Top ten bonkers gadgets of CES - and some you might want to buy

As CES 2014 comes to an end, we've picked out the very best bonkers gadgets of the show, as well as some stuff you might actually want to buy.

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As CES 2014 comes to an end, we've picked out the creme de la quirk, the utterly daft, the most absolutely crazy gadgets of the show, and some stuff you might actually want to buy too.

This year's show has given us a bold vision of the future -- I'm really looking forward to lazing around on my sleep-analysing bed, watching Breaking Bad on my bendable TV, with my dinner cooking itself in my smart slow cooker. And my inevitable bankruptcy proceedings.

Kolibree's Bluetooth toothbrush

Kolibree's connected toothbrush allows you to keep exact track of how you brush your teeth through its mobile app. Just download the app on your smart phone and connect the toothbrush via Bluetooth, then see how long the brushing lasted, and if you brushed each tooth and your gums properly. I wouldn't mind one actually, I'm quite attached to my teeth.  

Samsung's bendable TV

This 85-inch, LED 4K bendable TV quite spectacularly contorts itself into a curved shape when you press a button on the remote control. It then bends back and flattens when you press again. I'm not convinced it's entirely necessary.  

iRobot Scooba 450

iRobot's new floor scrubbing robot is an absolute must-have, not least because Breaking Bad's Jesse Pinkman owns the vacuum version

Sony's tennis sensor

This prototype tennis sensor from Sony tells you everything you need to know about your playing performance. You just stick the sensor on the end of your racket, and it communicates via Bluetooth to a tablet using vibration and motion sensors. It gives you all the data you need, including the speed of your swing, the speed of the ball, the type of swing, and where on the racket the ball hit. CNET UK's answer to Roger Federer, Luke Westaway, tried it out -- check out his swing in this video

PrioVR gaming exoskeleton

This full-body tracking suit, or gaming exoskeleton, turns your whole body into a huge game controller, using sensors on your arms, shoulders, waist and legs. It uses a software API that's compatible with most gaming engines, and can pair with the Oculus Rift headset for a fully immersive gaming experience. Alternatively, you could go out and do something real, in real life.  

Sony 4K Ultra Short Throw Projector

If you want a bigger screen than any TV can offer, Sony's projector will provide a 4K image that can be sized up to an enormous 147 inches diagonally. The downside is that projectors need to be mounted, often on the ceiling in the rear of the room, which can be both a wiring and aesthetic nightmare. That and it will set you back somewhere north of £20,000.  

Sleep Number x12 bed with sleep monitor and snore-stopper

The Sleep Number x12 is no ordinary bed. Should your partner start snoring, a button on your side gently lifts their head, hopefully making them stop. It also analyses your sleep, measuring your heart and breathing rates, and it can capture data from two different people. It sends it to an iOS app, which gives you a sleeping score and a low-down of the night before. I'm confident I'd always win.  

Martian Notifier smart watch

This excellently named Martian Notifier smart watch connects to Android and iPhones via a companion mobile app and communicates using Bluetooth 4.0 (BLE). You can control how it calls out incoming texts and emails, but it doesn't have a speakerphone for making calls through the watch. 

Life-size Dalek

Massive Audio revealed a life-size Dalek at CES using the company's oversized sound equipment, dubbing it the world's loudest and largest Bluetooth speaker.  Incompatible with stairs.

Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker

Cooking times and temperatures on the Crock-Pot slow cooker can be controlled and monitored using your smart phone, which is great, because it means you can relax and watch Breaking Bad on your enormous £20,000 projector while your dinner cooks itself. 

Stuff you might actually want to buy

That said, a wealth of useful and cutting-edge products featured at CES this year, so here are some you might be interested in:

And finally, enjoy this video of various CNET Editors making idiots out of themselves on the show floor. See you next year!