When Blobjects Rule the Earth

Blobjects are blob-shaped objects, because of NURBS and meshes and splines and injection molding and CAD-CAM. They’re highly curvilinear consumer items designed on workstations, and then they’re generally blasted into being in a burst of injection-molded goo.

Blobjects are the period objects of our time. They are the physical products that the digital revolution brought to the consumer shelf.

Blobjects were impossible until the early 1990s. Then they got cheap. Nowadays they’re commodities. Our contemporary world is absolutely littered with these things, these blobjects. Blobjects are so entirely common now that they are passe’ and showing their age. —Bruce Sterling at SISGRAPH

When Blobjects Rule the Earth (Boing Boing)