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The 4 weirdest innovations from CES 2024 (Source: WeHead)
The 4 weirdest innovations from CES 2024 (Source: WeHead)
CES 2024 showcased a wide range of gadgets from industry giants to startups, featuring both innovative and unconventional products. While some of these items may seem unusual or unexpected, it's important to recognize that 'weird' in this context doesn't detract from their potential value or innovation. Below are 4 of the weirdest products from CES 2024.

1. WeHead

Unveiled at CES 2024, the WeHead GPT Edition represents a novel approach in AI interaction, transforming ChatGPT into a physical form. This device features a mannequin-like design with integrated screens, aimed at providing a more immersive and interactive AI experience.

During its demonstration, the WeHead GPT Edition showcased robotic voices similar to the original Siri rather than the advanced, lifelike voices of contemporary chatbots. The device's design, involving multiple displays to form a composite face, adds a distinctive, though somewhat unusual, aspect to its presentation.

Intended as a tool for idea generation and brainstorming, the WeHead GPT Edition stands out for its unconventional design. While its practicality in real-world applications remains to be seen, the product certainly marks a unique entry in the world of AI-powered devices.

For those interested, the ChatGPT-powered WeHead is being sold for $5,000.

For further insights into AI's impact in business, consider "The AI Innovator: ChatGPT and the Stories of Business Success", currently available on Amazon. This book complements the WeHead's innovation, exploring how AI is transforming industries.

2. Kohler PureWash E930 - A bidet you can talk to

Kohler's latest offering in 2024, the PureWash E930 bidet seat, brings smart technology into the bathroom. Priced at $1,289, this device combines luxury with innovation. It features a heated seat, a boost mode for stronger water pressure, and a night light for convenience.

The standout feature is its voice activation capability, compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, allowing users to operate functions like the spray, dryer, and a UV cleaning system hands-free. This integration of voice control into bathroom fixtures represents a significant step forward in home automation technology.

Kohler PureWash E930 - A bidet you can talk to (Source: Kohler)
Kohler PureWash E930 - A bidet you can talk to (Source: Kohler)

3. Skyted Silent Mask

At CES 2024, Skyted unveiled its innovative Silent Mask, designed to reduce sound by 25 decibels, enabling private phone conversations even in public spaces.

Equipped with a microphone, the mask connects to phones or laptops via Bluetooth or a wired connection and includes audio jacks for both input and output. This feature allows users to hear themselves and others on a call clearly. Despite a minor issue with breathability during testing, the prototype proved effective in muffling speech to the extent that it could not be overheard by someone standing close by.

Priced at a super early bird rate of $299 on Kickstarter, with an expected increase to $799 post-introduction, the Bluetooth Skyted Silent Mask offers a practical solution for maintaining privacy in conversations, whether for discussing confidential matters or taking work calls on public transport. 

4. Baracoda's BMind – The AI smart mirror that knows your mood

Baracoda introduced BMind at CES 2024, labeling it as the world's first AI-powered smart mirror dedicated to mental wellness. This innovative mirror employs AI, natural language processing, and computer vision to analyze a user's mood through gestures, expressions, and tone. BMind offers interactive features such as chatting, guided meditation, self-affirmations, and light therapy sessions, aiming to manage stress, anxiety, and insomnia.

Unlike traditional phone apps, BMind integrates into the bathroom setting, allowing users to assess their mental state and engage in recommended mood-elevating exercises. It gathers data non-invasively and encourages daily mindfulness practices.

It operates on CareOS, a versatile platform that accelerates the creation of smart mirrors and supports third-party applications. BMind integrates services like ThrivePal, an AI coach for personalized self-improvement, and Inclusive Brains, blending AI with neurophysiology for real-time mood adaptation.

Baracoda's BMind – The first AI-powered smart mirror (Source: Baracoda)
Baracoda's BMind – The first AI-powered smart mirror (Source: Baracoda)


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Triet Le, 2024-01-20 (Update: 2024-01-20)