SOOOOOO.. You had kids but you also want a life? SOLUTION:
The Optimization of Parenthood is a robot arm which reacts whenever a baby placed in the bassinet cries or awakes from sleep. The arm will speed up if the baby cries and it can also offer a bottle of milk or a favorite toy.
Broke parents are often pigeonholed into being full time parents, the cost of childcare sucks every penny away so even if they want to continue their creative work, they can’t economically swing it. Its often not so much a choice as it is, what we call The Default to Suck. As a result, the parent, and in reality, almost always the mother, loses the very creative practice they spent an entire life building. The result? We end up on medication, angry, depressed and/or bitches who need a shower.
If however, we could eliminate much of the routine, tedious, monotony of parenting while still continuing a creative practice we will have optimized the process of parenting without loses what makes us interesting. Automatic repetitive parenting task can be transferred to devices, without affecting ‘the development of the baby’ while still letting the parent live up to their fullest breeder and artistic potential.
Already have your robot arm laying around and just need the code to get your life back? Here you go.
This project was developed with support from the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University and created at the Digital Fabrication Laboratory, (dFab), CMU School of Architecture with Technical Assistants from Madeline Gannon
BRICKiPhone is a completely functional iPhone 4/4s upgrade case.
See, we know you carry the most ubiquitous device of the yuppie class. You probably also have some really fugly ‘protection cover’ on it, when all you ever wanted in life was to go back to the day anyway, right? Solved.
BRICKiPhone is built from four 3d printed pieces. Insert iPhone earplugs, an iPhone 4/4s and go. It snaps together to transforms your iPhone into the hottest thing since the last time people rocked bricks (including the coveted belt clip). Since it prints in four pieces it can be printed with the at home 3d printer of your choice.
Whaaa? You say money for nothin’ and chicks for free? We feel for you assholes (sort of) so STFU and make it gold already.
BRICKiPhone is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0
http://youtu.be/eE26y-r63vY, track byDanny Dive Thru
I am very pleased to finally publish this new project I’ve been working on the last couple months (def. not a Speed Project ;) It was premiered last week at my solo show opening ‘Reply All’ at [DAM] Berlin. If you are in town drop by, check out the show and make your own mask! FOR FREE!!
Solo show: Aram Bartholl, January 28 – 10th March 10 2012
[DAM] Berlin, Neue Jakobstr. 6/7, 10179 Berlin
Vacuum forming is a quite old technique and is used a lot in mass industry especially packaging and such. The lid of your coffee cup is vacuum form i.e. Students in product design are used to vacuum form their prototypes, it’s a very common technique in that field. You also find all kinds of tutorials on the web how to build your own DIY vacuum former (Instructables). The one I am proposing is less flexible in what you can produce but are able to produce the same piece in a rather fast cycle (2:30 min) The setup above was inspired by this video.
I think we live in a super interesting era. This is just the start of a paradigm shift from mass industry production to self DIY fabrication. And it s going to get very interesting with all the patents and copyright issues for physical objects very soon. Like Cory Doctorow puts it: “… to fight what we thought was the final boss at the end of the game, but it turns out it’s just been the mini-boss at the end of the level, and the stakes are only going to get higher.” I am super curious to see someone print a pair of Nike sneakers on the new makerbot replicator or just imagine Apple would sue everyone because your DIY tablet looks like an iPad. It might happen soon. – Aram Bartholl 2012
Build your own vacuum forming gear today. Copy, experiment and remix! Start coping physical things! And keep pumping!! ;)
“You don’t know the power of the dark side! We are Legion. The force is with you. Expect us. Join the dark side !”
“How To Vacuum Form”
by Aram Bartholl 2012
This post is a brief alert to announce the final (updated, v.1.1) release of the F.A.T. Lab’s QR_STENCILER software. This tool is a free, fully-automated utility that converts QR codes into vector-based stencil patterns suitable for laser-cutting. The QR_STENCILER is described in full detail in our 19 July blog post.
The newest version of the QR_STENCILER adds the following functionality:
Moreover, the QR_STENCILER can now be downloaded from the following 3 locations:
Thank you for your interest in this project, and happy stenciling.
The F.A.T. Lab staff
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