There will be all sorts of new technology introduced in the coming year, but 2016 may just turn out to be the year of the 3-D printer. We've been telling you about these devices for a while, but they may be about to go mainstream.
So far, 3-D printers have been used mostly by engineers, architects, manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies. They use 3-D printer technology to print out toys, medications and more. Designers and architects use 3-D printing to make sure their concepts look good and function as planned, before investing a lot of money into making it.
We've also been telling you about the working, drivable 3-D car that could change the way people design cars, purchase them and drive them. Now, 3-D printing could be your kids' next toy.
A company called Qubea 3D has designed The Rever, and it's raising money on Kickstarter to develop it. As of today, it's raised nearly $40,000 out of its goal, $120,000.
The makers of the Rever 3-D printer for kids say it can be used to create toys like Lego-style blocks, toy planes and jewelry for kids. The 3-D printer itself looks futuristic, with a space helmet-type design.
That includes a see-through shield. It's meant to prevent kids from sticking their hands into the printer as it's spewing liquid that hardens into their design.
Prices will start at $399. However, Kickstarter investors can snag it for as little as $219.