World Builder: Future of CAD?

Bruce Branit put together this great short film, World Builder, in which he visualizes the future of hands-on 3D modeling. World Builder is a futuristic mix between the Holodeck from Star Trek, Maya (or Sketchup, 3DsMax, Rhino, Modo, etc), and SecondLife. The film was produced with one day of live footage shooting and 2 years of post production.

World Builder from Bruce Branit on Vimeo.

We surely won’t be using our own World Builder, as pictured, any day soon… But I do wonder how long it will be before we have visualization systems this powerful and interactive. Just look at the progress in computer based modeling software that we’ve made in the last 25 years. Compare Pixar’s first (pre-rendered) animated short from 1984 to what can be visualized in real time with Luxology’s upcoming Modo 401. If experimental visualization tools like ILoveSketch (you must watch the demo videos) are any indication, we won’t have to wait too long for our own World Builder.

Of course progress will be exciting and difficult at the same time. It will be exciting as knowledge of a tool becomes less of a barrier to communicating ideas, but that is exactly what will make the people and industries that have invested so much time and money into learning current tools so defensive. We’ve seen the rise of the user-generated-web shift the production of entertainment from professionals to the masses, and I’d argue that the result has been the discovery of more great ideas and talent that used to be lost due to a lack of resources. Perhaps we’ll see the same shift happen in the design of artifacts.

(Via @alanh42 and Gizmodo)

Polariod 600 Film to Resume Production

barbie-polariodVia: The Independent

Thanks to @RoninVision for posting a link to the article. The Independent is reporting that thanks to Florian Kaps (of, who now owns the Polaroid factory in Enschede, Amsterdam, there is hope for instant photography fans. With the help of Ilford “The Impossible Project” has started to develop new film that will work in SX-70 and 600 series Polariod cameras. Kaps plans to have both black and white and color versions of film in production by December, when supplies of existing film are expected to run out.

I had hope that this would happen, that someone would take up the task of developing an alternative to the discountinued Polariod film products. Maybe I’ll pick up a SX-70 afterall (I’ve been itching to own one for a while) once these new film prototypes become mass producable.