CES — the International Consumer Electronics Show — is the place where gadget makers go to flaunt their latest wares.
Most of the hardware on display doesn’t captivate, but a fraction of the showcase is quite interesting, quirky, useful, and sometimes even downright bizarre.
Here’s a brief selection of the most interesting gadgets we’ve discovered so far. But allow us to clarify one thing: Some of the ideas below are crazy, some are awesome, and some are a little of both.
1. This $6,000 smartphone by Lamborghini
Sorry, Lamborghini. We can’t stop shaking our heads.
More: Tonino Lamborghini ($6,000)
2. This wearable, for your pet
Pet wearables aren’t exactly new, but the idea of the “connected canine” still prompts an involuntary head scratch. The Motorola Scout 5000 is the highest tech of the bunch.
More: This product is unrelased, but you can find the company’s pet monitors here.
3. This gadget that makes your garden ‘smart’
Edyn’s smart garden gadget packs sensors that tell you when to water your plants (important for new plant dads like yours truly).
More: Edyn Garden Sensor ($100)
4. This scooter has a network of batteries that you share with other riders
GoGoRo’s electric scooter made waves this week for its sleek design and swappable, shareable batteries.
More: GoGoRo (Price unannounced)
5. A … smart duck?
This smart duck doubles as a wireless speaker and can play games with a companion app.
More: Edwin the Duck ($100)
6. This robot that plays beer-pong better than you
Empire Robotics is actually a serious company that specializes in “flexible robotic end-effectors.”
More: Empire Robotics
7. These Skechers gaming shoes
Imagine never paying attention in school … ever, ever again.
More: Skechers Game Kicks ($65)
CES 2015 has only just begun. Check back for updates to this list as we explore the cavernous trade show all week long.
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