The status of 3D printing is similar to the other big idea at CES: curved screens. TVs from Samsung, LG and other brands with curved screens grabbed a lot of eyeballs, but more for the novelty value than for any technological benefit. Right now, it looks pretty cool, but its still highly experimental and of little use in terms of viewing pleasure. Its the same story with 4K Ultra HD technology, which was on display for televisions, monitors, cameras, etc. The problem is that there is very little content available for 4K Ultra HD, so the attraction is limited. What did make an impact was LGs arched phone called the Flex. True to its name, it bends when you push down on it, and also, more important, when you sit on it. The benefit, clearly, is durability.
The other big ideas were in wearable gadgets. There were a huge number of wearables announced this yearsome very good, some not, but the category still has a long way to go before breaking out of its niche. Pebbles classy smartwatches and Razers fitness band present perhaps the best in wearable tech at the moment. Sony introduced its Core SmartBand activity tracker bracelet and new, smaller companies are making products like the Wellograph, an elegantly-shaped fitness watch that has a sapphire crystal, integrated heart-rate monitor and a two-week battery life per charge. The Pebble Steel also showcased the Kickstarter in a handsome new stainless-steel frame and dressed up metal wristband. The question is will wearable tech be something people want to wear No one is going to ditch their smartphone for a wearable one any time soon. To sum up, CES had some signposts to the future of technology but it all seems a long way off right now. What is now and trending are the number of big fashion brands that are getting into accessories for tech products. There were any number at Las Vegas, from Versace to Jean-Paul Gautier, showcasing their mobile cases, sleeves and accessories. Probably the funkiest, and most interesting, product on show was the X12 mattress, which uses sensors to adjust to your body weight and sleeping habits to provide the perfect nights sleep.