Franz Anton Mesmer was a German physician with an interest in astronomy, who theorized that there was a natural energetic transference that occurred between all animated and inanimate objects that he called animal magnetism, sometimes later referred to as mesmerism. The theory attracted a wide following starting in 1780 through 1850 and continued to have some influence until the end of the century. In 1843 Scottish physician, James Braid, proposed the term hypnosis for a technique derived from animal magnetism. Today this is the usual meaning of mesmerism. source: Wikipedia
The ways in which people design and make things are changing rapidly and dramatically — and to make sure Autodesk stays ahead of this accelerating curve, we've created a space in San Francisco called Pier 9 to help us explore new technologies and techniques that are going to be key to our success in the future. Pier 9 is a state-of-the-art facility and fabrication workshop on San Francisco's Pier 9 that features 3D printing facilities, a range of CNC machines, metal and wood shops, and office and conference space. It also houses the company's bio/nano research team, and our Instructables group focused on making software for 150 million consumer do-it-yourselfers.
Autodesk employees and artists-in-residence use our 3D printers, including the Ember, to fabricate objects all the time, As a fan of their work, I enjoy checking our what's happening at Pier 9 on regular basis. We're in the process of setting up a showcase at Pier 9. In addition to this, I was absolutely fascinated when I saw this video of what they had done. I was so mesmerized I had to call my wife over and show her. Check it out:
Attraction to animated inanimate objects is alive in the lab.