This morning, while investigating a rather awesome-looking steampunk laptop stand, I came across the brilliance that is Thingiverse. It’s a site that allows you to share your designs and plans for the building of real-world physical objects. The idea is that you can use digital cutters and fabricators to cut out the object relatively easily, and voila – a new.. er.. thing.
The best bit about Thingiverse is that it uses Creative Commons licenses, and encourages people to use them. Combined with a recently-added ‘derivatives’ function, it’s incredibly easy to create designs based on other people’s work, or improve existing objects. The steampunk laptop stand was a regular laptop stand before someone added the gear design.
Thingiverse is a great site if you’re remotely interested in making things in the physical world. Although it’s a little clunky at the egdes, there’s tonnes of potential, especially as the tools for easily making the objects on the site become cheaper. If you’ve invented a revolutionary new coathanger, then head over to Thingiverse and tell people about it.
Thingiverse (via Likecool)
Fancy a bet on news events, but aren’t keen on losing cold hard cash in these tough economic times? HubDub’s what you need. The fake-money news-betting site has been going strong in the US since February this year, but given that they’re based in Edinburgh, it was only a matter of time before they expanded to the UK.
The site’s live right now, and you can bet virtual Hubdub dollars on the outcome of such important factors as who’s going to get Christmas #1, whether Laura White from X-Factor will make a comeback, or who the next Dr Who will be. There’s slightly more high-brow questions too, like whether inflation will hit 6% by the year’s end or who’ll win the next election in the UK…
What do you get if you cross Yahoo! answers with a service with Texperts, AQA or 63336? Hiogi. It’s a free service, accessible via the web, mobile web, text, skype or email, which lets you ask questions and get replies. The German-based start-up has just come out of private beta.
What you basically do is ask a question, and then wait till the community answers it for you. When the answer comes back you can rate it positively or negatively depending on whether it’s correct or useful or not. On the answering side, you download a ticket which gives you questions. Once you see one that you can answer, you can reserve it for 10 mins to answer it.
A husband and wife team of former executives at Skype and eBay have banded together to create Tokoni – a site which lets you tell your story in the form of notes, photos and video. Tokoni has been in beta for a year, but launches today. It differs from a blog network because it’s more community-focused. Co-founder Alex Kazim explains:
Eggs. Flour. Milk. Teabags. Oranges. Ice cream. Organic Sunflower Seeds. Are you tired of the same old shopping lists? Me neither – I just tend to buy frozen pizza, cider, and supernoodles on my weekly shop, and I don’t need a list for that. If I had a wee bit more concern over my diet, however, I’d sign right up for Zeer…
Google Alerts and Yahoo Alerts have themselves a new competitor in the shape of the minnow that is Alerts.com. As well as all the news, weather and sports updates, which the big players already deliver, Alerts is designed to bring you every single piece of information you could need…
Meet gamers just like you. Then kill them. That’s the premise behind most decent online console games. And the same is true of Recruiting Grounds. Except without the killing part. See, it’s a social networking site for gamers, fed up with MySpace’s focus on the music crowd.
Andy actually wrote about Vuze back in December, when it was known as Zudeo. Created by file-sharing company Azureus, it could be loosely described as a high-definition YouTube. Well, in that it lets you search for and watch high-definition films and videos, as well as standard-definition stuff.
Imagine if you didn’t even have to think about transferring photos from your digital camera to your PC before uploading them to the internetweb. It’d be much better if they just made their own way online, without you having to bother.
MySpace, Facebook, Bebo… they’re all about bringing people together. Spreading love and understanding. Allowing complete strangers to perv at each others’ photos before hooking up via webcam to discover that neither is as buff as their camera angles made out. It’s a beautiful thing.