Held every year in January at Las Vegas, the Consumer Electronic Show or CES consistently brings the innovators and visionaries in the field of consumer electronics to showcase the next-generation technological creations. This year, amidst all the futuristic and revolutionary products, there were some strange and freakish gadgets as well.
Here are some of the weirdest devices introduced at CES 2014:
TREWGrip aspires to revolutionise the field of typing by unveiling a portable accordion style keyboard with an inbuilt mouse. The keyboard is compatible with Bluetooth enabled smart TVs, PCs and smartphones. Also, it features a universal dock which can hold any smartphone at the center. But, this isn’t a normal QWERTY keyboard, the typing keys are behind the device! You need to wrap your fingers around and type on the keyboard placed behind – just like an accordion!
LG Talking Washing Machine
After search engines, smartphones & computers, its washing machines! LG showcased its next-generation washing machines which can interact with users through voice commands. If asked “Wassup?”, the machine may reply ” “I’m just finishing the spin cycle, I won’t be long.” And that’s not all! The machine is connected to LG HomeChat, which allows users to control appliances by sending it instant messages from smartphones!
Even the toothbrush hasn’t been spared! The French company introduced a toothbrush with built in magnetometer, accelerometer and gyroscope which enables it to record how well you brush your teeth. Moreover, it syncs the information over Bluetooth, with a smartphone app that then rates your brushing performance, out of five! It also points out areas, which need more brushing!
Parrot Jumping SumoBot
It is a mini drone, with a built in camera, that can jump up to 80 inches from the floor. The camera enables user to direct the drone or record footage. Equipped with various sensors like ultrasonic, pressure, accelerometer and a gyroscope, it is packed with 1GB of RAM and a 500 MHz processor. Though it’s a cool gadget to play around with, practically there’s nothing present above 80 inches which we can’t already see!
Superbed by Sleep Number
If 1/3rd of our lives are spent sleeping, why not sleep better? A French company Sleep Number, revealed a state of the art smart bed that monitors your sleeping behavior & patterns and transfers the information to an app for reviewing later. It also features voice commands, with which one can enable the inbuilt massager, bed lights or the anti-snore feature, which slightly raises the bed, temporary relieving users from their partner’s snoring!
‘Mother’ consists of a base unit and along with some accompanying units called ‘cookies’, One places the smaller units or ‘cookies’ around the house – which will monitor motion and temperature – on people, pets, household items, etc. , and wirelessly send the data to the central device ‘Mother’. Further, this data gets uploaded on the internet. The usage, as mentioned by the developers, gives you “peace of mind” by answering life related questions like “How much water do you drink daily?” or “How many guests visited your house this week?” Not only does this device seem weird, but also looks creepy – it resembles a punch-clown!
Sidhant Malhotra (firstname.lastname@example.org)