If you’ve read any of my little blogs in the past, you’ve likely seen me pontificate, or, OK, babble on about my blasé feelings for high-tech fads or heavily marketed whiz-bangs that eat up our time and money. Yeah, you can keep your 24/7 minutia-focused tweets and 3-D movies for all I care. Give me old-school creative any day. But I just spotted an engadget.com article about a new gizmo that’s sorta high tech, old school creative and, well, 3-D all at the same time.
You might have heard about those new expensive printers that can copy something and actually re-create it in three-dimensional form. Well, a couple of smart guys have taken that concept and translated it into a handheld 3-D pen. Check out the attached YouTube vid for a better idea of how it works.
Yep, this has got to be every doodler’s dream. Instead of just absentmindedly sketching out a boggle-eyed sloth that looks like your boss (prattling on about sales reports or marketing numbers), you can actually create your slothy pal and have him sit peeking out of your shirt pocket. Instead of a kid sketching out an idea for a school project on the Leaning Tower of Pisa, he can just draw it in the air and be done with it.
The article says that the toy and robotics company behind the pen, WobbleWorks, is looking for financial backers. But they’ve already announced that, in no time, they stirred up the backing and production they needed for the pen. Oh, and this easily usable gadget works with inexpensive and readily obtained ABS plastic and pre-orders for a reasonable $75.
Now, personally I can’t claim to have any great skill when it comes to drawing. But I can certainly imagine some of the incredible things that talented artists will be able to do with this sort of invention. And won’t it be cool to go to a gallery, buy your favorite piece and … wear it home like a party hat? Now that’s 3-D you can really get into.