Sex, Drugs and Chocolate at CES 2011

January 13, 2011

6:48 pm

After spending six days at the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas last week, I am still winding down from the lights, sounds and glitz of sin city. While CES offered a number of innovative tablets, smart and 3D-TVs and wired devices, we also found a few unique entrants that were on display on the CES floor.

First, let’s talk about sex.
The Princeton, New Jersey based condom company, Trojan, hit the CES expo floor this year with a vengeance handing out over 12,000 condoms at their booth. Trojan showcased their latest innovations which included the Trojan 2Go condom card which offers a protective plastic card containing two condoms that allowing you to carry condoms in tight places, like your wallet, bag or pocket. They also showcased the for-women electronic massage line of products called Trojan Vibrations. Maybe you’ve seen the recent ads on television, which are especially interesting when watching with family.

Trojan Innovations at CES 2011

Trojan Innovations at CES 2011

Making it easy to get your drugs.
Your local pharmacy Walgreens offered up fresh cookies and also showed off their latest mobile innovations, the Walgreens iPhone application. The app includes a bar code scanner which Walgreens customers can use to scan their last prescription and with just a few clicks, order a refill at the closet Walgreens store. The application also does the basics like finding the closest stores and offering other store related information.

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Walgreens iPhone app at CES 2011

Walgreens iPhone app at CES 2011

Electronic smokes.
If pharmaceutics aren’t of interest, maybe smoking is your habit of choice. Vegas is probably not the best place to curb the habit but you now have a more eco-friendly option in the  Krave smokeless e-cigarette system which was on display. The system looks to help contribute to a greener environment for both you and the non-smoking community. Krave was not alone, as Nicotek also had a similar product (shown below). Maybe Vegas hotels could sell these to their smoking customers to keep the casinos fresh?

Nicotek offered an e-cigarette product at CES 2011

Nicotek offered an e-cigarette product at CES 2011

Glo Bible

Glo Bible

Digital redemption.
After all of these products, it might be a good idea to cleanse your soul a bit and what better way then reading from a Glo Bible, the bible for the digital world. The Glo Bible by Immersion Digital, offers a touch-enabled digital Bible on a number of new Windows-based slate devices that made their debuts at CES.  Glo was one of only a handful of applications selected by Microsoft as a prime example of applications touch-tuned to maximize the interactivity and features of the new slate devices.

Electric snacks? Um, not quite…
Finally, the chocolate and peanut butter combo of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups debuted a new format at CES with the launch of minis. Reese’s Peanut Butter minis offer unwrapped, miniature sized cups with the same great taste of their full sized counterpart (I tested to make sure). Internet famous videoblogger Chris Pirillo was on hand at the booth to stream his show live and help launch the product. I have to admit they are pretty tasty and hard to resist.

Reese's minis Launch at CES 2011

Reese's minis Launch at CES 2011

Images courtesy of Frank Gruber, Richard Smith, Seth Anderson and Izzat Sulaiman.

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Frank Gruber is the cofounder, CEO and Executive Editor of Tech.Co (formerly Tech Cocktail). He is the author of the book, Startup Mixology, Tech Cocktail’s Guide to Building, Growing, and Celebrating Startup Success. He is also a startup advisor and investor to startups.

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