The Weird, Wild, and Wonderful from CES

January 16, 2013

We had the chance to visit CES, and like every year, there were products that were wonderful as they were bewildering. Here are some things that had us going "huh?" and "oh…huh."

Big Bird, Desmond Tutu, and Steve Ballmer Share a Stage

What sounds like the setup for a punchline was actually something that really happened when Qualcomm gave the keynote address to kick off CES. Actually, those three would probably be a pretty wise ruling council.


What do you mean "which fork?" The only one at CES! The HapiFork counts how many times you use it and measures the breaks you take from stuffing your face, because we're not obsessed enough with our weight. It's not wireless, but it can be plugged into your phone. We're hoping you can share your HandiFork stats on Facebook. YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY NEED TO KNOW THIS INFORMATION!


Haier, a Chinese home appliance company, was on hand to display a gigantic, neon green washing machine that would allow you to feel like you're washing your unmentionables in the future (as depicted in a 1970s sci-fi film). It was purely for display purposes; the company itself said it didn't have any plans to release it anytime soon. They likely never will, not unless we suddenly all go insane and decide that seeing the inside of a washing machine while it cleans our soiled clothes is now a necessity.


Dr. Dre started the celebrity headphone movement with Beats, and now everyone's on board. 50 Cent, Ludacris, RZA, Justin Bieber, Quincy Jones, and others already have their names attached to them. Basically if someone with more than 100,000 followers retweets something you wrote, you'll probably get an offer to endorse a pair of headphones.

This year we saw the most ridiculous and, perhaps, high water mark for the headphone craze: Snooki's iHip line and Lemmy Kilmister's Motorheadphones. You're probably wondering whose is better, but we're wondering which one would out-drink the other.


CES in recent years has become a destination for gearheads, and this year didn't disappoint. One of the things that had everyone talking was Lexus's Advanced Active Safety Research Vehicle, or AASRV. It's essentially a self-driving car. As interesting as this technology is, it's also worrisome and wrought with legal hassles. Who's responsible if a self-driving car gets into or causes an accident? Not to mention all the legislation that would need to be written and passed just for these things to be able to operate on the road. Just thinking of it gives us a headache. But, like a bad action movie, we just sat back and watched it do its thing without thinking too much on it. Then it got better.

Of course, we kid because we love. Because even the weird stuff was wonderful. It's part of what makes CES so special.

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