The 10 weirdest and/or useless products from the Las Vegas Tech Show

The 2023 edition of CES has brought its own surprises. While electric cars and televisions once again took center stage, other announcements were surprising in their unusual, strange or inappropriate aspects.

Because yes, among the hundreds of participants in the exhibition, some of them have sometimes eccentric ideas. So we made a choice 10 products, services or projects that concern us.

BMW iVision Dee: a car that changes color


Strange as it may seem, the BMW iVision Dee (for Digital Emotional Experience) was one of the great attractions of CES 2023. It is thought of as a smart travel companion rather than a car.

In addition to its customizable body color (up to 32), the BMW iVision Dee displays an augmented reality information package on the windshield.

This car of the future is a prototype aimed at demonstrating BMW’s technological achievements. It gives an overview of the Neue Klasse, the brand’s new generation of electric vehicles that will go on sale in 2025.

Withings U-Scan: home urinalysis

withings u-scan software

© Withings

This is the first technological product where you can urinate without any problem. It is even recommended. U-Scan is a very serious connected object developed by the French company Withings.

In the form of pebbles, it is placed in the toilet. Once installed, a series of sensors analyze the user’s urine. Two types of pebbles are available: one for women’s menstrual monitoring and another for nutrition and hydration analysis.

U-Scan will go on sale in Europe in the second quarter of 2023 At a price of 500 euros.

Displace: wireless TV

Displace TV, the first wireless TV (6 hours battery life) © Anh Phan

It is not clear what such a product could be used for outside of technical demonstration. Displace is the world’s first wireless OLED TV.

To operate this 9 kg and 55” diagonal baby, you need 4 batteries that provide 180 hours of viewing time. Each battery can work in turn, which limits the weight of the animal.

Technically, Displace is impressive. Besides being portable, it can be attached to any wall. To do this, just press and hold for 12 seconds. Patented air absorption technology between wall and tile keeps everything together.

Finally, Displace is a module. Four models can be assembled to reach a diagonal of 280”. Price: $3000. It is not yet known when it will be released.

LG MoodUp’: disco cooler

lg's mood rose

© LG

In the useless genre, LG’s MoodUp refrigerator is well placed for this CES 2023. In addition to being connected, this promises a different kind of refrigerator.environment your kitchen.

The peculiarity of this model is its modularity. It can be decorated with LED panels It can change its color from a selection of 41 shades. Everything can be controlled through the LG ThinkQ software. The light panels become a play of light, as the refrigerator can also play music thanks to the integrated bluetooth speakers.

LG has not yet announced the sale date and price.

Ella: single stroller

CES 2023 was also aimed at parents of young babies. Canadian start-up Glüxkind presented the world’s first autonomous stroller Ella.

Its operation is simple: thanks to its sensors and motors, it can move forward on its own to feed the baby. However, parents should always stand behind him, there is no question of riding a mop without supervision. That’s why we should consider Ella as a valuable helper during our walks.

Thanks to its engines, it can actually accompany parents on steep hills and slopes, not exceeding 4 km/h and avoiding races. It also has a rocking chair mode and speakers that emit white noise to help lull baby to sleep. Little bonus: it can also carry 6 shopping bags.

It will exist At a price of 3000 eurosIn North America just to start.

LG Styler ShoeCare: shoe cabinet for “foot odors”.

LG Styler ShoeCare

© LG

In the weird genre, the LG Styler ShoeCare is also pretty good. Already unveiled at IFA 2022 in Berlin, this shoe cabinet not only stores and displays your shoes in style, but also in style.

Unlike the Styler ShoeCase, which only exposes and rotates the shoes, ShoeCare Styler dries and deodorizes them. For this, he needs 35-57 minutes, depending on the severity of the situation. Decibel level, clearance is limited to 35 dB.

Through LG ThinQ software, users can customize the lights emitted by the cabinet. Brands are considering partnering with LG for customized versions of Styler ShoeCare.

The price and availability of these products are unknown.

Block: a cutting board with a screen

block-connected cutting board

© Block

Do you like to cook? Gadgets for you are also available at CES 2023. If you are just starting out, BLOK can satisfy you. Or not. A BLOCK is a cutting board… closed.

Equipped with a touch screen, this board broadcasts recipes or cooking lessons to teach you how to let your inner Cyril Lignac flourish. How does BLOCK work?

You choose a recipe or cutting technique to learn. You do your job, then you disassemble and clean the screen. BLOK has not announced the price of this gadget yet. To monetize its project, the company intends to offer a subscription to a service that provides access to cooking videos. Youtube is not available…

NoWatch: A watch that doesn’t tell time

look at these now

© Nowatch

NoWatch has already attracted attention with its “timeless” side in other shows. That is to say. Because this connected clock promises to do everything but tell the time.

With no display or hands, the watch replaces the familiar dials with precious stones and is crafted from elegant and ethically sourced materials.

More jewelry than a watch, NoWatch can still track its user’s physical activity. For example, it has Philips’ electrodermal activity biosensing technology, which allows it to track changes in sweat rate.

Hylke Muntinga, CEO and founder of the startup, is behind this absurd idea. “Five years ago, I lost six dear friends in one year. explains. In these moments, we realize that life and death are very close. Then, two and a half years ago, I discovered I was blind from a rare disease called PXE. It reminded me not to get lost in distractions.”. To make the most of every second, he created the Nowatch, a timepiece that doesn’t matter.

i-percut: connected punching bag



If Rocky had known about i-percut, he might never have met Mickey. More seriously, The company i-percut has developed an amazing connected punching bag.

To complete his training, the boxer must hit targets that light up when he has to hit. Each user can choose the level of exercise intensity or the area of ​​the body to work on. Because i-percut is not only for English boxing. French boxing, savate, karate, kickboxing, etc. can also be used for training.

Sense 1 collars: combined collar for dogs

this collar connects the dog

© Unsplash / Marliese Streefland

Our animal friends were also in the spotlight at CES 2023. South Korean company CareSix has introduced the Cotons Sens 1, the first connected collar for dogs.

Behind this name, a tied necklace is hidden, aimed extend the life of your faithful companion. The discreet and lightweight collar monitors your dog’s health, from diet to physical activity, including temperature, heart rate, and more. full of sensors to monitor its condition.

Cotons Sense 1 is also equipped with a GPS chip to track your dog. Comfortable with stray dogs. At this time, CareSix has not announced the price of this unusual connected object or its availability date.

So much for 10 weird and/or useless gadgets from CES 2023. Of course, the living room is so big that we may not have seen everything. So if you’ve seen any crazy ads, feel free to share them in the comments.

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