The Worst of CES 2010: Was it the Polar Bear TV or the Wrist Band Cell Phone Holder?
Well, they say in order to have roses, you must have thorns, and the Consumer Electronics Show is kind of like that. For every sleek 3D plasma set, you have an LCD TV shaped like a fuzzy polar bear, and for every Pico Projector, you have wristband that doubles as a cell phone case. Here’s some of the worst products displayed at this year’s CES:
1.) Drive Safely Corp.’s anti-texting software, that makes you respond to a prompt that reads “Texting while driving is illegal” before you can text someone. And who is going to put this on their cell phone? Granted, the concept is marketed mainly to law enforcement, but are the courts really going to chase people around putting this damnable software on their Blackberries?
2.)Ozaki’s iMini Pet iPod players. Look! A combination iPod dock/radio/alarm clock with a stuffed pet that dances and sings on top! The limited pleasure you would get from seeing a lion dance to Ke$ha’s “Tik Tok” would wear off in about 20 mins. Wonderful.
3.) The Steadicam “Smoothie,” a video stabilizer for the iPhone that’s ten times bigger than the phone itself…Oh yeah, that’s gonna fly off the shelves! It’s an idea that works well for camcorders, since it helps you hold the camera steady while filming, but who’s making a major motion picture on their iPhone?
4.) Ah! Behold the Hannspree 19-inch polar bear television! This thing looks like “Build-A-Bear” meets “Best Buy”…It was supposedly created to draw attention to declining Polar Bear populations, and that’s a noble cause. But there has to be a better way, something other than stuffing one with a 19-inch TV…
5.) The Phubby “Wrist Cubby”…Now this one takes the cake…an ugly wristband with a pocket that you can slide your iPhone into. It’s basically a fanny pack for a new generation. According to the website, it “merges new age fabrics, and the design features of a marsupial,” two qualities we’re sure every iPhone owner looks for when they shop for a case….Not! Good luck on bending your wrist with your phone in there..Sounds very comfortable…