The Consumer Electronics Show 2014 (CES 2014) kicked off Monday morning from Las Vegas, giving tech enthusiasts four full days of mind-blowing innovation.
It also gives them a peek at the wacky side of innovation…
CES showcases more than 3,200 exhibitors – among them 140 startups – during its four-day run. Most of the popular products showcased are new, improved versions of tablets, computers, and smartphones – products you'll soon see on retailers' shelves.
Lenovo Group Ltd. (OTC: LNVGY) and Polaroid, for example, are promoting new tablet lines. LG Display Co. (NYSE: LPL) unveiled an impressive 105-inch, curved television that better displays widescreen programming.
But not all the products displayed at the wild and wonderful event are winners…
There are the other products – the bizarre, impractical, and possibly useless. In fact, these products from CES 2014 have us wondering who would ever buy them.
Three of the Strangest and Weirdest at CES 2014
Kolibree Bluetooth Toothbrush: Helicopter parents everywhere, rejoice! You can now monitor exactly how well your children are brushing their teeth.
Using Bluetooth technology, this toothbrush syncs with the user's phone and sends them information about their brushing techniques. Kolibree's device shows users how they brush, how long they are brushing, if they're brushing correctly, and if they're brushing in the right spots. For parents, they can access the brushing information for the whole family.
Kolibree will price the product from $99 to $199 depending on the model.
The Kolibree toothbrush is just another sign of the coming "Internet of Things," a revolution in which almost every item you own will have "smart" technology and will be catalogued on the Internet.
The technology behind the toothbrush is certainly impressive, and another sign that the Internet of Things is inevitable. But is a "smart" toothbrush really the most important use of that technology right now?
Now check out this device you don't have to put in your mouth – but it will treat you like a high-tech lab rat…