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The Worst Products of CES 2010

CmdrTaco posted more than 4 years ago | from the it-can't-all-be-roses dept.

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loose electron submitted a (sigh) slideshow page documenting 10 of the worst products from CES this year. Includes a baseball hat with a TV in the brim, vibrating earbuds, an Android powered microwave, and what appears to be the next generation of Teddy Ruxpin.

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how about (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30750334)

this autamated frist psot gettor?!?

Re:how about (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30750462)

Why has Slashdong gotten so gay recently? An "Entertainment" section? What does the goings on of CES [nimp.org] have to do with entertainment, and how is this news for nerds or stuff that matters? I hate this site and this is why I make this post. Rob Malda, suck my chocolates.
 
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Krave (3, Funny)

Sponge Bath (413667) | more than 4 years ago | (#30750386)

One look at that advertisement and I'm craving something other than an electronic cigarette.

Re:Krave (1)

Brackney (257949) | more than 4 years ago | (#30750428)

I actually saw a kiosk for "electronic cigarettes" at a local mall last week. Definitely a WTF moment.

Re:Krave (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30750540)

may be ok as a quit smoking aid (just the nicotine with no tar etc...)

Re:Krave (2, Interesting)

jgtg32a (1173373) | more than 4 years ago | (#30750644)

Yeah that's what I thought it was for, I seem to remember hearing that part of the reason its hard to quit is because in addition to the nicotine there's also the habit and comfort of actually hold a cigarette.
 
Back in the day they had candy cigarettes and people would switch to them to help them quit smoking they would just hold them and pretend they were smoking.

Re:Krave (4, Funny)

gandhi_2 (1108023) | more than 4 years ago | (#30750778)

What? In Utah we were told candy cigarettes were a gateway drug! Had to drive to Evanston, WY to get them.

Re:Krave (2, Interesting)

citab (1677284) | more than 4 years ago | (#30751072)

Haha, welcome from the land of zion (or the Zion Curtain to some)

Re:Krave (2, Funny)

g0bshiTe (596213) | more than 4 years ago | (#30750846)

Back in the day of those candy cigarettes is how all us next gen smokers got hooked, trying to look older and cool with our candy cigarettes.

Re:Krave (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30751562)

OK, let me speak as a guy that has successfully quit smoking (over a year now).

THe reason its so hard, is that Nicotine is probably the single most addictive substance on the planet, mabye second only to heroin. Its heavily physically addictive, and the structure/behavior of nicotine provides a constant psycological re-inforcement of that addiction.

E-cigs are crap, and a complete waste of money from a quit smoking standpoint. They're only real purpose is to provide a way to "smoke" when you can't light up a cigarette.

Fuck e-cigs.

Re:Krave (3, Insightful)

CohibaVancouver (864662) | more than 4 years ago | (#30751870)

They're only real purpose is to provide a way to "smoke" when you can't light up a cigarette.

That's exactly their purpose - so, for example, nicotine addicts can get a hit of their legal drug in an airplane's washroom. (I'm a nonsmoker.)

Fuck e-cigs

No one has religion like a convert :)

Re:Krave (3, Informative)

mother_reincarnated (1099781) | more than 4 years ago | (#30750718)

I know a number of long time smokers that have switched to the e-cigs. Hopefully nothing but nicotine (hey the juice comes from China- so who knows), no second hand issues, doesn't smell, can smoke in restaurants, on long flights, in the car, etc. The biggest problem is that people might not die as quickly AND stop paying the exorbitant sin taxes on tobacco.

I really don't understand what the 'Krave' was doing on that list...

Re:Krave (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30750912)

For those of us who do not smoke, at first glance the "Krave" looks amazingly stupid. Add the hot chick in the ad and it looks like a pathetic marketing attempt to sell a lame product.

However, after thinking about it for a few moments, the point becomes clearer... it's an attempt to sell a nicotine delivery system that provides the nicotine that a smoker craves (hence the trademarkable name "Krave") without the dangerous second-hand smoke and the obnoxious smell that bother other non-smokers.

They're finding a way to create a new market - smokers who want to be less offensive to non-smokers. I'm sure these people exist, but there was no viable way for them to do it before the Krave.

Good luck to them! I hope this works.

Given the hot babe in the "Krave" ad, I find it amusing that the captcha for this post is "escort".

Re:Krave (2, Funny)

citab (1677284) | more than 4 years ago | (#30751118)

For those of us who do not smoke, at first glance the "Krave" looks amazingly stupid. Add the hot chick in the ad and it looks like a pathetic marketing attempt to sell a lame product.

I hear they are going to start selling them right after the Extenze Infomercials on late night TV ... I mean, what a better time to want a eCig.

