We spent Day 3 of CES in the Wearable Tech section of The Sands at CES. Here’s what we found at the intersection of fashion and tech:
A Robot that Folds Your Laundry
No, we’re not joking. Japanese company Seven Dreamers has invented /laundroid, a robot that folds your laundry. Here’s how it works: laundry fresh from the dryer goes in the bottom drawer, then /laundroid picks up each garment and scans it. Using image recognition technology, the machine identifies the clothing item and then folds it according to a pre-determined pattern. The company is teaming up with Phillips to offer the laundry bot in conjunction with a washer and dryer, which will be available for purchase in 2017.
Paris-based startup Phoceis caught our eye with their connected, colour-changing shoe. The sneaker looks like a regular sneaker, but it also includes a fiber optic band as well as a micro-controller and bluetooth connectivity to allow you to change the sneaker’s colour via your smartphone. While we’ve seen other light-up sneakers on the market, what makes Phoceis’ product special is that they’ve teamed up with European footwear maker Eram to deliver a quality fashion product with tech-enhanced features. With Under Armour’s announcement yesterday of a smart sneaker, it seems our feet are fair game for wearable tech.
If you want to see the future of fashion, look to what’s happening in Asia. Xenoma, a spin-off company from the University of Tokyo, announced their motion-capturing textile-based wearable e-skin. The product uses a combination of sensors to track activity and motion.