CES 2014: the whackiest new products at the electronics showpiece event

Besides the world’s biggest tech companies displaying their cutting edge technologies, some of the smaller companies too came up with whacky products at the annual International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Here’s a look at some of the showstoppers at CES 2014.
  • A TREWGrip keyboard is shown during the electronics show. The keyboard keys face away from the user but allows people to type and enter data into a tablet while standing up. CES runs from 7-10 January in Las Vegas, Nevada. Reuters
  • A Goji Smart Lock is displayed at the Consumer Electronics Show 2014 in Las Vegas. The lock connects via Bluetooth, wi-fi and the ZigBee network standard, letting home owners control access to their domiciles via their smartphones. Reuters
  • BeeWi BBH300 headphones on display. The headphones stream music from a smartphone or MP3 player but can also forward the music to a stereo when attached to a docking station. Reuters
  • A glass speaker called Clio on display at the show. The speaker, produced by ClearView Audio uses a single piece of curved millimeter-thick acrylic glass that sits on a dock which vibrates in a finely tuned way so that it can play music. AP
  • The Nabu, a wristband that acts like a fitness tracker but also serves up notifications, texts and emails like a smartwatch. AP
  • An exhibitor demonstrates a 3Doodler 3D printing pen during the show. Bloomberg
  • Panasonic’s new EH-NA65 hair dryer on display. The blow dryer, which costs $179 US, has the unique distinction of actually adding moisture to hair as it breaks blown ions down before infusing them with moisture. AP
  • BeeWi’s Bluetooth fighting mini robots connect via Bluetooth and pack infrared “guns” inside their eyes. They’re operated by an app and can be moved with motion control, by tilting and turning a mobile device. AFP
  • A Liquid Image wearable camera on display. The camera is capable of streaming video live over Long Term Evolution (LTE) wireless connectivity with the addition of a detachable module. Reuters
  • Zensorium’s Tinké health monitor on display beside an Android smartphone. Tinké, an optical sensory device for smartphones monitors heart rate, respiratory rate, blood oxygen levels, as well as heart rate variability with a touch of the finger. AFP
  • A Parrot MiniDrone is shown in flight during the show. The drone is controlled by a smart phone using Bluetooth and has wheels enabling it to roll on floors, walls or ceilings. AFP