Re:Krave (5, Informative)

chaodyn (1313729) | more than 4 years ago | (#30751218)

I use one. It takes a while to get used to, but you can flavor it any way you want and after using it consistently for a day "analog" cigs taste pretty bad. The main issue is keeping the atomizer clean (it gets build-up and starts tasting funny). Other than that, what you get is a device that gives you vaporized nicotine in a similar method as cigarettes, without tar or other chemicals. It's basically the same as an nebulizer with nicotine. You can vary the nicotine level, eventually moving down to zero. The only issue is, in my opinion, it's not really a stop smoking aid, it's really a smoking replacement. And you have to make sure you keep your batteries charged - a dead battery will lead right back to a cigarette.

Re:Krave (1)

Tetsujin (103070) | more than 4 years ago | (#30751936)

it's an attempt to sell a nicotine delivery system that provides the nicotine that a smoker craves (hence the trademarkable name "Krave") without the dangerous second-hand smoke and the obnoxious smell that bother other non-smokers.

That's the thing that gets me about fake cigarettes - who says there's no second-hand danger? It doesn't smell obnoxious - but people in the same room will still be breathing the same stuff...

Re:Krave (1)

xaxa (988988) | more than 4 years ago | (#30751162)

Ryanair tried to sell me an electronic cigarette last time I flew with them. They've been available (according to Wikipedia) since 2006 in Europe.

Perhaps the article is complaining that this one is disposable (with its battery etc), whereas the ones you can buy now are refillable? I think you buy replacement cartridges for them.

Re:Krave (1)

ibbie (647332) | more than 4 years ago | (#30751278)

I like my e-cig (model DSE801, a "pen style"). I'd tried a few other models, and found that the more they look like a normal cig, the worse they operate.

I bought mine at vapor kings [vaporkings.com] , if anyone else wants to try it.

The "juice" can be 0 nicotine, by the way, and can be made at home using either propylene glycol, or good old vegetable glycerine.

Re:Krave (5, Informative)

Housedog (217734) | more than 4 years ago | (#30751490)

I know a number of long time smokers that have switched to the e-cigs. Hopefully nothing but nicotine (hey the juice comes from China- so who knows), no second hand issues, doesn't smell, can smoke in restaurants, on long flights, in the car, etc. The biggest problem is that people might not die as quickly AND stop paying the exorbitant sin taxes on tobacco.

I really don't understand what the 'Krave' was doing on that list...

Not all of the liquid comes from China any more, there has been a huge influx of 100% USA made liquid in to the market over the past few months, and the consumers are gladly paying the slightly higher prices for it (myself included). More people are also shelling out the money to have their liquid tested which is a big step forward, and there are groups of users coming together to fund actual research in to the safety of using these devices vs. smoking (something that's common sense to most of us, but tell that to the FDA)

Yes, most all of the hardware still comes from China, but that's even starting to change as the ex-smoker geeks start getting their hands on these things.. there are huge sections on some of the PV (personal vaporizer, a term a lot of us prefer over e-cigarette) forums dedicated to building your own custom battery box so you can go days without having to charge it (and get to solder! win/win!), even some people who have reverse-engineered the atomizers and now build their own, how to mix your own liquid with supplies from US-based labs, etc.

The only big problem (besides the FDA and anti-smoking groups trying to shut us down) is the people trying to make a quick buck off of these things - the fancy brands like Krave, the sales kiosk in the mall (not all of them, but the ones who are just run by a salesman and not someone who actually understands and cares about what he/she's doing), the ones making health claims without proof to back it up, trying to sell to minors, ripping people off.. it makes the rest of us look bad. Every news article I see about these things says that a starter kit is "about $100-$150", when in reality they're about $30 or $40. And we know they're not healthy, they're just better than what we were doing before. Personally I got all of the health benefits normally associated with quitting within about four days of switching to my PV - increased lung capacity, no coughing, increased stamina, no stink, etc. I can use the thing in my house, or at my desk at work, and nobody even knows I'm doing it as there's no smell, and the vapor dissipates within seconds.

Re:Krave (4, Funny)

Anonymusing (1450747) | more than 4 years ago | (#30750470)

One look at that advertisement and I'm craving something other than an electronic cigarette.

Hmm. Do you need to borrow my vibrating earbuds?

Re:Krave (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30750560)

Nah. How 'bout you pass the green goo and a dancing stuffed animal instead. That, ladies and gentlemen, is what I call a Friday night.

Re:Krave (1)

AtomicOrange (1667101) | more than 4 years ago | (#30750890)

Green goo? Perhaps you should see a doctor, something isn't apparently working right... down there.

Re:Krave (1)

MBGMorden (803437) | more than 4 years ago | (#30750686)

I'm not even positive that is a real advertisement or it's one of the "worst products" they're showcasing for their article.

