I’ve seen a lot of drool-worthy products in the last few days at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show: Smart tablet computers, high-def 3D televisions, cutting-edge phones and superpowered gadgets of all stripes.
But the thing I want the most out of all of them is the MakerBot Thing-O-Matic. It’s an affordable, open source, easy to operate 3D printer, a desktop-sized engine for making whatever you want out of sculpted plastic.
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This through me for a loop, until I re-read the title of Mr. Ewait’s blog post. Mr. Ewait states that the MakerBot is the best AT CES, but the Twitter message and this plog post state best OF CES. Best OF CES is an award given by CNET, and sadly the MakerBot didn’t win that award (that honor went to the Motorola Xoom, with the People’s Choice going to the Razer Switchblade – http://ces.cnet.com/best-of-ces/).
Regardless, it’s great to see the MakerBot recognized by a prominent blogger at Forbes, and the MakerBot folks do indeed deserve congrats for the accolades received!
The Forbes link is wrong, need to take the “#respond” bit off the end.
Thanks for pointing out the difference, though. And I too am glad that, with all the proprietary gear and over-hyped vaporware, Mr. Ewalt was still able to appreciate the value of something like the MakerBot.