sep 092011
 

Bij Gizmodo kwam ik de HP TopShot LaserJet Pro M275 tegen. Een betaalbare ($399,99) draadloze kleurenlaserprinter waarmee je ook nog eens scans kunt maken van 3D objecten. Klinkt fantastisch, toch?
Ja, maar je moet wel even goed de woorden uit elkaar houden: het is een scanner voor 3D objecten, maar de scans zijn gewoon foto’s, dus geen 3D modellen. En je kunt er weliswaar mee printen, maar ook dat is nog ‘gewoon’ in 2D (dus niet in 3D).

Toch vind ik het wel een mooi apparaat omdat ik er zeker van ben dat we op termijn wél zo’n soort apparaat bij HP of een vergelijkbaar bedrijf kunnen kopen. Dus eentje waar je een 3D object op legt om een 3D scan van te maken en/of naar keuze een 3D print te maken. En dan niet zelfbouw, maar gewoon als kant en klaar product te koop. Voor €400,-
De vraag is alleen nog hoe lang die termijn gaat zijn.

p.s. hij is nog niet te koop, alleen aangekondigd in de VS en Canada.

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sep 092011
 

It makes only sense that I spend my last post about ALT-C 2011 on the final keynote and final session of the conference. And, although I do understand some of the remarks I’ve heard about the keynote by John Naughton (how cool is it to have your own Wikipedia page?), I did enjoy it. Yes, it was scripted and he read it from his iPad without using any other media (no video, no graphics, not even a PowerPoint slide with his name on it). And yes, I knew about how the music industry completely missed the boat during the rise of the internet and I knew about Craigslist and what it did to the newspaper industry.
But at the end of a conference like ALT-C it is nice to just hear those stories again and just think about them. And even though we all are involved in innovative projects, trying to improve our organisations using ICT, trying to get students involved in the educational process, it might just be that the future is there and we simply don’t see it yet.
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sep 092011
 

I’ll admit it: I did not know who Dónal FitzPatrick was when I decided to attend his session. I had read the title: “I Have a Blind Student in My Maths/Science Class, Should I panic? How to promote inclusion for blind students” and found that interesting enough to attend. So when he said that he wasn’t going to use slides during his talk because that would make us realize how it is for a blind student to attend a lecture, I at first thought that he was just making a point. It took me a couple of minutes to realize why he was the right person to make that point: Dónal himself has been blind all his life.

During his session Dónal talked about a number of problems that blind students face in a Math/Science class. For example: equations that are printed in course material can be turned into audio representations. However, this brings additional cognitive load issues for blind students have. Dónal has researched ways to optimize the audio representations by adding extra pauses, pitch changes etc. to lessen that load.
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