CES 2023: Motorised makeup, toilet scanner and a camera in your oven – the most eye-catching gadgets at the show so far | Science & Tech News

The world’s biggest tech event – CES – is returning to full operation this week after two years scaled down due to the COVID pandemic.

Before the show floor at the Las Vegas Convention Centre has even officially opened, huge Silicon Valley conglomerates and ambitious start-ups alike are already living up to the conference’s reputation for showcasing the great and the good – and the just plain weird – of consumer electronics.

Here are some of the product announcements that have caught our eye so far – for all sorts of reasons…

Ring in the new year

The Evie ring is pitched as the first medical grade smart ring designed uniquely for women, offering period and menstrual symptom tracking alongside familiar wearable features like monitoring heart rate and calories burned.

Like other wearables, data is displayed in a smartphone app, and its creator – Movano Health – says it will cost less than $300 (£248) when it releases later this year.

Renderings of the Evie Ring - the first medical grade smart ring designed uniquely for women.
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Renderings of the Evie Ring

Livestream your cooking

A strong contender for the most ridiculously named product of the show is Samsung’s Bespoke AI Wall Oven, which comes equipped with an internal camera, so you can keep a closer eye on your cooking.

But Samsung also reckons it is perfect for taking photos and even livestreaming your meals to social media, allowing those with more money than they know what to do with to launch their own cooking show from home.

Samsung's Bespoke AI Oven has an internal camera
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Samsung’s Bespoke AI Oven has an internal camera

Hug this pulsating cushion

If you need to wind down after a stressful day of work, Fufuly could be just what you need.

Shaped like a cloud, tooth or deformed marshmallow (take your pick), Japanese firm Yukai Engineering says the pulsating cushion aims to reduce anxiety in the same way holding a baby or having a cat on your lap might do.

Le-Chen Cheng hugs a Fufuly, an anxiety-reducing robotic cushion by Yukai Engineering with deep breathing technology, during the CES Unveiled press event at CES 2023, an annual consumer electronics trade show, in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. January 3, 2023. REUTERS/Steve Marcus
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Fufuly, an anxiety-reducing robotic cushion

This gadget wants you to urinate on it

Generally it’s a bad idea to soak electronics in any sort of liquid, but French firm Withings has made a device that it wants you to urinate over.

Easy as one, two, pee, U-Scan hooks on to the side of a toilet bowl, and uses an onboard replaceable cartridge to analyse urine for things like detecting a menstrual cycle or giving dietary feedback. It will start at €500 (£440).

U-Scan from Withings hooks on to a toilet bowl and analyses urine. Pic: Withings
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U-Scan hooks on to a toilet and analyses urine. Pic: Withings

Need a hand with your lipstick?

Cosmetics giant L’Oreal has developed a gadget to help those with limited mobility apply makeup.

HAPTA uses motion controls and a suite of customisable attachments to give the user a range of motion, which the company says will offer the precise control required for the perfect application.

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Mask up!

As Britons are advised to once again mask up as cases of scarlet fever and COVID circulate, this rather bulky battery-powered accessory from Airxom has made a well-timed return to CES.

First shown off last year, the mask is essentially a wearable air purifier that claims to filter out and destroy airborne particles – including viruses.

Gaston Vincent models an Airxom mask, the first active device for respiratory protection, during the CES Unveiled press event at CES 2023, an annual consumer electronics trade show, in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. January 3, 2023. REUTERS/Steve Marcus
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The Airxom mask offers respiratory protection

Knock-knock, who’s there?

Plenty of us have kitted out our front doors with smart doorbells in recent years, and it turns out that not even birdhouses are safe from the trend.

Bird Buddy is a smart bird feeder that snaps pictures of any visitors, sending photos to your phone and identifying the species using an app like a real-life Pokedex from Pokemon.

Kyle Buzzard, co-founder of Birdbuddy, displays a connected birdhouse with still and video cameras and a smartphone app that organizes the photos and identifies the type of bird, during the CES Unveiled press event at CES 2023, an annual consumer electronics trade show, in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. January 3, 2023. REUTERS/Steve Marcus
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Birdbuddy’s connected birdhouse

The best of the rest…

A defibrillator by Lifeaz, the first defibrillator made for the home, is displayed during the CES Unveiled press event at CES 2023, an annual consumer electronics trade show, in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. January 3, 2023. REUTERS/Steve Marcus
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Lifeaz’s home defibrillator claims to be able to analyse a patient’s condition to determine the appropriate settings to help the heart start pumping again, making it easier for untrained people to use at home
WT2 Edge Translation Earbuds, the first bi-directional simultaneous translation earbuds, are displayed during the CES Unveiled press event at CES 2023, an annual consumer electronics trade show, in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. January 3, 2023. REUTERS/Steve Marcus
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The WT2 Edge Translation Earbuds, priced north of £300, sees you wear one earbud and give the other to someone else, so that they hear your speech translated into their chosen language in real-time
A skeleton with a Microsoft HoloLens 2 draws attention to the Abys Medical booth, designers of platform allowing for holographic assistance to surgeons during operations, during the CES Unveiled press event at CES 2023, an annual consumer electronics trade show, in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. January 3, 2023. REUTERS/Steve Marcus
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HoloLens 2, an augmented reality device from Microsoft, is showcased at CES 2023
Gaston LaChaize of Moonbikes Motors uses virtual reality goggles as he sits on an electric snowbike during the CES Unveiled press event at CES 2023, an annual consumer electronics trade show, in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. January 3, 2023. REUTERS/Steve Marcus
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Never mind electric cars, Moonbikes Motors has brought the world’s first electric snowbike to Las Vegas – allowing visitors to experience it in virtual reality
Chef Jackie Joseph poses behind GE Profile smart mixers during the CES Unveiled press event at CES 2023, an annual consumer electronics trade show, in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. January 3, 2023. REUTERS/Steve Marcus
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Chef Jackie Joseph poses behind GE Profile’s $999 smart mixers, which can measure individual ingredients on the fly without you needing to put them in their own container first
Dan Ngyen Gia hits a heavy bag with an I-Percut smart punching bag cover that sends information to a smartphone during the CES Unveiled press event at CES 2023, an annual consumer electronics trade show, in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. January 3, 2023. REUTERS/Steve Marcus
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The I-Percut smart punching bag cover sends information on a budding boxer’s performance to a smartphone
Amit Cotler of Israel tries out a connected Stern Pinball machine, which can recognize the player with a QR code and post scores to a global leaderboard, during the CES Unveiled press event at CES 2023, an annual consumer electronics trade show, in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. January 3, 2023. REUTERS/Steve Marcus
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A connected Stern Pinball machine, which can recognise the player with a QR code and post scores to a global leaderboard

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