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CES 2021

Asia flexes tech muscle in COVID fight with 'smart masks' and robots

Startups dive into health products to ease transition to new normal

Air Pocket's smart mask, left, and UBTech's disinfection robot were displayed at this year's online CES. (Photos courtesy of companies)

TOKYO -- As COVID-19 continues to rage across the world, Asian startups are eager to show how technology can help users to manage life in a prolonged pandemic.

Health tech, such as wearable devices that can monitor a user's health conditions, were already a trend before coronavirus struck. But in this year's CES, the world's biggest consumer electronics and technology expo, which was held entirely online instead of in Las Vegas this week, startups took those concepts a step further by showcasing new products that will make life under the shadow of COVID-19 easier.

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