CES 2018: Were robots more than a gimmick at the tech show?

Media captionWATCH: Would you let this robot read bedtime stories to your children? If you’ve ever wanted a robot to do the vacuuming, then the CES tech show has something for you. The Aeolus robot is designed to perform a range of household tasks – including mopping floors, rearranging furniture and putting away dishes. However, […]

Facebook plans major changes to news feed

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The changes have been described as “significant” by industry watchers Facebook is to change how its news feed works, making posts from businesses, brands and media less prominent. Instead, content that sparks conversations among family and friends who use the site will be emphasised, explained chief executive Mark Zuckerberg […]

CES 2018: Hushme mask lets users make private calls

Ever wanted to make a private call in a public space? A Ukranian start-up thinks it has the solution: a hi-tech face mask that muffles the user’s voice while blasting out electronic sounds. The device is one of the more curious items on show at the CES tech trade fair in Las Vegas, where the […]

CES 2018: Omron’s ping pong robot keeps ball in play

Japanese electronics firm Omron is showing off a ping pong-playing robot that uses artificial intelligence to adapt its gameplay to each human opponent. The machine has been taking on challengers at the CES tech show in Las Vegas this week, which represents its US debut. The BBC’s Rory Cellan-Jones took it for a spin. Read […]

CES 2018: Panasonic’s concept car has pick-your-own views

A concept car with windows that let you swap the view outside for your preferred option is on show at the CES trade fair in Las Vegas. The Living Space Autonomous Cabin is intended to show off the Japanese company’s vision of what vehicle interiors could be like when automobiles drive themselves. The BBC’s Chris […]

CES 2018: Square Off smart chessboard moves its own pieces

An internet-connected chessboard that moves its own pieces is on show at the CES tech trade show in Las Vegas. The machine is the result of a successful Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign and is designed to make it easier to play against friends and rivals based elsewhere. BBC Click’s Nick Kwek visited the expo’s start-up zone […]

CES 2018: Power cut at Vegas tech show blamed on rain

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Much of the Las Vegas venue lost power The giant consumer electronics show CES has suffered a power cut, plunging part of the event into darkness. The Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC)’s central hall went dark at around 11:20 local time (19:20 GMT). Two hours passed before the organisers […]

CES 2018: Willow and Freemie breast pumps offer mums freedom

Image copyright Willow Image caption Willow’s breast pumps are designed to be worn unobtrusively Two firms have launched portable pumps to help breastfeeding mums collect their milk on the move. Women who use breast pumps often apply them several times a day and for periods of about 20 minutes or more. However, generally they have […]

CES 2018: Longer-lasting gadgets showcased

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Huawei want to satisfy its customers’ thirst for better battery life in smartphones Spare a thought for the attendees of the CES tech show who decided to briefly leave their phones in charging towers. The devices got locked inside when a power cut plunged the exhibition hall into darkness. Having […]