The continued exploration of 3D printing has resulted in a variety of uses and materials, some of them promising huge breakthroughs in the future, and others refining the way existing projects and technologies are approached. Regarding that latter category, the company 4 AXYZ has developed a method for 3D printing wood furniture with embedded electronics.
Over the past several weeks we've gone through a surprisingly simple process with the folks at WOODCHUCK with some premium customized wooden bits for some of our favorite devices. What you're going to see here is a set of three cases from WOODCHUCK from their "Customize Your Case" series of wood designs.
Motorola has officially teased the addition of a wood backing option for its Moto X smartphone. The option has long been rumored to debut at some point before year's end, with the first estimates of Thanksgiving being a bit quick on the trigger. A revised, Q4 release date range for wood backs surfaced around then, and it looks like that one is going to pan out sometime in the next few days.
We saw a bit about the Hasselblad Stellar camera back in late-July, though at the time what we were looking at was leaked information. The Hasselblad Stellar is a custom modded Sony RX100 camera with features to include special handgrips and other tweaks such as the "H" logo. Those earlier leaks did include some pricing details, however it was a rather wide and expensive range.
This week it would appear that the team at Haselblad have been working on a custom modification of none other than the Sony RX100 according to several leaked images. This run of customizations would have a series of odd - and awesome - new grips for the machine while the outer body gains its own bit of Hasselblad-unique flare. Included in this lineup is a Padouk wood grip, carbon-fibre, Walnut, Wenge, Olive, and Mahogany.
There's nothing quite like spending several hundred dollars on some of the most advanced smartphone technology in the world with the iPhone 5, then covering it with wood. That's exactly what you're going to be doing with the 10terra wood iPhone 5 case, and in this case, you'll be working with the Tree design. The folks at 10terra currently have a relatively limited set of wooden cases, made for the two most recent iPhone sizes, the iPad back to the 2, and the Nexus 7, and they're all made from high-quality bamboo - real bamboo, accept no imitations.
This week the folks at Griffin have dropped a brain new pair of high-quality earbuds on the world called WoodTones. These earbuds are made with wood reclaimed from other manufacturing processes and will make you feel super green as you pump hot beats into your brain from your smartphone. Each pair of WoodTones is unique as the harvested wood used to create each bud is really, truly made of a completely one-of-a-kind piece of wood.
We've got our hands on the legacy of Bob Marley encapsulated in a pair of on-ear headphones, a pair by the name of Redemption Song. This pair of headphones is one of six different models available at the moment from House of Marley in the on-ear headphones category and have the same environment-friendly and premium features as the whole House of Marley line of phones: recyclable aluminum ring, recycled packaging, and an audio cord that's to die for. And the phones sound pretty darn good, too.
Third party iPhone accessory makers have taken the next step in iPhone personalization with solid wood back panels - not a case, not a skin, but an actual real replacement for the glass back you've grown tired of. There are two different groups I'd like to share with you here, one of them a bit more expensive with a wider range of options, the other more affordable and keeping with the simplicity. Both of these groups offer backs for the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S.
Like the passing of a very, very old uncle after he'd been telling you he didn't have one whole heck of a lot of time left on this earth for so very, very long, the fifth oldest tree on the planet burned from the inside this week, falling not to any sort of arson on the part of a human body, but mother nature herself, deciding it was just time for The Senator to go. This titanically gigantic piece of forest was known as "The Big Tree" or, again, The Senator, and is survived by his wife, "Lady Liberty," a 2,000-year old tree in the same Longwood, Florida park. Though we rarely report on non-gadget news here at SlashGear, there comes a time when we must appreciate how the whole world can connect and respect one of the world's oldest natural living things, all together because of the web we've created. What a lovely thing.