In any event, I must cry foul on calling the iType a "worst product". Maybe not for everyone, but I kinda want one of these for my iPod Touch. On personal trips now I don't even carry my laptop (as typically what I use it for is doing things like pulling up Mapquest directions or Yahoo Yellow Pages to find a nearby Chinese place, which the iPod does just fine). This would certainly make using it in such scenario's more comfortable.

Heck what I've REALLY love to see is a standardized docking station that allowed a full size keyboard/trackpad and monitor to dock to such phones and view the browser and such at higher resolutions. If hotels could started to provide such docking stations I'd be in heaven (I'd certainly pay extra for it - not more than a few $$ extra per night, but it'll still be something I'd look for).

Re:Krave (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30751352)

The iType was considered a bad product because it requires a specific app to function. It won't work as a standard input device, making it effectively useless.

Re:Krave (2, Informative)

anonymousbob22 (1320281) | more than 4 years ago | (#30751378)

According to TFA, the keyboard only worked with the app provided by the manufacturer.

Also, the keyboard is very large and cumbersome, so any gain in portability by carrying an iPhone/iPod touch is lost because you still need to lug around the keyboard attachment in your backpack..

Re:Krave (1)

shadowrat (1069614) | more than 4 years ago | (#30751858)

The problem with the iType was it only worked with the itype app. It's not anything the iphone considers a keyboard.

Maybe you would want to just type into a word processor on the flight, but i'd rather just have a netbook if i were going to carry something that big.

Re:Krave (1)

rdavidson3 (844790) | more than 4 years ago | (#30751638)

Yeah, I definitely would tap that... unfortunately, I doubt that she'd tap me :(

Synthetic Snot (5, Insightful)

Diss Champ (934796) | more than 4 years ago | (#30750418)

That product, if done right (anti-bacterial stuff in the goo to get the keys actually clean, right consistency to not leave bits between keys) would actually be pretty useful in some environments.

For those who didn't RTFA, it's a keyboard cleaner via goo like substance that you push on and pull off and it takes the ick with it.

Re:Synthetic Snot (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30750578)

agreed, I thought that product actually looked like a good idea (assuming it actually worked)

Dishwasher Safe Keyboards (2, Interesting)

EXTomar (78739) | more than 4 years ago | (#30750766)

I'd rather see dishwasher safe keyboards than yet another cleaning thing for computers.

Re:Dishwasher Safe Keyboards (2, Informative)

snowraver1 (1052510) | more than 4 years ago | (#30751046)

I washed my mom's keyboard in the dishwasher. It was really gross, and was just a cheap MS one anyways. It worked like a charm. Next time I was at their house, it looked like a brand new keyboard. I don't know how wireless keyboards would fare... YMMV

Re:Dishwasher Safe Keyboards (1)

lastchance_000 (847415) | more than 4 years ago | (#30751440)

Now try that with your laptop.

Re:Dishwasher Safe Keyboards (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30752030)

Nope...didn't work. Damn...

Re:Dishwasher Safe Keyboards (1)

Jaysyn (203771) | more than 4 years ago | (#30751896)

I thought you could wash just about any keyboard in the dishwasher as long as you let it dry out completely afterwards.

Stupid article overall (4, Insightful)

SpeedyDX (1014595) | more than 4 years ago | (#30750780)

Many of the choices just seem to be because the idea is new or somehow "weird" to the author (the parent's synthetic snot example, the bidet example by another poster) or something that the author doesn't personally have a use for (the e-cigarette) or just something that has a target audience which doesn't include himself as a member ($200 Blackberry Presenter that enables users, presumably mainly businessmen, to plug their BBs wirelessly into projectors but doesn't actually project itself - do you expect a good projector inside a tiny box like that for just $200?!).

Anyway, there are more examples. Probably over half of the products in that article are actually quite viable and/or unique/innovative ideas. Some of them may not be implemented too well, but could still prove to be a launching pad for other good products (imagine an fold-up full-size keyboard for the iPhone that could work in any text field). This author is trying to be disparaging for the sake of being disparaging. Nothing wrong with many of the products he listed.

Re:Stupid article overall (3, Insightful)

natehoy (1608657) | more than 4 years ago | (#30751250)

Hmm, you must be new to the Huffington Post. I don't even need to read the article to come to that conclusion, only the URL. :)

Re:Stupid article overall (1)

tomhath (637240) | more than 4 years ago | (#30751816)

I really wish I had mod points for you. Fox biased? Sure. CNN biased? Of course. Huffington? BWAHAHAHA.

Re:Stupid article overall (1)

natehoy (1608657) | more than 4 years ago | (#30752052)

All I need to read is "Huff" and I know it's full of hot air. :)

Re:Synthetic Snot (1)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 4 years ago | (#30751146)

Most of the products seemed like decent products. The iPhone Guitar did look kinda crappy though, something that you would get kicked out of a nerd convention for being to nerdy. But the rest of them he didn't seem to like them just because they were silly or dealt with taboo topics.

