Not Fab from fabulous, but rather Fab from making and using fabbers, machines that can make almost anything, by printing three dimensional objects.

From commercial to the more open-source hardware and software solutions at Fab@home, these machines will enable people to download and print objects, experimenting with shared projects and try out new materials. Fabber owners improve these models and share physical objects with other fabbers, with the same enthusiasm as the pioneers of open source movement.

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The wave of innovation brought by Web 2.0 technologies, with a sustainable co-creation by thousands of users, is now expanding to the physical world. The signs are there: from hacker (in the creative sense) communities like Make, Instructables or the more neo-Craftsy website Etsy.com, people are getting more comfortable with the idea of building something with their own hands. It’s about feeling empowered, the hands-on experience of building something, appealing not only to our darwinian survival skills but also have a bit of science fiction premonition (remember Luke Skywalker building C3PO as a young kid?). Yes, because even young kids are starting to love the tinkering, as shown on the TED Talk below, by Gever Tulley:

If all this seems futuristic to you, just try to imagine how IKEA will look in a decade: instead of boxed items, dozens of 3d printers are available at the cashier. You just take the blueprints and super fast hardware will print that out. Or even better: for smaller items, you just download the schematic at IKEA Fab Store and print them at home.

Yes, it seems far fetched. But so did Augmented Reality a decade ago. I just hope the media won’t hype Fab as much as they did with AR. Universal manufacturing is something that could change society in unexpected ways, the same way Internet did, by redefining industries and democratizing innovation. It comes nonetheless with a new set of dilemmas, such as the degree of experimentation or control of outputs.

As for companies, they’d better start thinking how their old models of patents stand up to this new paradigm, with a product’s life cycle being dramatically redefined. And, who knows, maybe even involve the consumers in true User Generated Products.

Article cross-posted at TheTrendWatch

I’m rather curious to find out more this stuff at the workshop by Audiencia Zero on 3D printing with Zach Hoeken , but probably won’t have a chance, unless they open a special vacancy on the already full registration list (hint, hint).

After asking last month at Google Portugal when street view would become available, they finally unveiled the map feature for the two major cities in Portugal, Lisbon and Oporto.

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Now, time to start peeking and find those awkward situations, like the one below at Parque Eduardo VII (you’ll get the joke if you’re familiar with Lisbon).

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From civil war to natural disaster, Mozambique has been plagued with an uncertain future. ImaginingMozambique.com brings to attention this daily struggle, exhibiting the works of several artists as an inspiration to the African country.

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123Klan, Carlos Serrao, Catalina Estrada, Akinori Oishi, Balint Zsako, Florence Manlik, Giuliano and Federico, Marcos Chin, Matt Maitland, Parra, Superdeux collaboreted on this effort for ASEM, a charity founded to help the children of Mozambique.

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On the website, developed by Studio Cartelle,  a firefly shotboux allows users to leave their messages of support to the cause, with a exhibition gallery featuring the works. The traveling art show premieres 27th August at Maxalot Gallery, Amsterdam until 10th September, later residing in the offices of Wieden+Kennedy

Crossposted from Osocio

The past few days have been quite busy, and the blog had suffered as consequence. From Facebook buying Friendfeed to the end of URL shortening service tr.im (hope the team doesn’t ends also with Nambu desktop client) lots of interesting this happened. So, to resume the regular posting schedule, some web highlights:

Society Girls

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Finally, a decent use for augmented reality: strip girls.

Crowdsourcing, according to Bobby McFerrin

World Science Festival 2009: Bobby McFerrin Demonstrates the Power of the Pentatonic Scale from World Science Festival on Vimeo.

How we all collectively know the pentatonic scale.

Agency Nil Spotter Program

agencynil Still on the crowdsourcing subject, Agency Nil (the one that will work for all it’s worth) setup client prospection is crowdsourced to users: If a person connects Agency Nil with a business that would be interested in our services and they become a client within a year, Agency Nil will give the person who refers them 10% of the first payment they receive

Designing Social Interfaces wiki

The companion site to the book that Christian Crumlish and Erin Malone are currently writing for O’Reilly Media. dsi Check also the Flickr stream and if you are impressed, pre-order the book.

10 Creative contests powered by Social Media Social Web

David Spark (@dspark) at Mashable presents a useful toolbox for marketeers looking for a quick tactics on the social web, with examples of several contests promoted by brands.

Which reminds me of my latest resolution: to stop using the term “social media”. It’s not media after all. From now on, it’s SOCIAL WEB.

Sources: Augmented Times, BBH Labs