Separating the top tech from the gimmicky gadgets, AKQA's Christopher Marsh continues to bring us the best things he's seen so far at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Healthcare has been a prominent theme this year. Kolibree’s connected toothbrush with 3D motion sensors adds gamification to drive oral healthcare for kids, as does Vigilant’s Rainbow offering. Withings and iHealth have each built an eco-system of connected personal health products, aggregating data into an easy to understand view of the user’s health.
One of my favorites is the Metria wearable sensor, a disposable product designed to be worn for up to just seven days. The user can take the comprehensive personal data gathered during this time to make informed lifestyle changes to promote better health.
3D printing has experienced explosive growth, with companies providing huge progress in high resolution, full color printing, object scanning, and printing with different materials.
Spectrom showed off a device that enables most 3D printers to print in full color. MakerBot and Matter and Form both offered inexpensive desktop 3D scanners in the $500 to $750 range, but most impressive was MakerBot’s demonstration of its PLA composite filament. Amongst other things, we saw a 3D printed hammer with metallic head and wooden shaft.
No-glasses 3D displays are becoming closer to a reality. Samsung’s 110 inch 8K screen is an amazing device, but the 3D isn’t quite ready for widespread consumer acceptance.
SuperD showed us an amazing 3D display that uses eye tracking to provide an extremely clear 3D experience. It’s probably optimized for gaming though, since only one person can use it at a time. The best all round glasses-less 3D experience was from Alioscopy, which demoed tablet, desktop screen and larger TV screens. These all provided a good experience for multiple viewers.
Christopher Marsh is director of technology operations at AKQA. You can read his best of day one diary here.