1. I am not a smoker but if I was and it was part of my identity I would want something that at least makes me look like I am smoking. It isn't a bad idea and can probably help stop smoking as it gives more of the visuals that others products didn't have.

2. The TV hat is kinda silly too. But I think it would be good for kids but it on their head and pacify them during long trips and have them watch a movie.

3. Virbrating earbuds. Yea I don't see them kicking off. But it seemed as a good attempt on making a subwoofer on earbuds.

4. iType. I would agree they really dropped the ball there. If they made it work with any iphone app and on horizonatl/verticle then it could be useful, yes it will loose some mobility... However if it cheaper then a laptop it might be good.

5. Phubby... Well the problem with putting your phone in you pocket has many issues... One you can sit on it or find other ways of breaking it and would fall out or you don't know if it is vibrating or not. Low tech but good idea.

6. BabyPlus... There are enough neurotic moms out there to make it sell. There are a bunch of things like this already out. no big deal

7. Unbreakable Phone... Nothing is unbreakable but it is a lot more study then most other phones just because the BBC guy hit it in the right spot they shouldn't be penalized much for it.

8. Android Microwave... Why not... They have computer in them anyways just something with a little more juice. Heck you can program how long you need to cook your dishes vs. risking the preprogrammed ones.

9. Bedet... I guess the blogger doesn't like a clean ass.

10. Fingerest... Yea that is pretty bad.

11. CyberClean... What is wrong with that, if it works so what if it looks like slime.

12. BlackBerry presenter... Those mobile projecters are rather weak in power... That is not what it is for. It is for being able to point on the screen and perform the action.

13. iMini Pets... It is a toy for kids, or people who like cute things... Silly but not bad.

Re:Synthetic Snot (2, Insightful)

shadowrat (1069614) | more than 4 years ago | (#30751930)

I can't believe the article didn't spend more time ripping the BabyPlus. Of all the products that seemed the lamest.

Maybe the description didn't cover all it's features, but what i read said it played womblike sounds like a mother's heartbeat.

WTF? why does someone in the womb need a womb simulator? There's already a heartbeat in there.

Maybe it's for undead mothers or something.

Re:Synthetic Snot (1)

Hurricane78 (562437) | more than 4 years ago | (#30751228)

Except that they tested it, and it did nothing at all. (Damn, where is the video, when you need it!)

Re:Synthetic Snot (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30751916)

For those of you who missed the Fabulous Fifties, this goo is reminiscient of a product we had back then called wallpaper cleaner. It was essentially a big handful of dark green goop that was supposed to smell fresh and piney but actually smelled more like sawdust. The idea was to smush it against a stain on your wallpaper then refold the ball so as to mix the stain into the rest of the goop; removing the green stain that replaced the original was up to your ingenuity. AFAIK, the only good it did was to hasten the invention of washable wallpaper.

The goop, minus the green piney stuff, next materialized as a grey ball designed to clean the ink off your typewriter keys. It usually resulted in a major pile-up of stuck-together keys, which you carefully unstuck, leaving the ink from them all over your hands and shirt. I predict that this latest incarnation may have the ability to exceed its predecessors in causing more of a probelm than they did.

Re:Synthetic Snot (1)

christopherfinke (608750) | more than 4 years ago | (#30751972)

I have some of this (or an identical competitor), and it works just fine.

Vibrating earbuds... (4, Funny)

tacarat (696339) | more than 4 years ago | (#30750420)

Interestingly enough, they weren't meant to go in your ears >.>

Re:Vibrating earbuds... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30751350)

My girlfriend may start enjoying techno music now.

Advertising? (3, Insightful)

badevlad (929181) | more than 4 years ago | (#30750476)

Many companies do something absolutely unusable just to be famous because of such lists. What other can be the purpose of so stupid things?

I have one. (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30750488)

the HuffingtonPost fucking slide show that had that stupid fucking login on every goddamn page!

Oh. When I saw the microwave with Android it reminded me of something. Why is it that kitchen appliances have to have a fucking chip in them?!? Toasters to coffee makers! WTF! I was staying at a friends house and they had this incredibly expensive electronic coffee maker. It has all these lights, LEDs, LCD displays, an incredible assortment of UI crap. I looked at it and was horribly confused. My friend just said, "What!? You don't know how to use it? Mr. Computer-programmer-IT-professional!"

I asked, "Does it have a fucking keyboard or an USB connector to plug one it!? Smart-ass!"

Anyway, after spending way too long to prep the fucking thing just to make a goddamn pot of coffee, it finally brewed. I could have walked to the corner store and come back with the coffees before the fucking thing was actually done.

The coffee didn't taste any better than a pot made in a Black&Decker from Target.

I can understand a timer so that you can prep the night before and have it brew a pot in the morning so that it's ready for you when you get up. But all that other horseshit?!

