Cool Tech: Tesla Solar Roof Tiles are Available to Order

It’s probably no surprise to most of you that I’m pretty obsessed with new technology, design and the future. So it only make sense that I’m a huge fan of Elon Musk and his various endeavors, especially when it comes to Space travel, but I’m also very interested in the development and future of smart homes and the eventual conversion to clean power sources like solar.  Which is why today is so exciting, Telsa has just officially made their new Solar Roof Tiles available for pre order on the Tesla website along with provided some more information about them.

The AutoCAD 35 Under 35 Young Designers List

Did you know that this year (2017) marks the 35th anniversary of AutoCAD? Developed and marketed by AutoDesk, AutoCAD was initially release in December 1982 as a desktop app running on microcomputers with internal graphics controllers (from Wikipedia).  Perhaps not quite as interesting to you, this was just over 3 years before I was born (Jan 1986), which leads me to why todays post is such a cool one and one that is a huge honor for me to even be able to write. To celebrate 35 years of helping design, create and engineer the world and our futures from the ground up, AutoCAD has decided to highlight and recognize the next generation of designers and users of AutoCAD by creating the AutoCAD 35 under 35 young designers list..

Dream Big: Engineering our World – A 3D IMAX Movie about Engineering, Inventions and Design!

Coming to IMAX screens this week (Feb 18th) Dream Big: Engineering our World is a movie I’ve only recently learned about but I was instantly all in. From their website: Narrated by Academy Award® winner Jeff Bridges, Dream Big: Engineering Our World is a first film of its kind for IMAX® and giant screen theatres that will transform how we think about engineering. From the world’s tallest buildings and underwater robots to a solar car race and smart, sustainable cities, Dream Big celebrates the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small, and shows how engineers push the limits of innovation in unexpected and amazing ways. With its inspiring human stories and powerful giant-screen visuals, Dream Big also reveals the heart that drives engineers to create better lives for people and a more sustainable future for us all. Dream big was produced in partnership with the American Society of Civil Engineers in hopes of inspiring Kid and adults alike to the challenges, compassion and innovations from people of all walks of life who have worked to innovate, create and engineer our world around us. Watch the Trailer below:

3D Scan Objects, People and places for free with your Phone – 123D Catch Tutorial

Hey Everybody, Brandon here and in todays post I just wanted to show you all a cool app from AutoDesk that I’ve been playing with lately. It’s called 123D Catch and it’s a free app that will let you scan and create a 3d Capture of almost any object. You can get the app for IOS, Android and Windows here: http://www.123dapp.com/catch as well as watch some tutorials on how to get the best pictures for your model. Using the app is pretty straight forward though, you can sign in using your Autodesk account (or make a new free account) and then simply hit the + sign on the top right (see picture below) to get started with capturing an object.

A Netflix Show about Design – Abstract: The Art of Design

Depending when you read this, Netflix has just released or will be releasing a new show (a documentary series) about Design and I couldn’t be more excited to check it out and thought it would be a perfect fit for you my awesome readers, the designers, drafters, engineers, tech lovers etc.. that follow the blog. I only just heard about the show a week ago and was surprised I hadn’t seen anything earlier so I wanted to make sure I let you all know and at the very least shared the Trailer and a bit of info about it with you. On February 10th the first season of their new series Abstract: The Art of Design (produced by Wired’s former Editor-in-chief Scott Dadich) will be available to stream on the online service. If the tagline/description  “Step inside the minds of the most innovative designers in a variety of disciplines and learn how design impacts every aspect of life.” is anything to go by, I can already tell I’m going to be hooked from the start.  I’m a sucker for documentaries in general and a docu series focusing on design and the related technology couldn’t be more in my (and I assume yours as well) wheelhouse. The show is being described as similar to Chef’s Table (A cooking-focused series on Netflix that I’ve heard is great) except for design, covering fields like: Graphic Design, photography, shoe design, illustration and Car design to name a few. They’ve also been able to follow and talk to big names in each field including the designer of Air Jordans for Nike and a head designer as Chrysler. Check out the trailer below: