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Weird CES 2024

Check out the weirdest tech from CES 2024

It wouldn’t be CES if there weren’t companies on the show floor overcomplicating basic human needs or scaring us with freakish robots. Here’s what is weird at CES 2024.

The annual Consumer Electronics Show is filled with glimpses of the future in technology. That glimpse can signify bright things to come, but sometimes, it’s a look at the strangest humanity has to offer.

We rounded up some of our favorite weird stories of CES. For us, “weird” isn’t necessarily bad — just a few steps away from the norm.

WeHead AI Companion

If having a conversation with ChatGPT is your thing, WeHead wants to make it more personal. This chatbot head shows an expressionless human face that converses with you via ChatGPT.

A person at a desk interacts with a robotic device displaying a woman's face, amidst office equipment and a glass of water.

WeHead AI Companion

The demo units have robotic voices similar to the original Siri and nothing like the generative voices used by some chatbots today. The entire device is unsettling, but that’s amplified by the odd assortment of displays attempting to show a composite face.

If none of this has scared you off, then WeHead is offering its ChatGPT-powered face robot for $5,000.

Seergrills Perfecta

In 2023, companies wanted AI to be everywhere, but in 2024, it seems we’ve arrived at the limits of that desire with AI-powered grills. The Seergrills Perfecta intends to provide “chef level results in as little as 90 seconds.”

A sleek, modern outdoor rotisserie grill with visible red heating elements and skewered meats cooking. Adjacent to the grill is a preparation area with a raw, topped pizza awaiting cooking.

Seergrills Perfecta

The touchscreen interface allows users to select their meat’s cut and preferred cooking style. AI calculates exactly what is needed to achieve your preferences and then cooks the meat in under 3 minutes.

A chef mode provides more manual options, but the product’s selling point is the ability to insert food, press start, and walk away. If you trust AI not to hallucinate when searching for facts, you can trust it to cook your food properly.

The Seergrills website doesn’t show a price, but you can apply for a $1,000 discount for this 76-pound meat machine.

Kohler Anthem Digital Showering System

Kohler hopes to simplify the shower routine by adding an entire computer to it. It has a touch screen and dial for controlling aspects like temperature, flow rate, and nozzle functions.

A finger presses a button on a sleek, digital shower control panel with multiple icons representing different functions, mounted on a marble wall.

Kohler Anthem Digital Showering System

This $640 component is just one part of what’s needed to make your shower smart. The required thermostatic valve starts at $763 and can reach up to $2,000, depending on the number of ports needed.

This isn’t the first smart shower we’ve seen, but it begs the question of where the limits are for adding microchips to everyday products. Remember, this multi-thousand-dollar system replaces turning a handle to warm up the shower.

If you’d like a taste of luxury and a digital shower control with gold accents to match your gold-plated toilet, get the Kohler Anthem Digital Showering System controller on Kohler’s website.

Samsung Ballie

Samsung Ballie is a tiny robot on wheels designed to look cute and observe your every move. It looks for patterns in user behavior to better provide services, control appliances, and patrol the home.

Modern smart homes are always adding more cameras, but one that can roam a user’s home might feel more intrusive than usual. The AI-powered robot is able to share video feeds or project images onto the floor.

Samsung Ballie isn’t quite ready for prime time despite being shown off in some iterations since 2020.

Swarovski AX Visio 10×32 birding binoculars

Maybe cooking with AI isn’t such a stretch once you’ve seen birdwatching binoculars with AI. The Swarovski AX Visio 10×32 birding binoculars can help birders identify birds and other animals with the press of a button.

A pair of black binoculars held by a human hand against a blurry natural backdrop, focusing on the dial with various mode symbols on top.

Swarovski AX Visio 10×32 birding binoculars

The binoculars can also capture photos or videos that can sync with an iPhone app.

However, these aren’t for the average enthusiast. At $4,799, these high-class binoculars make the Apple Vision Pro look downright affordable.

Kohler PureWash E930 bidet seat with voice control

It’s 2024, so of course, there’s a voice-activated bidet. Kohler’s PureWash E930 has it all — pulsating spray mode, heated seats, boost mode, and a night light.

A modern white toilet with the seat lid up, set against a dark green and maroon wall with tropical leaf patterns.

Kohler PureWash E930

Don’t worry, the Kohler Konnect app lets you set preferences or even connect your bidet to Alexa or Google. At least they didn’t claim it used AI.

LG’s Affectionate Intelligence

Check out the weirdest tech from CES 2024

If you’re a fan of marketing speak, this last pick will send you spinning. This isn’t a “product” as much as it’s a feeling, an idea that LG wants to embrace as it develops future technology.

A presenter stands in front of a large, vivid backdrop that reads

LG Affectionate Intelligence

That idea is AI. No, not Artificial Intelligence, but “Affectionate Intelligence.”

LG believes that so-called “AI” can foster a customer experience that is more caring, empathetic, and attractive. Because if we know one thing, the best way to improve the human experience is by removing the human.

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