“If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.”
First of all, this phrase does not mean, in any way, does not involve your customers, users and consumers in your decision making. What she really means is simply: “Sometimes people don’t see everything that the future can offer” or “They are not able to anticipate that they would want or need something that didn’t exist yet, or that they didn’t know how to could really be ”
A few years ago I imagined that an area dedicated to 2D drawings in Blender would be very interesting. But if I said this to someone, the answer would be: “Use the orthogonal camera and curves or polygons with shadeless material and problem solved!”
Another old case is with Cycles. Despite the clear need for a renderer like Cycles, not everyone saw this as something important. “You can just use V-Ray Render, Luxrender or Yafaray”
But after Cycles and Grease Pencil launched, it was as like everyone had always dreamed about that. Well, I have been thinking since 2008 about something that I have always had an interest in but I never imagined being really possible in Blender until this new professional generation that we are living through. Maybe this will become plausible after talking to the community. Perhaps between Blender 2025 and 2030, a development in this area may arise. But I digress. What I really want is for the Blender community, basically divided between artists and developers, to look closely at the scientific area. When I was a kid I was blown away to see Dexter’s Laboratory on Cartoon Network. A laboratory in your room… Currently, I feel the need to use software like Inventor for prototyping technologies and then patent them. And, even though I know that this brings us the same ‘solutions’ to the Cycles Render issue, I must still insist that it would be really interesting for open software to bring solutions to scientific areas.
There are several areas where Blender could be used, such as mechanical engineering, robotics, chemistry laboratory, forensic laboratory … both for work and for studies in schools and colleges. A more practical example of use would be in structural stability calculations for construction engineering. That alone would change the lives of many architects using Blender.
The idea of a Blender Lab may be absurd at the moment. There doesn’t seem to be any need for that. It is not part of the objectives foreseen for the program. It would be extremely expensive. There are already programs for these purposes. Even so, I must again point out phrases that I wrote in this post. Sometimes, we just don’t see what can be brought up. Another issue in this regard is that, as I said, Blender users are all about artists. But that does not mean that there is no latent potential available. It is likely that architects or some engineers using Blender will be able to find this sort of thing minimally interesting.
Now imagine in the future, perhaps in the 2030s, with a highly developed Blender Lab. Technologists testing their ideas inside a free virtual lab, and then sharing them. Even if a product is not launched commercially, new ideas can generate new ideas. I can’t imagine what the tech world would be like if something like that happened.