Expensive coffee maker: $200+. B&D: $30+ and the B&D actually looks better! :-P

Re:I have one. (1)

cmiller173 (641510) | more than 4 years ago | (#30750696)

While I mostly concur I have been wanting a little more programming functionality lately. I'd like to be able to set up the coffee maker at work on Friday to brew a pot Monday morning.

Re:I have one. (2, Insightful)

Jeremy Erwin (2054) | more than 4 years ago | (#30750910)

It would, of course, have to have a built in grinder, a way to keep the unground beans reasonably fresh, and a way of drawing and possibly filtering the water (so you don't get stale, flat water). Most importantly, it would have to be easy to keep clean. And, of course, the coffee should finish brewing as you walk in the door, regardless of whether your commute was expeditious, or unreasonably delayed.

Re:I have one. (1)

Demonantis (1340557) | more than 4 years ago | (#30751298)

You mock but this is all in the realm of possibility. There is just a need for the same number of people that demand that exact device and are willing to pay for its development. Which is what the OP is missing. This product is there because people want it not because the company wanted to make it. He is basically complaining that society enjoys technical advances.

There are advances in technology that make your demands feasible if not completely possible given the money. A gas detector could be used to test freshness of the coffee, like the one used on pears. The maker could easily be connected to the taps, like the ice maker. Easy to clean is relative considering designs. A tassimo like design would fit the bill. You could then give the thing an ip and have it track where you are using the gps in your phone so it ensures that it finishes as you open the door.

Obviously everyone doesn't need this, but it does not mean that some people with the means and money won't and it will get built. At least technology is there to afford the choice.

Re:I have one. (1)

Jeremy Erwin (2054) | more than 4 years ago | (#30752074)

I'm mostly mocking the prospect of having ground coffee sit in a basket all weekend.

Smart Microwave (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30750504)

huh, and no one has put android on the toaster yet?

Re:Smart Microwave (2, Interesting)

bluefoxlucid (723572) | more than 4 years ago | (#30750568)

Re:Smart Microwave (1)

idiotnot (302133) | more than 4 years ago | (#30751334)

Came here to say this. :-) But both demonstrate the need for IPv6 -- controlling your appliances remotely. That TV dinner you have to cook on 50% power for four minutes, then on high for two? Do it from your phone without ever getting up from the couch!

Re:Smart Microwave (1)

rfuilrez (1213562) | more than 4 years ago | (#30750950)

I actually saw on some gadget show a few years back the idea of having a Bar Code scanner on microwaves, and ovens and what not. The idea was to have a central database it could pull up after you scan the product, and know exactly how to prepare it. Just scan the box, put it in, and hit cook or whatever.

That to me, seemed like a good idea. Though I never saw it come to fruition.

wireless enabled apppliances good idea (1)

peter303 (12292) | more than 4 years ago | (#30751576)

They can tweet you when then have finished doing something. People talked about wiring up appliances to do this in the past, but wires are too cumbersome. Its likely you'll get the whole wireless device, CPU and OS on a single chip at some point for almost nothing.

A matter of opinion (4, Insightful)

Jeremy Erwin (2054) | more than 4 years ago | (#30750620)

I think the reviewer compiler just has issues with bidets. The Japanese have had robotic bidets for some time now. Chalk it up to "weird Japan" if you must. The android powered microwave is flawed because it's in a microwave, not in a stove. I love to cook, but there are occasions when I want, or need to consult my computer-- email, recipes, perhaps a podcast. But I don't want to get spattering spaghetti sauce on my electronics. A computer, built for the kitchen environment would be valuable.

Re:A matter of opinion (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30750754)

I think the reviewer compiler just has issues with bidets. The Japanese have had robotic bidets for some time now. Chalk it up to "weird Japan" if you must. The android powered microwave is flawed because it's in a microwave, not in a stove. I love to cook, but there are occasions when I want, or need to consult my computer-- email, recipes, perhaps a podcast. But I don't want to get spattering spaghetti sauce on my electronics. A computer, built for the kitchen environment would be valuable.

I love to cook, too. If the recipe is complicated I print it out - no worries about splatter. Most recipe sites have a print option that removes all the ads and everything allowing it to print with the least amount of toner or ink.

I see no justification for that microwave or stove with Android or any other computer non-sense except as an excuse to charge more for the item. It's amazing how just adding a few dollars of electronics boosts the retail price of an item by hundreds. And people scoop'em up!

Re:A matter of opinion (1)

rfuilrez (1213562) | more than 4 years ago | (#30750984)

I posted this above too, so I'll just copy and paste it here:

I actually saw on some gadget show a few years back the idea of having a Bar Code scanner on microwaves, and ovens and what not. The idea was to have a central database it could pull up after you scan the product, and know exactly how to prepare it. Just scan the box, put it in, and hit cook or whatever. That to me, seemed like a good idea. Though I never saw it come to fruition.

