CES 2016 has come and gone, but the new tech debuted and displayed will stick with us all year. Here are the top six weirdest things I saw come out of CES 2016:
Chinese company Ehang’s human-carrying, eight-rotor drone is intended to be a passenger aircraft, carrying a single person to their destination via remote pilot. Untested (as far as we know), the product is impractical and unapproved by any world government’s air authority. But it looks pretty, I guess? Ehang estimates a 2016 launch date, but as there are no regulations allowing this kind of drone in the air, I doubt we’ll see it in action for at least a few years.
XTIM’s “furtive drone” flies like a bird with just a tilt of your smartphone. And I mean “like a bird.” It flaps, it dives, it swerves, it’ll make you feel like you’re controlling a jabberjay chasing a tribute in the Hunger Games. What applications could this possibly have outside of countless hours of faux bird entertainment for your family? Apparently none, as the Bionic Bird website serves only to talk up the “realistic” nature of the drone while helpfully guiding you toward the digital checkout counter.
I’d pay a decent price for a toilet I don’t have to clean regularly (thanks, husband who doesn’t flush), but I’m not sure I’d pay $9,800. The Neorest toilet is equipped with a disinfecting glaze that coats the toilet bowl, and when you flush, a little wand in the rim sprays the bowl with “electrolysed water,” according to company spokesperson, Lenora Campos. Also, an ultraviolet lamp lights up the interior. It’s an incredibly high-tech place to take a shit, and according to Toto, you don’t have to clean it for over a year with traditional methods. Still, I think I’ll wait until this kind of thing is more commonplace. I don’t exactly have $9,800 to toss around when it comes to the commode.
Pretty self-explanatory. It’s a speaker that levitates. Why do we need a speaker that levitates? According to its creators at crazybaby, the levitating speaker produces higher quality sound, since it’s not vibrating off anything and diluting its audio output. It’s also Bluetooth capable, waterproof up to three feet deep and possesses eight hours of continuous playback on a single charge, after which it will descend into its charging station until it’s ready to float again. It’s got a 4.8 star rating on Amazon, which is fairly impressive for a quirky little thing like this, so if you’ve been looking for the latest innovation in wireless home speakers, this might be just the ticket.
You know those Bioshock Big Daddy-looking diving suits from the early 1900s? Apparently, 360Heros has taken that idea and turned it into a series of GoPro compartments (six, to be exact) so you, too, can dive up to 1,000 meters and film the ocean in all its terrifying glory. Seriously, why do people go swimming in the ocean? Besides the threat of its primordial offspring taking a bite out of you (or your expensive camera setup), it’s salty, dries out your hair and makes you feel slimy when you get out. But, if you’re a hydrophilic masochist, this incredibly tough GoPro peripheral will help you take 360 degree video to share with your friends at game night!
By far the weirdest thing on this list, the R70i Aging Suit (which takes 15 minutes to get into, according to The Verge correspondent Loren Grush) allows you to experience what it feels like to get old and incredibly sick. Have you always wanted to experience macular degeneration before your 50s? Interested in rheumatoid arthritis (which is something even young people get)? Perhaps you’d like to replicate the experience of slowly going deaf? According to its creators at Genworth, the R70i is meant to bring awareness to what it’s like to age so we’re prepared for it as it sneaks up on us while we ignorantly party our youth away. No word on when we can storm our local Wal-Mart for a suit of our own, so you’ll have to dampen your anticipation for now.