9 of the weirdest products at CES
Cylo Cannonball Waterproof Floatable Speaker
We love this innovative speaker that not only has great sound and is compact and easily portable, you can literally throw into a swimming pool, ocean, or other body of water without any ill effects.()
Owlet Qwlet Band Fetal Baby Monitor
The Owlet Qwlet Band will give any mother greater peace of mind without having to go to the doctor more than scheduled – it tracks your baby’s vitals before they’re even born.(Weston Colton / )
Heatworks Tetra Countertop Dishwasher
This countertop-sized washer uses a small reservoir and precise temperature control to wash a load of dishes in just minutes. It doesn’t require any plumbing, so you can easily unplug and move it with ease.()
Imagine being able to test your blood sugar levels without that painful prick of a needle. It’s no longer a wish – a new tool will soon be available to the mass market that’s totally uninvasive.()
Google Interpreter Mode
Google took an impressive step forward in taking artificial intelligence from a science fiction fantasy to real-life practicality at CES, debuting its Interpreter Mode, which translates conversations in different languages in real time.()
As a workout, boxing has gained a significant amount of popularity in recent years. People love it because it’s challenging, intense, and provides results, physically and ment()
This is like a Keurig for beer drinkers, in a modern stainless steel design. You insert one of five types of beer capsules into the top, close it, and the machine makes you a pint of beer.()
Ring Door View Cam
A lot of video doorbells debuted last year, and they are now a common household fixture, but Ring still remains at the top of the pack.()
Lenovo 700 Ultraportable Bluetooth Speaker
At just 11 millimeters, this is the thinnest portable speaker we’ve seen. It’s also splashproof, so you can take it with you on a rainy camping trip.()
Gourmia GWCM695 11-in-1 Deluxe Multi-Cooker
The Gourmia multi-cooker has 11 cooking functions, including roast, bake, slow cook, make yogurt, stew, saute, and even sous vide. It’s also WiFi enabled, so you can control it with your smart device.()
This automatic cocktail maker uses a mixer capsule and your liquor of choice for one serving of your favorite drink.(© Somabar)
Bartesian cocktail maker
Similar to the Somabar, but made for your personal use at home, this passed my whiskey sour test with flying colors.()
Breville Smart Oven Pizzaiolo
This super-hot 750°F oven takes your freshly prepared pizza and cooks it faster than you can eat it, with a perfectly crispy crust, gooey cheese, and no burn spots.()
This all-in-one 16 ounce smart travel mug really does it all, whether you want it for coffee or even a smoothie. Its LCD screen lets you set your preferred temperature.()
The Thermomix does it all for you, from kneading dough to weighing ingredients, stirring, controlling the heat, and of course the act of cooking your recipe properly.()
Royole FlexPai’s Smartphone
The Royole FlexPai’s Smartphone is one of the main attractions at CES this year, but only time will tell if this is the future of smartphone design. We love that it can be used as both a phone and a 7.8-inch tablet, and that it’s flexible design saves space and makes it easy to put in your pocket.()
FULLMOON LIGHT 300
Mooni’s lanterns are not only cool looking, they can be used indoors and out and some models even have built-in speakers. Although not meant to withstand inclimate weather, they are perfect for poolside entertainment or your next camping trip.()
Nanofixit Surface Protection
Nanofixit Surface Protection is a three step kit that creates a barrier to protect your smart device screens from scratches, and also helps minimize your contact with germs and radiation – no cover required.()
Wagz Explore Smart Collar
The Wagz Explore Smart Collar is a new way to take the best care possible of your dog, while also giving you peace of mind when you can’t be beside him. This simply designed collar serves as a GPS tracker, invisible fence, activity tracker, temperature monitor, and invisible leash.()
Z-6 Filmmaker’s Kit
Nikon just announced its new Z-6 Filmmaker’s Kit, which is designed for vloggers, those who are just starting making their own films, and anyone else who wants an all-in-one package for capturing 4K footage.(Jim Lennon 631-617-5872 / )
Go Retro Portable
The Go Retro Portable lets you game for up to ten hours from virtually anywhere – perfect for long flights, commuting, or to share your favorite games from childhood with your own children.()
Dr. Scholl’s Custom 3D Inserts
You send Dr. Scholls photos of your feet from a few different angles, choose the style and design you want based on what shoe you will use them in (there are lots of cute choices), and then you’ll receive your 3D printed inserts within two weeks.()
JIMU by UBTECH
From JIMU by UBTECH, a robot that your kids build themselves and helps them learn how to build and code – skills that are becoming more and more valuable in today’s growing tech fields.()
If you’re a beer drinker and like the whole single-serve coffee machine concept, this is going to be your new favorite kitchen appliance. It’s the same simple concept: turn it on, put in a capsule, and brew a glass of beer.()
Huawei’s MediaPad M5 Lite Tablet
This sleek, light, family-friendly tablet with great sound quality is also a terrific value. For just $299, the space gray Kirin 659 model (3 GB) comes with a stylus, the M-Pen Lite.()
Samsung 98” QLED 8K TV
Samsung’s quantum dot technology means you will see programming that captures the vivid colors and details as if you were right there up close in real life.()
Harley Davidson LiveWire e-motorcycle
One of the most traditionally “cool” products announced at CES is a two-wheel electric vehicle, more specifically a Harley Davidson e-motorcycle. Equipped with Panasonic technology, these are built for the urban rider as their main method of transportation.()
GoSun Fusion solar/electric cooker
GoSun’s new hybrid solar/electric oven is portable, so you can take it anywhere, and it can cook up to 550°F.()
Opté Precision Skincare System
This device, about the size of a face brush, scans over your skin and treats the areas that have blemishes, discoloration, and other flaws with the serum for instantly improved appearance in your skin tone and some long-term benefits.()
Oral-B GENIUS X toothbrush
Using artificial intelligence, this electric toothbrush learns your unique brushing style and can detect every little place in your mouth you brush, then advises you on how you can improve your brushing routine()
Between the people watching in Las Vegas and grand technological displays, there was certainly no shortage of strange sights at CES.
