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Final Presentation: Eco-Bed

Drum roll, please. Hours and hours of research and prototyping have resulted in something pretty special. We call it Eco-Bed. 

Our appreciation and thanks go to the futurecraftclass teaching team: Amanda Parkes founder of Bodega Algae, Leo Bonanni founder of Sourcemap and Joost Bonson.

Thanks to Phil Ross, Sam Harrington at Ecovative and Duann Scott at Shapeways for taking the time to share knowledge and for mentoring our team along the way.

Finally, a peek at our product:

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3D Printing Meets Its Match: Mushrooms

A few weeks ago, the futurecraftclass 3D printing team synched up with a team researching an even more out there technology: mycelium.

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Rethinking Things

In this week’s installment of futurecraftclass we zoomed out in our thinking of additive manufacturing and refocused on finding ways to bring on-demand printing to people. Our means of delivery? Post offices. The following presentation is the result of some brainstorming and a few beers. We’re still working out the details. Enjoy. 

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3D Printing: Rethinking Materials

futurecraftclass assignment two explores the world of 3D printing and plastics. Enjoy. 

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The first assignment for Media Lab’s fall futurecraftclass course was to do a product autopsy. My project partner and I were hungry so we dissected a German chocolate cake. 

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Yay! #love #love #love (Taken with Instagram)

Yay! #love #love #love (Taken with Instagram)

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There goes the neighborhood.

There goes the neighborhood.

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Beyond the “Dear Leader”: A nuanced look at North Korea from AP Seoul bureau chief, David Guttenfelder.

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"Far from being a Confucian or Stalinist patriarchy, in other words, North Korea is that very rare thing, a dictatorship without a father principle. Erich Fromm once wrote that such states can have no conscience—an assertion that Japan’s exploits under another “parent leader” would seem to confirm. Though not nearly as destructive, North Korea has often behaved on the world stage in a comparably irrational and unpredictable manner. Rashness is celebrated on the home front, too. The masses are daily reminded that because they are uniquely good—Kim: “There is no people as good as ours in the world”—they should remain true to their instincts. Not surprisingly, then, social and domestic life is marked by a far higher degree of violence than was the case in the old Soviet bloc. Foreigners tend to miss all this. A recent British documentary about life there, which pitched the popular fallacy of North Korea as an old-school communist state, bore the title A State of Mind. When the film was screened in Pyongyang, officials renamed it A Country of Feelings. It was their way of making clear that, as Nietzsche might have put it, theirs is more a Dionysian than an Apollonian society."

— Kim Jong-Il is dead. What’s next for North Korea? B.R. Myers pondered Dear Leader’s death in 2008. Read more at The Atlantic (via theatlantic)

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Not too shabby for a Tuesday night. (Taken with instagram)