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CES 2013: 7 Standout Technologies

What happens at CES 2013 doesn't stay in Vegas. From giant tablets to $20,000 televisions, take a peek at a few early standouts for gadget lovers.
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It seems like there are more varieties of iPhone cases on the market than there are iPhones in consumers' hands. Despite the surplus of options, Sculpteo still managed to stand out, thanks to the customizable, three-dimensional designs of its 3DPCase. Clement Moreau, the company's CEO and co-founder, said the cases are built through 3-D printing. Customers can customize templates through either a Web app or a mobile app, he said, explaining that, "you don't need to be a technician or an engineer in 3-D" to navigate the Sculpteo design interface. The app can ingest a picture of the phone's user, for example, and create a modifiable case design featuring that person's profile. Customers can also select from over 45 different materials to choose a texture and look that suits their taste.

Once the design is finalized, it's sent to Sculpteo's factory for printing, after which the finished product is shipped back to the customer. The app is free and the cases range from $25 to $35. Moreau said cases are only available for the iPhone presently but that support for other phones will be arriving soon. "We're working on it," he stated, adding, "I mean it: we are really working on it. We have been doing 3-D printing for three years now, and we have been doing this focus on iPhone cases for three months. It's a brand new subject for us." Despite being a recent entrant to the field, Sculpteo won the 2013 CES Best of Innovations Award in the Software and Mobile Apps category.

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moarsauce123
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moarsauce123,
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1/14/2013 | 10:59:18 PM
re: CES 2013: 7 Standout Technologies
Get a phone with Android 4.2, turn on the built-in "Always-on VPN" option. Done.

Though $50 a year isn't terrible for the service. Assuming it's decent (though looks like it requires stupid proprietary service) and speedy.
Michael Endler
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Michael Endler,
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1/14/2013 | 5:39:42 PM
re: CES 2013: 7 Standout Technologies
Thanks for pointing that out, vk. You're right; the screen is almost 83% larger diagonally, which is different than the increase in overall screen surface area.
rw
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rw,
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1/14/2013 | 4:01:58 PM
re: CES 2013: 7 Standout Technologies
Nectar Pod batteries for $9.99 and $300.00 for the base unit? Who is 2 weeks without power? Put a LI-ion battery in a box with a USB connector - done. Actually did it 2 months ago. Cost $5.00
robotanna
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robotanna,
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1/14/2013 | 2:46:01 PM
re: CES 2013: 7 Standout Technologies
No kidding, I'd easily pay $50/year for a set it and forget it VPN that I often forget I have running
vk
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vk,
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1/14/2013 | 2:41:49 PM
re: CES 2013: 7 Standout Technologies
A quick comment on the 3M screen, 46 -> 84 is the diagonal, but the screen is over 230% bigger, not 80%. You're talking about a screen that feels over 3x the size.
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Byurcan,
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1/9/2013 | 4:28:10 PM
re: CES 2013: 7 Standout Technologies
Come pretty cool stuff, wouldn't mind having my own drone!
Cara Latham
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Cara Latham,
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1/9/2013 | 1:29:54 PM
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I like the idea of invoking a VPN specifically designed to protect data on mobile phones. I would be interested to see how stable it really is. If so, I think this will be a hit.
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