Trendy Products Featured at ShowStoppers for CE Week

David Haueter
Jun 30, 2016

It was CE (consumer electronics) week last week in New York City – an annual event that highlights the latest and greatest trends in consumer electronics, and some of the trends that will shape the camera and printing markets were on display from several vendors at the ShowStoppers event that was part of the week’s activities.

Drones and 360-degree cameras are growing categories within the digital photography market, and several vendors were showing these products at ShowStoppers, including Kodak and Allie with their 360-degree cameras, and Hexo+ and Drone Volt with drones.

One of the more interesting drones at ShowStoppers was the Exo360 unit from Queen B Robotics, which can shoot 360-degree high-definition video with five integrated cameras. Videos are viewed through VR goggles or from online platforms such as YouTube360 or Facebook360. The products (which vary by camera resolution) are on pre-sale now for estimated delivery in December.

3D printers were also being shown at ShowStoppers, including a couple from ROBO 3D. Their new R2 Mini is claimed to be the world’s smallest and most portable 3D printer, as well as the easiest for making 3D printed objects directly from a smartphone via an app. The entry level $599 model will be shipping soon. ROBO 3D was also showing their new scented printing filaments. That’s right – you can now buy print filament that makes your house or office smell good while the printer is working, with scents available in apple, blueberry, grape and strawberry. A spokesman for ROBO 3D said the scent wears off shortly after an object is printed.

ROBO 3D's R2 Mini

ROBO 3D’s R2 Mini

 

With a price of $499, the M3D Pro 3D printer is priced even less than the ROBO 3D R2 Mini and is designed to “have all the capabilities of a commercial printer at a cost consumers want.” The M3D Pro can print objects up to 7.8” in height, and M3D says the Pro printer is the first 3D printer driven by two ARM-core processors and a network of more than a dozen sensors. It has the ability to save information and recovers from power outages so no filament is wasted if that were to occur. The M3D Pro will be available for pre-order by August.

Another interesting printer shown at ShowStoppers was the LifePrint mobile printer, which prints out 2” x 3” photos using ZINK thermal printing technology that can then come to life using augmented reality technology and the LifePrint app on a mobile device. To make it work, you simply point your mobile device at the photo printed from the LifePrint printer. The app then recognizes the print and plays the video clip associated with it. Another interesting aspect of the LifePrint printer is the ability to share with other users of the printer, who can then print the shared photos.  The printer itself is very compact and light, and has a film capacity of 10 photos and a battery life of 15 photos. The app works with iPhone models 5S and above, Samsung Galaxy models S5 and above, as well as GoPro Hero 3 and above models. The LifePrint printer is expected to be on sale by the September/October timeframe at a price of around $129.

LifePrints Mobile Printer

LifePrint Mobile Printer

 

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