High-tech brows and a boba tea robot

High-tech brows and a boba tea robot

High-tech brows and a boba tea robot

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Tech companies showcased their latest products this week at CES, formerly known as the Consumer Electronics Show, with new video developments and lifestyle improvements with beverage and makeup gadgets.

Throngs of investors, media and tech workers have gathered in cavernous venues in Las Vegas to see the latest technology from big companies and startups. The show runs through Sunday.

Here are some highlights:

VIDEO CALLS WITH A TWIST

Tired of the same old Zoom calls? Zero Distance thinks it may have the answer.

The company’s Wehead device helps people in a meeting feel like a remote attendee is in the room with them.

The device looks like a machine you might find at the eye doctor, but with screens on the front. The person participating from afar appears to be there in 3D and when he looks around or nods, the machine moves too.

Wehead works with standard computer or smartphone web cameras.

“If there are a few people around the table and only one screen, not everyone can see the screen, and the person on the laptop can’t see everyone,” said Ilia Sedoshkin, creator of Wehead. “That’s the obvious. application.”

“But for people who spend about 40 hours a week in their home office, they don’t see other people very much. So feeling the real person in the room, using some space on the table, can make you feel less alone,” Sedoshkin said.

The Wehead costs $1,555, with a pro version available for $4,555.

A DUMB ROBOT

From milk tea to passion fruit, the ADAM robot can make any boba tea drink you like.

ADAM can also double as a bartender or barista, but he made boba tea for this week’s delighted CES attendees who used digital touch screens to select their drinks.

“ADAM is basically meant to be a way to attract guests and a way to make drinks fully automated and very efficient,” said Timothy Tanksley of Richtech Robotics.

The two-armed robot has two grip handles that can be customized to make specific drinks. While taking a break from mixing drinks, ADAM can dance to entertain people.

ADAM, which can be rented for events or hired full-time, is among a variety of robots on display at CES this week, performing a variety of tasks from sanitizing surfaces to making deliveries.

NUT MILK ON DEMAND

During the pandemic shutdowns in 2020, California resident Luiz Rapacci had a hard time finding his favorite almond milk in grocery stores. He looked online for recipes to make his own, but they were complicated and time consuming.

Nearly three years later, Rapacci arrived at CES to introduce his nut milk brewing machine, the GrowUp Coffee Maker.

With GrowUp, customers can make nut milk at home in minutes with water and their choice of variety, from cashews and walnuts to almonds and pistachios, Rapacci said.

The machine costs $599 and is already available for pre-order.

PERFECT EYEBROWS

L’Oreal’s Brow Magic brings augmented reality to your brows.

The company’s app scans your face and uses AR to make personalized recommendations for choosing shape, thickness and effect 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 partnership with Prinker, which makes a device that quickly applies temporary tattoos.

Launching later this year, the Brow Magic make-up can last up to two days and is removed with a normal make-up remover.

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