LAS VEGAS (AP) — Tech companies unveiled their latest products this week at CES, formerly known as the Consumer Electronics Show, with new video solutions as well as lifestyle improvements with beverage and makeup gadgets.
Crowds of investors, media and technology professionals flocked to Las Vegas’ cavernous venues to see the latest tech from big companies and start-ups. The show runs until Sunday.
Here are some highlights:
VIDEO CALLS WITH UNIQUENESS
Tired of the same old Zoom calls? Zero Distance thinks it may have the answer.
The company’s Wehead device helps meeting participants feel as if a remote participant is in the room.
The device looks a bit like the machine you’d find at an eye doctor, but with screens on the front. The person participating from a distance looks like they are there in 3D, and when they look around or nod, the machine moves as well.
Wehead works with standard computer cameras or smartphones.
“If there are several people around the table and only one screen, not everyone can see the screen, and the person in the laptop can’t see everyone,” said Wehead creator Ilia Sedoshkin. “It’s an obvious conclusion.”
“But people who spend around 40 hours a week in their home office don’t see much of each other. Feeling a real person in the room, using some space on the table can make you less lonely,” Sedoshkin said.
Wehead costs $1555 and the pro version is available for $4555.
From milk tea to passion fruit, the ADAM robot can prepare any boba tea drink.
ADAM can double as a bartender or barista as well, but he made boba tea for delighted CES attendees this week who were selecting their drinks using digital touchscreens.
“ADAM is basically meant to be a way to attract diners and a way to make beverages fully automated and highly efficient,” said Timothy Tanksley of Richtech Robotics.
The two-handed robot has two handles that can be adjusted to prepare specific drinks. In a break from mixing drinks, ADAM can dance to keep others entertained.
Available for hire for events or full-time hire, ADAM is one of many robots on display at CES this week, performing a variety of tasks from surface disinfection to delivering deliveries.
NUT MILK ON DEMAND
During the 2020 pandemic shutdowns, California resident Luiz Rapacci struggled to find his favorite almond milk in grocery stores. He looked online for recipes to make his own, but they were chaotic and time-consuming.
Nearly three years later, Rapacci came to CES to showcase its nut milk brewing machine, the GrowUp Infuser.
With GrowUp, customers can make nut milk at home in minutes with water and a variety of their choice, from cashews and walnuts to almonds and pistachios, said Rapacci.
The machine costs $599 and is available for pre-order now.
L’Oreal’s Brow Magic brings augmented reality to your brows.
The company’s app scans your face and uses AR to create personalized shape, thickness and effect selection recommendations before applying foundation. The Brow Magic device then provides 2,400 tiny nozzles to brush and paint your brows.
L’Oreal developed Brow Magic in collaboration with Prinker, which creates a device for quickly creating temporary tattoos.
The makeup in Brow Magic, which is due to be launched later this year, can last up to two days and can be removed with a regular makeup remover.
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