The Dutch Design Week 2014

This week the city of Eindhoven, the Netherlands, is turned into the capital of design for the 2014 edition of the Dutch Design Week.

Here a look at some of the most interesting computer technology of DDW 2014.

Shapeways 3D printing factory
3D factory
(Entrance to the Shapeways 3D printing factory in Eindhoven, Credit: Shapeways)

is a Dutch 3D printing marketplace and community that allows designers to bring their products to life using the latest 3D printing technology. At the Dutch Design Week Shapeways celebrated the opening of its first 3D printing factory in Eindhoven. Using the website of Shapeways designers can buy and sell 3D designs, but also order the printed version of their own 3D creations.

(Image of Sweetie, Credit: Lemz)

One of the more controversial projects at this year’s DDW is ‘Sweetie’, a project by the Dutch design agency Lemz. The designers at Lemz created a realistic 3D computer model of a Filipino girl that’s able to communicate with people through a webcam in a realistic way. The ten year old digital girl has already been used in over 65 countries to capture online pedophiles. Due to its relevance and subject of ethical debate Lemz’s Sweetie project was awarded the Dutch Design Award 2014.

3D bodyscan
3D bodyscan for clothes
(A computer program generating a custom made pattern out of a 3D bodyscan)

Leonie, a student of the Technical University in Eindhoven, demonstrated a 3D bodyscan that’s able to scan people their body in very high detail. Using the 3D bodyscan it becomes possible to create perfect custom made clothes, without the need for a human that measures all of the shapes and heights of the person at hand. Based on the measurements of the 3D bodyscan a computer program can generate a custom made pattern that a laser precise cutting machine is able to cut into a cloth pattern. It is expected that the 3D bodyscan technique as demonstrated by Leonie at DDW could revolutionize the way clothes are being created.

Emergency drone
(Ambulance drone at DDW 2014)

Designers of Mind the Step showed of an ambulance drone at DDW 2014. What makes the drone special is that it carries a defibrillator, a camera and a speaker that allows emergency personal to analyze a situation before the arrival of an ambulance. The drone is a lot faster than an ambulance and it also allows emergency personal to instruct people at a scene to help a certain victim. According to the creators of the emergency drone the survival rate of a victim with a heart attack would increase from 8% to 80%.

For more information on the Dutch Design Week also have a look at the official DDW 2014 website.