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CES: Most useless gadgets

The worst gadgets of CES also deserve their moment of infamy, writes ARTHUR GOLDSTUCK.



3. Monit smart diaper monitor

Taking the concept of hands-off parenting a step further into the distance, South Korea’s Monit has come up with a smart diaper sensor that alerts parents – via an app of course – that a diaper has filled with pee or poo. The Bluetooth sensor clips onto the outside of the diaper, so one can “smart” up any cladding. Will this be the end of the sniff test? We’ll know soon: Kimberly Clark will be selling it with Huggies later this year. The suspense is unbearable.

4. Self-driving suitcase

Hot on the heels of last year’s CES non-star, the 90FUN Puppy1 “self-balance and auto-follow suitcase”, which kept falling over, Beijing start-up Forward X Robotics showcased the Ovis Suitcase, autonomous luggage supposedly powered by AI so that it can self-navigate through terminals. Demonstrated in prototype last year, it now features side movement, GPS and (gasp) manual mode. It will come to a luggage store far from you in the  first half of 2019. But wait, there’s more. Forward X plans to follow it up with an autonomous robot suitcase with facial recognition. Soon, your luggage will be as happy to see you as you are to spot it on the airport luggage belt.

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