Hiding in plain sight at CES among a Samsung prototyping tablets that folds and slides, LG’s new wireless OLED TVs and a gaming concept controller from Dell are a whole crop of jaw-dropping, quirky or just plain weird gadgets. It’s one of the most delightful hallmarks of a show typically overflowing with slim new laptops and super speedy chips.
We’ll keep collecting the notably odd and sometimes unsettling tech products we saw this week. If you’re curious, here’s our ongoing list of the must-see gadgets of CES 2023and here’s a roundup of CES’s most futuristic gizmos.
Withings’ toilet sensor can read your pee
We thought a urinal target was about as good as it got. Withings is going several steps deeper with in-toilet sensors that look a bit like a urinal cake and calculate if you’re low on nutrients, for example, or if you’re about to ovulate. Called U-Scan, the sensor attaches to your toilet bowl and analyzes your urine every day you use it. A companion app gives health readings over time.
This camouflage car color syncs with music
Sure, we like what we saw on the inside of the Volkswagen ID 7 concept vehicle on display this week at CES. But it’s what VW put on the outside that caught our eye: The car is clad in QR-code-themed digital camouflage that’s divided into 22 zones that can light up separately, transforming the entire exterior into a music visualizer tied to the car’s audio system .
LG’s answer for smelly feet
If you’re a sneakerhead, here’s your high-tech chance to care for your shoes. Called the Styler ShoeCare from LG, you slip your sneakers into the lockerlike device, and through the magic TrueSteam nozzles, 37 minutes later, your shoes are deodorized. A companion Styler ShoeCase lets you show off your shoes once refreshed.
Party in your kitchen
Here’s one more reason why you’ll always find me in the kitchen at parties: LG’s new MoodUp fridge has color-changing doors and a Bluetooth speaker to make a kitchen the center of the action. You can customize the LED backlit panels with 190,000 color combos, LG says, to match your cooking mood.
Print your hair color
In past years, you may have seen how you can get temporary tattoos printed, but at CES this January you can take that further and get your hair printed too with color. Prinker’s showing how.
Aromatherapy shower sprays you with smells
How lush is this? Among the new shower and bath products Kohler is showing off this week is an aromatherapy shower system that the company designed to bring spa scents into the shower. The aromatherapy system infuses shower water with vitamins and scents — all you need to complete your spa treatment are the cucumbers.
Neutrogena customized skin care gummies
Neutrogena has made soap and lotion for years, but now the skin care giant wants us to chew on vitamin gummies that the company says can customize to your particular skin needs. A 28-day pack of chewable nutrients will cost $50.
Kitchen cutting board with built-in screen
No more covering your MacBook keyboard or iPhone screen with sticky batter as you tap through a recipe with flour-caked fingers. A $699 walnut cutting board from Blok shows off recipes and cooking classes (with a $39 a month subscription) on a 13-by-20-inch display. The screen detaches for cleanup.
Livestream your dinner as it bakes
OK. I admit it: I watch way too much of Twitch with its livestreams of gamers and crafters and roosting chickens. That’s why Samsung’s Bespoke AI Wall Oven is so appealing. Now I have the opportunity to live stream my own baking with a camera built inside the oven.
For more on CES, here’s how to watch all the big announcements this week in Las Vegas, what to know about Samsung’s massive QLED monitors on display and all the robots we found.