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Tech & Science CES 2020: Faceless, furry robots and other quirky gadgets from day one

10:00  08 january  2020
10:00  08 january  2020 Source:   popsci.com

Samsung's AI-powered smart fridge suggests meals and tells you to restock

  Samsung's AI-powered smart fridge suggests meals and tells you to restock Samsung's AI-powered smart fridge suggests meals and tells you to restockSamsung’s smart fridge range first debuted at CES 2016 and has been annually updated with support for Bixby, SmartThings, and even AKG speakers. Its newest models, unveiled at CES 2020, add image recognition. More specifically, they add AI-equipped View Inside cameras that can scan what’s inside your fridge, identify food, and let you know what items need to be re-stocked.

Walking onto the CES 2020 show floor for the first time is what I imagine it feels like to enter Jurassic Park. Everything is so huge and impressive that it feels both awesome and maybe like it’s a crime So far, I ’ve been able to dig into some of the lower-profile gadgets making their debut here in Las Vegas.

More CES 2020 coverage (TechRepublic on Flipboard). CES is notorious for hosting wacky and Between robots that can do your heavy lifting and those that can deposit cat food, CES presented a Ballie can connect with and control other smart devices in one 's home to help improve daily life

a close up of a toy: Sure, it's adorable, but is it $3,000 adorable? © Stan Horaczek Sure, it's adorable, but is it $3,000 adorable?

Walking onto the CES 2020 show floor for the first time is what I imagine it feels like to enter Jurassic Park. Everything is so huge and impressive that it feels both awesome and maybe like it’s a crime against nature.

The Hatch Restore wants to put you to sleep and wake you up ... later. © Stan Horaczek The Hatch Restore wants to put you to sleep and wake you up ... later. The show floor officially opened today, and I’ll be spending time checking out the new products from the big companies. So far, I’ve been able to dig into some of the lower-profile gadgets making their debut here in Las Vegas.

Here’s a look at what’s new.

Volkswagen develops robots to charge electric cars

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CES 2020 : Faceless , furry robots and other quirky gadgets from day one . Diy. It’s easy being green, but it doesn’t have to be expensive.

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Lovot

It's a map of the stars' homes. © Stan Horaczek It's a map of the stars' homes. This adorable android first showed up at CES last year, but it was just a prototype back then.

This companion bot has grown up into an official product and is almost as adorable as it is expensive. The Lovot uses a sensor array in its horn to navigate your home and interact with your family. It can follow you around and bat its lifeless eyes at you.

a pair of blue shoes: Ask nicely and you'll get exactly the water you need. Or really ask however, the Google Assistant doesn't care. © Stan Horaczek Ask nicely and you'll get exactly the water you need. Or really ask however, the Google Assistant doesn't care.

That privilege, however, will cost you nearly $3,000, plus a monthly subscription fee that starts at more than $80. For that price, maybe put a Furby on a Roomba and then get yourself a well-loved Honda Civic.

Celestron StarSense Explorer

Ford is the first customer for new logistics robots at CES 2020

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A robot cat designed to ferry plates of food to restaurant customers has been unveiled at the CES tech expo in Las Vegas. One expert said it was likely that robots exhibited at CES would only continue to get more bizarre in the future. BellaBot, the table-waiting robot cat, is a service bot with personality.

The show formally opens Tuesday following two days of media previews. Here are some highlights: Uber's aerial ride. Nearly 67 million wireless earbuds are expected to be sold this year, according to projections by organizers of this week's CES gadget show in Las Vegas.

a person holding a stuffed animal: The best part of petting a pet, but without the actual pet to pet. © Stan Horaczek The best part of petting a pet, but without the actual pet to pet. One of my favorite products that I came across today uses some of the simplest tech to achieve its purpose. Celestron’s new scopes include a mount for your smartphone with a polished mirror that lets the mobile’s camera look into the night sky. The companion app also helps you locate specific celestial objects to view. The app is calibrated to the telescopes—there’s a $200 refractor and a $400 reflector—and on-screen arrows guide you to manually move the scope to see the right bit of sky. Sure, there are motorized versions of this tech that work more accurately and efficiently, but this is a great option for someone just getting into the hobby of hanging around in the dark.

