We know what you're thinking, because we were thinking the same thing... what exactly are rubber stamps doing at CES? With the Pomrie Stamp Maker, Casio is trying really hard to answer that question.
The Pomrie was released in Japan late in 2013, and it's now making its US premier at CES 2014. The concept behind it (creating your own rubber stamps at home) is pretty simple, but the execution is, well, surprisingly complicated and sounds a little messy.
The desktop gadget connects to a smartphone or computer, and downloads pictures from your device storage via USB, then fashions them into stamps. Apparently, it accomplishes this by creating a negative impression of the image, then using heat to melt that impression into a soft, spongy material. This material then hardens into the rubber stamp.
It's hard to imagine how durable, or clear, the resulting stamp will be; to be fair, though, the Pomrie has been quite popular with Japanese consumers so far.
Along with creating custom stamps from photos or drawings, the Pomrie also comes loaded with about 700 built-in designs, including frames and text, that can be combined and personalized. The theory is that the resulting designs can be used to make address stamps and notepads, as well as document stamps for legal situations.
We love a good rubber stamp as much as anyone, and with the popularity of digital photos and handy-crafty projects these days, the Pomrie makes a certain kind of charming sense. Let's just leave it at this for now: for those who have been pining for a way to design, download, heat-fashion, and use their own rubber stamps at home, your wait is over.