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Car satellites, pee readers and scented showers: The weirdest tech at CES 2023


There’s a lot to be excited about CES. This year’s edition of the world’s biggest consumer tech show brought us countless dazzling TVs, some adorable concept devices and real flying car. But beyond all the glitz lies one of the delightful hallmarks of CES: a whole host of amazing, weird, or just plain weird gadgets.

Some of the oddities at CES are extremely expensive, while others are affordable. Not all of these quirky accents will even make it to market, but sometimes that’s part of their charm.

Read more: CNET’s favorite products at CES 2023.

The Withings toilet sensor can read your urine

Withings Toilet Sensor.

Withings

We thought the urinal target was as good as it gets. Withings goes a few steps deeper with sensors in the toilet which look a bit like a urinal and calculate if you’re low on nutrients, for example, or if you’re about to ovulate. Called the U-Scan, the sensor attaches to your toilet bowl and analyzes your urine every day you use it. The companion app provides health readings over time.


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A robot pet with personality

WowWee’s Dog-E.

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Robot companions are a fun idea, but often suffer from a lack of personality. Each droid friend comes with the same features, the same range of personality traits to choose from. Toy maker WowWee wants to change that with its Dog-E, an $80 electronic dog. It is a robotic dog with a personality coded deep within his heart (CPU?), one that reveals itself over time. Some dogs will always be hungry, while others may be more playful or shy, according to WowWee.


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Tape your TV to the wall

The Displace Wall Mounted Wireless TV.

I’m just hanging out.

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Forget clunky wall mounts. Lose the bird’s nest of cables. Stick this wireless TV to a window or wall with suction cups. The 55-inch Displace OLED screen attaches to your wall or window entirely with large suction cups.

There is no traditional remote control either. Instead of using a physical device, you’ll have to act like Tom Cruise in Minority Report and control Displace TV with hand gestures.


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This camouflage car color syncs with music

Volkswagen ID 7 Prototype

Dressed in VW camo?

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Of course, we like what we saw on the inside Volkswagen ID 7 concept car on display this week at CES. But it’s what VW put on the outside that caught our attention: the car is clad in digital QR-code camouflage that’s divided into 22 zones that can light up separately, turning the entire exterior into a music visualizer connected to the car’s audio system.


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LG’s answer to smelly feet

A woman who puts on her show in a shoe case LG Styler Display

LG’s shoe care device in action.

LG

If you’re a sneaker lover, here’s your high-tech chance to take care of your shoes. Called the Styler ShoeCare by LG, you place your sneakers in a locker-like device, and through the magic TrueSteam nozzles, 37 minutes later, your shoes are deodorized. The accompanying Styler ShoeCase lets you show off your shoes after you’ve freshened up.

Party in your kitchen

moodup fridge and app

Play with over 190,000 color combinations.

LG

Here’s another reason why you’ll always find me in the kitchen at parties: LG’s new MoodUp refrigerator it has color-changing doors and a Bluetooth speaker to make the kitchen the center of the action. You can customize the LED-backlit panels with 190,000 color combinations, LG says, to match your cooking mood.

Print your hair color

Over the years you may have seen how you can print temporary tattoos, but at CES this January you can go one step further and have your hair printed with color too. Prinker shows how.

The aromatherapy shower sprays you with scents

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Kohler’s Sprig Shower Capsule System infuses both essential oils and hyaluronic acid into your shower spray.

Kohler

How gorgeous is that? Among the new shower and bath products Kohler is showing this week is shower with aromatherapy a system the company created to bring spa aromas into the shower. The aromatherapy system infuses the shower water with vitamins and aromas — all you need to complete your spa treatment are cucumbers.

Neutrogena Custom Skin Care Gummies

Neutrogena Edible Gums

Neutrogena Personalized Skin Nutrient Candy.

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Neutrogena has been making soap and lotion for years, but now the skincare giant wants us to chew on it vitamin gums which the company says can be customized to your skin’s needs. A 28-day pack of chewable nutrients will cost $50.

Kitchen cutting board with built-in screen

Blok cutting board with screen

Block

No more covering your MacBook keyboard or iPhone screen with sticky dough as you tap through a recipe with flour-covered fingers. $699 walnut cutting board by Blok displays recipes and cooking lessons (with a $39-a-month subscription) on a 13-by-20-inch display. The screen is removable for cleaning.

Stream your dinner live while it’s baking

Samsung custom wall oven

Live stream your baking successes.

Samsung

OK. I confess: I watch too much Twitch with its live streams of gamers and crafters and chicks. that’s why Samsung Custom Wall Oven with Artificial Intelligence is so attractive. Now I have the ability to live stream my own baking with a camera built into the oven.

Play with your car like it’s an old friend


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Volkswagen wasn’t the only automaker to show off a funky concept car at CES. BMW i Vision Dee it has 240 E Ink panels on the outside, allowing it to change colors instantly. At its most futuristic, it wants to be both your car and your companion: It uses advanced AI to create its own personality, a la Herbie or Knight Rider’s Kitt. Although it’s only a concept, BMW says some of the technology in the i Vision Dee will come to new cars in 2025. This probably does not include AI companion.

For more on CES, here how to watch all big announcements this week in Las Vegas, what to know Samsung’s massive QLED monitors on the display and all the robots we found.


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