CES 2017 has so far had its share of cool and transformative innovations. But at the same time we have also come across our share of weird/strange/whacky/WTF products. Some of these products seem to be born out of sheer laziness, while others look like something that could be sold late night on teleshopping channels. Here s a list of the weirdest products unveiled at CES 2017, which made us go WTF. Also Read - Troubled Faraday Future gets a $2 billion investment boostAlso Read - LG sends out media invites for G6 launch on February 26 at MWC 2017
Spinali Design s vibrating shorts: When you say vibrating shorts, the first thing that comes to one s mind is no doubt something that would be seen in a porn movie. But Spinali Design s shorts have a more practical use. They connect to a smartphone via Bluetooth, and the sensors sewed into the sides of the pants will will buzz to notify of incoming text or calls. They also help in navigating by individually buzzing to notify if one needs to turn right or left. Also Read - Qualcomm refutes rumors of accidentally revealing Nokia 8 at CES 2017
Kerastase Hair Coach: Losing hair? One of the reasons could be you aren t brushing your hair right. Hair care giant Kerastase has collaborated with Withings and L’Oreal to launch what is the world s first smart hairbrush. The Kerastase Hair Coach will track your brushing techniques, and give you feedback. It also offers tips to better protect one s hair.
Kolibree’s Ara AI toothbrush: Artificial Intelligence is clearly the hot trend, and Kolibree feels using AI you will fall in love with your toothbrush. Sensors in the toothbrush will track your brushing habits, and using the company s patented deep learning algorithms , it will help you improve. Expect tips on your phone, and emails once a week.
Spartan radiation-blocking boxers: It s widely believed that the radiation from mobile phones adversely affect men s sperm. While that hasn t stopped the usage of phones, Spartan feels the solution is to protect the precious package from the inside. Meet a pair of boxers that have silver woven into the cotton fabric creating a protective electromagnetic shield. Whether they really work is anyone s guess, but these boxers will set you back by $45 (Rs 3,000 approximately).
FoodMarble AIRE: While there are apps that can track the calorie intake in foods, here s a new gadget that will tell you which foods will make you gassy. AIRE by FoodMarble is a breathalyzer-like device that you blow into for a few seconds. The device monitors FODMAP (Fermentable Oligo-, Di-, Mono-saccharides and Polyols) levels in your breath to tell you just how flatulent you can get. You can pre-order AIRE for $99 (Rs 6,700 approximately) on the company s website.
BACtrack Skyn: Drinking and driving is bad, even if you ve only had a couple. But how do you know exactly how much alcohol is in your system? Breathalyzers aren t really portable, and that is something BACtrack is changing. It s launched Skyn, an Apple Watch band that takes a reading every second, while an app will display a graph detailing your exact alcohol level. The best part is that the Skyn can also be used independently as a smartband. BACtrack s Skyn goes on sale later this year for $99.
Taclim VR shoes: Virtual Reality is the fast-growing trend, and this could be the year where we see a bunch of VR accessories. Japanese company Cerevo showcased Taclim VR, a pair of motion-controlled shoes that provide haptic feedback. So basically when you walk on different surfaces in the virtual reality world, or kick an enemy where it hurts, you will feel it. Taclim VR shoes will cost between $1,000-1,500 (Rs 102,000 approximately) when it launches later this year.
Catspad: If you are worried about how much your cat is eating, or find the task of feeding your pet multiple times a day an arduous task, there is now help. Catspad is basically a smart pet feeder, which basically automates the entire process of feeding your cat. By connecting to a smartphone app, the feeder can feed your cat with dry food and fresh water. You can set the timing of food delivery, while also controlling how much food and water is delivered. The app also gives users feedback on the consumption pattern. The Catspad is available through Kickstarter for $199 (Rs 13,500 approximately).
Parihug: This is essentially a connected teddy bear that lets you hug your loved one who is away via internet. When someone hugs a bear, the sensors on the bear you hold will vibrate to simulate a hug. The harder one hugs the bear, the stronger the response at the other end. In case you miss a hug, the bear will send you an alert on your smartphone via Bluetooth.