Kodak was up to its usual antics at CES 2011 with an interactive demonstration of their new 3D print software, a huge visual display and the K-Zone stage along with the usual displays of latest and greatest products released at the end of 2010 and announced at the show this year.
The big announcements on the print side were Kodak’s new 3D print software, a Harry Potter creative CD, new DIY photo books and the launch of the Kodak ESP C310 All-in-One inkjet printer.
The new 3D photo printing was on full display with an interactive demo that attendees could participate in by posing in front of a colorful backdrop with two butterflies in their hands and have their picture taken by a Kodak rep. The photos were then sent wirelessly to a Kodak printer where the photos printed out in 3D. Participants then were given a free pair of 3D glasses and the print of themselves to enjoy.
Of course, I had to try it out myself to see what all the fuss was about. The colorful backdrop and the butterflies in my hands were arranged to help make the 3D effects pop. The Kodak rep had to take two shots of me from different angles before they were sent wirelessly to the Kodak printer to create on 3D anaglyph image. Below is my 3D print out, scanned in using our AIO at work. You’ll need special Kodak 3D glasses as the technology is different from mainstream 3D (Kodak uses red and cyan glasses).
The 3D photo printing software can be used with a Kodak ESP photo printer and will be available for purchase for existing customers. Going forward, the 3D photo printing software will also be bundled with new Kodak printers.
Kodak also has new software for the Harry Potter fanatics out there. During the filming of the recent Harry Potter films, Kodak was given exclusive behind the scene access and will be sharing all the never-before-seen images with customers so they can print out images, turn them into creative projects, etc.
Kodak also announced new DIY photo books that allow customers to create quality photo albums usually created at in-store kiosks from the comfort of their own home. The photo books come with 12 sheets of double-sided paper (24 images) standard but customers can purchase additional sheets of photo paper separately. The new photo books can hold up to 20 sheets of double-sided photo paper allowing for a photo book of 40 images.
We previously covered the release of the new Kodak ESP C310 All-in-One inkjet printer but got to see it up close and in action during my booth visit on Thursday. It has a small footprint and greatly resembles the previous generation ESP 5250 All-in-One printer. The major differences between the C310 and previous generation printers are a rear paper tray, an inset 1.5-inch LCD and new Kodak 30 ink cartridges.
Kodak customers need not worry; the new Kodak 30 inks still offer the same value at the old 10 cartridges, including the lowest total ink replacement costs.
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