INNOVATIVE TOOLS FOR ARTISTS- TECH OF THE FUTURE I


By Jena Connolly | 15 December, 2015


Well, it’s official. Scientists have created a real hoverboard. Back to the Future is looking less shocking on a daily basis. At Art Retail Network we are always investigating new creative technology opportunities, design innovations, and creations.

Many artists leave projects unrealised due to being unable to access new innovative artist tools that would be necessary to make their ideas possible. In this blog I’m looking at the not-so-distant art future to see the artist tools which are casting big impressions and opening up a world of new art projects.

1. Google Jump (GoPro 360):

What is it?
GoPro and Google are officially working towards creating a multicamera spherical rig designed for capturing stereoscopic 360 degree footage for use in Virtual Reality headsets.

What does it do?
Google will be using this 16 camera console to enable their own Virtual Reality platform ‘Jump’; the next step forward from their Google Cardboard VR headsets. ‘Jump’ will allow users to take their raw 16 camera footage and make it VR headset ready.

How do I get my hands on one?
The GoPro 360 is still in production and is yet to have an end date released. However you can register for updates from the Google Cardboard team here .

 

2. 3D Simo Mini

What is it?
The team at 3D Simo have created a prototype for their next development in user friendly 3D printing

What does it do?
The 3D Simo Mini is a convenient pen shaped device capable of 3D drawing, soldering, foam board cutting, and engraving. The Mini comes with a free Android and iOS compatible app designed to allow the user to easily change the Mini’s temperature, speed and material type.

How do I get my hands on one?
You can preorder here one for US $109 for delivery May 2016. You can also purchase Packs of Fibres to use as drawing filament at US$29

 

3. Iris pen Executive 7

What is it?
Put that highlighter down! The Iris pen Executive 7 is essentially a super handy, pen sized high resolution scanner.

What does it do?
As you run the pen over text or figures it retypes or imports them into a document on your computer. It works with word processing and editing software. If you work with text, print, or collage this is a great tool for keeping everything you’ve found in the one place and put an end to tear outs from magazines and newspapers getting lost.

How do I get my hands on one?
The Iris Pen Exectutive 7 and it’s accompanying software is available through IRIS hereIt retails at US$129, however it is currently only suitable with Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista and XP.

 

 

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