CareClever Cutii. For years, we’ve seen companion robots of all sizes and shapes at CES—cuddlebots, canine robots, and robots that, er, do different issues. However over the past yr, robots for senior care took on a brand new and poignant urgency because the Covid-19 pandemic remoted weak populations away from their conventional assist networks of spouses, kids, and grandchildren. CareClever’s Cutii is among the first companion robots that is able to be formally launched in 2021. It addresses a number of senior wants—companionship, connection, and logistical assist—and, alone amongst companion bots, it’s uniquely cellular. You don’t must make your method into the lounge to voice-activate a tool sitting on a desk. As an alternative, if you happen to’ve fallen, the Cutii will come at your name and dial your emergency contact. It will possibly additionally remind you of your scheduled courses, flip off your lights, and escort you to the door and bid you farewell in your every day Little Pandemic Stroll. Who wants greater than that from a live-in companion, amirite? —Adrienne So

Finest in Well being

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Toto Wellness Bathroom. We knew that “sensible” bathrooms—sensor-filled bowls able to detecting early indicators of illness—had been practically inevitable. However go away it to Japanese rest room producer Toto to supply the idea rest room of the longer term, a ridiculously modern “Wellness” rest room that means you eat extra salmon and avocado. (I’m barely kidding.) Toto confirmed off quite a lot of commode-related applied sciences throughout CES this week, together with a brand new washlet and touchless toilet fixtures, however the Wellness Bathroom was the primary (and quantity two?) product. Toto says it makes use of “a number of cutting-edge sensing applied sciences” to scan an individual’s physique and their “key outputs” every time somebody sits on the bathroom. It then analyzes their waste and suggests dietary adjustments by way of a cellular app. Positive, you may strap wearable sensors to your physique to glean insights about your well being in different, much less invasive methods, however Toto says the good thing about including AI to a rest room is that, effectively, you employ it every single day whether or not you’re desirous about it or not. Toto says it would ship the Wellness Bathroom to shoppers someday within the subsequent a number of years. And sure, it’s prone to be costly. However the bathroom of the longer term is virtually right here. You may even say we’re greatly surprised by it. —Lauren Goode

Finest in Cell

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