I guess more useful for people who don't cook, and would rather eat microwavable / frozen entrees.... Like College kids...who on a side note don't have money for such gadgets....

Re:A matter of opinion (1)

kent_eh (543303) | more than 4 years ago | (#30751138)

I see no justification for that microwave or stove with Android or any other computer non-sense except as an excuse to charge more for the item. It's amazing how just adding a few dollars of electronics boosts the retail price of an item by hundreds. And people scoop'em up!

Not to mention makes them more prone to failure and more difficult/expensive to repair.
Just try buying a stove with 100% electro-mechanical controls and any features at all (self clean, convection, etc).

Don't get me wrong, I live and breath electronics, but adding them to a perfectly functional object doesn't always improve that object.

Re:A matter of opinion (1)

Wizworm (782799) | more than 4 years ago | (#30751764)

I bake bread as a hobby, I'd love to be able to program my high end steam oven to

baugette mode recipe
preheat - bake with convection fan on and 100% duty cycle steam at 500 degrees.
insert bread,
2nd step - stop convection fan, wait 5 minutes, reduce steam cycle to 50%, reduce oven temp to 400

etc etc, it would be different for chibatta, or brioche.

Re:A matter of opinion (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30751030)

A computer, built for the kitchen environment would be valuable.

This is very true - at the moment I occasionally stick a laptop in there but find it is in the say and too small and kind of gets in the way... for example, when I'm doing an online food order I want to check my cupboards and the online shop at the same time. A decent sized splater proof tablet on the fridge or a cupboard door might work better rather than a screen you have to get up close to and a dinky keyboard.

It's finally time for the Honeywell 316! (4, Interesting)

name_already_taken (540581) | more than 4 years ago | (#30751034)

A computer, built for the kitchen environment would be valuable.

...and here it is [wikipedia.org] !

I think the terminal can also be used as an island. It looks like it's got room for use as a cutting board or for rolling out pastry too! What more could you ask for?

Re:It's finally time for the Honeywell 316! (1)

khallow (566160) | more than 4 years ago | (#30751314)

I think it needs some music [columbia.edu] too.

Re:A matter of opinion (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30751302)

Most microwaves I've seen in the shops lately (in the Netherlands that is) also contain oven-like functionality so you can make decent lasagne in it. And you'll probably place it in the kitchen next to the stove anyway, so a recipe viewer with a built-in kitchen-timer facility (tap the "rice" icon when your rice starts cooking and the thing will sound a bell when it's ready) would be very handy. (But what I really want is an Android-powered bidet.)

Re:A matter of opinion (1)

The Hanna (955203) | more than 4 years ago | (#30751978)

An Android powered microwave could prove useful as well--perhaps with a list of accurate times for common microwavable items (Hot Pockets come to mind). Finding a market for something like that would be the difficult thing to do.

Re:A matter of opinion (1)

Jeremy Erwin (2054) | more than 4 years ago | (#30752154)

A toilet/bidet that analyses the physiological state of the user and sends an appropriate tweet to the user's significant other....

The cigarette isn't for tobacco. (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30750660)

The cigarette isn't for tobacco. "Vaporizer". hint. hint.

omg the phone broke... (1)

gandhi_2 (1108023) | more than 4 years ago | (#30750694)

just because it broke doesn't mean it's not rugged or useful.

the best part of TFA:

a BBC reporter was caught live, on tape, accidentally breaking the 'unbreakable' phone

live, on tape?

Re:omg the phone broke... (1)

AndrewNeo (979708) | more than 4 years ago | (#30751036)

You've never heard of broadcasting something live AND recording it to tape at the same time? (Thus providing proof to what would otherwise be a one-time broadcast)

Re:omg the phone broke... (1)

gandhi_2 (1108023) | more than 4 years ago | (#30751102)

It is a given that all professional live broadcasts are recorded by some means.

How often do you hear a news anchor saying "We are live, and on tape, down here at scene of an accident..."?

Re:omg the phone broke... (1)

Tetsujin (103070) | more than 4 years ago | (#30752018)

It is a given that all professional live broadcasts are recorded by some means.

How often do you hear a news anchor saying "We are live, and on tape, down here at scene of an accident..."?

I don't recall ever hearing a news anchor say that...

Re:omg the phone broke... (1)

natehoy (1608657) | more than 4 years ago | (#30751428)

Actually, my objection is to the term "caught", as if he was doing something wrong. The only thing he did wrong was to apologize for breaking it. I would have pointed to the phone and done my best Nelson impression: "Ha-Ha!"

I do agree, however, that the phone isn't useless just because multiple direct hits of a pointy metal object to the LCD protection barrier eventually made it break. I'd still choose one of these over my Blackberry Curve and a protective zip-loc baggie to accompany me on my next kayak expedition or camping trip in the rain.

