CES 2022: Five quirky gadgets of the show

As the CES 2022 is coming to an end, we scoured the Internet (since we cannot be at the show floor) and press releases in our inbox to bring you the quirkiest gadgets of the show. We hope we can be onsite to bring you this next year!

I, Robot might soon become a reality when you see the Ameca humanoid robot in action. Created by UK robotics firm Engineered Arts, Ameca uses 17 individual motors to imitate human bone structure, skin texture, and expressions. It is built from 3-D in-house scans of real people in order to recreate these expressions.

But you do not need to be afraid of Ameca revolting against humans yet. For now, it does not have a mind of its own (yet), despite looking very human-like. It cannot move, run or jump. But 10 or 20 years down the road, who knows? We might see a humanoid robot among us by then…

Amagami Ham Ham
If you do not want the hassle of having a pet, you might want to get this adorable plushy. It will nibble your finger when you put it into its mouth.

This play-biting is supposed to bring comfort, provides healing and helps to reduce stress. But with this plushy, you get the healing without the pain. Win win!

InWith Smart Contact Lens
This looks like something from the game Cyberpunk 2077 or some sci-fi movie. Yes, it is an electronic soft contact lens platform that its maker InWith claims to allow easy transition from the real world to the Metaverse. Mark Zuckerberg, take note!

This contact lens is able to integrate component circuitry into its soft hydrogel material. Thus, it enables developers to install augmented reality or mixed reality applications into contacts lenses for people to wear. These applications might even allow eye augmentation to those suffering from myopia and presbyopia. Somehow, we think smart glasses might be easier…

For cat owners, this device might be a heavensend. Catlog is a Wi-Fi enabled collar that unobtrusively collects your cat’s activity data, such as sleeping, grooming, and exercising, using motion-detection.

Data collected is tracked in the Catlog smartphone app. This enables early detection of health issues, so you do not need to be monitoring your cat 24/7. But isn’t looking at your cat part of the fun?

Homeplenish Smart Tissue Spindle
You never have to worry about running out of toilet with Homeplenish Smart Tissue Spindle. It is a smart toilet paper holder that keeps track of your toilet paper usage and automatically orders more using Amazon’s “Smart Reorder” function when your toilet paper supply is low.

According to Homeplenish, this device will prevent people from hoarding toilet paper with its algorithm being able to predict when you will need more and ordering it for you. But what if you want to hoard toilet paper? Hmm…

Trevor Tan

Started out with dreams to become a street photographer, Trevor Tan somehow became a tech journalist with over 16 years of consumer tech experience. Maybe he plays too much video games and buys too many new gadgets.
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