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CES 2022: The weirdest and most wonderful gadgets on display

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CES 2022: The weirdest and most wonderful gadgets on display
Ivan Mehta
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Ivan Mehta

Ivan covers Big Tech, India, policy, AI, security, platforms, and apps for TNW. That's one heck of a mixed bag. He likes to say "Bleh." Ivan covers Big Tech, India, policy, AI, security, platforms, and apps for TNW. That's one heck of a mixed bag. He likes to say "Bleh."

Every year, the CES show floor is filled with the most bizarre gadgets and concepts you can imagine. Sure, big corporations announce big TVs, flashy monitors, and fast CPUs — but for me, weird stuff is the best part of CES.

Even though few people are attending the event in person, the joy of technology means we can still enjoy the strangest things on show.

LG’s OLED fitness bike

Can’t go on a bike ride? Worry not. LG’s new system has a gigantic 55-inch OLED display in front of your bike. Just take a look at the monstrosity in the picture below.

I am not sure this is what they meant by "bring nature to your home"
I am not sure this is what they meant by “bring nature to your home”

This whole thing with r-shaped curvature consists of three displays with a radius of 500mm. This virtual ride machine can eat your Peloton alive.

Invoxia’s smart dog collars

Over the year, I’ve seen a lot of smart pet tracker releases, but I still get amused by new gadgets coming into the market. This year, French company Invoxia has launched a smart dog collar to track your pet friend’s health.

Smart dog collar? Smart dog collar
Smart dog collar? Smart dog collar

If you are a cat lover, you can check out Catlog’s products.

Lili Light’s Lilli Lamp

This is a special lamp to help dyslexic people read better. The company claims its patented technology corrects the “mirror effect” to make reading for a long time easier.

The Lilli Lamp helps people with dyslexia read better
The Lilli Lamp helps people with dyslexia read better

The lamp generates flashes that are invisible to the naked eye, which makes word preception easier for dyslexic people. It costs €349 ($394.5) and comes with a mobile app for set up and control.

Alienware’s Nyx server

Wouldn’t it be amazing if you could switch from your PC to your TV while playing games? Alienware’s Nyx server images a future of gameplay where you could switch devices within your house without any lag. Think of Plex or Netflix, but for games.

Alienware's concept server will let you switch devices between gameplay effortlessly
Alienware’s concept server will let you switch devices between gameplay effortlessly

Your controller acts as the central point and the accompanying app will manage to switch between devices. But there’s no word on real-life execution or pricing, so don’t get excited yet.

Yukai Engineering’s nibbling pets

This is an item you know you don’t want, but still want to get it because of curiosity. This Japanese company has developed stuffed animals that gently nibble on your fingers for comfort.

Do you want this or do you want this?

The toy is called Amagami Ham Ham (Amagami is soft biting in Japanese). It can produce 20 different nibbling patterns for stress relief. There’s no details about the cost, but you can get a cat or a dog-shaped cute toy. 

Samsung C-Lab’s digital guitar

Playing guitar is cool, but the learning process can be really hard. There are multiple digital guitars and apps that make the journey easier, but Samsung C-Lab’s Zamstar combines them all.

Samsung C-Lab's Zamstar
Samsung C-Lab’s Zamstar digital guitar

This solution has lights all over the fretboard that indicate the notes you’re supposed to play for a song. Plus, you can play a tune and sync it with other musicians’ creations to make a track.

Sengled’s health tracking bulb

It is commonplace to have fitness bands and smartwatches to track people’s well-being and notify their family members in case of mortal danger. But what if you don’t need any wearables for this task. US-based smart lightning company Sengled has a new smart bulb that can work without a central hub.

Sengled's new bulb can track your heart rate
Sengled’s new bulb can track your heart rate

The bulb uses radar technology to track your heart-rate, sleep pattern, and body temperature. There’s also a fall detection feature, but we don’t know if the product has the ability to notify the family or emergency services.

These are our picks of the year. While you’re at it, you might want to read our list of best home gadgets to come out of CES 2022.

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