During Consumer Electronics Show 2012 well-known brands such as Samsung, Sony and Toshiba have shown their high-tech items. However, the 3,100 exhibitors have also performed some rather off-beat devices, the Newser reports. Here’s a roundup of some of the weirdest devices that attract our attention:
This product you’ll likely never see in a store near you, it is self-balancing personal mobility device is an intriguing take on a unicycle crossed with a Segway.
An electric 26-pound unicycle with no seat and footboards allows riders to stand and lean in the direction they want to go. If you’ve finally managed to get on the wheel without falling down, get it going by squeezing the red pads with your calves and leaning forward, advises Yahoo! News.
“It has gyrosensors that sense when you’re leaning forward or back, and that’s how it keeps balance,” said Ywanne Chen, maker of the Solowheel. “It’s also how it moves: You lean forward, you accelerate. You lean back to slow down. It’s kind of like a bicycle in that it starts out weird, and then ends up really easy.”
The machine goes 10mph on its battery-powered motor, and has a 15- to 20-mile range. Its average cost is about $1,800.
Its creator, Shane Chen, previously performed the AquaSkipper, a human-powered hydrofoil.
Haier Brain Wave
Itâ€™s a mind-reading device that can control your TV…kind of.
All a user has to do is just to put the contraption on his head, where it measures brain waves in order to move an onscreen character up or down. The Chinese appliance company assures it may be able to change channels. Unfortunately, the device is not selling outside China, says USA Today.
One more contraption designed to control electronics without any moves.
Swedish company Tobii showed at CES 2012 its eye-controlled arcade game whose joystick is your eye.
To play the game, you stand in front of it and look at a screen, where asteroids move toward your battle station. It shoots laser beams at the asteroids you look at, destroying them. So the idea is â€ślook to killâ€ť.
Tobiiâ€™s price for this nice weird product is $15,000, and the company hopes to integrate the technology into computers to replace the mouse.
Signa Power Trekk
A New York company offers an alternative to batteries: a fuel cell, powered by small, light “pucks” of a silicon-based material that produces hydrogen when water is added.
“We have a power called sodium silicide,” explained SIGNa Chemistry’s Michael Lefenfeld. “You basically add any water to that system: Salt water, river, lake, potable, non-potable – doesn’t really matter. It reacts with the powder, creates hydrogen gas, combines with air in a fuel cell and generates electricity and water vapor as the byproduct.”
Well, the fuel cell itself is expensive, about $200, but the pucks are cheap, at $12 for three. Each puck produces the amount of energy equal to six AA batteries of electricity. Congratulations, iPhone lovers! Now you can charge your phone twice, through the included cables.
The cell will be sold through outdoor retailer REI this spring.