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Try their best, vendors don’t always post the healthiest stuff at CES. Here are the weirdest gadgets that will be showcased at the annual tech show.
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In what turned out to be the tech show’s hit quirk, Yukai Engineering presented a new cat-shaped plush toy at CES 2022. This novelty item is cursed with a brooding expression on its face as it performs its only function – nibble your finger.
You simply insert your finger into his mouth and wait for him to play gently with your finger. We rechecked the correctness of this behavior with our cat, and we had more bite than nibble before he ran away.
At CES, when we tried the Amigami Ham for ourselves, we asked the on-site PR rep what else the plush toy was doing. We were told curtly: “that’s all”.
This isn’t the first dubious robotic character to come from Yukai Engineering. In previous years, he infamously released the Qoobo bot, a round pillow with fur that had a tail moving when you stroke it.
Apple prides itself on the security and privacy of its devices, but some, especially Android users, may want to be reassured that their phone is not listening. Enter the Pozio Cradle.
This voice-activated docking station doubles as a privacy shield and wireless charger. Place your phone in the cradle and Siri, Bixby, or Google Assistant won’t be able to work.
The company claims that Pozio works by emitting an inaudible tone from the lower speaker that overloads the phone’s built-in microphone. With all this white noise coming in, the mic won’t be able to hear anything you are saying.
Users can say “Pozio off” to turn off the speakerphone and “Pozio on” to turn it back on. Although it’s voice-activated, it’s not connected to the internet, so your conversations won’t go anywhere.
While we don’t see the need to block Siri on our iPhones, at least it can recharge. However, when we asked how fast it charges, we were told that “no one has ever asked for this before”. This seems an obvious question to us.
In Japan, there is a classic skill toy known as the Kendama. It is a Japanese iteration of the famous ball and cup game.
It is a handle with several cups and a ball attached by a piece of string. It can be as simple as catching the ball in one of the cups, but the tricks can get more and more complicated as your skills grow.
Sometimes connected accessories come in handy, like controlling the lock in your house from a distance. Other times, it seems they added Bluetooth just for the purpose of adding it. We believe Axell Company’s Dendama falls into the latter category.
The Dendama is a version of the Kendama connected to the iPhone. It will follow your rigging and offer you mini-games to play. During our demo, we were also told that you can get “professional certification” through the app.
Linklet is a new portable camera that debuts at the annual tech show. It slips around your neck and streams content over LTE. The company said Appleinsider they currently have integrations with Zoom and more are in the works.
We were able to demonstrate the device and, at least in the living room, the video quality was lacking. The suggested reasons for purchasing this device were also missing.
One of the suggested use cases was repairing your car. Linklet envisioned a future where instead of trying to contact the mechanic, you would put on the Linklet and share what you see with the mechanic who would walk you through the repair process.
This ignores the fact that you would need an LTE connected camera with a monthly data plan just to video call your mechanic. Because it’s around your neck, it also bounces while you walk, making any athletic application out of the question.
There will definitely be some actual use cases for this, but for the average person, it misses the mark. Learn more on the Linklet website.
“Too rectangular” is never a criticism we’ve heard of smartphones, but Cycle clearly has it. He was back at CES 2022 with a revised and corrected version of his Cyclephone. The Cyclephone 2.0 is an oval shaped phone with an 800 x 800 pixel screen.
This Android device has a 13 MP selfie camera, USB-C and USB Micro B, and two 3.5mm headphone jacks for watching all those round videos. It has extensive storage capacities with a Micro SD card slot and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.
It was launched as an Indiegogo campaign before CES where it was fully funded. It will carry a price tag of $ 999 when it is launched to the public.
Samsung NFT compatible TV
NFTs – or non-fungible tokens – have received their fair share of criticism. Every business seems to be doing their best to take advantage of this blockchain trend, and Samsung is just the latest.
At CES, the Korean TV maker announced that new models of its TVs will display NFTs. You will be able to view your digital art collection natively on your living room screen.
As the internet likes to say so much, the owner of an NFT does not own the image, and the image associated with an NFT URL can be saved by right-clicking and pressing “Save. in downloads ”. You can just as easily display your NFT by streaming it with AirPlay, plugging in a USB stick or registering it to the multitude of cloud services already supported by TVs.
Say whatever you want about NFTs, but you don’t have to need a TV that explicitly supports them.