This is What 2012 Is Supposed to Be Like

Ok, stuff like this is so ‘Jetsons’.

3D printing.  You need a key, a toy, a unique gift?  Have a digital scan of your head that you’d like to re-create in plastic splendor?

How about you just conjure it up on your printer… in your home.

This is the amazing MakerBot Replicator™,($1800) and is actually an update to a older model and was debuted at CES 2012.  From a group of smart peeps in Brooklyn you can actually “print” fully realized 3D things in your home.

Yeah, it’s limited to stuff in plastic (same plastic that LEGOs are made) but if you have an imagination, or if not, just trot over to the online community of to find stuff that other people have already created and get going.

Go goof around the site, look at some of the great stuff they’ve created including a full chess set.  Now, I’m not saying that you’re going to be printing remote controls or fully functioning key fobs that you’ve lost, but here is some leading edge tech that is filtering its way down to the consumer level, and that’s a good thing.


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CES 2012 is Here

Another year, another CES.

The Consumer Electronics Show is going on now in Vegas, and if you’ve never been, it really is a sight to behold.  While many experts think that CES is losing steam, and many of the old school attendants have come to loathe the show because its grown in size so exponentally, it still is the best place to check out new gadgets and what is in store for the future.

Ultrabooks:  Everyone wants to copy the success of the MacBook Air.  So watch here for a new stream of competing brands bringing you more powerful, better battery life, super lightweight laptop….er… Ultrabooks… HP. Lenovo…

Ice Cream Sandwich – The current, latest Android OS is now on the Nexus and finding its way, eventually, to other Android devices, but really look for it to begin to appear on Android tablets at this show, some with really powerful chipsets and also even TV sets…

Windows 8: We won’t see a full beta until later this year, and like Apple already , 2012 marks the last year Microsoft will have an official presence at CES.  But hopefully we will see the new Windows OS (one I suspect is going to be way better than people expect) demo’d on lots of different devices, phones, tablets, desktops, etc…

My wish: A personal robot with lasers that shoot from the eyes..

Via CNET, The Guardian, PC and more links!


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