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The Craziest Tech at CES 2023: Car Buddy, Scented Showers, and More

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It’s easy to get lost in the excitement of CES: Stunning Wireless TVs here, one real flying car there. It’s a lot to absorb. But hidden in plain sight is a whole crop of jaw-dropping, quirky, or just plain weird gadgets. These bizarre products are part of the delicious features of a show typically full of new thin laptops and shiny cars.

We’ll continue to collect the notably weird and sometimes disturbing tech products we see this week. If you’re curious, here’s our rolling list of the must-see gadgets from CES 2023and here is a summary of The most futuristic gadgets at CES.

Withings Toilet Sensor Can Read Your Pee

A phone screen showing the Withings app next to the bathroom sensor

Withings Toilet Sensor.

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We thought a urinal target was as good as it gets. Withings is going several steps deeper with sensors in the bathroom that look a bit like a urinal cake and calculate whether you’re low on nutrients, for example, or about to ovulate. Called the U-Scan, the sensor attaches to the toilet bowl and analyzes your urine every day you use it. A companion app provides health readings over time.

A robot pet with personality

WowWee Dog-E.

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Robot companions are a fun idea, but they often suffer from a lack of personality. Each droid friend comes with the same functions, the same range of personality traits that you can choose from. Toymaker WowWee wants to change that with its Dog-E, an $80 electronic canine. robotic dog with personality coded deep in its heart (CPU?), which reveals itself over time. Some dogs will always be hungry, while others may be more playful or shy, according to WowWee.

Suck your TV to your wall

The Displace wireless TV hangs on the wall.

Just hanging out.

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Forget heavy wall brackets. Lose the birds nest of the capes. Stick this wireless TV to a window or wall with suction cups. The 55-inch Displace OLED screen attaches to your wall or window entirely with large suction cups.

This camouflage car color syncs with the music

Volkswagen ID 7 prototype

A camouflaged VW?

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Of course, we liked what we saw inside the Volkswagen ID 7 concept vehicle on display this week at CES. But it’s what VW put on the outside that caught our attention: the car is clad in QR code-themed digital camouflage, divided into 22 zones that can be separately lit, turning the entire exterior into a music visualizer linked to the car audio system. .

LG’s answer to smelly feet

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LG Foot Care Device in action.

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If you’re a tennis fan, here’s your high-tech chance to take care of your shoes. Called LG’s ShoeCare Styler, you place your shoes in the closet-like device, and through the TrueSteam magic nozzles, 37 minutes later, your shoes are deodorized. A companion Styler ShoeCase allows you to show off your shoes once updated.

Party in your kitchen

fridge and moodup app

Play with over 190,000 color combinations.

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Here’s one more reason why you’ll always find me in the kitchen at parties: LG’s new MoodUp fridge it has color-changing doors and a Bluetooth speaker to make the kitchen the center of the action. You can customize the LED-backlit panels with 190,000 color combinations, says LG, to match your cooking mood.

Print your hair color

In recent years, you may have seen how to print temporary tattoos, but at CES in January, you can go the extra mile and print your hair with color too. Prinker is showing you how.

Aromatherapy shower sprays you with scents

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Kohler’s Sprig Bath Capsule System infuses essential oils and hyaluronic acid into your shower spray.

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How lush is that? Among the new bath and shower products that Kohler is showing off this week is an aromatherapy bath system the company designed to bring spa scents into the shower. The aromatherapy system infuses the shower water with vitamins and aromas – all you need to complete your spa treatment are cucumbers.

Neutrogena Personalized Skin Care Gummies

Neutrogena edible gummies

Personalized Neutrogena Skin Nutrient Gummies.

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Neutrogena has been making soaps and lotions for years, but now the skincare giant wants us to chew vitamin gummies which the company says it can customize to your skin’s specific needs. A 28-day pack of chewable nutrients will set you back $50.

Kitchen cutting board with built-in screen

Blok cutting board with mesh

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No more covering your MacBook keyboard or iPhone screen in sticky dough while you play a recipe with your fingers covered in flour. A $699 Walnut Chopping Board by Blok showcases recipes and cooking lessons (with a $39-a-month subscription) on a 13-by-20-inch screen. The screen is disconnected for cleaning.

Live stream your dinner as it bakes

Samsung custom wall oven

Live stream your baking hits.

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OK. I’ll admit it: I watch Twitch too much with its live streams of players, crafters, and roosting chickens. And so Samsung custom built wall oven it’s so attractive. Now I have the opportunity to live stream my own cooking with a camera built into the oven.

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Volkswagen wasn’t the only automaker to bring a cool concept vehicle to CES. iVision Dee by BMW it has 240 electronic ink panels on its exterior, which allows you to change colors in an instant. More futuristically, it wants to be both your car and your companion: it uses sophisticated AI to create a personality of its own, a la Herbie or Knight Rider’s Kitt. While it’s just a concept, BMW says some of the technology from the i Vision Dee will make its way to its new vehicles by 2025. probably does not include AI companion.

For more on CES, see How To Watch All This Week’s Big Announcements In Las Vegas, What To Know About Samsung’s Huge QLED Displays on display and all the robots we found.