Your Face on Your Espresso? Highlights from Tech Show

Imagine staring deep into the foam of your favorite espresso drink and seeing a face looking back at you. Or how about using the charge in your fingers to clean your teeth?

At the CE Week gadget show in New York this week, there were several standouts amid the sea of smartphone chargers and 3-D printers. Some are set to hit stores near you in the not-too-distant future.

Here's a look at some of the more fun and fabulous items on display:

Lufthansa Lattes

Ripples combines 3-D and ink-jet printer technologies to paint a picture (shown, above) on top of any foam-covered drink using coffee extract. Baristas can choose a pre-loaded design or upload their own over Wi-Fi, such as a picture of the person receiving the drink, corporate logos or even jokes.

The Israeli company behind it, Stream CC, says it has a deal to introduce the machines in Lufthansa's first and business-class lounges this year.

The $999 machine will be available to commercial establishments that serve coffee. Service plans start at $75 per month.

Beer Fizzics

For the beer aficionado who wants to experience the frothy head of a properly poured draft beer at home, there is Fizzics.

The personal beer dispenser takes beer from any store-bought can, bottle or growler and applies some magic to give it the bubbles and taste of something straight from the tap.

All styles of beer from pilsners to stouts work with the machine.

The invention was funded by an Indiegogo campaign that raised about $148,000, nearly triple its goal. Commercial sales are expected to start in September, with the machines retailing for nearly $200.


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