Qoobo

a hand holding a toy: You can use a lot less hair product when it's applied via super-fine mist. © Stan Horaczek You can use a lot less hair product when it's applied via super-fine mist. If you don’t need a face on your robotic companion, the Qoobo might be the right call. It’s essentially a motorized pillow with a moving tail that simulates the effect of cuddling with a live animal. It’s useful for people who don’t have the physical capacity to care for a live pet, or those who just wish their couch’s throw pillows were alive.

Volkswagen reveals cute car park robots that will bring EV chargers to you

  Volkswagen reveals cute car park robots that will bring EV chargers to you Mobile units will turn any space into a charging pointThe German brand, which is about to launch its ID.3 electric car, says its mobile charging robot could make searching for an EV charging station a thing of the past by bringing the charger to the car in locations such as multi-storey or underground car parks.

CES 2020 is upon us and Unveiled is the first event leading into the massive trade show . AppleInsider is on the ground to seek out the most interesting gadgets debuted during the Mateo is the world's first smart bathmat, integrating a scale and other health metrics into a common household device.

CES Liveblog Day 2: E Ink Laptops, Robots , and More From Vegas. Tuesday is the first day of the week when CES is in full swing. The expo hall opens to the public, the much-hyped internet privacy panel is taking place, and Ivanka Trump will be dropping in for a visit to talk about the future of work.

Withings ScanWatch

a close up of a person holding a cell phone: Is your dog sick or just acting annoying? © Stan Horaczek Is your dog sick or just acting annoying? Last year Withings introduced its first smartwatch with built-in ECG tech to keep tabs on your heart rate using medical-grade methods. Now, the company added Spo2 sensors so it can help track the symptoms of sleep apnea. It will hit the market in Q2 of 2020 for $250 or $300 depending on whether you choose a 38mm or 42mm face. (Someone should tell the snoring guy I sat next to on my flight about this.)

Prinker

For $279, Prinker takes graphics from a smartphone app and literally prints them onto your skin using cosmetics-grade ink. The graphics look a little faded compared to real ink dug into your skin, but they last up to three days and come off easily in the shower.

a close up of a clock: The new Withings smartwatch looks slick, knows if your sleep is sick. © Stan Horaczek The new Withings smartwatch looks slick, knows if your sleep is sick.

Juno Chiller

I watched this prototype of the Juno Chiller spin a can of Sierra Mist in its enclosed water bath for roughly 90 seconds. The system twists one way, then the other to prevent carbonated drinks from exploding out. In my case, the soda went in at room temperature but came out as cold as it would have straight from the fridge (and a little wet). The final version will be able to chill an entire bottle of wine to its ideal temperature in roughly five minutes. It will ship for $299 later this year.

Meet Ballie, Samsung's cute, rolling 'companion' robot

  Meet Ballie, Samsung's cute, rolling 'companion' robot The company envisons robots not just as machines to complete tasks but also devices to keep us company.Co-CEO H.S. Kim showed off Ballie, a small, bright yellow, rolling robot during a keynote Monday at CES 2020 in Las Vegas. Ballie followed Kim around the stage and responded to his commands. That included moving closer and farther away from Kim and jumping into his hands.

CES is the world's gathering place for all those who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. Owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)®, it attracts the world's business leaders and pioneering thinkers.

Read more: CES 2020 Press Day : Foldable phones, veggie pork and LG's K rollable TV. CNET was there to cover it from start to finish -- from before the LG press conference at 8am straight through the Samsung keynote that ended the day around 12 hours later.

