Shapeways is providing another way to connect humans by engaging a fail-safe formula: 3D-printing + social media = cool experience.
The concept of #LostFound is simple. You purchase and download the package, print off several small, plastic hooks and install them around your neighborhood. If someone comes across a misplaced object they place it on a nearby hook, take a location shot of the item and post it to Twitter or Instagram, along with the #lostfound tag. This is in the hope of the dismayed owner scouring the feed to then find their beloved article. Instant karma or what?
The idea is novel but certainly not worthless; any attempt to rid daily life of the dreaded “I’ve lost my keys forever,” gets a thumbs up from me. The sheer simplicity of the concept surrounding this product enables it to seamlessly integrate into the urban environment. Alongside this, it creates a physical dimension to the often faceless world of social media, whilst promoting a neighborhood-wide feeling of a kind, smartphone using soul having your back.