CES Day 2: 3D Printed Prosthetics, Arduino Zero, and Singing Robots

Navigating the masses of International CES 2015 to bring you the highlights of all that's up-and-coming with electronics.

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We spent lots of time today hanging out with our friends from Hackster.io, Hackaday, and MIX Engineering, but we managed to scope out a few awesome things.

Intel RealSense Technology

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Image credit: Intel

This new tech provides image scanning from cameras--that is, it's gesture control for computers. Get ready to make all your Iron Man (or possibly Minority Report) dreams come true.

Mighty Mighty Curie

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Image credit: Intel

I know, I know, we're talking a lot about Intel. But this button-sized platform will pack a Quark SE CPU, 800kB SRAM, Bluetooth low energy, and an integrated DSP sensor hub that includes a six-axis combo accelerometer and gyroscope sensor. The trick is not to lose it in the wash.

Arduino Zero

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We got to play with these sweet boards, and we are completely stoked for the release. This 32-bit extension of the Arduino UNO, the Arduino Zero is powered by the Atmel SAMD21 MCU and includes the Embedded Debugger. Get all your creative projects ready, because when this board drops, you're gonna want it.

Open-source 3D printed arms

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Open Bionics had these functional 3D printed arm/hands on display to demonstrate that prosthetics can be produced easily, affordably, and with off-the-shelf materials. It reminded us of our CES 2014 buddy Not Impossible Labs and their Project Daniel--so cool to see open-source tech solving real-world problems like this.

American Robot Idol

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That's a robot singing. I got nothing else--it made us look twice.
Other points of note:

Nest brought ambulances this year instead of a firetruck. They are prepared for tech emergencies.

● Sony's new Walkman. No, you didn't just flashback to 1985--the ZX2 model unveiled here at CES will send audiophile hearts aflutter with its ultra-high quality sound. It's pricey though, clocking in at a cool $1,120.

● You can now 3D print in chocolate. This is very important.

PicoBrew lets you brew craft beer on your kitchen counter. This is also very important.

StoreDot demoed a cellphone battery that fully recharges in less than two minutes. Mashable has a write-up of how it works.

● There was a random dude dressed as Iron Man for no apparent reason walking down the Strip. Welcome to Las Vegas.

Keep up with our adventures tomorrow on Twitter under #CES2015!


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  • Did you see a real Arduino Zero running? Most people in the forums believe that it is dead.

    • We didn't see it running, unfortunately. Due to the enormous nature of CES, it was a quick hold it and check it out type deal.

      I will say we don't get much of a heads up on products like the Zero anymore, which is a shame, I think we could provide some great feedback. But based on everything I have heard thus far, it's still happening, just in the fine tuning stages.

      • Ok. Thanks for your reply. I believe the moment is great for some follow up on the zero. Could you just try to catch up some news and post them? The zero would be so good for many of us and SparkFun could do a lot with it.

  • Good to see you stressing the important things, like beer and chocolate, industries of the future!

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