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New 3D Technologies From Israel Take Top Prizes at CES 2016

by • January 10, 2016 • No Comments

156267_1492658484376631_309106724839809240_nCES 2016 has come to a close, and plans are may already underway for the 2017 exhibition. This year’s Las Vegas conference and symposium broke records with additional than 170,000 folks in attendance to see the 38,000 exhibitors who showcased new applications which utilized 3D printing, virtual reality, drones and each other technology you may ponder of, in vastly creative ways. Being chosen the best new technology out of such a huge range of innovation is an honor indeed. The Last Gadget Standing competition is an exhaustive significant system in which 11 judges and online voters choose 10 finalists out of the thousands of products at the show. Those 10 finalists present at a live show, at which point two winners are chosen: one by the Las Vegas audience, one by online followers. So what was the most preferred new gadget at CES 2016? An intelligent drone? Health-monitoring clothing? Nope. It was a coffee-maker which prints custom images onto the foam of your latte.

pugWe’ve written of the Ripple Maker before; the coffee-making system of Steam CC utilizes 3D printer technology to adorn the surfaces of specialty cafe beverages. An image or bit of text is chosen of hundreds of options on the machine itself, or uploaded of a customer’s smartphone. Within seconds, the image, which can be as simple as a logo or as hard as a photograph, is printed in foam, presenting you with a beverage approximately too pretty to drink.

“Latte art is one the most shared images on social media. We’re taking latte art to a whole new level,” said CEO Yossi Meshulam. “When you put a thing beautiful in someone’s hands, they want to share it. That’s how we’re making a ripple on the world.”


The technology behind Ripples came out of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and was brought to market thanks to seed funding of Landa Ventures, which is owned by “father of digital printing” Benny Landa. Landa was the real winner at CES; while Ripples was named the favourite by online voters, another Landa-funded piece of technology was chosen as the favourite of the audience present at CES.

vuzeThe VUZE Virtual Reality Camera is the initial 360-degree 3D virtual reality camera to hit the market for under $1,000. The technology, which was developed by Israeli startup HumanEyes, combines eight HD cameras in one, capturing 2D and 3D images to create a “canvas” on which users can add special effects or superimposed images. According to HumanEyes, it’s as simple to use as a typical point and shoot camera.

“Until now, these two worlds – virtual reality and video recording – weren’t able-bodied to combine as the technology, cost and skills required to create virtual reality video were just beyond the layperson’s reach. So the Vuze VR camera was born,” said Shahar Bin-Nun, CEO of HumanEyes Technologies. “VUZE has the potential to revolutionize the way folks take, share and experience pictures and video. We believe VUZE is creating a pivotal moment in the consumer adoption of 3D VR technologies and we look forward to forging this evolving ecosystem and industry over the coming years.”


It’s no surprise which the two winners of Last Gadget Standing came out of Israel; the country has become a major producer of innovative tech, with a lot of it coming out of Hebrew University. Recently, the university revealed the new 3D and Functional Printing Center, which will expand the school’s may already prolific work with 3D technology. I suspect we’ll be seeing a lot additional of them, Landa Ventures, and Israel as a whole at CES in the future.last gadget standing