At last, this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), launchpad for the world’s least-necessary inventions, is over. But now comes the most fun part of the show: We asked you to nominate the worst products you could find on the show floor, and boy, did you deliver.
As promised, the first person who submitted the winning loser will receive a brand new, 32GB Nexus 7 tablet with cellular data, a pretty great gadget. It’s one of Google’s flagship devices, which was announced at Google’s own conference last summer. That’s not the kind of thing that gets launched at CES. CES is the kitchen sink of electronics products. And here, as dug up by ReadWrite readers, are the worst of the bunch.
Dishonorable Mention: The USB Flipperizer
Noah Jacobs found this beauty advertised on what looks like a conference lunch room table. It best represents the Tiny Waste Of Materials category, the little gizmos that just deplete the Earth’s resources for no reason.
The website advertised on this crazy-looking flyer calls it The Flipper, but the flyer itself calls it the Flipperizer. Whichever it is, this is like one of those infomercials that makes up a problem and then sells you the solution. “Don’t you hate it when you try to plug your USB cables in upside down?” Uh, I guess.
Dishonorable Mention: The Steady Snake
John Kilmister found this monster, which gets an honorable mention for being ugly and terrifying. It’s actually a somewhat handy thing, but it’s too scary-looking to use with dignity.
The Steady Snake is a tensile hose beast that you use to position your iPad or camera on your lap or or desk – or around your neck. It’s a neat idea, but I would be afraid of anyone who used it.
Runner Up: The HAPIfork
From John Zeisler (and many others who followed), this was the most popular entry in the 2012 Was A Stupid Year category. It’s a smart fork. A HAPIfork. It tracks your eating habits and blinks if you’re eating too fast. It’s the most 2012 thing ever, except that it’s not networked; you have to plug it into your computer via USB.
This thing won Design & Engineering Showcase Honors at CES. That hurts to know. All it does is track how often you lift your fork to your mouth. Are you going to get one and wash it after every meal? Don’t ask me how much it costs. They didn’t say. I don’t even know if it exists. All the press images are computer mock-ups. This is CES we’re talking about.
The Winning Loser: The iPotty
There is no question what the worst product at CES was. Maulik Shah was just the one who told us about it the fastest, and he’s getting a Nexus 7 for his troubles. Here’s Maulik’s review of the iPotty:
Attached is my pick on worst of the best or best of the worst @ CES. I spotted an old fashioned classic toilet training for toddlers called iPotty by CTA Digital caught my attention which allows parents to attach an iPad to it. This way, junior can gape and paw at the iPad while taking “care of business” in the old-fashioned way. They also plan to “reward” toddlers for accomplishing the deed by monitoring the time spent on the app.
Yours for $40 from Amazon.com in March. Where’s my Nexus 7?