Laundroid Returns at CES 2018

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Remember the Laundroid, the robot promising to make the folding of laundry a thing of the past seen back at CES 2016? Seven Dreamers returns to this year's CES with an updated prototype and a launch date.

LaundroidThe Laundroid continues to bear an ominous resemblance to HAL 9000, the malevolent AI from 2001: A Space Odyssey, even if Tokyo-based Seven Dreamers insists its purpose remains to simply fold the laundry. One will be able to dump clean and dry clothes in the cabinet-style machine, and before too long (or around 4 hours, depending on the size of the load) it will all be folded automatically.

The latest prototype has the capacity of 30-40 pieces of clothing (depending on size), and takes around 5 minutes to fold one item. More complex clothing, such as dress shirts, may require more time. Operation promises to be quiet at around 35db, and it even has two sorting modes-- either by category (towels, shirts, etc) or person/family member, since the Laundroid can register a piece of clothing with a particular user.

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HTC Intros Dual-Camera U11 Eyes

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HTC returns to dual-camera smartphones with the U11 Eyes-- a handset featuring dual 5MP front-facing cameras allowing customers to take better selfies complete with bokeh depth of field.

HTC U11 EyesThe front-facing cameras are clearly the USP of the U11 Eyes, since they also feature f/2.2 lenses, HDR Boost and an 80-degree field of view. A bokeh mode can adjust depth of field both in real-time and after a photo is taken, while a beauty mode promises "spectacular selfies" through skin smoothing, skin brightening, face slimming and eye enlargement options.

In terms of hardware specifications the U11 Eyes is more mid-range than flagship-- it carries an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 chipset, 2160 x 1080 LCD touchscreen (with 18:9 aspect ratio), 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage (expandable via microSD slot), 12MP rear-facing camera, 3930mAh battery and USB-C connectivity.

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The Tiny Connected Tetra Dishwasher

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The Tetra is the kind of unusual home appliance one only tends to see at CES 2018-- a compact countertop number able to not only wash a handful of dishes, but also... cook seafood?

TetraDeveloped by connected water heater maker Heatworks and design firm frog, the Tetra is designed to handle the dishwashing needs of 2-person household. As such, it is large enough to hold 10 plates or 12 pint glasses. It promises to use less water than handwashing, without the need to wait for enough dishes dishes to fill a larger dishwasher.

“Our research indicates that although the average household is comprised of 2.58 people, the modern dishwasher holds place settings for 13 or more,” Heatworks says. “This makes people believe that they either need to handwash their few dirty dishes-- which wastes 10 times more water than using a dishwasher-- or wait for a fill load to run a cycle. With Tetra, we hope to change people's mindset.”

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GDP Presents Win 2 Pocket Gaming Laptop

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Chinese laptop maker GDP returns to the  handheld console-stye gaming laptop concept with the Win 2-- a sequel to the first Win device promising more powerful specification for better game performance.

GDP Win 2Like its predecessor, the Win 2 is a Windows 10 laptop with built-in gaming controls (namely two analog sticks, d-pad and four face buttons).  It offers 6-inch 1280 x 720 resolution display, an Intel Core m3-7Y30 processor with integrated HD Graphics 615, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD storage and two 4900mAh batteries promising 6-8 hours of power on a single charge.

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Nest Co-Founder's Smartwatch Concept

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Tony Fadell, co-founder of smart thermostat maker Nest, joins forces with luxury watchmaker Ressence to present the Type 2 e-Crown Concept-- a combination of mechanical watch and (some) connected smarts.

e-Crown watchPresented in prototype form at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH), the watch's main point of interest lies in the "e-Crown" portion of the name. The e-Crown is an electronic system set between the mechanical movement and the display disc. It pairs with an iPhone app, and allows users to switch between two time zones after the time is first conventionally set.

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