Las Vegas’ annual gadget extravaganza, the Consumer Electronic Show or CES, is one of the most awaited events in the tech world. Each year, scores of manufacturers unveil thousands of new products for the market in a course of a four-day long affair. Some are good, some are weird, but some are really really weird! So while we have been covering the hits of CES 2016 all this while, let’s now pay attention to some gadgets that don’t make sense. Gizmos that are irrelevant, impractical, funny or just simply weird. Here is some wacky tech from CES 2016
1. The smelly alarm clock
2. FitBit… for dogs!
3. A smart (uhmm) vibrator
5. Spoon for mommies
6. PlayStation for… dogs?
7. Handy scanner for fitness freaks
8.The talking fridge from Samsung
I confess, I do have issues waking up early in the morning and when am in my slumber… the regular beeping alarm clock sometimes feels inadequate. So a company called SensorWake launched the world’s first olfactory alarm clock, which replaces the alarm sounds with powerful odours to get you out of the bed. Yup! The firm claims that our sense of smell is more powerful than our sense of sound and they have equipped their gadget with a variety of smells including grass, oceans and even money. Just pop in your favourite cartridge and get roused by your favourite smell. Incidentally there is also the scent of bacon, for those who like to wake up to what's arguably, the best fragrance in the world.
Fitness wearables as an industry saw a big boom in 2015. The number of wearables, trackers and the companies producing them significantly multiplied. But we egocentric, selfish and self-obsessed humans forget about the health of our pets (#shame). Not anymore… Pitpat is a fitness monitor that gets attached to your dog’s collar and tracks its physical activities like walking, running, playing and even resting. Moreover, is suggests exercise goals for you pup depending on the age, breed and weight. So now both you and your dog can stay fit together.
Everything become smart at this year’s CES… even masturbation! E.Sensory introduced its Little Bird Vibrator which aims to enhance the pleasure experienced by women while reading erotica. Once you download the free app on your device, you can choose to read various erotic stories in ‘vibrating version’. The device would then automatically simulate you during the dirty segments. And while useful for a solo performance, it also enables one’s partner to remote control it from distance. Now that’s a weirdly pleasurable device!
While Robo-humans are on their way, Wowee’s ‘Chip K9’ is a robotic dog launched at CES this year. It can do most of the stuff you want your dog to do, including fetching a ball, chasing you around and even recharging itself (can your dog do this one?). It’s not a bad gadget, but is weird nonetheless. Firstly, it looks creepy with its big blue eyes and tires on the legs. But more importantly why would you want to buy a mechanical dog who can’t love (or even lick) you. Get a real pup instead… it’s both cheaper and cuter.
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While everything was being technologised (my word!) at CES this year, they didn’t even spare the spoon. Slow Control launched this smart spoon with a toy, which together help you make your child eat the vegetables served. The cuddle toy is placed in front of the screen with the app running in background, and this arrangement distracts the child who can then be fed the veggies. And if you don’t think this is weird enough, here’s what the spoon is called – Yum and Done spoon!
I know… this is the third one on dogs! It seems this CES was very friendly to the man’s best friend. So much so that CleverPet launched its Canine game console. This first of its kind device that, through various games with rewards, improves your dog’s memory, teaches it voice commands and even improves its hand-eye coordination. Congratulations! Your dog too now has his own personal game station.
Being diet conscious is not weird, but carrying a mini calorie scanner in your pocket surely is! This device from SCiO helps you scan foods and tell you about the nutrition value they contain. It scans individual ingredients like cheese, bread, vegetables, etc. and syncs it with the app on your phone.
Using Siri on phone is fine, but what if a fridge suddenly starts talking? Samsung’s new fridge invites passers to visit it! And once they open its door, it instructs them on how to operate it. It tells you about its features and can also do a few cool tricks like setting reminders, playing music or reading news. So now we have started chatting up with our fridges… well done humans, well done -_-.