Every year at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) firms gather to showcase the latest and greatest in technology.

And then there are products that will have you scratching your head at the sheer oddity of their existence.

Welcome then to the strangest products at CES 2018 that we sure as hell didn’t ask for.

Vertagear’s RGB LED chair

Yes, the classic racing chair has been taken one step further than it needed to go with the installation of RGB LED lighting.

As reported by KitGuru the PL4500 will offer wireless controls via a PC or smartphone, audio syncing and full spectrum RGB lighting with individual channel control.

Utterly pointless but we’re keen to see this in real life.

The smart toilet

And you thought smart fridges were silly.

Kohler used CES 2018 to introduce the Numi toilet. The throne connects to the internet and responds to voice commands.

A report by Washington Post reveals that the Numi can also connect to Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri and Google’s Assistant and from there users can ask the digital assistants to lift the seat.

This throne will set you back about $5 625 (~R69 789) and will be available in Q4 2018.

Kickstarter cuddle buddy

While robots are traditionally large, metallic and bulky the Somnox sleep robot is cuddly and you’re meant to sleep with it.

That’s actually the point of the Somnox – to help you sleep better.

The robot contains audio and CO2 sensors as well as an accelerometer. Users hold the robot to their chest when they are ready for bed and it simulates breathing.

The idea is that users synchronise their breathing with the bot’s, calm down as a result, and then fall asleep.

While this sounds incredible the price tag is sure to give you a restless night. CNET reports that the Somnox will retail for $550 (~R6 823) when it lands in Spring.

The product has been successfully funded on Indiegogo where you can pre-order your own cuddly robot.

A self-driving suitcase (okay what is going on)

Something tells me humans are simply getting lazier and the ForwardX CX-1 cements those thoughts for me.

The CX-1 is an autonomous piece of luggage that will follow you around the airport or bus station at just over 11kmph.

The suitcase is linked to its owner via a wristband and according to Digital Trends it uses an algorithm as well as a 170-degree wide angle lens to avoid collisions.

Should the suitcase wander away from you the bracelet will give you an alert.

CNET took a closer look at the autonomous suitcase in the video below.


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