After promising on Twitter recently to show off an Iron Man-style 3-D interface for designing rocket engines, SpaceX and Tesla Motors founder/billionaire smart dude Elon Musk made good on his promise by releasing this video showing the setup.
The software was created from a combination of gesture-control system Leap Motion and NX Siemens, which was used to design SpaceX's rockets. That, at first, made for a simple, movable picture of rocket parts on a 2-D screen. After that, SpaceX experimented with 3-D viewing technology, and eventually hooked up the software with the Oculus Rift, an awesome virtual reality gaming headset. Finally, the system was hooked up to a 3-D printer, which can create titanium rocket parts on demand.
I design rocket parts for a living and I use a 4-year-old 3-button UNIX mouse that I purchased from HP for $15. And frankly, I'd be willing to bet that I can do a better job of designing rocket parts with my $15 HP mouse than most of the engineers working at SpaceX with their fancy, super-expensive, hand-gesture computer control devices.
These type of tech demos come and go, and yet mouse+keyboard still reign supreme.
The only thing remarkable about that video is Elon Musk. The "unnatural 2d way" still beats the crap out of any gesture demoed in the video. And even if it were any better, who is going to work 8h waving the arms in the air?
If you would like to know more about the 3D printing side of it, I did a brief write up on my blog tjsoa dot com
thank you TJsonofander for helping us to find out more about the only interesting part of the video
Unfortunately, the LEAP device is nothing but Vaporware. After well over a year of waiting, not one has shipped to any pre-order customer. There have been lots of broken promises, missed shipping dates, and hype. Now, they are not even replying to emails.
Mr. Musk is going to be disappointed in this one.
If freedom means anything, it is the liberty to tell others what they do not want to hear.
@Slrman that's odd, you must have forgotten which universe you're in. In this universe you can pick one up from ebay for $100 and have it next week. And it looks like must already has his hands on them.
@riff_raff share with me your turbo pump solid models.
@riff_raff, I think you're way off point. There was a time when what you do was as "fancy" and "super expensive" to the mainstream, as what the SpaceX guys are doing now is to you. They're trying to make a more natural, intuitive and powerful tool and thus advance our overall capability and flexibility. See?
new- I'm not way off point. It's just that you failed to appreciate the point I was making.
While you seem to accept the conventional wisdom without question that says "newer is better", I have taken the position that I will only adopt new technologies when they have proven to be of benefit to my professional work or my personal standard of living.
this is so cool.
I have an airplane that can take off vertically and fly like a reg. plane
That crazy Elon. Remember the time he claimed he'd soon be making his own rockets, and taking cargo into space on them, for a fraction of current costs?
And that time he bragged he would make an electric car that would outsell anything from Detroit.
Silly Elon, what a goob.