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Showcasing Fabulous Tech at CES 2013

Aeryn Lynne

Geeks are truly buzzing this week as the International Consumer Electronic Show (CES) opens their door for another year, from January 8th to 11th!  Online though, there is a sweet amount of info pouring out from the show today as it’s PRESSDAY!   And the press?  LOVES to talk and get the trending info out there first, so all I need to do is microwave non-buttery popcorn (did you know that just the buttery smell from a bag of microwaved popcorn is actually toxic??), pull up my twitter feed for the official #2013CES twitter feed AND the unofficial #CES2013 feed, and feast on the ever populating feed of awesome tech goodies.

I also happen to be watching CBC news and their minute-bit from CES 2013 had some neat video.

I think what I’m most interested in is the consumer possibilities of 3D printing.  Did you know that you could build your own iphone case design and have it printed?  3D printing technology is going to revolutionize our passion of plastic products.

Have you ever dreamed of creating a realistic “Barbie” doll for your child?  One with average body proportions for healthy self/body-image?  How about building a miniature car designed by your kid?  Did you and your buddies ever develop a board game back in the day, and wished you could find a company willing to build the parts/game-pieces?

What if I told you that the technology is already there to do these type of 3D projects?  In fact, this tech has been around since roughly the 1980s, but is becoming more and more affordable with age.  As the developers are creating precise sculpting technologies, and easier open source software, you could potentially own one of these printers yourself for about $700.  Just like regular printers, there are differences on what each 3D printer can do, and affordable family/home printing may be another five years (when it may become as easy as printing a word document); but I’m thinking there are many Trekkies/Trekkers that are ecstatic of how much closer we are to Star Trek Replicators (not to be confused with Stargate’s Replicators.)

In the meantime, 3D Systems has created a consumable (though not necessarily affordable) home printer under their public store Cubify.com. The CubeX printer can create shapes as large as a basketball (10.8” x 10.45” x 9.5” or 275 mm x 265 mm x 240 mm.)  It can actually print in multicolour (if you choose the most expensive model, the CubeX Trio), and has 18 colours to choose from!

3D Systems CubeX Trio

 

As a designer wannabe, the idea that I could take digital projects and create actual 3D models, which could become fashionable items like jewelry, accessories, laptop/smartphone accessories (cases), etc is a really exciting prospect.

According to Cubify, I could even make a pair of shoes!

Cubify.com CubeX printed 3D fashionable shoes!

What’s making me go all eye-roll-y?  The introduction of the HAPIfork is probably this year’s *Facepalm* winner for me.

HAPIfork

 

This fork monitors your eating habits and can even provide a bar graph so that you can see how quickly/slowly you eat.  This USB connected device will light up when you eat too quickly, and thus has both instant and documented feedback for you to measure for as long as you use this utensil.  The purpose is to counter weight gain, digestive problems, gastric reflux, and postoperative complications.

Why the eye roll?  I can see how this could help with stomach issues, such gastric reflux, ’cause eating slower could potentially limit the amount of … well, refluxing.  But I’m prepared to see this being marketed as a dieting tool instead.  I’m not the slowest eater out there, but I’m certainly not the fastest either, and while this may help some who need to lose a few pounds… I don’t see those numbers being high.  I know a few rake-thin people who eat quicker than me, but their metabolism *helps* them maintain their thin shapes (as does their calorie choices and exercise).  Likewise, I know a number of full-figured gals who count while they chew and are still the beautiful gals they’ve always been (whom also watch their calories and exercise).

Or lets put this in another light – chocolate cake is chocolate cake, no matter how slow you devour it.

I’ve also come across some horrific info that this $99 fork vibrates when you lift it to your mouth too soon.  …  Um… no thank you.

Again, this is Press Day and so we haven’t seen much for the HAPIfork, but this one picture below is making me think HAPIlabs is going to push their product as a dieting tool…

I’d like to title this one as “Skinny Girl doesn’t need a HAPIfork ’cause she’s skinny!”  I found this picture directly on the HAPIfork webpage… you’d think they’d use a happy model using a HAPIfork, but apparently that’s old skool.

This girl doesn't need a HAPIfork because she's skinny!

These are just two products that I found among the awesomes (an not-so’s) in the twitter #2013CES Geek Feed.

What else is there to look forward to?

Are you watching the CES feeds?  Or maybe you’re a lucky duck in Las Vegas attending the show?   What products made it to your A-List this year?