Lora Dicarlo massagers

A smart lock doesn't need to be a big, electronic wart on your door. © Stan Horaczek A smart lock doesn't need to be a big, electronic wart on your door. This robotic massager promises blended orgasms impressive enough to win it a CES Innovation Award at last year’s show. Unfortunately, complaints about the product being “obscene” rolled in. Even more unfortunate: the organization rescinded the award as a result of the griping. Since then, however, CES has changed its policy on products that could be considered sex toys and the award has been reinstated. The company brought two new versions of its products to the show this year, essentially splitting apart the original blended orgasm machine, so you can choose the clitoral or vaginal stimulation on their own.

U by Moen Smart Faucet

Ask Google Assistant to pour you 32 ounces of 102-degree water and Moen’s smart faucet will handle that request with no problem. It comes in nine different designs and ties into the company’s overall plan for water management, which includes its Flo water security device and its smart shower, which debuted back in 2017. Later this year, Moen plans to rope all of its products onto the same app, so you can measure your usage and habits to get a complete picture of how much H2O you’re consuming. I’m personally interested in this because developing photographic film requires specific water temperatures. But I’m the only person who cares about that.

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  Richard Hammond's Big, Discovery, review: The former Top Gear host proved himself a likeable presenter Hammond was genuinely interested in what he was discovering as he visited the Volkswagen factory in Wolfsburg, GermanyHammond examined how an army of robots was employed to spraypaint the vehicles, joined various production lines (with varying degrees of success) and even played trumpet in the factory’s house band.

The show formally opens Tuesday following two days of media previews. Here are some highlights Flo used CES to launch its newest sensor, a raindrop-shaped device that looks like a smoke alarm and can detect any water or moisture when attached to toilets, washers or other leak-prone areas.

CES 2020 : Make tech less annoying by putting it in your underwear and other wild ideas. “The whole point is that tech should morph around the human, not the other way around,” Chahine explained when I immediately started cracking jokes about all the intimate details “smart” panties could uncover.

a close up of a cell phone: Bad tattoo decisions are better when they only last 72 hours. © Stan Horaczek Bad tattoo decisions are better when they only last 72 hours.

Hatch Restore

Getting babies to sleep is a challenge that Hatch tackled with its earlier products. Now the company is betting big on its ability to help adults do the same and wake up with methods more efficient than blaring alarms and putting on reruns of The Office. The Hatch Restore glows in a variety of colors meant to mimic sunrise and sunset to trigger your natural sleep responses, but it can also guide you through timed meditation or just illuminate the room so you can read. It’s touch-sensitive, which means you can tap it to move through pre-programmed routines. It will ship later this year.

Level invisible smart lock

I drank that can of Sierra Mist shortly after taking this picture. © Stan Horaczek I drank that can of Sierra Mist shortly after taking this picture.

Most smart locks simply attach over a current deadbolt, which requires a large motor to replace. Level, however, installs into the mechanism itself so you can keep the locking lever you already have. It uses both Bluetooth and Wifi, meaning you can keep it off the web completely and still control it remotely if you’re concerned about security. It will cost around $250 when it’s becomes available later this year.

Whistle dog health monitoring

Using video, health records, and movement data from more than 60,000 dogs, Whistle has created a database of information to tell whether your dog’s tics stem from a health problem or just normal canine activities. The company also announced a simplified $79 version of its activity tracker that goes on-sale soon. If you have a fat dog, or your pooch is constantly scratching itself, it could be time to get it a wearable.

a close up of a device: Don't call it a comeback. Actually, it is kind of a comeback. © Stan Horaczek Don't call it a comeback. Actually, it is kind of a comeback.

Réduit One

Hair sprays are wasteful because the bottled chemicals require stabilizers and propellants to work. Reduit’s system, however, emits a super-fine, highly concentrated mist of product into your mane that it claims drastically improves absorption while reducing waste. There’s currently a waiting list, but the company should start shipping later this year.

This ultrasonic gripper could let robots hold things without touching them .
This ultrasonic gripper could let robots hold things without touching themIt's done with an array of tiny speakers that emit sound at very carefully controlled frequencies and volumes. These produce a sort of standing pressure wave that can hold an object up or, if the pressure is coming from multiple directions, hold it in place or move it around.

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