Posts tagged with ‘technology’

Fashion Designers Experiment With 3D Printing
Fashion designers are using 3D printing to create garments, shoes, and accessories for their clothing lines. 
3D printers follow instructions of computer generated blueprints to create one layer of material at a time until a piece of clothing is fully formed. According to Weburbanist, soles and fasteners aren’t necessary in 3D printed garments because of the architectural specificity of the blue prints; the apparel is designed to fit an individual’s exact measurements.
The materials for 3D printed clothing and accessories are lightweight, flexible, and easy to produce, and Continnuum Fashion, a fashion start-up company, has already recognized the benefits of 3D printing their garments. Continnuum offers customers the option to design their own clothes to be printed in-house. The clothes are printed when the order is placed, so time and materials aren’t wasted.
Via Huffington Post:

In the past, when designers go to the trouble of manufacturing a dress, they have to be confident of selling hundreds to make the cost of production worthwhile.
But 3-D printing flips that idea on its head. The technology cuts a designer’s manufacturing costs to zero until a customer has ordered a garment. As a result, designers can now afford to experiment in small batches and sell apparel in limited editions.

FJP: Careful hand-stitching can now be replaced by code. And with Staples now offering mini-3D printers for your own home, does this mean that we’ll be ordering and printing clothes right in our offices? Ehhh. Probably not for awhile. 
Via Readwrite:

$1,300 for a hobbyist’s toy isn’t cheap. And that’s not counting the $50 per plastic cartridge holding 320 grams of material (0.7 pounds). Printing is expensive, whether it’s 2D or 3D.

Also, it can take HOURS to print a garment. And according to Mashable,  the larger 3D printers necessary to print a full size pair of pants can cost upwards of $14,000. (And I thought ink cartridges for 2D printers were overpriced.) — Krissy
Image: Weburbanist

Fashion Designers Experiment With 3D Printing

Fashion designers are using 3D printing to create garments, shoes, and accessories for their clothing lines. 

3D printers follow instructions of computer generated blueprints to create one layer of material at a time until a piece of clothing is fully formed. According to Weburbanist, soles and fasteners aren’t necessary in 3D printed garments because of the architectural specificity of the blue prints; the apparel is designed to fit an individual’s exact measurements.

The materials for 3D printed clothing and accessories are lightweight, flexible, and easy to produce, and Continnuum Fashion, a fashion start-up company, has already recognized the benefits of 3D printing their garments. Continnuum offers customers the option to design their own clothes to be printed in-house. The clothes are printed when the order is placed, so time and materials aren’t wasted.

Via Huffington Post:

In the past, when designers go to the trouble of manufacturing a dress, they have to be confident of selling hundreds to make the cost of production worthwhile.

But 3-D printing flips that idea on its head. The technology cuts a designer’s manufacturing costs to zero until a customer has ordered a garment. As a result, designers can now afford to experiment in small batches and sell apparel in limited editions.

FJP: Careful hand-stitching can now be replaced by code. And with Staples now offering mini-3D printers for your own home, does this mean that we’ll be ordering and printing clothes right in our offices? Ehhh. Probably not for awhile. 

Via Readwrite:

$1,300 for a hobbyist’s toy isn’t cheap. And that’s not counting the $50 per plastic cartridge holding 320 grams of material (0.7 pounds). Printing is expensive, whether it’s 2D or 3D.

Also, it can take HOURS to print a garment. And according to Mashable,  the larger 3D printers necessary to print a full size pair of pants can cost upwards of $14,000. (And I thought ink cartridges for 2D printers were overpriced.) — Krissy

Image: Weburbanist

So the next time you see a friend, or a child, spending too much of their day facing a screen, extend a hand and invite him back to the world of real social encounters. You’ll not only build up his health and empathic skills, but yours as well. Friends don’t let friends lose their capacity for humanity.

Barbara L. Fredrickson, professor of psychology at the University of North Carolina, The New York Times. Your Phone or Your Heart?

Via Slate:

Fredrickson poses a horrifying dilemma to the touch-screen generation: your phone or your heart. The more time we spend “bent over a digital screen, thumbing a connection to somewhere else,” Fredrickson argues, the more our biological ability to engage in “the world of real social encounters” withers away. In other words, with every <3 we type, we </3 a little inside.

Fredrickson came to this conclusion after conducting an experiment that tested how learning skills can affect a person’s capacity to connect with other humans. 

