“My Special Aflac Duck,” a Robot Companion for Children with Cancer

Insurance company Aflac and health research company Sproutel unveiled a robot duck companion at this year’s CES, made for children going through cancer treatment. More than just a plush toy, the animated robot features a chest sensor with a chemotherapy PICC line attachment. This allows children to witness their toy friend go through the same treatment as themselves, and offers emotional support. Further, there’s a …

Our Favorites from CES 2018

It’s impossible to see everything at the annual tech show, but we covered a lot of ground and found some gems

The annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas promises endless crowds, countless gadgets and a consuming buzz that’s heard around the world. This year the addition of a torrential rainstorm and a power outage at the Las Vegas Convention Center threw some unexpected flavor in to the otherwise predictable mix. In terms of overarching themes, we saw voice assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant …

L’Oreal’s Tiny UV Sense Tracks Your Sun Exposure

Another beneficial development to debut at CES, L’Oreal’s UV Sense tracks the sunlight exposure of its wearer. It’s a battery-free wearable that connects by NFC to an accompanying iOS or Android app. It’s also quite tiny: fit for a thumbnail, at 9mm in diameter and only 2mm thick. The reusable piece affixes to its user (or its user’s accessories) through an adhesive. For 2018, it …

Unveiling (Part Of) Bell Helicopter’s Self-Piloting Air Taxi for Uber

Texas-based aviation experts Bell Helicopter had a CES unveiling pertaining to the passenger drone they plan to supply Uber with, for self-piloting flights. For those paying close attention to the developments, this reveal wasn’t quite everything one could hope for. Bell debuted the cabin only, in an effort to showcase the comforts of flying in these short-range vehicles. As Fast Company makes clear, how exactly …

Tetra, the Microwave-Sized Countertop Dishwasher

For anyone dreaming of owning a dishwasher, the Tetra removes just about all obstacles. It plugs into any wall outlet and it costs just $299. It’s about the size of a microwave, runs in only 10 minutes and uses only half a gallon of (hand-loaded) water. Spatially, it’s ideal for a couple, or anyone living alone—with a small capacity. It’s the brainchild of tankless water …