The Aftermath

F.O.D based our future orientated scenario for 2050 on big data. We started off by generating our own quadrant with possible scenarios in each one. The x-axis was high technology and the y-axis was individual lifestyle. Our scenario was that everyone becomes highly dependent on technology and as a result live very individualistic lifestyles that are greatly impacting their health, as the majority of the population are obese. This is our probable future inspired by the film Wall-E.

From this quadrant we were asked to brainstorm some speculative objects that relates critically and imaginatively to this scenario.

The 10 ideas I generated were:

  1. A new application for weather forecasts per every 30 minutes.
  2. 3D printed food.
  3. Higher clearance for data scanning.
  4. New umbrella suited for all natural disasters.
  5. Head glass that has a personal tour guide.
  6. No more cards for monetary needs. All systems wired into the phone/head glass.
  7. Can choose a tour/friend in an application that doesn’t require you to ever physically be with your friend.
  8. Grow your own hair in seconds and change to any colour anytime.
  9. Teleportation of everything and there is no means of cars or petrol anymore.
  10. Waste self evaporates after finished.

The prototype has now been developed and produced as discussed by James, Jannie and Grace. What’s interesting is the environmental section that was conducted in the STEEP analysis.

  •    In 2050 climate change will drastically increase and decrease in temperature which will affect the adaptation of our own body temperature and ongoing illnesses such as hay fever that is directly linked to asthma, eczema thus the need for HP pill and prototype to assists with these changes (Australian Bureau of Statistics 2007).
  •    As a result there is high rates of land clearing for urban development. There is a demand on resources such as water and sewerage services and the loss of vegetation cover contributes to land degradation problems including dryland salinity, weed invasion and soil erosion (Australian Bureau of Statistics 2007). This impacts on our food source making it harder to grow our own vegetation and land to raise our livestock. Hence impacting on our intake of nutrients, essential vitamins and the quality of air intake.
  • Greenhouse emissions and pollution will continue to increase affecting the ozone layer and making skin cancer a common disease like the cold, therefore the HP prototype is essential to all as this prototype can provide protection to this problem (Australian Bureau of Statistics 2007).

The HP prototype will be manufactured in a similar fashion to how breast implants are made but after conducting further research and revisiting the future of 3D printing, the prototype could be further developed. In saying that it was particularly difficult trying to design something for the body that would work medically as no one from F.O.D came from a medical background.

3D printing however has allowed medical application of rapid prototyping to be feasible for specialized surgical planning and prosthetics applications and has significant potential for development of new medical applications (F. Rengier 2010)

Consistent experimentation is the key to any successful design and continuous trial and exploration of unconventional tools such as 3D printing has been a real game changer. This is evident with architectural duo designers Kyle & Liz von Hasseln whom have no knowledge in the cake making business but have now opened up their own store ‘The Sugar Lab‘ printing 3D sugar sculptures which then incorporated onto cakes and cupcakes.

Kyle and Liz are constantly being challenged by clients on the possibilities of 3D printed sugar but they have fun and try to implement those ideas.

Cancer researcher Rosalie Sears is no desginer but her work is just one exciting aspect of 3-D printing’s potential impact on medicine — from prosthetics, to the bioprinting of cells, to lifelike models of organs , to the possibility of printable, implantable tissue (McMillen, 2015).


Reference List

 Australian Bureau of Statistics 2007, 4613.0 – Australia’s Environment: Issues and Trends, viewed 1 September 2015, <!OpenDocument

F, Rengier, A. Mehndiratta, H. von Tengg-Kobligk, C. M. Zechmann, R. Unterhinninghofen, H.-U. Kauczor, F. L. Giese, 2010, ‘3D Printed based on imaging data: review of medical applications’, International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery, Springer International Publishing, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp 335-336.

McMillen, M 2015, ‘3D Printing Future of Health’, Web MD, viewed 25 October 2015, <;.


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