Home Plays at CES

Panasonic's 2015 Bread Maker includes a gluten-free mode.Panasonic's 2015 Bread Maker includes a gluten-free mode.

LAS VEGAS-Home products are in the spotlight at the International CES show, which opened this week and runs through Jan. 9.

One of the key features of the event is the Robotics Marketplace, with 8,250 square feet of space located at CES Tech West within Sands Expo and devoted to robot cleaning machines, entertainment devices and others. It is one of 20 category-specific Marketplaces featured at the show.

Panasonic is using the show to introduce several items in the small-electrics and personal-care categories. Among its new small appliances are the 2015 Bread Maker, which includes a gluten-free baking mode. In addition, Panasonic is displaying the Slow Juicer, its first offering in this category in the U.S. market.

In the personal-care arena, Panasonic is presenting the LT-series Arc3 three-blade Wet/Dry Shavers, with the Enhanced Multi-Flex Pivoting Head and Shave Sensor Technology, the latter of which detects beard density and adjusts the motor speed to reduce skin irritation. The company is also showing three new Wet/Dry Women's Hair Removal Systems, all of which combine wet/dry shaving and epilation with attachments including a shaver head, a large epilation head, a bikini comb and a gentle cap.

Among other home products, Sungale, which manufactures digital products such as digital photo frames, is introducing the Kitchen Screen, a digital picture frame that magnetically attaches to a refrigerator and provides free cloud storage. The Kitchen Screen can be used to store and display photos of family and friends in an automatic slide show.

David GillDavid Gill | Senior Editor

David Gill covers home textiles, small electrics housewares, personal-care products, cleaning products, mattresses, consumer electronics and major appliances. He also reports on retailers and writes about the business and financial side of both vendors and retailers. He has more than 30 years of experience in business journalism, and has worked for other publications and websites that cover consumer products from both the manufacturer and retailer sides. His outside interests include sports (he is a big fan of the New York teams and of British soccer), cooking, movies and theater. He occasionally enjoys a good cigar as well.


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