Mind-Reading Remote, Other CES Gizmos You Missed

There was more to electronics show than TVs
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 16, 2012 11:54 AM CST
Mind-Reading Remote, Other CES Gizmos You Missed
In this Jan. 13, 2012 photo, a member of the media tries on a Haier Brain Wave TV headset at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas.   (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

This year's Consumer Electronics Show had the predictable high-tech TVs and other conventional items—but the 3,100 exhibitors also showed off some rather bizarre devices. A few highlights:

  • Solowheel. An electric unicycle with no seat and footboards that allow riders to stand and lean in the direction they want to go. The 26-pound, $1,800 machine goes 10mph on its battery-powered motor, and has a 15- to 20-mile range.

  • Haier Brain Wave. A mind-reading contraption that can control your TV...sort of. Users put the device on their heads, where it measures brain waves in order to move an onscreen character up or down. That's all it can do so far, but eventually it may be able to change channels. It's not selling outside China.
  • Eye Asteroids. A video game whose joystick is your eye. Users stand before a screen showing asteroids; any asteroid a user gazes at gets shot with a laser. Swedish maker Tobii is selling it for $15,000, and hopes to integrate the technology into computers to replace the mouse.
(More strange stuff stories.)

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