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The best of CES 2023: a color-changing BMW and a boba tea robot


LAS VEGAS (AP) — Technology companies showed off their latest products this week at CESformerly known as the Consumer Electronics Show.

Crowds of investors, media and tech workers flocked to cavernous venues in Las Vegas to see the latest technology from large companies and start-ups. There are flashy concept cars, screens of every imaginable variety, robots that can help with a number of tasks and home appliances. Some technological innovations are already available for purchase, while others it may never get past the prototype stage.

The show runs through Sunday. Here are some highlights:

VIDEO CONVERSATION

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

The company’s Wehead device helps people in a meeting feel as if a remote participant is in the room with them.

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

Wehead works with standard computer or smartphone webcams.

“If there are several people around the table and only one screen, not everyone can see the screen, and the person in the laptop, he or she can’t see everyone,” said Wehead creator Iliya Sedoshkin. “That’s the obvious application.”

“But for people who spend about 40 hours a week in their home office, they don’t see a lot of other people. So the feeling of the real person in the room, using a little space at your table can make you feel less lonely,” Sedoshkin said.

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

COLOR CHANGING CAR

BMW is betting on a car that can change colors.

The German automaker’s latest concept car can display up to 32 colors and allows drivers to customize their cars digitally.

That’s not the only thing — the midsize sedan has a voice assistant, as well as physical and digital elements that allow the headlights to create facial expressions and express moods like joy, wonder, and approval.

The car is called the BMW i Vision Dee — Dee for “digital emotional experience.”

The Splashy ride is the next iteration of BMW’s color-changing technology, unveiled at last year’s CES when the company showed off a car that had the ability to change from black to white.

The body of the latest version is divided into 240 segments, all of which the company says can be individually controlled and allow for an infinite number of models to be generated.

The car will be available in 2025.

DUMB ROBOT

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

ADAM can also work as a bartender or barista, but it made boba tea for delighted CES attendees who used digital touchscreens to select their drinks.

“ADAM is designed to be primarily 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 gripper handles that can be customized to prepare specific beverages. While taking a break from mixing drinks, ADAM can dance to entertain people.

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

NUT MILK ON REQUEST

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

Almost three years later, Rapacci is at CES to introduce its nut milk brewing machine, the GrowUp brewer.

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

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

PERFECT BROWS

Brow Magic by L’Oreal brings added reality to your brows.

The company’s app scans your face and uses AR to make personalized recommendations for choosing shape, thickness and effect. You apply a primer, then the Brow Magic device uses 2,400 tiny nozzles to brush and color your brows.

L’Oreal developed Brow Magic in partnership with Prinker, which makes a device that quickly applies temporary tattoos.

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

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Associated Press writer Hallelujah Hadero contributed to this report.

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