Donal Reddington on mass customization, crowdsourcing and digital manufacturing

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Open Prototype Home Blog

Thursday, June 29th, 2006

Readers of may be interested in a blog set up by the team working on the Open Prototype Home Initiative. In case you are not familiar with it, the Initiative was the subject of a feature article on this site late last year. The blog can be viewed here; for those of you who [...]

Scion Launch ‘Blank Canvas’ tC for Customizers

Sunday, June 18th, 2006

Larry Edsall at the Detroit News reports on a new Spec Package version of the Scion tC. The tC is a coupe sold in the U.S. by Scion, a division of Toyota.  Scion’s strategy is heavily geared towards personalization, and buyers can add a range of persoanlization options to their new car at the time [...]

HDTV Build to Order Wishlist

Sunday, June 18th, 2006

An interesting piece about the market for HDTV’s has appeared in  It includes a suggested set of options which should be available from a build to order HDTV supplier. Many consumers are put off HDTV purchases by the absence of plain language explanations about features and technologies. have hit the nail on the [...]

Sony President suggests PS3 will be made to order

Sunday, June 18th, 2006

In an interview with Japanese newspaper NikkeiBP, Sony Computer Entertainment president Ken Kutaragi has suggested that the PS3, the next generation of the massively successful Sony Playstation game console, will be available as a build to order product. Gaming site GamerNode has more details about the interview.  Mr. Kutaragi is quoted as saying: “As the [...]

Technical University of Denmark Announces Mass Customization Course

Saturday, June 17th, 2006

Klaes Ladeby, who has a mass customization blog at, has posted details about a course in Mass Customization at the Technical University of Denmark. Klaes has posted a link to the relevant university website page. The course is held over 13 weeks and is aimed at full-time students. It counts for 10 Credit Points [...]

IPTV in Asia

Wednesday, June 7th, 2006

Andrew Ma, writing in SDA Asia, provides an in-depth examination of the development of IPTV in Asia. One interesting quote: Given the choice, I would rather subscribe to the NBA channel alone rather than to a package of sport channels, which is typically what cable networks offer. Smart IPTV providers like Hong Kong’s PCCW offer [...]

Walmart to Offer Make Your Own DVD’s?

Tuesday, June 6th, 2006

Following recent news that Walmart is planning to offer in-store build to order of computers,Brian White at writes that the retailing giant may also have plans to offer customized DVD’s.

3D Scanning Developments

Monday, June 5th, 2006 recently covered the IMB 2006 Show in Cologne, Germany, which featured some interesting developments in 3D scanning .

SAP and SOA – Mass Customized Software

Monday, June 5th, 2006

In, there is an article on developments in Enterprise service oriented architecture (SOA).  In the article, Bill McDermott, president and CEO of SAP Americas, refers to SOA as mass customization. I have seen SOA being referred to as the mass customization of software in a number of different articles.  It is being described as [...]

Article on Nutrigenomics

Monday, June 5th, 2006

I found an article on nutrigenomics (defined as how food and ingested nutrients affect genes) in a publication called Food& In basic language, nutrigenomics could be defined as a sort of hybrid between nutrition and genetic medicine. The Food&DrinkEurope piece focuses on presentations about nutrigenomics at a conference called Geneva PalExpo.

Spreadshirt in Euro Red Herring Top 100

Sunday, June 4th, 2006

Continuing the theme of the RHT100, Spreadshirt, the German provider of micro-manufacturing services to websites, has been included in Red Herring’s European Top 100. (Disclosure:  This site carries advertisements for Spreadshirt.)

Geomagic Listed in Red Herring Top 100

Sunday, June 4th, 2006

I see that Geomagic, the three dimensional modelling software company, has been included in this year’s Red Herring Top 100. Geomagic CEO Ping Fu was previously named as Inc. magazine’s Entrepreneur of the Year for 2005. in Internet Retail Top 500

Monday, May 29th, 2006 debuted in the 2006 edition of Internet Retailer’s Top 500 Guide for the first time ever. The guide ranks America’s 500 largest web retailers based on their 2005 online sales. ranked 305th in the guide for overall web sales in 2005 and ranked 22nd in the mass merchant category. (Disclosure:  This site carries [...]

Literacy through personalized books

Monday, May 29th, 2006

An article in a newspaper called the Hardin County News describes how personalized books are promoting literacy among young children in Lumberton, Texas.

Chris Anderson on Lego Factory Update

Thursday, May 11th, 2006

Chris Anderson, editor of Wired magazine and writer of ‘The Long Tail’ blog (and book), has posted observations about the new version of Lego Factory software. Anderson describes how users now have to pay only for the pieces they use.  Previously, pieces had to be purchased in sets.  These sets often included pieces not required [...]