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P&G Kicks Off CES With a Robot That Fetches Toilet Paper and Connected Diapers


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Attendees walk through the hall at the Sands Expo Convention Center during CES 2019 consumer electronics show, on January 10, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photograph by Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images

And the first real press conference at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show is from... Procter & Gamble.

If you had to make a blind guess on who would kick things off at this week’s giant tech trade show in Las Vegas, I doubt P&G777彩票地址 (ticker: PG) would leap to mind. But in a year in which every company has become a technology company, it makes total sense.

777彩票地址At Sunday’s session at the sprawling Mandalay Bay conference center, a few hundred reporters gathered to hear about, among other things, connected toothbrushes and diapers. (Connected diapers, really.)

The star of the show was a humorous concept robot from the company’s Charmin line called the RollBot, a smartphone activated little fella that brings you a fresh roll when you are sitting on the throne and find yourself short of toilet paper. No, you can’t buy one.

But you can buy the network connected electric toothbrushes from the company’s Oral-B line called iO. The iO has toothbrush-y features, including a “new magnetic drive, which distributes energy evenly to the tips of the bristles to create the new, revolutionary gentle micro-vibrations.” More interesting is the connectedness of the iO. The toothbrush connects to the Oral-B app via Bluetooth “to provide individual feedback and recommendations based on brushing performance analysis.”

777彩票地址Lumi from P&G’s Pampers brand is the company’s baby monitoring system, which includes not only a camera, but a sensor you attached to their diaper to help you better track your baby’s “sleep, feeding, and diaper activity.”

Also on display: Heated razors. A home scent release system called Aria. And OPTE, a skin care gadget that that “scans skin tonal imperfections, applies precise amounts of serum to correct uneven skin tone, and reduces the appearance of spots over time.”

777彩票地址Bring on the smartphones.

Write to Eric J. Savitz at eric.savitz@barrons.com


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