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Robots, fertility trackers and porn come to CES

Friday, January 06, 2017 - 02:06

Las Vegas crowds are dazzled as the latest innovations are showcased at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Roselle Chen reports.

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Professor Albert Einstein... reincarnated in robotic form. On display at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, robot replicas of the celebrated scientist look around, smile and interact with passers-by. SOUNDBITE (English) DAVID HANSON, HANSON ROBOTICS CEO, SAYING: "Our professor Einstein product can sit with you and keep your schedule, have a conversation with you, teach science with you, play with you. It's kind of robotic companion. There are a lot of cool robots out there in the world, a lot of artificial intelligence coming along, but making that emotional, natural connection can use an animated character." Robo-Einstein's creators believe that one day computers will be able to relate to people -- listening and responding at a level not yet seen. Fertility tracking bracelet Ava is also sparking interest. SOUNDBITE (English) LEA VON BIDDER, CO-FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT AVA SCIENCE INC., SAYING: "If you are right now trying to get pregnant you will have to pee on sticks ten times a month, have to take your temperature every morning, it's messy and it's annoying. Ava is really a 20th century method for doing that. So it is easier than any other method, it's more precise and it detects more fertile days." Initial clinical trials showed the device detected fertile days with almost 90 percent accuracy. SOUNDBITE (English) LEA VON BIDDER, CO-FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT AVA SCIENCE INC., SAYING: "It's really super easy. So you wear Ava during the night, it's a bracelet. In the morning you sync it to your phone and you have all the information on your phone to tell you where you are in your cycle, it will tell you how fertile you are, insights such as sleep, stress and other things." Virtual reality is everywhere at this year's CES. Among the most startling VR exhibits comes from adult film company Naughty America. SOUNDBITE (English) IAN PAUL, CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER (CIO), NAUGHTY AMERICA, SAYING: "It's absolutely disruptive, I mean once you try this technology, going back to a 2 x 2 box to look at porn just doesn't cut it." Naughty America says its VR gives viewers a more immersive, "intimate," viewing experience. For this - and less intimate experiences - CES is open to visitors until January 8.

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Robots, fertility trackers and porn come to CES

Friday, January 06, 2017 - 02:06