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Designer Gadgets

Microsoft HoloLens

It costs $3,000 for the developer’s edition. The idea is you put the glasses on, then any digital imagery can be overlayed on your actual surroundings. This is where everyone reading this wishes they worked for a successful 3D application design firm. The website has quite impressive demo videos and more development tools than anyone might expect. The user interface is largely manipulated with a finger pinch motion. Perhaps development of Microsoft’s HoloLens is to design as oil was to industry.
microsoft.com/en-us/hololens

Tilt Brush

This program lets you paint in 3D space with virtual reality. You can even share your art and view that of others. The brush paints with fire, electricity, acrylic, and light beams just to name a few. The Oculus Rift website can locate a free demo near you. Aside from all the needed gear including Oculus Rift with the Oculus Torch and a decent PC, this will only run you $20.
www.tiltbrush.com

Glowforge: 3D Laser Printer

This device is a mini laser CNC. You can even have it cut out the shape you draw on the surface of the object. It can do detailed cuts on wood, leather, acrylic, paper and other similar surfaces. The basic design has a 12-by-20 inch build area and costs around $3000.
glowforge.com

Cube

The cube is a portable device that fits in your pocket, and you use to find the color of any surface and have it recorded on your phone. The optics of the cube blocks out all ambient light and measures the amount of red, green and blue in each color. This handy argument ending device will cost you around $180.
rif6.com/product/cube

Fujifilm X-T2

A super high-tech 23.4 megapixel sensor, 4K video recording and everything else you’d expect from a high-end digital camera crammed into a classic body style. This camera has all the dials and knobs you need for maximum creative control but takes some practice. The Fujifilm X-T2 starts at about $1,500.
fujifilm.com/products/digital_cameras/x/fujifilm_x_t2

Google Pixel

Google has its own android now. It boasts the best smartphone camera ever, with access to the Google Assistant for the for the first time on a mobile device.
The Pixel starts at around $650.
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Origonal print

Phillip Colby’s original image before he laid out the inks in SketchBook Pro.

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