Yesterday at CES, Makerbot CEO Bre Pettis announced three new 3D printers, including a massive, fifth-generation Replicator capable of producing objects that are 45.7cm tall and 30.5cm wide/long. Interestingly, all three new models -- there's also a simple, one-button version and a desktop prosumer version -- sport clear plastic sides. 3D printers are very susceptible to disruption from even slight breezes (the wind cools the plastic between the nozzle and the previous layer) but there's a completely batshit patent on the totally obvious "invention" of putting see-through sides on a 3D printer, so in general printers don't ship with sides, and manufacturers don't publicly advise their customers to add plastic sides to their machines.
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Former Gizmodo gadget writer and chief editorial whip-cracker Brian Lam has covered many a CES in his time; since leaving Gawker media for ocean adventures and his Wirecutter electronics blog, I think his work has become much more interesting. He revisited CES this year, and produced exactly one post from it, highlighting interesting stuff he says he'd actually buy himself. The "luggage tracker" and HD camera are tugging at my credit card's heartstrings, too.
A bunch of people sit and stand around at CES. Photo: REUTERS/Rick Wilking
This year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas offered few surprises, giving reporters time to write interesting offbeat coverage.
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The Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas is ongoing, and it's been widely-hailed as the dullest in years. There are only three things you need to read about it.
Brian Lam at Wirecutter: The magical (and sometimes ridiculous) gadgets of tomorrow
The first thing I notice every year when I settle into a hotel at CES is that no matter how fancy the hotel, the tap water smells like eggs
Mat Honan at Gizmodo: Fever Dream of a Guilt-Ridden Gadget Reporter
CES attendees are overwhlemingly men. Men are filthy, especially when they've been drinking too much coffee and eating Vegas buffets. So I duck into the ladies' room.
(OK, so Wired also has a great roundup of the new ultraportables, and The Verge is knocking it out the park on general coverage if you really need to know about the televisions. But everything else about CES sucks this year. Oh! Except this camera.)