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Consumer Electronics Silliness: The Wild Sights Of CES 2011

The annual Consumer Electronics Show is a time for the tech industry’s biggest manufacturers and designers to gather together and show off their wares. Some of the biggest consumer electronic innovations of the last several decades were first displayed during past CES events. But not every new technology is a winner. This year we hit the show floor to scope out some of the strange sights of CES 2011.

Avenger – We were a little disappointed that mod company N-Controller hadn’t figured out a way to turn Xbox 360 controllers into spider mines. Instead, the straps and levers on its Avenger Xbox 360 controller attachment are designed to allow players to hit the controller’s face buttons without moving their thumbs off the joysticks. Gee, we wonder why Microsoft didn’t just make the Xbox 360’s pad like this in the first place.

iPod Watch Case – Dorks were beginning to worry that they’d look too cool walking around with one of Apple’s new iPod Nanos. Enter Speck. Now dorks everywhere can turn their iPod into a neon watch that should drive away members of the opposite sex.

The Wii That Blinds – When we first saw this jewel studded Wii on the show floor we said, “What the f*** is that?” Now we’re showing it to you, so you can say the same thing.

Inflatable Carts – CTA Digital rolled out these inflatable carts, perfect for playing Mario Kart Wii. As soon as we sat down on the thing, however, it deflated along with our self-esteem.

Digital Bowling Balls – CTA Digital was on a roll this year. They also invented something lamer than having a bowling ball with your name on it. How do these bowling balls work with Microsoft’s Kinect and Sony’s Move? Who cares?

GM’s EN-V – General Electric showed off the EN-V (pronounced Envy), a tiny car that can be programmed to drive and park itself, but only holds two people. Many questions followed. Is GM expecting a massive population plunge? Will old people still be able to leave their turn signals on all the time? Didn’t Steve Urkel used to drive one of these?

Batteries – Apparently, they're Jackie Chan flavored.

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