Weirdest gadgets of CES 2011
Bizarre tech that caught our attention for very different reasons
For every jaw-dropping 3D telly, revolutionary tablet PC and even smarter smartphone, there’s a piece of tech that often makes our scratch our head in a different kind of amazement. CES has always been a breeding ground for some truly peculiar gadgets and this year has been no different.
Sizing up the most peculiar pieces of tech to show up in Vegas, click the gallery to see the strangest tech offerings at this year’s CES.
Sphero remote controlled ball
Last year it was the AR Drone, and this year's smartphone navigating toy everyone is going to want is this rolling ball that can be controlled by the iPhone and Android devices. Connecting to the Sphero through Bluetooth, a remote control app gives you control via your smartphone's virtual joystick or accelerometer.
UK release date: TBA | US release date: Late 2011
UK price: TBA | US price: Around $100
I am T-Pain microphone
Following his recently launched iPhone app, the US rapper is not ending his relationship with tech just yet by unleashing the I am T-Pain microphone that let's anyone master his autotune sound. As well as giving your vocals the "T-Pain effect" and blending some of the rapper's familiar phrases, you can record your efforts with the inbuilt storage and then upload to a PC, which we imagine your next move would be to upload it to your favourite social networking site.
UK release date: TBA | US release date: June/July
UK price: TBA | US price: $39.99
Need to make the perfect steak? There's an iPhone accessory for that. The wireless Bluetooth meat thermometer that can also connect to your iPad and iPod Touch, keeps track of the temperature of your succulent meaty treat, and alerts you when its ready for eating from 200 feet away. The accompanying iOS app (free) gives you access to recipes and can measure ambient temperature. Additional sensor probes can are available when cooking separate pieces of meat.
UK release date: TBA | US release date: Available now, black version end of January 2011
UK price: TBA | US price: $100, second probe $20
iPhone TV hat
For those looking for the most ridiculous solution to have some privacy when watching videos on their Apple smartphone on the train say hello to the TV hat. Positioning your iPhone at the front of the extended visor, a magnifying screen that sits behind your device delivers the image while keeping any unwanted eyes away from your commuting sessions of Glee. It's available in a variety of colours and should fit most MP3 players according to the website.
UK release date: TBA | US release date: Available now
UK price: TBA | US price: $29.95
Liquid Image Impact Series HD video camera MX goggles
Helping to capture your fakie 720s, Liquid Image's latest pair of goggles host a camcorder capable of shooting 1080p quality video at a rate of 30 frames per second. With glove-friendly controls on the rim, there's also a High Action mode which lets you shoot 720p video at 60 frames per second, and on the storage front there's room for a 32GB Micro SD card. You can expect to get around 2 hours of extreme footage in one filming session.
UK release date: TBA
UK price: TBA | US price: $400
Manufacturer: Liquid Image
Magic Cube laser keyboard
Following in the footsteps of Blue Optics and the Light Touch, the Magic Cube projects a full-sized laser keyboard onto surfaces for a quite different typing experience. With support for Android 2.2, iOS and Windows devices, there's no drivers to install, so you will be able to connect to the Cube just like a Bluetooth headset. It can also be used as a mouse and supports multitouch.
UK release date: TBA |US release date: March 2011
UK price: TBA | US price: Around $169
Misa Digital Kitara
First there was Guitar Hero, then there was the YouRock guitar, and now budding guitarists can get their hands on a digital axe that features multitouch virtual strings. Offering a genuine alternative to the traditional instrument, there's also MIDI controls and an on-board polyphonic synthesizer which can be controlled from the 8-inch screen. Running on Linux OS, there is support for Mac, PC and Linux computers and can be updated via USB.
UK release date: TBA | US release date: April 3rd
UK price: TBA | US price: Starting at $849, $2,899.00 for limited edition aluminum version
Manufacturer: Misa Digital
nPower PEG personal energy generator
For those always leaving the house with an uncharged gadget, the PEG could be the greener way to power up your tech when they are running out of juice. Harvesting "oscillatory motion" from kinetic activities such as a walk to work, a jog home or a bike ride, will top up the internal battery inside the 9-inch tall device which must be placed vertically in you bag. The PEG can provide battery life for personal electronic devices like your iPhone or iPod.
UK release date: TBA | US release date: Available now
UK price: TBA | US price: $159
Nyko Power Shot Pro rifle
Inevitably with the introduction of the PlayStation Move last year, the wave of Wii-like add-ons would follow. Heading the Move accessories queue is Nyko, with its Power Shot Pro the pick of the motion-controlling compatible bunch. Referred to as "an ergonomic tactical rifle attachment", it locks in your Move and Navigation controllers to help increase accuracy and smooth firing on your favourite PS3 shooter.
UK price: TBA | US price: TBA
UK release date: TBA | US release date: March 2011
Parrot DIA photo frame
It's a digital photo frame, but with a difference. Developed in collaboration with the nodesign agency, the 10x4-inch high resolution screen which is separate from the backlight creates a transparent "light box" effect for your snaps. Running on Google's Android OS, it also comes preinstalled with a selection of apps which include FrameChannel, an app that gives you access to news, weather forecasts and Facebook. Tactile buttons and a trackball lets you navigate menus, while there's SD card slots and a USB port to ramp up storage. You can also transfer photos via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.