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Gadgets against COVID-19, AI and robots invite themselves to CES preview

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The consumer electronics high mass opens Wednesday with fewer companies exhibiting and people attending than expected, with many having decided to cancel their attendance due to the spread of the Omicron variant.

Masks to fight COVID-19

The young French company Airxôm brought its prototype mask from Lyon, which protects against pollution, bacteria and viruses, including SARS-CoV-2.

Its white plastic shell, which covers the nose and mouth, evokes the imperial soldiers of Star Wars. Connected to a box to wear on the belt, it contains a filter active capable of destroying fine particles and volatile organic compounds, i.e. pathogens or pollutants.

It’s a fantastic tool to fight the COVID-19 crisis, promises Franck Glaizal, co-founder of Airxôm.

Conventional masks are not 100% waterproof, as the air passes through the sides. Our mask is completely waterproof, and very comfortable, assures his side Trong Dai Nguyen, difficult to hear through the thick mask.

This Airxôm engineer specifies that the company is working to improve the sound for the next version. The current model is to be released in the spring, at a cost of around $ 430.

If we change our (surgical) masks every four hours, after three years, it is more expensive than our mask, underlines Trong Dai Nguyen.

A man wears a mask with a small fan.

Éric Fouchard, President of NewPadMaker.

Photo: AFP / PATRICK T. FALLON

Tired of suffocating under his anti-COVID mask, Eric Fouchard has developed a mini-ventilation system that is placed under the paper protection.

Called Aeronest, the young NewPadMaker’s microventilator holds in place thanks to a double magnet and is powered by a tiny battery, attached to a cord that runs over the neck of the person wearing it.

When you take the plane or the train, it allows you to breathe normally, indicates the entrepreneur to AFP. It can also be used when you are working and want to prevent fogging from forming on your glasses..

A comforting robot

In Japanese, the expression amagami means soft bite. It is a very pleasant feeling which we want to benefit the world, says Japanese entrepreneur Shunsuke Aoki.

A hand places a finger in the mouth of a robot kitten.

The robot-kitten Amagami Ham Ham, from Yukai Engineering

Photo: AFP / PATRICK T. FALLON

Its plush robot, which looks as much like a cat as it does a small dog, gently nibbles the finger that comes under its muzzle.

The young shoot sought to replicate this instinctive gesture of baby animals, believing that people could find comfort in it.

Shunsuke Aoki, for example, says he uses the companion robot while he is driving. With COVID, when people are spending their day at home, it’s so heartwarming, he notes.

Artificial intelligence at the wheel

Artificial intelligence (AI) technologies are replacing the steering wheels and the human beings at the controls of the Formula 1 type cars which will compete on Friday in an unprecedented race.

They are completely autonomous. It’s the software that runs the car, explains Paul Mitchell, boss of Energy Systems Network, the race organizer.

Computer system takes the information from the sensors and orders the automobile to turn, brake, accelerate or pass, he adds.

The machines will compete in pairs on the Las Vegas circuit at speeds of up to 260 km / h.

The idea is not only to entertain, but also to test and improve this software, with a view to using it one day on the highway.

Race cars and racing in general are a perfect way to push technology to the absolute limit, says Paul Mitchell.

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