The weird and wonderful of CES 2016
Andy Williams might have been talking about Christmas when he sang ‘It’s the most wonderful time of the year’, but for technophiles he’s arguably got some competition with CES this week. The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is an annual event where the world’s biggest and brightest tech companies come together in Las Vegas to show off their latest wares. From new TVs and tablets to robots and 3D printers, there’s no shortage of announcements to keep up with- so we’ve rounded up our own highlights of the show, from the sublime to the downright ridiculous.
We’re no strangers to 3D printers here at PrettyGreen, but the latest models unveiled this week are taking things to the next level. Our favourite is probably the Mcor Arke, which creates detailed full colour 3D models like the one above using papers, razors, glue, and what we can only assume is some kind of witchcraft.
3D System’s snappily named ProX DMP 320 also boggles the mind; 3D printing objects from titanium, nickel and stainless steel. And yours for just $700,000.
Onto some of the weirder announcements of the week, the world’s first passenger drone caught our eye. Capable of travelling at speeds of up to 60mph and controlled by a tablet, this feels like something straight out of the Jetsons. Although hopefully it has a built-in ejector button, as you can’t control the drone at all once inside… yikes.
We also love the Go Sun Stove, which uses the power of the sun alone to heat itself up to 550 degrees to cook your food. Clever stuff.
CES isn’t just for tech brands; beauty giant L’Oreal announced their own ultra-thin smart skin patches that can detect your exposure to UV rays. We’re excited to see how the beauty industry responds to the smart technology revolution, as it feels like we’re only scratching the (skin’s) surface here.
You can also now wake up and smell the coffee, quite literally, with the Sensorwake. Pitching itself as a unique olefactory alarm clock, simply insert scent cartridges with smells like the ocean, coffee or croissants, and be awoken by your favourite aroma. We’ll start a petition for a Nando’s PERi-PERi cartridge later this year…
And finally, as there are far too many other products to mention we’ve pulled together a quick list of some other show highlights we’d urge you to check out. See you same time next year, CES, you beautiful lunatic.