While a lot of nice and very useful gadgets were showcased during the CES 2015, some other devices displayed turned out to be somewhat unnecessary, and here's why.
At the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES), participants are bound to see some pretty incredible things — ranging from the super innovative concept demos to the cool new premium products you can't wait to own (cue every super impressive high-definition television there) to the entirely pointless products.
However, some of the gadgets displayed are not exactly handy or even worth the splurge.
Here are a few of the zanier items spotted by Good Housekeeping at this year's edition of the convention:
Belty (price not yet available): The product is marketing itself as a smart belt that is able to adjust throughout the day based on whether you need more room or not. The prototype on display was bulky. Our advice: Stick with a dumb belt and let that guide you if you've eaten too much!
Tonino Lamborghini 88 Tauri ($6,000): You didn't misread that price tag. It's $6000 — for a phone. Aside from the premium materials, it is a nice phone, but not revolutionary or incredibly cutting edge. We'd say if you opt for one, be careful about dropping it in the toilet or leaving it in a cab. Owners of this bad boy might also want to pony up for cell phone insurance.
Vigilant LilyPad ($99): Using the smart sensors you put in your pool, you can get the temp and UV of your pool delivered to the accompanying app. It can then give you a prescribed level of sunscreen you need. While we like an app that will remind us about keeping our skin healthy, we don't think it's a necessary to have a product to tell you to always wear SPF 30 or higher!
The Selfie Brush ($20): While selfie products littered the showroom floor, and most were pretty unnecessary, this one really grabbed attention. You slip your phone into the top slot, and the opening on the backend of the phone allows you access to your phone. In our opinion, there are two camps: Those who want to whip out a hair brush-encased phone to snap a selfie and those who don't.
Sony Walkman NW-ZX2 ($1,200): Trying to rebuild on a legacy brand of theirs, Sony unveiled a new Walkman that is an Android-powered music device. We think that internet streaming services and iTunes are doing a perfectly good job of serving up music. This definitely isn't recapturing the awesomeness of its namesake.
Vert Jump Rate Monitor ($125): Many fitness trackers are becoming more niche, specializing in a particular activity or function. This one is a fitness tracker that monitors your vertical movement. If you're a volleyball pro or shooting to be a pole vaulter, all the power to you. Otherwise, skip it.
4moms mamaRoo 3.0 ($279): Meet the first app-controlled infant seat. You can activate its various rocking motions remotely. While the previous iterations of this seat have been very popular and well-received, it seems unnecessary to be able to control an infant seat through an app, remotely. The seat's unique motions, variable speeds, sound inputs (or use your own mp3), and overhead mobile? That we still love!