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A skin printer, and inkjet fragrance for your home

CES 2019 (Consumer Electronics Show) has proven to be a platform for the weird and wonderful, including a printer for your skin, and a home device which uses inkjet technology to fragrance your home.

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A new skin printer uses AI to detect and fix blemishes. Photo: Business Wire

Procter and Gamble’s (P&G) Life Lab booth at the show displayed the Airia, the company’s app and voice-controlled fragrance dispenser. It uses inkjet technology to deliver a consistent fragrance at home, using a cartridge with 32 nozzles that pull fragrance from its reservoir into individual chambers. The chambers then heat the fragranced oil, causing a bubble that ejects the scent into the air.

Because of the fine nature of the droplets (about 20 to 30 microns in size) they can ‘ride’ the natural airflow in the home. Retailing at $200 (around £157), the Airia comes with one fragrance cartridge the company says will last 600 hours.

We’re living in a time of mass disruption, where the exponential power of technology combined with shifting societal and environmental forces are transforming consumer experiences every day

“We’re living in a time of mass disruption, where the exponential power of technology combined with shifting societal and environmental forces are transforming consumer experiences every day,” says chief brand officer Marc Pritchard. “P&G is integrating cutting-edge technologies into everyday products and services to improve people’s lives. We’re combining what’s needed with what’s possible. By answering the question, ‘what if,’ we’re delivering irresistibly superior consumer experiences.”

From fragrance to skin, the Opté Precision Skincare System uses artificial intelligence to analyse the skin, detects hyperpigmentation and then applies a corrective serum to ‘reveal the natural beauty of the skin’. The gadget scans the skin, detects blemishes and then corrects them using printing technology.

P&G unveiled its latest innovations at CES 2019, including the Opté

The wand consist of four proprietary technologies; blue LED scan lights that maximise the contrast in skin melanin to detect discoloured spots that are not yet noticeable; an integrated digital camera that captures 200 skin images per second; a minicomputer precise colour algorithm that microprocesses 70,000 lines of code to determine size, shape and intensity of each skin spot; and a micro serum jet printer with 120 thermal inkjet nozzles capable of depositing 1,000 optimising serum picolitre (1 billionth of a litre) droplets on each skin spot.

"By partnering with leading scientists and experts across industries, we have been able to create a first-of-its-kind, digitally-advanced skincare device that is visibly transforming the look of skin," says Leigh Radford, vice president and general manager of P&G Ventures. "Opté provides Procter & Gamble with an entirely new category of digital skincare to explore and a technology platform from which to innovate. We're thrilled to introduce Opté on a world stage such as CES."

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