Las Vegas: Tech gadget manufacturers are amping up the cute factor to stand out from the crowd at this year's CES.
Here are some of the more adorable objects and designs from this year's show.
CES 2016: tech gets cute
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CES 2016: tech gets cute
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If your pet (or you) suffers from separation anxiety, PetBot may be the gadget you've been looking for. This Wi-Fi enabled device has a camera, speaker and treat dispenser. It watches over your pet and sends remote notifications via a smartphone app if it senses your pet is agitated or upset. Call out to your pet via the speaker and drop a treat into the tray. When your pet runs over to the PetBot to grab the treat, PetBot will take a live video "pet selfie" and send it back to you.
You can customise how big each treat is to ensure your furry friend doesn't pork up too much. PetBot can be wall mounted so big pooches can't maul it to smithereens. Pre-orders are available for $US189 via IndieGoGo.
Looking for a way to help loved ones connect better while apart, US teenagers Xyla Foxlin (19) and Harshita Gupta (17) invented Parihug: Wi-Fi connected bears that make each other vibrate when hugged — even if they're the other side of the world.
"If you're miles away from a child or a parent you can send them a hug over the internet," Xyla says. "Kids don't actually get that much out of a video call but they get a log out of hugs – a hug releases a bunch of oxytocin into your brain." Parihug is currently a prototype with a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign on the cards mid-year, potentially shipping by Christmas.
This mini camera pendant will automatically start filming 480p video when it senses your dog is being particularly active. It will send the video to your free account in the cloud when it's connected to home Wi-Fi. You can keep footage as a kind of pet journal or share it with friends and family via your smartphone, tablet or computer.
PawsCam is designed to film sparingly so that you only capture the fun moments – and so the battery lasts for days rather than minutes. Ideal for checking on your pooch while you're away from home.
It's the purrfect way to enjoy music and share with friends. Brookstone's cat ear headphones raised $US3.4 million in pre-orders, so they must be onto something.
These are essentially headphones and speakers rolled in one. If you're rocking out to a song that you just can't keep to yourself, simply flick a switch and playback will instantly switch from the headphones to the cat ear speakers on top. They're available for $US129.99 in a range of cool colours which light up when you're using them.
A rapidly aging population and reputation as a tech powerhouse have given Japan an edge in developing gadgets for the aged car sector. Made by a company called MJI (More Joyful Innovation) Inc, Tapia is designed to assist the elderly with using technology, and has cute facial expressions to boot.
It's a Wi-Fi enabled smartphone assistant which runs on the Android 5.0 mobile operating system. Ask Tapia to check your emails, tell you the weather, call a family member or interact with smart home devices, such as turning a light on or off. Tapia is due for initial release in Japan in 2016.
CES: Innovations big and small
From big television screens to the smallest robotics, thousands of tech companies launch their latest products for 2016 at CES in Las Vegas.
Traditional essential oil diffusers heat oil in a dish of water above a candle, dispersing the aromas throughout a room with steam. Greenair's "ultrasonic" aromatherapy diffusers work by vibrating the water and oil inside, ejecting it in a fine mist. Simply open up, pop water and a few drops of oil in the reservoir inside, and turn on.
Just as heating some fresh foods and oils has been shown to reduce their natural benefits, purists also say cold diffusion retains more of the benefits of essential oils for aromatherapy. Because these don't get hot they're ideal for kids – as is the adorable yellow bird design. It will last for eight hours and is available via Amazon for about $US40.
Hannah Francis travelled to Las Vegas as a guest of LG.