But the guy who repeatedly said "unbreakable" on camera had better be prepared for a lot of laughter pointed his way when a reporter manages to break it in less than 20 seconds. It's like saying "inedible" to a programmer just because the pizza's been out for a few weeks and is turning a bit fuzzy. It's not a statement of fact any more, it's a CHALLENGE.

Re:omg the phone broke... (1)

dcarmi (940742) | more than 4 years ago | (#30751602)

a BBC reporter was caught live, on tape, accidentally breaking the 'unbreakable' phone

live, on tape?

ermm.. on tape? At CES? C90s are back?

Cigarettes and earbuds (1)

NetDanzr (619387) | more than 4 years ago | (#30750742)

Electronic cigarettes: Not that bad. I personally don't smoke, but a coworker who is a heavy smoker got adjusted to the electronic version quite well. It also makes the air around the office better (even though he smokes outside, he used to reek of cigarette smoke before he switched).

Vibrating earbuds: I didn't try the insertable version, but I used to have a Panasonic walkman with large headphones that did just that. I quickly got addicted to them; without them even the same music sounded somewhat "flat". The in-ear version may itch a little, but I wouldn't dismiss it until I tried.

Re:Cigarettes and earbuds (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30750932)

All earbuds vibrate. It's called "sound"

Re:Cigarettes and earbuds (1)

Tetsujin (103070) | more than 4 years ago | (#30752066)

All earbuds vibrate. It's called "sound"

True. But apparently what they're going for here is augmenting the normal sound output of the earphones with a lower-frequency, tactile vibration. I guess to simulate a rattling bass speaker or something?

Sick of the 'culture of fail.' (1)

gad_zuki! (70830) | more than 4 years ago | (#30750768)

A lot of these are pretty good ideas. I would love if my appliances were net enabled. Android on a microwave? Thats perfect. Maybe I can see how much power its used that month or, heaven forbid, it friggin talk to NTP so it can set its own time. Sorry naysayers but this is great.

The buzzing earbuds? I tried a demo of these about three or four years ago. Its an old idea. I actually like them. Its a gimmick, but the suggested retail price was only a few dollars more than Apple's bottom of the barrel quality ipod/iphone headsets. They're no more silly than most audio applications and much less sillier than the people who pay hundreds of dollars for "audiophile" quality headphones.

Teddy Ruxbin? Kids love technology like this. A net enabled doll that could tell stories downloaded from the interent or created from parents sounds like the next xmas hot toy.

Re:Sick of the 'culture of fail.' (3, Insightful)

jimicus (737525) | more than 4 years ago | (#30750996)

Why does a microwave need to know the time in the first place?

Not to say they don't exist, but I have yet to meet anyone on the planet who has ever used the "Start cooking at 18:00" feature of any cooking appliance more than once.

Re:Sick of the 'culture of fail.' (3, Insightful)

aclarke (307017) | more than 4 years ago | (#30751156)

I use the clock on my microwave several times a day. It's the most convenient place to look to what time it is when I'm in the kitchen area.

My confusion is around why LG couldn't spare a tiny capacitor to let the microwave remember its time throughout a half second power outage. This is in one of their supposedly high-end microwaves. They did apparently think it was worth spending extra on the the me-too blue interior.

Re:Sick of the 'culture of fail.' (1)

jackbird (721605) | more than 4 years ago | (#30751342)

People who use microwaves to raise bread dough at a controlled temperature (well, the temp hold/probe thing).

Re:Sick of the 'culture of fail.' (1)

jimicus (737525) | more than 4 years ago | (#30751024)

Teddy Ruxbin? Kids love technology like this. A net enabled doll that could tell stories downloaded from the interent or created from parents sounds like the next xmas hot toy.

Already been done - though the item in the article was just an iPod dock built into a cuddly toy, something more akin to what you describe was on the UK version of Dragon's Den a couple of years back. ISTR it was backed by Peter Jones.

Re:Sick of the 'culture of fail.' (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 4 years ago | (#30751076)

Later on, you will want a microwave that doesn't insist on showing anything when it is not in use.

Yin and Yang (1)

UseCase (939095) | more than 4 years ago | (#30750958)

With CES there must be a worst. I don't fault any of these companies and there "bad" products too much though. They are doing what it takes to get recognition in an industry where sometimes the best products go unseen and unmentioned. Hype/buzz has become the rule of the day, the more you can generate the more successful your product launch will be, whether it is good or bad. I would also venture to say that some products are rushed out of development prematurely specifically for this trade show.

blah (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30751090)

blah blah blah

OT: Worst website (2, Insightful)

British (51765) | more than 4 years ago | (#30751120)

I like how huffingtonpost.com's article consists of 99% widgets & advertising and 1% actual content. I actually had to scrounge around the page to find the content. If your content is buried in non-content, it's time to redesign your site.

