Wearables for children and Handheld “3D Printing” at Digital expertise

photo by João-Pierre S. Ruth

Repetitive, uninspired concepts are the bane of innovation, so I walked the floor at Thursday evening’s Digital experience gadget express in big apple to hunt for signs of new lifestyles.

These occasions, hosted by Pepcom, make the rounds once or twice every year offering teases of issues to come back, as well as some returning, acquainted items. Amid the most recent variations of laptops, hard drives, and other products from large client electronics makers, there were a number of units that caught my eye (see slideshow).

It was now not all about hardware ultimate evening. other people from native startup Unroll.Me, which was acquired closing November with the aid of Slice applied sciences, also exhibited. Unroll.Me is a provider that helps folks unsubscribe from e-mails they now not need, and almost certainly forgot they even signed up for.

There was a lot of bodily know-how to be viewed at the event, together with 3D Simo’s tool that may be switched from soldering to drawing 3D objects in the real world with composite materials.

Some tiny cool animated film characters additionally drew my consideration. Herokins is a wearable tool that works with an interactive app that uses avatars to inspire children (a long time three to six) to research, devour healthy foods, and exercise. “We attempt to turn teachable moments into adventures,” mentioned Andreas Rubin-Schwarz, vp of marketing and business building for San Francisco-based totally Herokins.

The instrument is worn on the wrist and is equipped with sensors, together with an activity tracker and accelerometer, which sync with the Herokins app.

the idea at the back of Herokins, Rubin-Schwarz said, is to create extra interaction for kids with individuals and the physical world. parents may load a grocery shopping record to the app, for example, so once they bring their kids alongside to the shop, Herokins turns the shuttle into an interactive journey. the corporate plans to begin a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo in July, and expects Herokins to be sold thru online shops via the holidays, Rubin-Schwarz mentioned.