Donal Reddington on mass customization, crowdsourcing and digital manufacturing

Archive for July, 2006

Spore Game To Include Personalized Model-Making Option

Sunday, July 30th, 2006

There is a lot of attention being given by the computer gaming community to the new Spore game, which has not yet been officially released. It is expected to outsell The Sims, which is the World’s biggest selling game to date. An interesting aspect of the Spore game is that it allows players to design [...]

Invisalign Reaches 20 Million Milestone

Sunday, July 30th, 2006

Align Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: ALGN), the inventor of Invisalign dental devices, has reached a milestone in their history – they have recently shipped their 20 millionth Invisalign aligner. Invisalign brand aligners are clear, removable plastic appliances used to straighten teeth in Invisalign treatment. They correct malocclusion using a series of clear, nearly invisible, removable appliances [...]

MSNBC Looks at Personalized Fashions

Sunday, July 30th, 2006

Bobbie Thomas at MSNBC has recently written about the current growth in the popularity of personalization of clothing, footwear and accessories.

Access Commerce in MBT’s Global 100 Software Vendors

Sunday, July 30th, 2006

Access Commerce has been named to the Manufacturing Business Technology Global 100 list of leading information technology vendors. The annual listing is based on a vendor survey conducted by MBT, and the rankings are based on total revenues in calendar year 2005.

Traffic.com Expands Services

Sunday, July 30th, 2006

This website sees press releases from many online businesses claiming that their websites are ‘personalized’. However, the question to be asked in many cases is ‘What is the actual benefit to the customer from the personalization of this service?’ In many cases, there is not a great deal, which explains why purely online services are [...]

Dell Competition Invites Schoolkids to Design Skins for Laptop

Sunday, July 30th, 2006

Dell are running a ‘back to school’ competition in the U.S., where consumers can personalize their new, built-to-order systems by having them design a skin, or cover, that can be adhered to the back of a notebook computer. The creator of the winning design will receive a $10,000 grand prize, an Inspiron(TM) notebook computer and [...]

Article on GIGPAD

Sunday, July 30th, 2006

Geman technology website PC-Welt has an interesting article about the Gateway for Integrated Genomics-Proteomics Applications and Data (GIGPAD), which was set up by the Harvard Partners Center for Genetics and Genomics (HPCGG). (This article is in part of the site’s English language content.) The role of GIGPAD is to carry out research on how an [...]

Book Review: The Long Tail

Wednesday, July 26th, 2006

The Long Tail is written by Chris Andersen, editor of Wired magazine and a former jounalist for The Economist. He also runs the Long Tail website. It is a treatise on the changing nature of retail trade, centered on one central concept: The combined sales of modest sellers and obscure items can equal those of [...]

Joseph Pine Comments on the Progress of Mass Customization

Thursday, July 20th, 2006

In a newspaper called the St. Petersburg Times (Florida, USA), Mark Albright writes about ‘Tapping a Market of Misfits‘, which describes how a couple set up an online store, ForTheFit.com, that specialises in clothing for men of 5 feet 9 inches or less in height. While ForTheFit.com is not a mass customizer, the article also [...]

Dell Begins Blog To Communicate With Customers

Wednesday, July 19th, 2006

Dell computer, the World’s largest computer maker (and most successful mass customizer) have set up a blog called ‘One2One – Direct Conversations with Dell‘ as a way of improving communication between the company and its customers.

Geomagic Launches Studio 9

Monday, July 17th, 2006

3D software and services firm Geomagic recently released Geomagic Studio 9.  This latest release of the digital reconstruction software features three major areas of enhancement: 3D feature-based modeling, advanced color texture generation and greater versatility with user-defined patch layouts.

BBC to Develop Personalized Radio Service

Sunday, July 16th, 2006

The UK state broadcaster BBC wants to allow audiences to create personal radio stations from its content, its director general has said. The planned service, provisionally called MyBBCRadio, was revealed by Mark Thompson at the Radio Festival in Cambridge, England.

MarketWatch.com uses AJAX for Increased Personalization

Sunday, July 16th, 2006

MarketWatch.com, a subsidiary of the Dow Jones group, which provides business news, financial information and analytical tools, has launched of a significant homepage redesign. The streamlined homepage now offers readers the ability to personalize and quickly access recently viewed quotes and associated stories, save articles for later reading, and view a dynamic display of real-time [...]

Designer Water!

Sunday, July 16th, 2006

Not the water itself, but the label. Individuals who are celebrating weddings, family reunions, picnics, summer camp programs, fundraisers, etc. can contact the Designer Water USA office to place customized water orders.

Archiris Launch Custom Stained Glass Service to Showcase Software

Sunday, July 16th, 2006

A company named Authense Corporation recently unveiled its new software product called Archiris. Authense say that Archiris is the first in a series of web-based tools that empower small businesses and end-users to design and order custom products from any supplier, anywhere in the world.