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Tech companies showcase AI and robotic kitchen innovations at CES 2024

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LAS VEGAS — Welcome to CES​ 2024.⁣ This multi-day⁣ trade event put on by the Consumer‍ Technology‌ Association‌ is expected to⁢ bring some 130,000 attendees and ​more⁤ than‍ 4,000 exhibitors‌ to ⁢Las Vegas. The⁣ latest advances and gadgets across personal tech, transportation, health care, sustainability and more will be on display, with burgeoning uses of artificial intelligence almost everywhere you look.

Chef-like robots, AI-powered ​appliances and other high-tech kitchen gadgets are holding⁢ out the promise that humans don’t need to cook — or mix drinks — for themselves anymore.

Displays included a cocktail-mixing machine akin to⁣ a Keurig, and a robot barista whose movements are meant to mimic a human making a vanilla latte.

Tech startup Chef AI is unveiling what ⁤it calls ‌a “real one-touch” air fryer.

Unlike the air fryer you might have on your kitchen counter right now, ‍Chef AI’s ⁤iteration of the popular appliance doesn’t require any tinkering with settings. Just place the food⁤ in the air fryer, press Start, and it‍ uses artificial ⁢intelligence to detect what⁤ type of food it is​ cooking, says the company’s CEO, Dean Khormaei.

He said the air⁣ fryer would turn even the worst cooks into chefs.

Chef AI will⁢ be available in the U.S. in September​ for $250.

What’s the secret to a perfect dirty martini? Don’t worry about it — Bartesian’s cocktail-mixing appliance takes the guesswork out of bartending.

Bartesian’s latest iteration, the ⁤Premier, can hold up to four different types of ‌spirits. It retails for $369 ⁤and ⁢will be available later this year.

Use⁣ a small touch screen on the appliance ⁤to pick⁣ from 60 recipes, drop ⁣a ⁤cocktail capsule into‌ the machine, and‌ in seconds you have a premium cocktail over ice.

If you fancy⁢ a ‌homemade beer instead, iGulu’s new automated brewing machine lets you make your own beer — a pale ale, an amber lager or a wheat beer. Just ⁤pour a pre-mixed recipe into the machine’s keg, add water and scan ​the sticker that ⁢comes with⁤ the beer mix. In nine to 13 days, you’ll have⁢ a gallon of DIY beer.

Artly Coffee’s barista ⁤bot mimics ⁣the way a human behind⁤ the⁢ counter of your ‌favorite coffee shop‌ might prepare your usual order.

“What we’re really trying to do is preserve the craft of fine coffee,” said Alec‌ Roig, a hardware developer ​for ⁢the Seattle-based tech startup that now is operating at​ 10 locations across the‍ Pacific Northwest and in New York City.

Roig said the company’s resident barista, who is behind all of Artly’s​ coffee recipes, was hooked up with motion⁢ sensors that recorded his⁣ movements as he prepared each recipe, from packing the coffee grounds into the filter​ to frothing the milk and pouring latte ⁤art.

AI ‌for ‌preventing identity theft

Robert‌ Downey Jr. fought off villains as‌ “Iron Man” on the big ‌screen⁢ for more than a decade. Now, in his latest off-screen role as a board member and strategist at​ AI security startup Aura, Downey wants to⁢ fight off digital scammers, he said at CES 2024.

Aura is an online app that uses artificial intelligence‍ to monitor and⁣ track ⁢accounts and help prevent digital crimes, like scams, hacks and identity theft. The company revealed Tuesday at a panel that it will launch a‌ new AI feature this⁤ year that it ​says will help parents identify‌ depression, anxiety and other issues in their children’s ‌lives ‌by tracking their cellphone usage habits.

Downey said he was ‍drawn to the company’s mission statement after his Instagram account was hacked in 2019.

“We’re all so ‌busy in this information age,” he said, while⁢ emphasizing that he thought he had been proactive ‍about protecting his‌ accounts and information before ⁢he​ was hacked. “But it’s nowhere near enough.”

Google on Tuesday showcased various ways the tech giant is integrating generative AI features into Android devices — including previously-announced customizable, AI-generated wallpapers and suggested text messages responses, written in styles ranging from⁣ casual⁢ to “Shakespearean.”

The⁢ California-based company also⁤ took the opportunity to unveil some new features.

Chromecast is⁣ being expanded to more apps and devices, with TikTok ‌content now able​ to be cast directly⁣ to TVs.

More automakers are also partnering with Google to offer vehicles with pre-install apps⁤ such as Google ‌Maps and Assistant. The apps will come to select models from Ford, Nissan and ‍Lincoln this year, ⁣with Porsche following suit in 2025.

Intel ⁢may be ​leaning into supporting AI with its Core Ultra chips, but the company decided‌ to announce an expansion of its 14th Gen processor family⁢ for gamers and media creators who need raw power and performance from ⁢their PCs.

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