Detroit Auto Show 2015: Showcasing Smart
Wednesday Jan. 14th is the Industry Preview for the North American International Auto ShowNorth American International Auto Show (NAIAS) (aka "Detroit Auto Show") but today is the first Press Preview day and it's been an exciting opening in Detroit already. On the heels of CES and all the impressive auto-infotainment and "Connected Car" news (see this blog by Smith's Todd Traylor from the CES floor), there's still more to see as 2015 auto industry blazes new trails.
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3D-Printed Bobbleheads at CES 2015
3D printing technology has been used to make a variety of essential (and expensive) items, from aerospace components to car parts to artificial organs. The 3D printed offerings at CES this year were of a more whimsical nature.
The 3D Printing Marketplace, which doubled in size from last year, featured over thirty companies. I saw companies who were 3D printing intricate chocolate and candy creations, wearables, and customized bobble heads.
“With huge advancements in digital technology, 3D printers are moving toward more compact units that are more suitable for consumers and capable of printing a variety of consumer goods, from toys and electronics to clothing, shoes and even food,” said Karen Chupka, senior vice president, International CES and corporate business strategy, CEA.
The Bobbleshop (powered by Digiteyezer) uses 3D printers to produce personalized bobble head figurines. They scanned my face with the EasyTwin Scanner and in seconds I was presented with my avatar on screen.
As you can see in the above video, you scroll through the touchscreen to style your avatar. There are hundreds of options for your 3D-printed figurine, ranging from football player to chef to bunny rabbit.