Five frivolous finds from CeBIT

The annual CeBIT technology show in Sydney always has some oddities on the show floor. We came back with five to share with My Business readers.

The Smart Mini USB solar charger

Everyone has a USB memory stick on their keyring or jangling around in their bag these days. But when we say the Smart Mini we thought it might be time for an upgrade. The device has a small solar panel on one side, a battery inside, connectors for a whole lot of mobile phones and either 4GB or 8GB of memory.

The idea is that you carry the device around and it picks up whatever light is on offer to recharge its battery. When your mobile runs out of juice, you connect it for a quick top-up of power. It’s worth having on you because it also has memory. And when you connect it to your PC to access the memory, you also charge up the mobile-saving battery.

Plant-saving sticks

This one’s a bit weird. The cute plastic insects are mounted on plastic shafts that look an awful lot like ice-cream sticks. But the sticks conceal a moisture detector and if the soil gets to dry to keep your plants happy, the insects flash and chirp.

We may be stretching things a bit here, but your office plants need never get dry and die again if you invest in these critters.

Eye massagers

One of the most interesting bits at CeBit this year was a big section featuring products from Shenzen in China. The one that caught our eye, pardon the pun, was this eye massager. Turn it on, press the button and nodules vibrate and give your face a font-entirely-unpleasant massage. We weren’t game to try on the one that also uses pressurised air.

Wet POS

One of the most striking displays at the show was this point of sale unit that is designed to survive in a bar: the vendor promised it will keep working after having a beer spilled on it, and ran a waterfall over it all day to make his point.

No models on the show floor

One of the things we often hear discussed as a real turn-off at trade shows is the use of promotional models to lure attendees into booths.

CeBIT had none we could find, a bit of a win in our opinion.

What did you spot at CeBIT? Let us know in the comments below.

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