But the most peculiar sights were found at the product booths.
We rounded up a few of the CES finds that made us scratch our heads, from innovative products that need to work out some kinks to just-plain-why devices that complicate and cost a steep price. While we do see benefits in each for certain people, the common consumer need not add these to their shopping lists.
If you have trouble sleeping, the Dreem device is designed to help. It’s a headband — which fits across the top of your head with another band across your forehead — that you wear for improved rest.
Sounds good in theory, but wearing it alone may be uncomfortable enough to disrupt one’s sleep. While it provides information on your vitals and why you may not be sleeping well, plays soothing audio, and coaches you, it’s $499 and with its iffy design, a bedside sound machine and nice bedding might be more practical and effective.
While you can’t buy this to have at home (and it’s as large as a desk, so why would you?), you can book Selffee for an event if you want guests to get their own sugar cookie with their face on it. They take your photo (weird facial expressions encouraged), and then a few minutes later, your cookie is packaged up and ready to show off. If nothing else, it definitely works as a conversation starter.
While DNA/ancestry kits are all the rage, and they make sense for humans and even dogs, a cat DNA test seems… silly (especially for $95).
The main issue is the authenticity of the results, as most cats are a mix of the same handful of popular breeds. It tells you about their “funny quirks” – but if you cat loves catnip and sitting in boxes, don’t you just know?
The Ripple Maker
Ripples’ custom foam-topped drink “printer” lets you create your own latte art, no artistic ability needed. Cool? Maybe. Ridiculous? Definitely. Still, the appeal is there, and this might be a great product for a hipster cafe.
Nima gluten sensor
We love this concept for those who are extremely gluten intolerant or have Celiac disease, but it seems like a lot of work.
Those with food allergies or intolerances are used to being careful unless they’ve prepared the food themselves, and are well educated on ingredients to avoid. With Nima, you put a small piece of your food into a capsule, close it and put in in the Nima sensor, push start, and a few minutes later you’ll know if there is gluten in it (or peanut if you choose that version). If you’re really worried, it might be a good product, but otherwise stick with your usual self-guided routine (albeit a little more risky, especially when you dine out).
ForwardX Ovis AI self following suitcase
No need to even pull a handle – this smart suitcase follows alongside you. It definitely has the wow factor, but it’s also potentially dangerous.
I witnessed two near-collisions, as it doesn’t perfectly stay along the owner, especially in crowds. The concept is great if you’re a regular traveler who often has your hands full, but beyond that, we don’t see it being all that useful – and actually worry about it wandering off if it doesn’t like the destination at your gate.
These bright, shiny rings go inside your ears, but don’t look like plugs as much as they look like weird jewelry. The company describes them as letting “wearers avoid tinnitus without looking like a dork” – but that’s questionable. One thing is for sure: you may reduce outside noise, but you’ll be attracting it as well with all the people who will ask you what you have inside your ear.
Nurture system breast pump/massager
This awkward-looking device seems like it would make the natural task of breastfeeding more awkward and uncomfortable. It might have benefits for those who struggle with pumping and feeding, or who need to speed up the process, but at nearly $400, you might want to stick with the basics.
Star Wars fans, rejoice! Soon, you may be able to own your very own lightsaber that looks almost as cool as in the films, and even has built-in Bluetooth so you can turn up the sound effects. But this runs into the typical problem with replica lightsabers: in that, it doesn’t do much to ward off the dark side except illuminate.
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