"The weird tech we love and hate at CES 2015"
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The weird tech we love and hate at CES 2015
Hello tech fans.
And welcome back to CNET's live streaming coverage of CES 2015 coming to you all the way from the south hall at the Las Vegas convention center.
I'm Bridget Cary here with my cohost.
The great Jeff [UNKNOWN] and we're here at day three of the Consumer Electronics Show.
We made it to day three.
I don't know, I need to be sitting, because if I was standing, I would fall over.
We've had days of press conferences and endless product demos.
We've talked about 4K and quantum dot TVs, smart home tech, new wearables to strap on.
But CS also has plenty of strange and bizarre tech.
And before this year's show comes to an end, we have to highlight all the weirdo stuff.
So we picked a few gems from the show.
That we're gonna call this the Tech You Just Can't Forget.
Maybe it's something you really want to take home today.
And something you just never want to see ever again.
Hopefully the latter.
[LAUGH] All right, so Jeff, why don't you kick things off.
So yesterday I got to check out dancing drones or as we've recently decided to call them, dancing dronies.
So check out this video I thought these things were kind of absurd in a weird way.
It's over at Parrot.
Yeah, over a the Parrot booth, which is only a few feet away.
There they go.
I, you know, I didn't realize this is where, where we're gonna, this is a direction we were gonna go with drones.
I thought it was for like spying.
But now there's like, really interesting choreographed dance routines.
It's a new Olympic sport.
Synchronized drone flying.
I was pretty surprised at.
The amount of effort.
You know, I, when I saw this, I was joking about it.
I was making a lot of fun of it.
But I secretly fell in love with it just because, if you look at the, the, the bottom of that platform there, that's how all the drones were, were working.
They were looking the colored sort of markings on the ground.
Through this whole sort of intricate WiFi infrastructure they had set up.
It's pretty impressive stuff.
Did you see the other show that involves also rolling drones?
Yeah, and they were jumping onto the stage.
Oh my God.
They were, they were, they would come out to a platform below that, and they would jump up at one point.
Don't get me wrong, a lot of 'em ate crap trying to get up there sometimes.
They would just-
Earlier this year, Disney invested in drones, and I'm not surprised.
That has potential for theme park entertainment.
Yeah, they're just gonna strap, like, you know, like, Olaf on it.
And they'll be like, oh, it's the Olaf Drone.
You know, and that's gonna be that, and they'll sell 40 million of them.
Speaking of cute things, I've got something really adorable on my list.
Okay, what's this?
First off, adorable name, Sopo.
That's the name of my cat.
And it's, it's gonna be like your next little robot pet.
It's a robot that can bring drinks to you.
But more than just drinks.
You can hook up a waste basket to his back as he goes by, and becomes your butler for the party.
It's kinda sad looking.
[LAUGH] But you know, he's so programmable.
You can even give him red eyes, as you saw there for a second.
Which is a little scary.
He's like a party.
Little buddy too.
He's got like a party light in the back.
To be honest.
I think he's like the perfect dorm buddy.
Like he's definitely a party animal.
But it's also educational.
How's it, what do you mean?
It, it's pre-programmed with kid's book stories.
And you simply put the image of a, of what the book you wanna read is and he'll start reading it to you like a.
Futuristic Teddy Ruxmen of sorts.
Did you get to see this eh, up close and personal?
Well I, it's over at tech west, so I haven't had to see it yet.
I still have some time but, oh my gosh I want him.
I'm just gonna like take him.
Just take ten of them.
Just put him in your pocket.
He, he's, he's small enough, you know.
Like look over there.
All right, well next up we had a very interesting demo here that left me.
The pico brew, micro brew [CROSSTALK]
That's not a bad thing.
Not a bad thing.
The pico brew, micro, micro brew home brewery system.
This is pretty intense.
How does it work?
I know a lot so, a lot of people try and you know, make beer.
Brew their own beer in their bathtub.
It's sort of like a Breaking Bad situation.
B, b, bathtub beer?
Yeah, it's, it's, it's kinda messy.
A little scuzzy.
This automates the entire process and pretty much makes it fool proof.
And anyone adding the ingredients, pushing the right button.
It even has the sort of access to the internet.
All these different kinds of recipes you can download to the brewer itself.
I see, like.
Kind of impressive.
It's easy to clean, I guess.
It takes five days.
So, so basically, start to finish, takes five days to get from point A. Brewing it.
Having it ferment.
Five days later you can have a drink.
Do, do, do you think it's safe from being able to **** it up?
Like, I'd be afraid I'd mess something up.
I don't know.
There really doesn't seem to be that much room for error.
Cuz all of the science, you're removed from that.
So, it's, yeah.
Only problem though, $1,800.
So, how many times will you have to brew your own beer, to sort of make up the cost of that?
Versus just going on a beer run?
It's like, to me, alright, let me spend 10 bucks and get a six pack, and call it a day.
Well, there's one gadget that goes into the banned forever pile, the tech you just don't want to see again.
Sometimes, there's tech just for the sake of tech.
I introduce you to Belty.
Oh my God.
Belty is something we saw on the first day here, where.
It's a smart belt.
They put smarts in a belt.
And it simply squeezes and releases, depending on if you're sitting, if you eat too much.
It's measuring your waistline.