Re:OT: Worst website (1)

acohen1 (1454445) | more than 4 years ago | (#30751348)

There was content there? I failed to find it.

Vibrating "earplugs" (5, Funny)

PopeRatzo (965947) | more than 4 years ago | (#30751190)

I don't think those vibrating "earplugs" are really meant to go in your ears.

Seriously, try putting an inexpensive pair of earbuds up your rectum (use a lubricant). Then, if you play the second Pavement album at full volume, while watching The Wizard of Oz, you will achieve states of Tantric ecstasy. You have to start them at exactly the same time. Then, just as Dorothy is about to meet the Tin Man, yank out the earbuds as fast as you can.

Warning: Be sure to lock the door to your office before doing this. Having a co-worker walk in could cause some uncomfortable feelings in the workplace.

Re: Vibrating "earplugs" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30751920)

now i deperately need the syntho-snot after spraying egg mcmuffin all over my keyboard

and i'll be checking for earbud cords leading out of my coworkers pants/skirts from now on

Re: Vibrating "earplugs" (1)

Tetsujin (103070) | more than 4 years ago | (#30752116)

Warning: Be sure to lock the door to your office before doing this. Having a co-worker walk in could cause some uncomfortable feelings in the workplace.

What if you have a cubicle?

iPhone keyboard (1)

Selfbain (624722) | more than 4 years ago | (#30751266)

I don't think this is necessarily a bad idea. It's not like it would be the first phone/pda/whatever that had a separate keyboard. The fact it only works in one app is idiotic though.

Also, I had assumed when I first saw the picture of the iMini pet things that the problem was they looked a little... excited.

Is that an iPod in your dock or are you just happy to see me?

Way off the mark on e-cigarettes (4, Insightful)

joshamania (32599) | more than 4 years ago | (#30751276)

A guy I work with bought one of these...not the same brand, but pretty much same deal. I've tried the e-cigarette and if they were more easily available, I probably would have bought one by now. It actually tastes pretty much like a cigarette, and once one gets accustomed to it, I see it as a direct replacement.

The guy I know who has one...smokes in wal-mart, restaurants, in public, etc. Granted, he's going to catch flak for it from the countless busybody-douchebags in this world that just cannot stand seeing someone else enjoying themselves, but its not banned anywhere. It doesn't burn anything and produces no smell.

This product deserves an A +.

You have a future as a fluffer (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30751356)

busybody-douchebags

Yeah, but at least we don't *look* like douchebags with a little penis sticking out of out mouths. Puff away, smoky.

Phubby (2, Insightful)

Bakkster (1529253) | more than 4 years ago | (#30751286)

The Phubby isn't that bad. There are times where you don't want your phone in your pocket, such as when exercising. I mean, iPods already have armband holders, this just looks like a generic one for your phone. I could see wanting something like this for my phone, moreso than a hat that can hold my phone in the brim. And it certainly relates to consumer electronics, so I think CES is as good a place as any to debut it.

The name, though, is certainly unfortunate...

Re:Phubby (1)

toQDuj (806112) | more than 4 years ago | (#30751854)

It should have been spring-loaded, though.. That's the first thing that came into my mind when I saw that. I'd love one of those ;).

As Seen On TV product synergy (3, Informative)

PhilHibbs (4537) | more than 4 years ago | (#30751318)

That hat's great, but it really needs a Visorganizer [theonion.com] stuck on it.

Android Powered Microwave Chime (3, Funny)

ufpdom (556704) | more than 4 years ago | (#30751404)

1) Insert popcorn 2) Push popcorn button 3) wait 4) When popcorn is ready instead of a chime you'll get: DROID!!! DROID!!! DROID!!! DROID!!! DROID!!! DROID!!! DROID!!! DROID!!! Only if you can program the replacement chime :)

iMini Pet iPod player (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30751514)

I really hope they were playing 'dick in a box' on that thing.

Sonim's Unbreakable Phone (1)

flimflammer (956759) | more than 4 years ago | (#30751970)

I don't understand how this is among the worst products. The reported was repeatedly smashing the screen against a jagged hard surface and happened to break it? How practical is it to expect that to happen in natural circumstances? I think the fact it took the beating for several hard smashes was a testament to its durability. Surely the writer of this article doesn't seriously expect that phone to be completely impervious to damage. Even superman has his weaknesses.

Pregnant Zombie Nuns (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30751992)

"The makers of the BabyPlus Prenatal Education System claim that their device, which emits a sounds similar to the mom's heartbeat..." Really? Wouldnt the mother's heartbeat imitate their heartbeat much better than this pointless instrument? Maybe they are marketing this towards the pregnant zombie demographic who would clearly have no heartbeat and thus need this product..

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