Even the nervous user can create plush toys
December 15, 2008 9:26 AM   Subscribe

We introduce Plushie, an interactive system that allows nonprofessional users to design their own original plush toys.
posted by geos (28 comments total) 15 users marked this as a favorite

 
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posted by Pollomacho at 9:31 AM on December 15, 2008


This is the third time I've seen this this morning, but the first time I've followed the link. I didn't realize it was a *research project*. That's hilarious and awesome (as is the accent).

The software itself is awesome too. Matching the imperfections of automated 2D->3D translations to plushies is a great idea.
posted by DU at 9:33 AM on December 15, 2008


The FPP text is a quote from the website, fortunately.
posted by delmoi at 9:33 AM on December 15, 2008


can you design them anatomically correct?
posted by Balisong at 9:45 AM on December 15, 2008


When I saw "Plushie" I had a somewhat different idea of what this was about.
posted by dunkadunc at 9:46 AM on December 15, 2008


(and of COURSE it's from Japan.)
posted by dunkadunc at 9:47 AM on December 15, 2008


can you design them anatomically correct?

What exactly is the correct anatomy for a plush animal?
posted by Pollomacho at 9:48 AM on December 15, 2008


can you design them anatomically correct?

Yes, the ones in the video have ears, legs and tails.
posted by DU at 9:53 AM on December 15, 2008 [1 favorite]


Ohmygoodness! I love it! It takes forever for me to draft and polish new plush toy patterns, so much that I've been using the same three patterns for about four years.

I've been taken with the intense desire to use the software to make a plushie version of this little guy (NSF dog people), place it in a box and leave it under the Christmas tree.

I think this is proof that I need a yuletide exorcism...or less family time.
posted by Alison at 9:56 AM on December 15, 2008 [1 favorite]


One would hope this has nothing to do with Plushies, but something tells me it will in short enough time... and then it will have to be cleansed with fire.
posted by FatherDagon at 10:03 AM on December 15, 2008


This totally appeals to my artsy crafty side, love it!
posted by like_neon at 10:06 AM on December 15, 2008


(NSF dog people)

(NSF anyone)

I fixed it for you.
posted by cazoo at 10:06 AM on December 15, 2008 [1 favorite]


NSF anyone

Sadly true.
posted by Alison at 10:17 AM on December 15, 2008


It is a fun idea, making one's own teddybears. OMG the Etsy possibilities are endless.

3D CAD software is used in lots of industries. I work for a small company that's been using 3D CAD for making jewelry for at least 5 years.

The accent for the video is painfully entertaining. The proper Ingrish title for the FPP should have been "Even the nervous user can create prush toys"
posted by nickyskye at 10:27 AM on December 15, 2008


I'm scared. Hold me.
posted by The Whelk at 10:30 AM on December 15, 2008


I turned off that video after 15 seconds. It sounded not only like a strong accent, but her voice sounded like text-to-speech computer translation, in a strong accent. I got so far as them suggesting I could "sue" the pattern before it became too much.
posted by explosion at 10:34 AM on December 15, 2008


Dear god Alison, it's not goatse but it's still horrible.

Anyway, I seem to remember actually seeing this program for download somewhere a few years back, as a way to create 3D models by sketching. So I assume they've actually moved to production now?
posted by JHarris at 10:46 AM on December 15, 2008


Yeah, I think this was the original.
posted by DU at 11:16 AM on December 15, 2008


Anyway, I seem to remember actually seeing this program for download somewhere a few years back

Wow, it's older than I thought: Teddy, A Sketching Interface for 3D Freeform Design, Takeo Igarashi, 1998 (!)
posted by you at 11:16 AM on December 15, 2008 [1 favorite]


Alison: "I've been taken with the intense desire to use the software to make a plushie version of this little guy (NSF dog people), place it in a box and leave it under the Christmas tree."

If you want to go for a horse head instead, that one is readily available...
posted by PontifexPrimus at 11:51 AM on December 15, 2008


Good grief. That bit of video where they're inflating the pig caused immediate Akira flashbacks.

I can imagine a room in which the carpet pattern is strange but seemingly innocuous... until the night comes and horrible forms rise silently out of the floor.
posted by Kikkoman at 11:52 AM on December 15, 2008 [1 favorite]


A great leap forward in the evolution of sock-monkeys.
Anybody want to buy a corduroy plushie real-doll?
I'm taking orders.
posted by isopraxis at 11:58 AM on December 15, 2008


... Tetsuo?
posted by seanmpuckett at 12:23 PM on December 15, 2008


Wow. Finally I will be able to create that plushie version of my Vaio!

I wonder how detailed you can get. 3D plushie model of Manhattan? It should work in theory... tho the program might crash at some point.
posted by ClarissaWAM at 12:32 PM on December 15, 2008


can we cut the lol engrish just a bit? This is a neat bit of technology and I enjoyed the presentation about it.
posted by jepler at 1:14 PM on December 15, 2008


Yikes. Sorry for the derail. The link is from this previous Mefi post. I haven't been able to get it out of my head ever since.

I actually hugged someone last week because I'd finally found someone in the non-internet world who knew what I was talking about. And I am not a hugger.
posted by Alison at 1:16 PM on December 15, 2008


Suddenly awake, you discern a dark shape rising from the floor in the middle of the room. A distinctive shape. The shape of the reanimated dog head.
posted by Kikkoman at 1:38 PM on December 15, 2008


I can't watch the video just now - does this work backwards? IE you create a creature as in Spore, and then it determines a correct pattern for you? If so that would be amazingly useful.

Forget dog heads, I want to make an Acoustic Kitty.
posted by mippy at 9:51 AM on December 17, 2008


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