote about my views of the impact on supply chain and product design. In today’s post, I write about manufacturing locations. This topic has already been partly covered in the post about supply chain, but I think there is more to say about it.
If 3D printing becomes mainstream, I expect it will have a major impact on many aspects of manufacturing and design processes. This is a first post in series of posts on what impact 3D printing can have. Today, I am writing about the impact on supply chain.
Hod Lipson and his team brought the concept of iterative design to the next level with their EndlessForms website. They combine evolutionary algorithms and generative encodings with crowd sourcing of designs. The results are interesting.
There is at last progress on bringing 3D to the web. For years, different companies have tried to solve this problem, but the solutions — often with proprietary browser plugins — were cumbersome and limited. With the creation of WebGL, there is finally a way forward.
While I am analyzing these pictures at work today I got the feeling I work for NASA instead of Shapeways. Take a look!
Artificial intelligence was one of the first buzzwords I can remember from the previous century. It promised a future with intelligent computers or devices which could understand you and act autonomously.Up until now we still do not use AI-enabled devices in our daily life. Why is that?