Coolest gad­gets re­vealed at CES

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AWAY from the tech gi­ant’s booths, there’s an un­tapped mar­ket of amaz­ing in­ven­tions by start-ups in the Eu­reka Hall at CES. Here’s the coolest gad­gets from this year’s Las Ve­gas show:

The cutest buddy you’ll have: Ditch your best friend, Buddy the en­ter­tain­ment and as­sis­tant robot is the cutest mate you’ll have. The lit­tle bot with blink­ing blue eyes is pro­grammed to be the best friend of all fam­ily mem­bers, turn­ing on lights, serv­ing up recipes and read­ing the weather as well as play­ing games like hide n seek and tak­ing self­ies that it’ll pub­lish straight to Twit­ter. It also goes into ‘se­cu­rity mode’ and pa­trols the house while the oc­cu­pants are out, no­ti­fy­ing users if it de­tects any sound. Buddy by Blue Frog Ro­bot­ics will hit the mar­ket in Septem­ber for $US1299.

The an­swer for win­dow­less rooms: Have a dingy room without a win­dow and no idea what the weather looks like out­side? French com­pany Win­tual has cre­ated a sys­tem that turns a TV into a win­dow by stream­ing a view in real time. Users can choose to set up a cam­era on their roof and stream a fa­mil­iar view or opt for iconic out­looks like the San Fran­cisco Bay. It also fea­tures sen­sors that au­to­mat­i­cally move the view closer as you ap­proach the ‘win­dow’. The kits cost $US1500 and the full frame plus kit costs $US6000.

The ul­ti­mate carry-on lug­gage: Don’t worry about run­ning out of charge while trav­el­ling. The Sky Valet carry-on lug­gage fea­tures a wire­less charger, two USB ports, built-in scale, blue­tooth lock and mag­netic front pocket to avoid hav­ing to open the main case. This new prod­uct will be avail­able in March for $US600.

Event bots: Who knew ro­bots could look gor­geous but th­ese ‘Event Bots’ that wel­come guests and roam across the floor have a #girl­crush vibe about them. The ro­bots use fa­cial recog­ni­tion to say hello when peo­ple ap­proach and of­fer a host of in­for­ma­tion.

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