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Aeryn Lynne

The Geek at Geek Life
Living in Superman's Metropolis (aka Toronto, Canada), Aeryn Lynne found a way to entirely over-share everything she loves, and make a career out of it! Ultimately a geek, she waxes poetically over technology, fights for fashion-equality, squees over comic art, and literally sparkles, thanks to her makeup addiction.
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15 Comments on “Showcasing Fabulous Tech at CES 2013

orangeheromama
January 7, 2013 at 5:09 pm

Woah. I had no idea exactly what CES was all about, but i remember seeing tweets about it in my twitter feed last year. WOW. There is some crazy cool stuff out there that i had NO idea about!

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Aeryn Lynne
January 8, 2013 at 3:47 pm

CES is *awesome*! 🙂 It’s THE place to be to showcase the cool and/or crazy toys that are just ready to be consumed! *crossing fingers to go next year*

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gingrmommy
January 7, 2013 at 5:10 pm

My new tern is going to be “Its all GEEK to me” lol this all looks really great but it is so much for someone like me to understand (not tech savvy) It would be cool to make those shoes though 🙂

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Aeryn Lynne
January 8, 2013 at 3:49 pm

LOL!! Remember those jelly shoes from way back when? It’d be cool to make a pair that would fit *exactly* to our feet size/widths, lol. Would be nice to have shoes that actually do fit like a glove.

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Yee Wittle Things
January 7, 2013 at 5:25 pm

Ohhh this sounds sooo neat! I never knew a lot of this, but such cool stuff! Thanks for sharing more about CES 🙂

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Aeryn Lynne
January 8, 2013 at 4:27 pm

CES is awesome for tech that we didn’t know we wanted, LOL. 😀 Definitely keep an eye on the twitter feed for the coolest stuff coming out of the conference.

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paulaschuck
January 7, 2013 at 6:14 pm

Oh Aeryn! Squee! We just left Las Vegas and I had no idea this was starting as we left! Darn it. I love new tech. The possibilities are so exciting. Hapifork?! Lol. Skinny girl clearly doesn’t need it because she already had gastric bypass. Does the fork talk to you also ? Now that would be not so helpful in my home.

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Aeryn Lynne
January 8, 2013 at 3:43 pm

Ooh, you must have had fun in Vegas anyway! 😀 I can’t wait to go back, it’s been nearly 6 years… But am going to figure out how to get there next year for CES, heh. And seriously, talking is the only function I think the HAPIfork doesn’t have. Yet. 😉 It’s also been a long time since I’ve physically rolled my eyes at something, but this fork broke that spell, lol.

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Mommy Moment™
January 8, 2013 at 10:15 am

Who knew?!? That fork is is kinda cool! Are you getting one?

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Aeryn Lynne
January 8, 2013 at 4:27 pm

Nah, I’m not into the HAPIfork, lol. It kinda wiggs me out thinking I need a buzzing fork to tell me when I can take another bite, heh. 😉

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Mommy Outside
January 8, 2013 at 11:00 am

Yep 3dD printing technology has been around for quite a while now. It’s pretty cool isn’t it? I know my sister in law has had the chance to use it in university. It will be interesting to see if that technology can be scaled down into something accessible and affordable for the average consumer. Although at $700 there will be some consumers who will be all over it.

I hear that the big wigs like Apple and Microsoft don’t bother with CES anymore.

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Aeryn Lynne
January 8, 2013 at 4:15 pm

I don’t believe the $700 is quite consumer friendly quite yet… from what I’ve heard the software still needs tweaking, but watch out when it is, lol! And the CubeX is currently ranging at $2000+ just for the unit (not to mention $100 per colour cartridge), so while its user friendly, its not economically sound for *most* at the moment.

I’m actually not that … concerned? of Apple and Microsoft no long attending CES anymore. Heck, yesterday Microsoft tweeted about one of the computer companies using their software at CES. So they still support, even if just on the sideline. There’s just so much tech out there that ISN’T Microsoft/Apple, that I’m sure CES can still hold their own. *shrugs* They may have been big cash-cow sponsors… I’m not sure though, its something I hadn’t looked at so have no clue if CES has lost funds by them not attending. But simply for content alone, I honestly don’t think they need to be there. What would they have to market that they don’t showcase on their own elsewhere? Lol, #JustMyTwoCents 😉

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Deanna T.
January 12, 2013 at 4:40 am

I read “paper-thin foldable monitors” and my inner fangirl squees with visions of how much closer my reality is to that envisioned by William Gibson (wait, is that a good thing?)

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canadadrygreen
February 6, 2013 at 3:47 pm

Those 3D systems are so cool!

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Victoria Ess
February 10, 2013 at 12:25 am

haha your opinion of the HAPI fork cracked me up!

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