LAS VEGAS - Robots and smart assistants were at the forefront of one of the world's largest gadget showcases here, with some promising to automate mundane house chores.
One of the attractions at this year's Consumer Electronic Show was Buddy, a robot that can give reminders, alarms, timers, shopping lists and can also solve math problems. It also has surveillance capabilities.
Home products are also getting smarter as device manufacturers integrate virtual assistants from Amazon and Google into their gadgets like Deebot, a floor cleaning robot.
Deebot senses whether the floor needs cleaning and changes functionality without human intervention.
Another device, Foldimate, automatically folds clothes that are fed into it.
Amazon's Alexa and Apple's Siri are also integrated in a smart shower by bathroom fixtures maker Moen.
The water temperature on the shower can be set even before the user steps into the bathroom using an iOS or Android device.