Crazy Gadgets from CES 2017

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Our last post on 2017’s Consumer Electronic Showcase (CES) highlighted a number of the most impressive gadgets on display at the event. For today’s post, we’re going to take a look at some of the more unusual products you can look forward to owning in the very near future, including vacuum cleaning shoes and a creepy looking Albert Einstein robot.

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Exercise Bikes For Toddlers

The Fisher-Price Think and Learn Smart Cycle is a high-tech exercise bike for toddlers. It consists of a Bluetooth-enabled stationary exercise bike that can connect to apps to allow children to learn and play while pedalling. The Fisher-Price Think and Learn Smart can be connected to a TV or a tablet and even has a tablet holder above the handlebars. While exercise orientated toys are always a great gift for children, we’re not 100% sold on the idea that a Bluetooth-enabled exercise bike could be better for toddlers than the real thing.

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Vacuum Shoes

The Denso Ecology Shoe is a concept product that incorporates a small vacuum into the outer sole of the rockabilly styled shoe. The heel is fitted with a small pedal that powers the vacuum with every step you take, allowing the wearer to suck up dirt and small pieces of debris as they walk around their home. The dirt is stored in a tiny dust box the size of a Tic Tac box, also located within the sole, and can be emptied when full. A strange but perhaps practical product, the Denso Ecology Shoe was the winner of an internal competition for Denso employees for new and innovative products.

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Albert Einstein Robot

The Albert Hubo is a slightly creepy (ok, really creepy) looking miniature robot from Hanson Robotics based on the likeliness of the greatest scientist of the 20th century, Albert Einstein. Standing 14 inches tall and featuring both soft-to-touch skin and the same crazy hair style the real Einstein once had, the Albert Hubo is being billed as the world’s first commercial robot with emotive features. The Albert Hubo can recognise your voice and respond to questions, and interacts with an Android or Apple tablet, teaching science, math and other subjects to young children. That is, of course, if it doesn’t completely terrify them.

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Personal Mobility Devices

The Honda UNI-CUB is a ‘personal mobility device’ in the form of a super small electric scooter designed for use in barrier-free indoor environments. The UNI-CUB is self-balancing and riders can control its speed and direction by simply shifting their body weight, and there are plans to enable the UNI-CUB to be controlled from smartphones and other devices. You would think that such a device was designed to benefit people with mobility problems, but the size and steering controls suggest otherwise.

This year’s CES featured a whole host of weird and wonderful gadgets. Some of these are guaranteed to be bestsellers when they finally reach retailers, while others might be a little too out there for most people. Regardless, it was another great year for the Consumer Electronics Showcase and we can’t wait to see what’s in store for us next year!

For more great tech in 2017, shop in-store or online.

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