CES 2018 Overview: Highlights From The Consumer Electronics Show

Desktop Metal has released a metal printing model at CES. This will change the way we do the design process, with final products now being able to be created with 3D printers.

The International Consumer Electronics Show was last week, and its top moment was when the show itself went dark: heavy rains caused a power outage at the event, causing major booths to have to shut down for close to two hours. This blackout reminded us all that in the age of advanced technology, it’s still nice to have a couple batteries on hand.

Ethereal Machines was one of many 3D printers featured at CES this year.

3D Printers for More than Just Plastic

The next big thing in 3D printing is yes, smaller and more affordable models, but also models with altogether different capabilities: Desktop Metal has released a metal printing model at CES. This will change the way we do the design process, with final products now being able to be created with 3D printers, instead of just prototypes.

IoT Smart Devices Secure Place as Mainstream Upcoming Tech Trend

The Internet of Things (IoT): if you don’t yet know what that means, it’s not too late to understand the hottest tech trend that will transform our daily realities over the next 10 years. The Internet of Things refers to a network of physical items, such as thermostats and refrigerators, that communicate with each other and other Internet-enabled devices. Why do your kitchen appliances need to talk to each other? Artificial intelligence makes them “smart.” Soon, your coffee maker will know to turn on when your morning alarm clock goes off. This sounds pretty convenient, but the IoT devices featured at CES range from transformative to impractical, including smart toilets, pet beds, showers, doorbells, and toothbrushes.

With all these smart devices, many users’ first thought is security. Does this mean someone could hack into my household appliances? IotaBeam is already providing the solution to this future problem with its first IoT security system StarDust, protecting low computer and low power IoT sensors and devices. The StarDust system minimizes messages between systems to minimize both risk and battery drain on these devices.

Health Tech

Much of the most exciting tech coming out of CES was health tech. Many apps and devices collect biometric data, monitor the presence of allergens to prevent allergy attacks, and even prevent over-exposure to UV rays with a wearable UV exposure tracker.  The Lishtot Test Drop even tests water cleanliness.

Sleep aids included Sleep Number and Nokia’s sleep sensor, which monitor sleep patterns, and Dreamlight Mask, Homni, and Somnox, which are designed to lull insomniacs to sleep.

Many products were targeted to aid vulnerable populations such as the sick and elderly. Helite released HipAir, a belt with airbags to prevent injury for seniors prone to falls, and “My Special Aflec Duck,” is a smart therapy stuffed animal for children with cancer to aid to their emotional health. 

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