Via The New York Times:

Half the participants, chosen at random, attended a six-week workshop on an ancient mind-training practice known as metta, or “lovingkindness,” that teaches participants to develop more warmth and tenderness toward themselves and others.

Frederickson concluded that mediators felt more socially connected and that their vagal tone was “altered.”

(Vagal tone background info: Your brain and the vagus nerve are connected. The stronger your vagal tone, the stronger the connection between the vagus nerve and the brain — meaning your body can better regulate itself internally.)

Via Slate:

So people who engage in some new-age exercises enjoy some pretty trippy results. What does that have to do with your phone? Nothing, because Fredrickson didn’t enroll anyone in an iPhone-only lovingkindness regimen to compare vagal readings with the IRL set. She just assumes virtual communication is inherently less connected, friendly, and empathetic than the alternative. 

Even though Frederickson says technological communication is diminishing our capacity to “<3” each other in real life, she also notes that the human body and its behaviors are “far more plastic or amenable to change than most of us realize.”

If human potential is so plastic or amenable, then can we assume that our vagal tone could evolve to work with tech communication? According to Slate’s Amanda Hess, it already has.

Via Slate

The more we flex our thumbs, the more satisfying the emotional rewards. Just the other day, a wave of good feeling rolled through two brains and bodies at once as [my friend] Nathan and I traded jokes about op-ed writers with a scientifically unsupportable fetish for the IRL. If Fredrickson can’t see the human potential of the online friendship, maybe it’s because she hasn’t been looking hard enough. 

So, with such differing opinions and no real evidence that people become less or more empathetic with digital communication, whose side are we to take? Social media theorist, Nathan Jurgenson suggests: neither.

Via Society Pages:

I am proposing an alternative view that states that our reality is both technological and organic, both digital and physical, all at once. We are not crossing in and out of separate digital and physical realities, ala The Matrix, but instead live in one reality, one that is augmented by atoms and bits. And our selves are not separated across these two spheres as some dualistic “first” and “second” self, but is instead an augmented self. 

Healthy human communication can occur through digital communication AND face-to-face conversation. Yeah? Cool.

FJP: Some of my longest, deepest conversations have happened through a cell phone or an IM window. I’ve spent more than half of my 23 years communicating digitally rather than face to face. Oh my God — I knew I felt more apathetic and cyborg-ish than I did as a child. Now I know why. Now, step aside and allow me to destroy your humanity, one evil “LOL” at a time. — Krissy

If Websites Were People

Here’s a video from Cracked.com that personifies popular websites.

Anthony De Rosa on Social Curation

New at TheFJP.org:

In this video, Reuters’ Anthony De Rosa describes the new position of social curation in digital newsrooms. Citing examples like Andy Carvin’s work retweeting and verifying citizen uploaded information across the Arab Spring, De Rosa describes the job of covering social networks as a vital way to keep up with breaking events when you’re sitting halfway across the world.

Breaking news, for the most part, breaks on social media. But it’s not as easy as reading a wire — there have to be people to fact check, double check, and compile the best information from the millions of other uploads that may be misleading, incorrect, or otherwise irrelevant.

See other FJP videos with Anthony here, and be sure to explore TheFJP.org — our new home for video and other (awesome) things.

Anthony De Rosa: Learn by Doing

We’re all up-and-comers, in one way or another. And whether it’s as a reporter or a developer, those who want to be a part of the journalism industry from now on will need several (or in some cases, many) technology-based skills.

In this video, Reuters’ Anthony De Rosa tells us some of his early professional history — how he got into coding as a side-job, which led him to learn a few Adobe programs. He learned by doing, which is the first important thing to remember. The second: he learned from others, through networking and informal mentorships.

Increasingly, you’ll grow your professional skill set with the help of friends and through colleagues, not institutional processes. You won’t necessarily be assigned or told what you’ll need to know. Follow your interests, and reach out to those who are a few steps ahead. They’ll help you, and you’ll help them.

The best part? All the time you spent playing in Photoshop may look good on your CV.

See our other video with Anthony here, and check back for another later this week.

Anthony De Rosa: Why Newsrooms Should Poach Tech and Startup Talent

Anthony De Rosa is Reuters’ Social Media Editor, where he’s also a columnist and host at ReutersTV. We sat down with him to discuss where the tech and news communities meet and, increasingly, overlap.

Being that the news industry has more than a few business problems these days, Anthony suggests hiring outside help. By choosing Craigslist, Groupon and Facebook as examples of places from which to steal employees, De Rosa makes a solid point: go where the success is, and learn from the people that have done smart things in the more turbulent and burgeoning media landscapes.

