CES 2018: Back to the Future Again

Aeolus

By TERRI BRYCE REEVES

The 60s Hanna-Barbera show, The Jetsons, seems to have accurately predicted much of the future with flat screen TVs, video chats, digital newspapers and smart watches.

At the annual CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2018, a global consumer electronics and technology trade show taking place in Las Vegas each January, the trend continues with bionic maids and a seemingly endless supply of voice-controlled doohickeys.

Sadly, we don’t have the flying saucer-like cars – yet – but one impressive robot unveiled at the show is much like the Jetsons’ maid Rosie, but without the frilly apron.

What the Aeolus robot does have is an agile arm to manipulate household objects and a “brain” to independently learn, remember, navigate and complete tasks. She – or he – can pick up items off the floor, put them away where they belong, vacuum, and look out for emergencies such as fire or an elderly person falling. She’ll put away the clean dishes and have your coffee ready when you wake up.

Aeolus is slated to be ready for market at the end of 2018 (just in time for Christmas) and will be priced at “less than the cost of an overseas vacation for a family of four.”

Voice-controlled automation has exploded recently with devices like Amazon’s Echo Dot and Alexa that can play music, control lights, fans, TVs, and thermostats
when connected to compatible devices.

The CES show showcased even more options including those for showers, bath tubs, and kitchen appliances. For instance, you can now ask Alexa to flush, lift the toilet seat or configure your bidet on a high-end Kohler toilet.

Aibo


Another adorable addition to the

CES show was Sony’s robotic dog Aibo, the new ERS 1000 model. The company promises this version will be more like a real dog than ever as
he dances, finds a bone, and recognizes people in the family. He has Wi-fi connectivity too. For about $1,700 you can be the first on your block to have this cute little doggie droid.

 

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