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Rapid Prototyping Progress at CES 2016


Consumer Electronics’ Show, CES 2016

Every year the major technology companies from across the world descend to Nevada to showcase the latest devices, gadgets, technologies and innovations. This show is commonly called and known as the Consumer Electronics’ Show or CES.


Many may wonder what 3D printers, cars that are driverless, fitness trackers, gadgets that are self-driven and drones have in common. Irrelevant of the other factors that may stand as common grounds for these technology items, one thing is for sure, all of these items stand at the forefront of the Consumer Electronics’ Show or CES of 2016, which took place in Nevada. What is even more crucial when considered from far is the fact that the remarkable tech gadgets that have changed the course of history in recent years are finally moving up or “coming of age.” According to chief economist for the Consumer Technology Association, Shawn DuBravac, this is a point to be noted and kept close track of. Under this rising industry we have the 3D printing industry or rapid prototyping services, which have steered huge advances for the technology department as a whole. The CES of 2016 made many references to 3D printing and the perks associated with this process. Many of which have been experienced first hand by this year’s CES participants, attendees and volunteers alike.


Emerging Technologies 

During a talk regarding the CES of 2016, DuBravac stated to a full house concerning what he deems as the significant trends of CES 2016. Among the ones he stated, he mentioned something called the ripening of emerging ecosystems. In other words, if we take into consideration the cutting-edge technology and gadgetry in recent times, especially technologies like the 3D printers that gave a boom to the 3D printing industry, or the fitness wearable items that helped to incessantly measure our body temperatures or heart rates, these incredible devices are emerging, or discovering their spot in the actual world rather than remaining as innovative ideas.



Quality Over Quantity Today

According to chief economist DuBravac, there has been a huge change in the tone of dialogue within the CES floor in the last one to one and a half years. People are talking more about meaningful technology rather than possible technology. This goes to show people want quality more than quantity.

This swing away from mere technology meant for technology’s sake, towards greater technology that serves, has become a focus for many. It seems that people now want and prefer technology that has some greater, effective purpose rather than technology that carries potential for future innovation. This was the theme playing out through the platform at this year’s CES. For example, Whirlpool presented a whole line of smooth appliances that can be associated to the thermostat system under Nest smart. Nest informs your appliances whenever you may be out of your home, allowing the dishwasher to automatically run whenever you are at the office or attending to a need outside the home. Another example sited under this sway was Aipol, which is an app that utilizes a smartphone’s internal sensors and cameras to aid people who are visually impaired to recognize common items that they may need throughout the day.

Whirlpool and Aipoly may have established and developed noticeably dissimilar technologies for consumers, but according to DuBravac, both companies have given consumers examples of fundamentally meaningful and useful technology. They chose meaningful instead of the good old new and trendy. Meaningful and useful tech tools are even reaping up in areas you may have expected them least, such as in the virtual or cyber reality sector of the show.

DuBravac stated that while Virtual Reality or VR was an important portion of last year’s show, advanced technology has only started to really touch its pace in the last year or so. VR-gaming headphones from well known companies such as Sony and Oculus Rift grabbed people’s notice around 2015, but 2016 brought forward audio systems and 360-degree cameras to the front, a change that indicates VR’s extension beyond the gaming world and into different areas.

Many are already predicting that in 10 years time, we may be watching 3D YouTube videos using a VR headset or we may be using one of these advanced devices within a classroom setting, helping to educate the minds that will shape tomorrow’s future. The possibilities are endless here but as we know, only time will tell.

Other technologies that have been noted to be coming of age or are really grabbing attention at the 2016 CES which comprise drones and 3D printing technology. We can say farewell to plastic gizmos and hello to 3D printed iron or metal bike parts. As for the drones, rumor has it that there are drones that can be automated to follow a person around and record everything they do. Yikes! Stay tuned on that one.







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