Make:’s 15 Favorite Finds From CES 2019
Friday January 11, 2019
Make: highlights OhmniLabs’ telepresence robotics at CES 2019
Another CES is in the books and Make: was there to scout through the walls of TVs, light-up karaoke speakers, appliances, and all other things “consumer” and “electronic” to find the DIY and startup gems.
A few random notes we came home with:
-At its most top level, the 2019 CES experience matches that of years past, with the most immediate takeaway being “Please buy more televisions.”
-We noticed a LOT of underwater drones this year.
-There seemed to be a Colorado aspect to almost every conversation we had — is this turning into the new hub of innovation?
-The Impossible Burger 2.0 sliders they were giving out were not just a lifesaver at an event that’s known for being devoid of good food, they were also wonderfully delicious.
OK, on to our standouts:
Matt Johnson from Bare Conductive showed us the latest from their conductive ink initiative — a unique, printed matrix and new controller board that can detect touch over the surface of two 4’x8′ sheets of material. They’re now working with new, large partners, the first being Ikea.
OhmniLabs is focusing on making affordable, quickly iterated robotics through its use of 3D printing and novel mechanisms. Its primary product is telepresence robotics, but the founders brought a pair of remote-controlled robot arms that they quickly assembled from repurposed components to CES. The configuration shown above is for window-washing — a rag on one arm and a spray nozzle built into the other.
Mycroft Mark II is an alternative to the Echo/Google Home, allowing the user to create their own private voice assistant that doesn’t connect to a server to collect data. It features an 8-microphone array, high-quality sound, and a visualization screen. It connects to Wikipedia and Wolfram Alpha to answer your voice queries. It recently funded on Kickstarter.
Arduino came to CES with a major giveaway — 10,000 MKR1000 boards. Set up inside the Arrow Electronics booth and with huge signage at the entrances of their exhibit hall, they were by far the most prominent “maker” component vendor at the event.
Omron’s assembly line robot is a fast, fun machine to watch in action.
This VR rollercoaster simulator offered attendees a questionable CES experience.
Desktop Metal’s showed off the capabilities of their metal-printing machine with gears, hinges, and golf club heads. Their desktop system is priced in the $100,000+ range, but does inspire project ideas.
Max Lobovsky from Formlabs showed us their latest in materials, including surprisingly ductile rubber-like resins and polyethylene-like plastics (their 3D printed spray bottle was a surprise). The Boston-based company has grown to 500 employees, with international offices in many major cities.