Weirdest Gadgets at CES
CES 2012 introduced sexy TV’s and the latest in tech, but flying cameras, dancing speakers, and the replicator? Weird stuff.
#1: Break-dancing robot speaker
Justin Bieber introduced the TOSY mRobo at CES, a speaker that gets up and starts dancing along to your music. I don’t know about you, but if my stereo started breaking down to Bieber songs, I think I’ll cry.
#2: Wearable Headset Computer
Instant Borg! Just add human. No really, with a forward facing camera, motion sensors, microphones, and a 0.44 inch screen, the Kopen head-mounted PC has a lot of potential. But it runs Windows CE — yuck!
#3: The Replicator by MakerBot
While it can’t make tea quite yet, the Replicator, can make almost anything out of plastic. Replacement toys, custom legos, gears, buttons, literally anything. Of course, for $2000 it better.
#4: Superhero USB flash drive
Mimoco unveiled an all-star lineup of USB flash drives, with MicroSD slots. They include Superman, Yoda, and even Darth Vader. He’s more machine than man now.
#5: Hand Crank Tablet PC
The folks at one laptop per child have now created the XO tablet for kids. It can be powered with a hand crank, solar cells, or even a bicycle or water wheel. Can your iPad do that?
#6: iPhone-controlled Copter
The Parrot AR Drone is a quadricopter: think helicopter but with four rotors for extra control and stability. It has a 720p HD camera facing forward, wifi, and a downward-facing camera as well. You fly it via your iPhone (or Android) as if you’re sitting right on top of the copter. It’s like a real-life flying video game.
#7: Touch screen Refrigerator
LG unveiled networked appliances, including a refrigerator, washing machine, and vacuum cleaner. Does a fridge really need a touch screen? Does it matter? Hey, maybe we’ll start getting tweets when our clothes are done or the milk goes bad!
#8: Sigma 200-500mm zoom lens
For the wedding photographer who wants to work from home. Or, for Sarah Palin to take pictures of Russia from her back porch. Suggested retail price: $32,000.
#9: Fujitsu Waterproof Tablets
Sometimes I want to take my iPad to the beach, but I then I remember I can’t take it swimming. Well, Fujitsu has that problem solved, with its Arrows tab that can be completely submerged.
#10: Victorinox Swiss Army 1TB Hard Drive
Along with a knife or two, this swiss army knife comes with a 1 TB hard drive! Because sometimes when I need to MacGyver myself out of a situation, I need scissors, a knife, a corkscrew, oh and 1000 gigabytes of storage capacity.