It knows when you get into a steakhouse and just instantly loosens up.
see, that is really useful, but except it's so heavy to begin with.
It's like a superhero utility belt.
Why do they have to keep it behind plastic?
Like, it's gonna get out?
I don't understand.
Don't touch the glorious belt.
Get over yourselves, smart belt!
Well, let's, let's not.
You know, they, the company had a couple phrases.
They said, the belt experience hasn't changed in centuries.
For a reason, cuz nobody cares.
And it's not just a wearable, it's.
We have to move on.
We can't spend any more time on smart belts.
Speaking of stuff I really just have had enough of, it's the dream, sleep tech sort of stuff.
This, product's called DreamScience.
It's a device that will supposedly lull you to sleep organically, or wake you up in a non-offensive sort of way.
It does, it does.
It's a little flatter than that.
The problem I have with these products is that they, they sort of promise these gigantic, you know, scientific sort of, you know, lofty talk.
And this thing says it has brain wave tech in it.
Wait, from afar, it's measuring my brain waves?
Apparently, sort of like.
Sensing the vibes of your sleeping environment?
I mean, it's an alarm clock.
That's what that is, it's an alarm clock.
Don't tell, don't try and make it something it's not.
Unless it like, gently opens the curtains and sort of like, rubs my forehead and says, 'Jeff,' and whispers in my ear, and is like, 'Jeff, get up.'
This thing's just not gonna cut it.
I'm sorry, that's just how I- That's how I feel about dream tech, sleep tech.
Yeah, tech out of the dreams.
All right, I'm going to go on to something that I need right now, but I hope they can make a little bit of a tweak to it.
All right, Sony introduced a smart head set, so not only does it play music, it measures the heartbeat in your ears, and here's the little kicker.
It talks to you, there's a coach inside that while it's measuring your heart rate while you're on a run, it's letting you know how you're doing, because it's measuring your heart, like just simply racing to the point if it's gonna explode or not, you know?
And I can use, I could use a little voice in my ear, cuz I do not work out.
I, I, I can't, I, I have no motivation.
You need some sort of motivation.
Cuz I'm like, woo, I feel, I feel a little, a little flush, I'm good.
But I need, I need someone to yell at me, though, so here's the tweak.
I need Sony to have a mean setting.
I need, I need, I need someone to get tough with me and maybe, and maybe Sony can be.
So like, encouraging, yell, or just yelling?
Like, do you really want to still be so fat.
All, alternate aside though, I really think this sort of stuff is the future where people, you know, even in New York when you walk down the street, everyone constantly has their headphones on.
Like that's the thing.
You're gonna need that thing to constantly kick you in the ****.
So that's always gonna have to be around your neck or whatever it is.
So much tech now is nice though.
It's like, keep going, only a mile to go.
Nah, nah, just be nasty.
I'll buy that.
There's a reason I bought a gadget, to work out.
Because I can't do it myself, right?
There's a reason.
Moving along, what else we got?
Okay, there is one that is dorky.
But I totally love it.
For similar reasons.
It is the one wheel.
You might have seen, you have seen this actually.
I did a demo with them on the floor here.
It is, it is that giant rubber tire in the middle of a skateboard.
And kinda like a Segway in the sense that it keeps you balanced.
You just kinda go by moving forward and back.
There's a lot of these devices that like, it moves for you, you just stand still, but this one actually looks like I can live that dream of being a skater even though I don't know how to skate.
I cannot fall down because I have no coordination skills at all.
What's amazing, well look, I, I think it could work but the fact that it's, I think it's something like $1500.
Just bring that price down.
Just bring that down, just a little bit.
I mean, I'm only getting one wheel.
So I mean Luke here kinda looks like a professional.
He, he just tried it out for the first time.
He doesn't skate, he said.
So, he made it work, But he also said it was a little bit of a work out.
You have to like balance your core.
And that's a big thing.
Yeah, so, you know, the one wheel, $1.500 later you have something that can take you around for three hours at a time.
I'm not graceful, but I trust myself with that.
I get that.
All right, finally, what do we have?
All right, this is another, just some tech that I fear.
It came, I, I saw it for the first time late yesterday.
Nixie, the wearable drone that also flies back to you like a boomerang.
You strap this thing on your arm, flick it out, it takes a selfie then it comes back.>>Oh that's cool, there's nothing scary about that.>> [LAUGH] It, it's coming back to you in flight, it's flinging.
I don't need drones flinging and people with selfies and.>> I feel like you could use that in a setting where you need someone to pass you something that maybe you couldn't throw it, you know?
They're like, hey, give me that drink.
And you just sort of place it on.
You're like, you're like Gambit or something.
If they, like, bring it to another level, they could actually hold things.
It's interesting you bring up the fear stuff.
Nothing really, like, shockingly scary.
It's, like, wrapping.
And the photo.
And the selfie.
Oh, you don't like it, like, holding onto you.
I don't know.
It's more like a Big Brother fear.
I guess it's like the electronic like falcon you would have.
Go drone, go!
No, that's cool.
That's what, I need a drone companion like that.
A little parasite to sort of.
I'll take my soby.
Get my back.
I'll, I'll take the non flying dronage.
You're little drone robot.
I love it, I love it.
That does it for.
This is it.
Dude, this is the end.
Of Inside Scoop.
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