CES 2011: The cool, the crap and the seriously quirky

Here at Pocket-lint we've pretty much covered all that has been worth seeing at CES 2011, with a vast array of products being shown off which the manufacturers hope will be shiny enough to entice you into a new round of spending during the coming year.

Many of these devices are quite simply astounding, produced with the latest hardware and software innovations from the very brightest in the industry; others, although in some cases no less innovative, have a definite touch of the cool, the crap and the quirky - here's the Pocket-lint run down.

Casio Tryx

Cool factor
6/10

quirky factor
6/10

crap factor
0/10

 

This unique little camera from Casio certainly comes under the quirky banner, as apart from the basic camera modes and functions you'd normally find on a compact, and the ability to record full-HD video (30fps), the body can be manipulated into a variety of positions - a bit like Barbie, only with working parts - allowing the user to flip out and rotate the body so that the camera can hang from a hook, doorknob or other surface. It can also be rotated up to 270-degrees so that users can perfect their own self portrait.

We can't see that we'd really make much use of this new body format after the initial novelty wears off, but the innovation could prove popular with skaters who want to stick it on the end of a ramp.

 

TV Hat

Cool factor
2/10

quirky factor
7/10

crap factor
7/10

 

The TV Hat is pretty much self explanatory, as it allows you to watch video through an iPod or other suitable PMP by slotting the device into a pocket hanging down from the rim (its design is baseball cap in nature). There is an adjustable lens in order to magnify the screen which you can then view by placing the hat on your head. The whole thing is enclosed and there's room for speaker buds to fit into your ears.

It doesn't appear to be that practical or particularly flattering for the user, and as for its effectiveness - well to be honest the jury's still out. However, it's preferable to our next entry which is...

 

Lady Gaga GL20 glasses

Cool factor
0/10

quirky factor
2/10

crap factor
9/10

 

On witnessing the launch of these Gaga-inspired GL20 sunglasses at the CES show, two out of the three Pocket-lint staff suffered severe haemorrhaging through the eyes, whilst the third, being made of sterner stuff, was on his feet again after a strong cup of tea and 20mg of Valium.

The main reason was the utter awfulness of the presentation. However the device itself didn't help as the sunglasses, which incorporate two forward-facing OLED screens in the front for uploading photos to share with unfortunate onlookers, in essence, seem utterly pointless.

 

Speakal iPod docks

Cool factor
5/10

quirky factor
7/10

crap factor
1/10

 

Speakal, the novelty speaker king, was over in Vegas with a whole host of new speaker setups, including two very quirky Doctor Who and Top Gear themed ones.

The Doctor Who TARDIS model is a Bluetooth speaker that features "powerful bass", whilst there's also a Stig helmet-inspired Top Gear effort which has an iPod dock, a built-in digital amplifier, 25W of total output and a built-in subwoofer. These two should appeal to all die-hard fans of their respective series and should provide half-decent sound.

 

Recon Transcend Goggles

Cool factor
7/10

quirky factor
2/10

crap factor
0/10

 

The nearest Pocket-lint gets to extreme sports these days is a game of darts down the Kings Arms - not exactly extreme, but things can get very lively after a couple of pints of mild and bitter. But for those who like to get serious with their sport, then these new Transcend Goggles from Recon Instruments are certainly worth a look.

The goggles include integrated GPS which gives values for your speed, time and temperature; and when done you can plug them into your computer and share the stats and route with your super-cool buddies.

Ideal for sports such as skiing and possibly a bit of downhill biking, all the info is inset through a HUD-type LCD display, running on Google's Android OS, mounted inside the goggles and apart from being a valuable aid for training they look pretty cool to boot.

 

Ozaki iPhone speaker

Cool factor
3/10

quirky factor
9/10

crap factor
4/10

 

Ozaki make a vast array of iPhone and iPod accessories, but this has to be one of the most unusual we've come across. The speaker appears to be in the shape of a prostrate gingerbread man, with a suitably pained expression befitting something with a iPhone lodged into its back.

Working on the same principles as the Griffin Aircurve launched in 2008, which creates the sound without electrical amplification, this little beauty should do the same before spitting it out through its gaping mouth.

If you've seen anything at CES 2011 that you think might fit into this lineup, be sure to let us know in the comments below.



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