This year’s CES extravaganza starred 3,900 exhibitors, thousands of gizmos, and the largest floor (2.7 million square feet) on the show’s record. Visitors were overwhelmed by the sheer number of new gizmos. Fortunately, Tech Crunch made a quick selection.
Some of the tech magazine’s favorites include robot dogs, smart displays, ping pong bots, and an Internet-connected smart toilet.
Let’s start with the robot dog. Sony has unveiled a revamped version of its failed robot dog Aibo. The new version sports puppy eyes, puppy moves, and puppy love (sort of) but it comes at a hefty price – $1,600. The high tech toy may appeal to the Japanese audience, but the U.S. was largely unimpressed. Sony’s dog however was able to somehow revive a lackluster electronics show this year.
Smart Displays, Ping Pong Robots and Smart Toilets
This year’s CES was a good opportunity for Google especially after its decision to switch focus from the love-and-hate relationship with the ECO Show to third party alternatives. The top option that caught Google’s attention was Lenovo’s Smart Display due to its sturdy design and its maker’s reputation. Google’s assistant failed to cast a shadow over Amazon’s Alexa this year, but it has managed to convince the U.S. market that it is a worthy opponent.
The Ping Pong robot called the Omron Forpheus was another highlight of the show. The robot is a serious ping pong opponent featuring a Led screen on which you can read encouraging messages.
Another interesting CES addition was the smart toilet from Kohler Numi. It is equipped with sensors that can tell when you are cold and launches a foot warmer. Also, wave goodbye to the cold toilet seat as the smart toilet has taken care of that for you. The smart toilet comes also with music, different ambient lighting, and a bidet.
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