RICHMOND HILL -- It was all things electronic at the TAVES Consumer Electronics Show at the Sheraton Parkway Hotel in Richmond Hill on Oct. 28.
Demonstrations ranged from Virtual Reality to 3-D printers to drones, to Electric Cars, and even robots.
A Drone demonstration got a lot of attraction from onlookers. For anyone wanting to purchase one, they need to be aware of some strict rules enforced by Transport Canada.
If you want to operate a drone for Commercial Use, such as Real Estate photography, you must obtain an SFOC (Special Flight Operations Certificate) from Transport Canada.
According to Renaldo Dwarka “All drones are equipped with a GPS and they won’t even take off if they are near an airport or government offices.”
York Region Libraries were represented by Mark Cornell. He gave a demonstration on how to program a small robot. Even children as young as three-years-old can learn how to use this program.
You press arrows on the IPAD and the robot moves in the direction you tell it to and stops moving when it is done following the directions you gave it.
Lani Labs a company that makes 3-D printing easy for everyone was also in attendance. The company is the brainchild of Pablo Eder who attends the University of Waterloo.
“Lani Labs creates the software behind 3-D printing and make it clean and simple for anyone to use,” said Jose Domingo, partner at Lani Labs.
They convert a word document into a file for 3-D printing, then they tell the customer who does 3-D printing in their area, the customer chooses where they want it printed and then Lani Labs sends the file to the printer in the correct format.
The customer knows how much the job will cost and when and where they can pick it up. It’s as simple as Upload, Pick a Printer, and Print.
Stephen Panzarella attended with his friends from Chaminade Secondary School in North York, an all-boys catholic high school. They were there as part of a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program that they participate in.
“I am excited to experience everything at the TAVES show related to technology,” said Panzarella whose favourite part was experiencing Virtual Reality for the first time.
Lynn Rae is a reporter and columnist with the Torch Online, as well as a freelance writer and keynote speaker. Visit her personal website at www.myjourneybacktomyself.ca