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Hot new household products debut at electronics show

David W. MYERS

King Features Syndicate

 

From the glitzy to the goofy, the annual CES has it all.

 

DEAR DAVE: For the past few years, you have written about the cool home-related stuff that debuts at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Did you go this year? If so, what did you see?

 

ANSWER: Yes, I went. The annual show is the biggest in the U.S., and this year drew a record 188,000 visitors and 4,500 exhibiting companies to Nevada in early January.

 

One of the best-reviewed home-related products at the show was LG Electronics’ (www.lg.com) Signature OLED TV R, the next generation of the company’s high-end, ultra-high-definition television sets. The screen rolls up and down, much like you’d roll out a sheet of wallpaper or gift wrap. When you’re done watching the boob tube, you press a button or say the word, and the screen disappears back into its long, narrow box.

 

Its picture, sound and overall technology are jaw-dropping. But so is its cost: It’s expected to retail for more than $8,000 when it hits electronics stores in the spring.

 

Dozens of home-security items also debuted at CES. Hampton Products (www.hamptonproducts.com), a leader in the field, showed two new models of exterior coach lights with a discreet built-in HD camera that provides night vision and wide-angle viewing ($299). Like other security devices, the stylish lamps also have a speaker and microphone for two-way audio, which you can use when you’re at home or to access remotely via an app.

 

Tired of folding laundry? That nightmare chore could be over as soon as the end of this year, if you can afford to pay about $1,000 when “Foldimate” makes its debut.

 

About the size of a small apartment refrigerator, you simply feed your dry clothes into the top of the Foldimate machine and it spits them out, one by one, with a crisp fold into a tray at the bottom. It can handle up to 25 items, from bath towels to button-down shirts, in less than five minutes while making no more noise than a typical dryer.

 

The manufacturer already has a growing waitlist of eager buyers at its website, Foldimate.com.

 

Of course, CES always has its share of over-the-top stuff that you don’t really need but would be nice to have — if you could afford it.

 

My vote goes to Kohler Co.’s (www.us.kohler.com) newest version of its “intelligent toilet,” with its built-in sound system, ambient lighting and other things that are controlled by Amazon Alexa’s voice demands. For $7,000 or so, you can set the mood with soft lights, a seat that warms to your liking, and even the sound of birds chirping in the forest when, er, nature calls.

 

REAL ESTATE TRIVIA: A new report by the Census Bureau says Nevada’s 2.09 percent population growth rate is the highest in the nation, which could portend a boom in new construction. Idaho was second, at 2.05 percent, followed by Utah (1.9 percent), Arizona (1.7) and Florida (1.5).

 

DEAR DAVE: I recently heard a short blurb on the radio that said some wealthy guy paid more than $200 million for a penthouse in New York. Do you know anything about the property? Is it the most expensive home ever sold?

 

ANSWER: Yes, the $238 million that Wall Street billionaire Ken Griffin paid for 24,000 square feet of penthouse space overlooking Central Park is the highest price ever paid for a personal residence in the United States.

 

Griffin’s purchase involves four full floors of a new, 79-story condo tower named after its address, 220 Central

 

SEE MYERS, D13