Donal Reddington on mass customization, crowdsourcing and digital manufacturing

Archive for December, 2006

Comparing personalized photo book services

Saturday, December 30th, 2006

Blogger Mike DelGaudio wanted to produce a customized photo book of family events during the year.  He had about 1000 colour photos that he wanted to include in the book. He has published a very comprehensive analysis of the various websites that offer customized photo books, showing how much his photo book would cost in [...]

Crowdsourcing television drama

Saturday, December 30th, 2006

As the worlds of television and the Internet converge, writers and television producers are developing new forms of interactive and personalised television. On 27 December, the world’s first ‘ShapeShifted’ romantic comedy was broadcast, as “Accidental Lovers” (page in Finnish language) was shown on Finnish national television station, YLE TV1 (page in Finnish language). Using original [...]

Graphic Arts Monthly publishes personalized edition

Thursday, December 28th, 2006

Xerox Corporation and its newly acquired subsidiary XMPie have teamed up with print industry trade publication Graphic Arts Monthly, to digitally produce customized colour covers for its December issue, currently on its way to more than 70,000 subscribers of the magazine. The personalized cover features outer space-themed artwork with the subscriber’s first name written in [...]

Happy Christmas!

Monday, December 25th, 2006

I’d like to wish everyone a very happy Christmas and a peaceful new year. Thanks for visiting in 2006.   I’ll be back posting in a couple of days (but not today!).

Kelly Ripa in 3D

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

Three-dimensional imaging company Direct Dimensions was provided with an interesting opportunity to demonstrate their technology recently. While attending NextFest 2006 in New York City, talk show host Kelly Ripa stopped by to visit the Direct Dimensions booth and participated in the 3D face scanning process being offered as a demonstration of new technology. The data [...]

Cheaper technology making MC more accessible – USA Today

Sunday, December 17th, 2006

Andrew Kantor, a columnist for USA Today, notes that the falling price of technology has allowed mass customization and personalization to become established across a wide variety of industries. Kantor notes that the lowering of technology costs has made personalized everyday products far more affordable that would have been the case a few years ago. [...]

Cisco launches Content Delivery System for video on demand

Monday, December 11th, 2006

Networking giant Cisco recently expanded the video and IPTV delivery capabilities of its Internet Protocol Next-Generation Network (IP NGN) architecture with the introduction of the Cisco Content Delivery System (CDS). Cisco says that this solution offers both cable and wireline providers a highly-extensible platform for the delivery of video-on-demand and time-shifted video services. The Cisco [...]

Advances in 3D printing research

Sunday, December 10th, 2006

In the last few weeks, a couple of interesting articles have been posted which focus on efforts in the development of digital manufacturing. The first, by Erick Schonfeld, editor-at-large for Business 2.0 magazine, concerns startup digital manufacturing company EoPlex in ‘The Next Net’ blog. The article describes how EoPlex “has figured out a way to [...]