More Weird And Wonderful @ CES [CES 2013]

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CES 2013 bug LAS VEGAS, CES 2013 – The Consumer Electronic Show is winding down. Friday is the last day. There are so many weird and wacky wonderful things, it’s worth another gallery.

Elvis — an icon of Las Vegas — is posing for pictures and representing the United States Post Office, posing next to his commemorative stamp. He has the snarl down.

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Sonicview’s dancing birds were crazy. I closed my eyes and was whisked back in time to the Tiki Lounge at Disneyland.

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The MuRata boy is a Bluetooth bike-riding robot who moves to commands from a wireless remote-control magic stick.

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The case maker Speck has a bingo game along with free beer. You have to take pictures of various things around their booth to complete a row on your bingo card. A completed row receives an iPhone case.

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Supertooth, makers of the Disco 2 stereo speaker, had sexy half-naked dancers from Fantasy, a strip club at the Luxor. Hoards of sweaty men are constantly jostling each other to catch a peep.

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Built, the fashionable makers of Neoprene bags, totes and cases, is passing out free coffee cup cozies. I’ve never heard of such a thing before. It fits any cup and has a handle.

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The hip speaker and headphone maker, Boom, has live graffiti artists Mr. Device and Kovart from San Diego making art. They were on a scaffold painting but were nice enough to pause so I could take a picture.

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FitBit makes a wireless wristband to track activity. To demonstrate, they have two girls who are walking 25,000 steps a day on treadmills. Talk about fit.

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American Express brought in a food truck for the occasion with gourmet cupcakes and flavored popcorn. You just have to play a memory game first. There’s always a catch with these promotions.

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Polk Audio has singer Mike Ruocco performing in a soundproof booth. You have to wear their $349 Ultra Focus 8000 headphones to hear him perform. Very cool idea. And as the sales reps pointed out to me, they could still hear and talk to prospective buyers.

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Woot, the daily online bargain service, is flinging shreiking flying monkeys to the crowd.

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PriceGrabbers, the smart shopping App, is passing out flashing green lanyards. The line is practically out the door and everyone here at the show seems to have one.

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TYLT has ladies dressed in tight green catsuits from head to toe showing off their battery-charging backpacks.

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Qualcomm hired an actual cafe, Ryan Brothers from San Diego, to cater coffee drinks at their booth.

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While hanging out at the coffee bar, I ran into entertainer Sir Gaga (Gary Fisher) again. His outfit was so creative that I had to feature him again. Viva Las Vegas!

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This blonde DJ with the black cross was playing music at the Hyperdrive booth. They make USB drives for the iPad.

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Hyperdrive also had a live art installation featuring painted nude ladies. This booth also attracted a fair number of sweaty men.

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BodyGlove has an inflatable hand game. Take a picture around Vegas with the hand, post it on Facebook and the most creative one wins a gift bag.

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Tosy, the makers of mRobo ultra Bass robots, has a fantastic robot dancing show synchronized to music. Last year their spokesperson was Justin Beiber. This year it is Derek Hough, a three-time winner from Dancing With The Stars. Their budget must have been much smaller this year.

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Hapifork is giving an eating demonstration with their $99 Bluetooth fork. Eat slower with less bites or you might get a shock.

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Muse, a brain-sensing headband, works with an app to monitor your brainwaves and concentration. It would be great for kids with ADD.

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Ispot2 makes a pulse meter and has an espresso bar at their booth. I guess they want the caffeine to boost showgoer’s pulses. The barista is making more than 800 coffee drinks in one day, so her wrist is in pain.

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Necomimi has crazy Brainwave cat ears that are used in Korean classrooms to monitor students attentiveness. Your state of mind controls the ears’ movements. If a kid loses concentration, the ears flop down. I think this is a look that only kids can pull off.

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Ecovacs is demonstrating the Winbot 7, a window cleaning robot available in May for $399.

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