Anthony also discusses what news life is like at Reuters, which we’ll dive into in more detail over the coming weeks. Stay tuned!

And for more FJP videos, see our new site, theFJP.org.

Video Store Psychology
In hindsight it&#8217;s obvious that LPs were better than eight-tracks, and that CDs and their walkmans/discmans/what-have-you-mans wouldn&#8217;t survive the iPod age. And don&#8217;t forget tapes &#8212; tapes had no chance.
But what&#8217;s more psychologically interesting is the cult of the LP &#8212; an obsolete disc, useless without its heavy player. Decades after it was pushed aside by technology and business, there are still people who will buy, say, a Postal Service album on vinyl. Which leads me to my only point today &#8212; it&#8217;s bloody interesting to see where technologically obsolete, unprofitable items and businesses go after they&#8217;ve been swept aside
Yesterday, Atlantic Cities covered the strange fate of the humble, quirky movie rental store. One quote, from a store owner named David Hawkins, catches my eye:

"We&#8217;re the new barbershop," he says. "There are fewer places these days just to hang out. Cafes are no longer as social, and if you don&#8217;t go to bars there are so few new social gatherings popping up. I worry that if we let all of video stores close, our neighborhoods will be a lot less interesting."

Something like this will happen somewhere in journalism, sometime after we&#8217;ve moved  further in the direction of tablets and mobile.
Maybe we&#8217;ll dress like our grandparents, order black coffee in a diner and savor the crackle of an old newspaper. Maybe we will read the news in groups and berate the daily me-ness of our devices. Or we may have to become armchair historians, because the newspapers we will have found by then will be among the last to have ever been printed, sometime around five years from now (my prediction.) - Blake

Video Store Psychology

In hindsight it’s obvious that LPs were better than eight-tracks, and that CDs and their walkmans/discmans/what-have-you-mans wouldn’t survive the iPod age. And don’t forget tapes — tapes had no chance.

But what’s more psychologically interesting is the cult of the LP — an obsolete disc, useless without its heavy player. Decades after it was pushed aside by technology and business, there are still people who will buy, say, a Postal Service album on vinyl. Which leads me to my only point today — it’s bloody interesting to see where technologically obsolete, unprofitable items and businesses go after they’ve been swept aside

Yesterday, Atlantic Cities covered the strange fate of the humble, quirky movie rental store. One quote, from a store owner named David Hawkins, catches my eye:

"We’re the new barbershop," he says. "There are fewer places these days just to hang out. Cafes are no longer as social, and if you don’t go to bars there are so few new social gatherings popping up. I worry that if we let all of video stores close, our neighborhoods will be a lot less interesting."

Something like this will happen somewhere in journalism, sometime after we’ve moved  further in the direction of tablets and mobile.

Maybe we’ll dress like our grandparents, order black coffee in a diner and savor the crackle of an old newspaper. Maybe we will read the news in groups and berate the daily me-ness of our devices. Or we may have to become armchair historians, because the newspapers we will have found by then will be among the last to have ever been printed, sometime around five years from now (my prediction.) - Blake

Making the News (more) Mobile

A new mobile news app called Circa has dedicated itself to aggregating content and slimming it down to the facts and nothing but — all to present bits of information from several sources on a mobile screen without exhausting its users. 

Ben Huh of Cheezburger fame has a lot on his mind, news-wise, and he’s a co-founder.  So are Matt Gilligan and Arsenio Santos, and the rest of the team and their investors can be found here.

It’s a fine idea, and the presentation fits mobile’s tiny screens. Some, however, may scratch their heads at it as they did at fellow newcomer Quartz for its reliance on aggregation.

via PandoDaily:

Galligan and Huh believe to save journalism you need to kill the article. Instead, news from Circa is arranged on digital flash cards you page through on your mobile phone. “Stories” are simply facts strung together across these cards, and most of those facts link to a third party original source.

The art of creating a good Circa piece is in finding news and piecing it together, but there is no writing, per se. There is no analysis and there is no reporting either. Galligan’s view is there’s too much of that in the world. It’s original work in that the “stories” are written by Circa’s newsroom of about a dozen people, but the facts are all aggregated from elsewhere. There are no bylines, which isn’t a big surprise since the innovation here is sucking much of the reporting and writing out of journalism.

Apparently you called on the phone and said something like “Meet me at the corner of 33rd and R Street in Georgetown and we’ll go to that bar.” And then people just did it. We were so trusting that we actually just had to trust that people would show up. Back then, there was no way to back out of engaging in human interaction and human affairs.

