If they don’t offer an open API (which in our view would be a shame), what about the option of a kind of app store? This would mean that we could create apps that would allow the GF cameras to recognise specific object sizes / shapes (per the original video). I think there may be all sorts of possibilities.
It may recognise an object of say 320x30x3mm in size (a tolerance factor could be specified in the app) and offer designs for a school ruler for instance. It may recognize the size of a common pencil and offer a design I stored with my daughter’s initials on, etc etc. The user selects the material, puts 20 of them on the print bed and presto - GF auto-aligns for the random orientation of each object individually, knowing the origin point and offset, all as specified in the app.
GF could approve apps for safety and security purposes like Apple does.
A few more benefits of such an app store would be:
- A user could put a random household object into the GF and see if someone has come up with a design for it - suggestions would pop up from the GF catalog if the shape has been ‘defined’ by an app.
- From the other end, people could see what shapes have been ‘apped’ and come up with their own design for that object. Phones and tablets are the obvious ones but what about a specific iPhone case if I happen to not want to engrave my $800 computer in my pocket (I use one from these guys: http://houdt.co.za/). Or a memory stick for company branding (there are some nice bamboo ones).
- GF could also identify the shape of an object that may not be safe to laser - such as a Barby doll (which should rather be burned at the stake).
- Suppliers of products could ‘app’ their products, offering potential customers an incentive to buy - “Glowforge certified”. I would buy those bamboo memory sticks very quickly if I know I could just shove a bunch of them into my GF, add my company logo and just press “print” for a perfectly aligned company branded, quality product.
Good community incentive. Commercial incentive. Browse appeal. Could be interesting.