Top flops from CES 2014

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 10:00am
Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor

1) What’s the only thing dorkier than a Segway? That’s right — Google Glass. They look like the drunken lovechild of the Borg and Jean Claude Van Damme from Universal Soldier. So naturally, they littered the CES show floor like weeds, belying the user’s fashion sense, professionalism, and any semblance of self-respect.

2) 3-D glasses and Nintendo’s virtual boy violated the one sacrosanct rule of consumer behavior — no one likes to wear clunky accessories on their head. But that didn’t stop Sony — and several other big-name companies  from unveiling virtual reality headsets. Just what I always wanted!

3) And speaking of 3-D, LG apparently didn’t get the memo that no gives a rat’s caboose about stereoscopic displays. A big portion of their booth focused on this tech “innovation” that no one seems to want.

4) Michael Bay, ya poor bastard. The prolific director of such Hollywood blockbusters as Transformers and other loud explosions appeared at the Samsung press conference to promote their new curved TV, and after fumbling and stumbling around for a few minutes, he ran off like a petulant child. “Awkward” doesn’t begin to describe it.

Don't forget to check out our Top 10 video and, of course, our "weird, strange, and unique" photoblog.


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