The Weird, The Wild, And The Potentially Useless
By Alfred Bayle - on 17 Jan 2012, 3:39pm

CES is hailed as the largest annual tech event and this year is no different. As top companies vie for the spotlight with brand new products to refresh their existing lines or, new innovations to send their competition running for cover, other companies are happy enough just to have their products seen. Here are some of the products that I’ve come across the Web. Some of these won’t make it to retail stores while a select few from this an interesting collection of gadgets, gizmos, and whatchamacallits move on to reshape the tech industry.

Let’s start with something simple and close to home like the LG Styler. By concept it is an all-in-one closet-shaped machine that will shake, steam, dry, and freshen-up your clothes aside from simply giving them a place to be stored. It has a monochrome screen up front with plenty of modes for different types of fabrics and objects including bedding, soft toys, and even sanitize non-washables. The craziest bit is, the Styler is actually being sold in Korea for some time now.

Clothes all wrinkly and smelly from being cooped up in your closet for god-knows-how-long? Pop it in the LG Styler and make it fresh like new!

Now we move on to more futuristic technologies. If electric vehicles have caught your fancy, then this is something to look forward to in the not so distant future. Charging electric vehicles have been the main concern regarding the technology where current electric vehicles need to be plugged in to recharge their batteries but, Qualcomm says that is so 20th century! So they had their think tanks thought up the Qualcomm Halo. It’s a system that uses magnetic resonance to wirelessly transmit energy to the vehicle through a charging pad on the ground. The video below should be able to educate you more on its concept. Basically, it’s a very cool concept and shows good potential considering the development that has been put into motion regarding wireless charging of our beloved gadgets.

Here’s another cool innovation that involves using a bit of nano technology. HzO Water Blocking technology takes the whole gadget-waterproofing concept to a whole new level by doing away with clunky, and sometimes unsightly protective casings. HzO does this through with the application of a thin protective layer on the phone’s internal components. This protective coating protects the components on a molecular level, as described on its website. If the concept is a little hard to digest, then perhaps the demo video can sum things up for you. It is unclear how this technology will be implemented on existing devices but it would seem that HzO Water Blocked versions of the iPhone and other smartphones will be released. If this tech picks up enough steam, it might just go the way of the Corning Gorilla Glass, which is more or less a staple feature in high-end tablets and smartphones.

And last but not the least (well maybe the least useful) is a gadget certainly made the biggest impact on CES’ floorshow, the strangely named Behringer iNuke Boom. What it is, is an obscenely oversized boom box with a dock for an iPod or iPhone. It is apparently priced at around US$ 30,000 but honestly, who in their right mind would buy something like this?

It's almost as expensive as a brand new car, but is probably worth next to nothing to most people.

These are but three of the hundreds goodies stocked in CES 2012 for there were loads more of fantastic and fantastically useless products scattered all across the event venue. If you want to know more about more grounded news, you can check out our CES updates to catch up on the more consumer-relevant products introduced.

Alfred Bayle

Alfred Bayle / Senior Technical Writer

Amateur photographer, self-proclaimed storage junkie, PC gamer and human swiss-knife, Alfred joined the team back in 2007 straight out of college, lured by the smell of fresh new gadgets and mind-boggling computer wizardry. He juggles his time between graphics cards and mobos, photo shoots, Otaku conventions, PC games, collecting anime figures, and sorting files on his hard drives.