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Tech companies show virtual heads, a bartending robot and more at tech show in Las Vegas


Tech companies showed off their latest products this week in Las Vegas at CES, formerly known as the Consumer Electronics Show, with new developments in video as well as lifestyle enhancements with beverage and makeup gadgets.

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 at a meeting feel like a remote attendee is in the room with them.

The device looks something like a machine you might find at the eye doctor, but with screens on the front. The person participating from afar looks like they’re there in 3D and when they look around or nod, the machine also moves.

Wehead works with standard computer or smartphone webcams.

“For people who spend like 40 hours a week in their home office, they don’t see other people a lot. So feeling the real person in the room, using some space on your table, can give you less loneliness,” Wehead creator Ilia Sedoshkin said.

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

A BOBA ROBOT

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

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

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

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

NUT MILK ON DEMAND

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

Almost three years later, Rapacci has arrived at CES to unveil his nut milk brewing machine, the GrowUp brewer.

With GrowUp, priced at $599 and available for pre-order, customers can make nut milk at home in minutes with water and their chosen variety, Rapacci said.

PERFECT EYEBROWS

L’Oreal’s Brow Magic is bringing augmented reality to your eyebrows.

The company’s app scans your face and uses AR to make personalized recommendations for choices of shape, thickness and effect before you apply a primer. Then the Brow Magic device provides 2,400 tiny nozzles to brush over and paint your eyebrows.

The makeup in Brow Magic, which is expected to launch later this year, can last up to two days and be taken off with regular makeup remover.

A robot makes boba tea in Las Vegas

AP Photo/John Locher

An ADAM beverage robot makes boba tea at the Richtech Robotics booth during the CES tech show Friday in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)



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