A good read on technology and loneliness and communication and dating from a 30-something-year-old (this guy) for Thought Catalog, which is a website that, if you are a city-person in America in your twenties, you should read, so that you, like me, feel more part of a generation/community/space and less like a lost soul in the big bad world that’s being overrun by technology.—Jihii

Bonus: Some other thoughts on loneliness and technology from the FJP archives.

Tech Allstars in Publishing

Media companies that expect to dominate in the future will need to add technology as a core competency. Making the transition from editorial and ad-sales / subscription competency to digital competency will require companies to attract all-star tech talent, a task easier said than done.

Digiday explores the dilemma:

Now that publishers have gotten religion about tech’s front and center position, they’re left with a dilemma: How do they get the talent to run the systems? Leaving aside all the talk of tech at places like Buzzfeed, The Huffington Post and Gawker, it’s not so easy when the tech-minded are more likely to work for Google or the next big startup.

“There’s huge demand for good CTOs, but it’s not enticing,” said Jonah Peretti, CEO of Buzzfeed. “If you’re a good technologist, you can build your own company.”

”The media landscape is one of the most in-turmoil, rapidly changing industries out there now,” [says Paul Berry, former CTO of The Huffington Post]. “It’s at the intersection of everything that’s being disrupted.”

“Too many people outside of tech companies think of tech as being just an implementation of the business ideas or editorial ideas — not of something that’s creative,” said Peretti. In order to entice a good technologist, the tech team needs to be on equal footing with the editorial team, he added — something that would be unthinkable at most editorial organizations.

A man, a cocktail party, and a public twitter display
GigaOM tech writer Ryan Kim waits for his tweet to appear on a live feed at the paidContent 2012 cocktail party. Self-reflection impending. On twitter displays, Narcissism directly correlates with the ratio of humor, tagging, and retweets.
FJP: Conferences are such fun things.

A man, a cocktail party, and a public twitter display

GigaOM tech writer Ryan Kim waits for his tweet to appear on a live feed at the paidContent 2012 cocktail party. Self-reflection impending. On twitter displays, Narcissism directly correlates with the ratio of humor, tagging, and retweets.

FJP: Conferences are such fun things.

Reports on the media habits of Millennials, those “digital natives”, have given some the impression that young people never read newspapers. However, survey evidence stubbornly insists that they do.

Wrote Katy Pape at NPR’s Go Figure, on a survey of millennials that reported 52% of people ages 18 to 24 read a newspaper up to 14 times a month.

It’s the heavy reading, though, that betrays their age: only 22% of millennials read the newspaper on a daily basis, as opposed to the 40% of all adults.

But the most interesting part? The prestige that comes with a heavy newspaper diet:

Heavy newspaper readers (groups I and II) are 75% more likely than light/non readers (groups IV and V) to hold a graduate degree. Heavy readers are also more than twice as likely to be considered “Influentials,” meaning people who participate in three or more public engagement activities every year (such as writing a letter to an elected official, running for public office, or attending a public meeting).

But that can’t mean that one needs to read the paper to be an important person in civic life. It just means that we’re in a shift, hopefully, which we all probably know already.

Just ask Scott M. Fulton:

The ongoing death of newspapers is not about changes in journalism, or the need for them. It is about a business model that has ceased to be relevant in the face of present technology.

FJP: Think LP vs. CD? Or, actually, CD vs. mp3.

"News just reads better on paper, man."

Ask Clay Shirky a question
Internet scholar, author and NYU professor Clay Shirky is sitting online right now, answering questions at the Guardian website for their Battle for the Internet series. Ask away!

Ask Clay Shirky a question

Internet scholar, author and NYU professor Clay Shirky is sitting online right now, answering questions at the Guardian website for their Battle for the Internet series. Ask away!

An epilogue to the Space Shuttle program, in pictures
The Space Shuttle Discovery took off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida this morning (bolted somewhat dramatically on top of a 747)  en route to its final home &#8212; the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Chantilly, Virginia. Click the picture above for a small slideshow, provided by the Guardian.
Picture originally taken by Jonathan Ernst, Reuters.

An epilogue to the Space Shuttle program, in pictures

The Space Shuttle Discovery took off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida this morning (bolted somewhat dramatically on top of a 747)  en route to its final home — the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Chantilly, Virginia. Click the picture above for a small slideshow, provided by the Guardian.

Picture originally taken by Jonathan Ernst, Reuters.