True or False?

By Douglas Weinstein
Published on: March 2, 2018

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We were out with friends and got around to talking about our trip to CES in January. Someone asked me what the coolest things were that I saw. And then someone asked me what the dumbest things were that I saw. When I told them of about some of the new ideas, apps and products, they were laughing so hard they could barely catch their breath.

I remembered some of the inventions were so outrageous that I couldn’t imagine how someone came up with the idea – much less shared it with others – much less got startup money to bring it to market.

So, let’s play true or false. I’ll describe a new product that might of debuted at CES, and you decide if it’s real or not.

  1. True or False: A $500 pair of headphones that sends an electrical current to your hypothalamus to make you less hungry and tells your body to lose weight.
  2. True or False: A $5,000 voice-activated smart toilet that records your, ahem, ‘movements’ in the cloud.
  3. True or False: A $16,000 super-deluxe smart laundry-folding machine.
  4. True or False: A $130 smart toothbrush that will notify your dentist if you don’t brush your teeth correctly.
  5. True or False: A $450 cordless window washing robot called Winbot.
  6. True or False: A $550 spooning robot that comes complete with lullabies to ease you off to sleep every night.
  7. True or False: Blue-tooth enabled vibrating hot pants.
  8. True or False: A $200 smart hair brush that uses a gyroscope to assess brushing speeds, an accelerometer to count brushstrokes, and a microphone to capture the hair’s sound waves.
  9. True or False: A smartphone app where you preset your shower’s desired water temperature and get notified when it’s time to step in.

Okay, so you’ve placed your bets and figured everything out, right? Consider yourself a marketing genius if you marked true for each product – that’s right, they’re all real! With that in mind, I hope you’ll support my new Kickstarter campaign – Smart Toilet Paper with embedded nano cameras and the new WypRite smart phone app!


Douglas Weinstein

Douglas Weinstein

Doug is the Editor and co-founder of the Technology Insider Group and Technology Designer Magazine. Previously, he was the Executive Director and co-founder of the Elf Foundation, a non-profit organization that created Room of Magic entertainment theaters in children's hospitals across North America.

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