What were some of the most insane things that were at #CES2017?!
Okay, first off: CES is a gigantic wonderland of anything and everything techie and weird. That means that no matter which corridor you decide to hoverboard down, there's a chance you'll find something that could make you do a serious double-take.
While wandering around the massive halls of the Sands Expo and the Las Vegas Convention Centre, there were quite a number of things both big and small that had me wondering, "Huh. Hey. What the heck is that?" So as we explored, we kept track of the oddballs!
Here are a couple of bizarre gadgets that stuck out this year at CES!
The Force Trainer 2
For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is.
If you've seen Star Wars, then you've probably attempted to use The Force on something at least once in your life. Maybe you've practiced with automatic sliding doors or a perfectly-timed green light, but we all know that's luck (or someone just, like, walking passed a censor at the right time).
But what if we told you that you could actually use your mind just like Jedi? What if we told you that there was brain-sensing EEG technology that's been regularly used in military and medical devices that can allow you to take down enemy droids with just your mind?
Meet the Star Wars Force Trainer 2; an incredibly crazy/cool device that seamlessly mixes science and sci-fi to let you train to be a Jedi Master! All you have to do is focus, and make it so (THIS IS A JOKE. I KNOW THIS IS A QUOTE FROM STAR TREK AND NOT STAR WARS. PLEASE DON'T EAT ME).
See at Amazon
Having your nails done can not only be time-consuming, but it can get a bit, well, booooring.
Sure, you love you esthetician and nail artist, but having the same floral and jeweled designs time and time again can get dull and repetitive, and using a glitter, matte, or metallic polish is alright, but it really isn't that terribly daring.
That's why O'2 Nails is actually kind of a big-deal and a game changer in the aesthetic world: the little portable box pairs with an app that allows users to literally print images directly onto their nails.
The ARTPRO NAIL from O'2 Nails is an inkjet printer FOR YOUR FINGERNAILS! #nailart #ces2017
A video posted by iMore (@imoregram) on Jan 6, 2017 at 3:11pm PST
After applying a few base coats, you're good to pick your high-quality image – it can literally be anything as long as the picture is clear enough– and start paint-printing. Just sit still and in no time, you'll have puppies, kitties, or octopi on your nails!
(Oh, and it's not available online yet, but you can read about when it may be available and how much it'll cost right here).
To quote #BradPit in the movie #Se7en, "WHAT'S IN THE BOX?!" While that's a very good question, it's actually what comes OUT of the box that's super cool and amazing! This is the @o2nails_beauty, a device that allows people to print and truly customize their #manicure without any mess or hassle. The best part? It's portable! #CES2017 #O2Nails #LasVegas #SandsExpo
A photo posted by Android Central (@androidcentral) on Jan 6, 2017 at 3:39pm PST
HandL Butt Case
Oh, my, god. Becky, look at her butt. It is so big.
– Sir Mix A Lot, Baby Got Back
We'll cut to the chase: The HandL Butt Case is exactly what it sounds like, and when I first heard about it, I thought it was super silly…
… until we actually had the opportunity to use and play with it.
Say what you want about the design, but HandL's Butt Case is an incredibly comfortable phone accessory with an (extremely) unique look and feel. While the brand makes plenty of more 'regular' looking cases, the function and design is always the same: a strip of leather that pulls up from with an elastic attachment to the case, so your phone can always stay secure in your hand.
Two words: Butt. Case. 🍑 #CES2017 #SandsExpo #iPhone #iMore #butt #buttcase #Handl @mikahsargent
A video posted by iMore (@imoregram) on Jan 6, 2017 at 7:20pm PST
Think a Stylering , but with more stability and, well, butt style!
Is it a thin case? No, not really, but the Butt case looks identical to a rear-end and is incredibly squishy and comfy, making it a super crazy, but super awesome phone accessory!
TLDR: Baby got back.
See at HandL
Play-Doh Touch Shape to Life Studio
Have you ever doodled a cool looking character and thought, 'Hey, he'd make a really awesome dude in a video game?' Well, what if you could physically build and put together any type of creature using something simple like, I dunno, Play-Doh, and have it scanned into digital, playable real-ness?
While never fear, because the Play-Doh Touch Shape to Life Studio is here!
Step one: Build cat-to-pus Step two: Scan cat-to-pus into reality and start playing! Seriously though, how cool is this @playdoh video game?! You can get SO creative and wild! We're obsessed! #CES2017 #ShowStoppers #LasVegas
A video posted by Android Central (@androidcentral) on Jan 5, 2017 at 8:38pm PST
All you have to do it take a little bit of Play-Doh, mush and model it into the ideal lil' creature of your dreams (I made a cat-to-pus!), scan your creation onto your iPad using the special scanning pad, and you're good to start playing levels with your self-made shenanigans.
The coolest part? Your character doesn't move in a standard sort of way – depending on how many legs and appendages your creation has, it will react and play in its own unique way!
See at Hasbro
iGulu Home Beer Brewery
If you're a big beer fan and love having an ice-cold glass of some delicious hops, then take a peek at the 2017 CES award-winning iGulu Home Beer Brewery!
iGulu is an automatic, technologically advanced beer-brewing machine. The machine boasts high-tech control systems and sensors, making brewing beer a smart and excellent process, suitable for beginners as well as for experts.
Now if you're worried about messing up your favorite beverage, don't be, because a smart control chip helps keeps things constantly monitored in real-time.
Users can even share and access a ton of different recipes by simply logging into the iGulu Library.
See at iGulu
You're totally lying, and lying is bad for your skin, so...
– Tammy, Bob's Burgers
While lying is probably bad for your skin, we would never lie to you when we say that the Nurugo is the next logical step in smart skincare maintenance. Afterall, it did win a CES 2017 innovation award!
Nurugo is an itty-bitty UV camera that attaches directly to your phone. From there, you just have to hold up the device to your face and start scanning! In a couple of seconds, a full report will appear on your phone screen, letting you know how big your pores are, if youn have dry or oily skin, and so, so much more.
At the moment, all the Nurugo can do is scan your skin and tell you what's up, but in the next couple of months, the system will be able to actually recommend things to do to clear up acne, dryness, or any other skin issue!
The Nurugo Micro is SICKKK! It scans and analyzes your skin, giving you metrics and recommendations for skin health!
A video posted by iMore (@imoregram) on Jan 5, 2017 at 1:30pm PST
See at Nurugo
So what do you think!?
Is there an item on our list that you think is the most out-there and bizarre? Were you at CES yourself, and saw something super cool? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!