1 I'm on my way with Mike Fiore to the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center to visit some of the exhibitors and their amazing new technologies and innovations.
2 We met up with the TechCrunch camera crew and they prepared their equipment for the tour.
3 The equipment in this backpack had the amazing ability to live-stream our every move to the TechCrunch internet site.
4 Our first stop was this innovative and fun French company called Parrot.
5 Here I am, again, with Jordan Crooke. Parrot has a number of fantastic new tech toys and tools that I really love! I own one of their products and can't wait to get another!
6 The one I own is the AR Drone.
7 This all-new version of their drone has the ability to stream HD video to your smart phone or tablet.
8 There was an energetic and fun demonstration of the drones doing a lively coordinated Zumba dance.
9 One never knows what kind of entertainment you'll see in Vegas!
10 The other Parrot device that I really want is this. You might recall my CES blog last week, when I mentioned I'd be sharing what this device is and how I'm looking forward to getting and using it at my farm.
11 It's a clever tool called Flower Power. Jordan and I navigated to their display to get the full scoop.
12 Flower Power is a sensor that analyzes your plants' needs of four crucial parameters: ambient light, temperature, soil moisture, and fertilizer. Once it determines the exact needs of the plant, it sends an alert right to your smart phone or computer.
13 You can see it plugged into the soil here. This sensor sent the message that these ornamental kale need water. Amazing!
14 I'm looking forward to acquiring and utilizing these helpful new Flower Power plant sensors in my greenhouse! Stay tuned for my update in a future blog.
15 We then made our way to an emerging technology that has really piqued my interest - 3D printing!
16 There's quite a buzz around this new technology because you can create 3D objects like this Samurai helmet and it's as easy as printing a Word document!
17 MakerBot is one of the leaders in this field. This is the MakerBot Replicator - their smallest 3D printer, which is perfect for creating smaller objects.
18 This is the Replicator Z18, their largest printer, and the one used to make the Samauri helmet, which will be available later this Spring.
19 I spoke with Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot, and was fascinated to learn that various industries are using 3D printers to extremely useful ends.
20 One such industry is medicine. Bre showed us a model hand, used to aid children with a hand condition caused by Amniotic Band Syndrome, a congenital disorder. It was printed with one of his MakerBot 3d printers!
21 MakerBot is quickly becoming the industry leader, receiving accolades from many respected publications, including Popular Mechanics!
22 Here are some fascinating objects created with MakerBot printers. The detail is is astonishing!
23 They even have a digital store where you can browse through hundreds of objects and download the ones you like and print them right at home on your MakerBot printer!
24 Here are some more examples. This is certainly a whole new way of "printing!"
25 My company's cookware, tabletop, and furniture departments can certainly utilize this technology for making prototypes and demo models of our products prior to mass production.
26 I visited another great 3D printer maker called FormLabs and spoke with Sam Jacoby.
27 The technology is similar to that of MakerBot, but they use different materials to get the actual printing done.
28 Here are some of the objects Sam printed on the FormLabs printer.
29 Hollywood is using 3D printers to see in real-time, some of the hi-tech costumes and weapons used in sci-fi films, in advance of production.
30 Here's another amazing "print!"
31 And another!
32 Here's another MakerBot creation - so utterly amazing! I'll be testing my own 3D printer soon! Stay tuned to my blog for my first observations!