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As you know if you've been following our CES 2010 coverage, the best parts of CES are the happy accidents, the incidental freakouts, the stuff that washes up in the corners while everybody's jostling to see the latest 40-acre 3D TV. And with five writers on the ground, we found a LOT of it. Cancel your appointments, shut off your pager, and settle in with several dozen of our favorite CES moments...

Best Use Of Torture As Ad Campaign

I'm guessing the "magic" involves having metal spikes shoved under your toenails. I can only imagine what they're forcing this guy to watch.

Weirdest Movie Tie-In

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Keep your paper clips handy while you relive Willem Dafoe’s excruciating death scene from PLATOON!

Product Name Most Often Typed into Word Processors by Old People

Internet@TV

No, grandpa, that's not how you watch videos online. Remember YouTube? Sorry. Remember THE YouTube? C'mon, I'll show you. Again.

Catchiest Booth Name

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Us industry insiders just call it the Z.N.I.C.D.Z.C.A. for short.

Best Branding

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Just like King Midas, those "rewarded" with the Chocolate Touch often end up afraid to lay a hand on their loved ones.

Most Potentially Embarrassing Product

Auto Black Box

It's not that a black box for a car is a completely BAD idea; we're just terrified that investigators will deem our fatal crash was caused by inattentiveness due to singing along to that annoying Owl City song on the radio.

Scariest iPod Dock

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I'm sorry I made you play that song I know it's an annoying song but my daughter likes Owl City and see she's never heard the Postal Service so it's not OH GOD PLEASE DON'T HURT ME

Most Awkward Use Of Comma

The Buyer's Remorse, You Feel Later

Most Terrifying Ad Campaign

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“Anything you can imagine,” Sony says, “you can make real.” Like, for example, scenes from the mass-extinction thriller 2012, because apparently Sony is imagining the total destruction of our planet and total snuffing of the human species. Someone put Sony on a government watchlist, please.

Most Moxy (Or Best "Booth")

A few of us are leaving the convention and jumping on the monorail back to the hotel on Saturday night when these three appear out of nowhere with handshakes and kudos aplenty (which, incidentally, is the BEST way to greet the Woot writers, in case you were wondering). Turns out they're Owle - yes, these three guys are the whole company - to show off these really cool attachments for an iPhone 3GS that turn it into a camcorder, allowing for better video focus, stabilty, and sound capturing. But they did so with NO BOOTH. That's right. No flashy signage, no booth babes, no chintzy swag. They just threw on some sharp hats and t-shirts, then hit the floor with a metric crap-ton of energy and excitement for their product. (Unbeknownst to this correspondent, they'd also stopped by our booth and recorded an interview with Jason Toon - yup, on the Owle.) Pretty refreshing to see after visiting a lot of booths where the furniture looked more thrilled to be there than the actual people manning them.

Good on ya, fellas. Way to take a small budget appraoch to a big budget affair.

Strangest Use Of Text Alerts

"Shhh, Sheri. It's gonna be okay. I know the accident has left you paralyzed and the doctors don't know if they'll be able to reconstruct the left side of your face, but I'm here for you. I'm gonna stay right by your side for as long as it takes because I lo... Hold on a sec. OH MY GOD, MY ANGEL FISH ARE CHILLY. I GOTTA GO!"

Deadliest Comedienne

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You won’t see Rita Rudner in her treetop sniper’s nest until it’s too late.

Best iPhone Wallpaper

OBVIOUSLY.

Best Unexplainable Booth Decor

jvc

JVC had vases full of oranges. Vases full of oranges. It was like some symbolic dream or a Peter Greenaway movie come to life.

Most Needlessly Complex Product

Intense Guitar Hero

Sweet, let's play a little Guitar Hero! Wait, what the hell is this thing? How many freaking buttons are on here? Hey man, I wanted to play Guitar Hero because I can't play an ACTUAL GUITAR!

Grossest Product Name

Touch What

No thank you. I don't want to touch that at all. Please just put it away.

Meanest Display

chairswecantuse

What kind of cruel madman sets out comfy chairs and then ropes them off from the public?

Most Dangerous Car Accessory

IMG_1013

Still, I guess it's better than taking your hands off the wheel to pick up that can of whipped cream.

Print Ad That Most Looks Like It Should've Been At That Other Show

Take a Closer Look_

No thanks, the view from here is fine.

Most Troubling Development for Civilization

Speaker Cooler

We've seen motorized remote-control coolers before, but not with an onboard TV. Bravo, nameless destroyer of all that makes us human.

Most Unappealing Product Name

It burns!

Maybe there was something lost in translation? We're not sure, but the words "brain" and "ignite" should never go together, particularly with the image of a man screaming right below, as if to say, "Hey! I can feel it work-AAAAAAAAAGGHHHHH!"

Most Blatant Use of Sex to Try and Sell a Product

SEEEEEEEEX want some speakers

Hey, we get it. Sex sells and all that. But come on, Supernova MKV (if that IS your real name), at least put some product specs or something on that poster rather than just drilling a scantily-clad lady into our eyes. Oh, there IS product info on that poster? Wow. That's a hell of a poster.

Worst Vibe

IMG_1013

What, was "Ebola Vibe" taken?

Most Insulting Assumption of Your Stupidity

Butterfly Mount

So let me get this straight: it's a decorative wall mount. That will be hidden by the thing I'm mounting? I'll take a dozen.

Best Booth Oasis

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Motorola's use of grass and trees really captured the feeling of watching a crazy man yelling in the park on a nice day.

Latest to the Game Attempt at Going Green

Small Boxes of the Future

It's 2010, and Casio is eager to report that smaller boxes equal less trash!

Best Carpet

bestcarpetyeartwo

For the second year in a row, the Las Vegas Convention Center uses an innovative color we can only call "My Little Pony Butt".

Best Name That Should Be Offensive But Really Isn't

bestiname

iClooly! It just runs right up and drives you crazy, because you KNOW this has to be offensive somehow, but you just can't quite make that connection work. And so you keep staring, and trying, and working on some horrible joke, and it never quite catches, does it, Iclooly? Does it? WHY ARE YOU HERE, ICLOOLY? DID YOU COME HERE TO DRIVE US MAD???

Most Pained-Looking Product

Screaming Chair

The soundproof Screaming Egg chair has a wailing mouth and two downward-pointing, baleful speakers/eyes inside it. All the foam is to prevent the cries of the damned from escaping.

Most Over-Accessorized Vehicle

Halo Truck

Like you're going to use any of those bikes or canoes and crap when you've got four giant screens playing Halo 3.

Worst Acronym

FECA

Futurama Electronics & Communications for Aesop. Bringing you the most pungent Matt Groening-written stories of sour grapes since 1974.

Names That Most Sound Like They Were Thought Up By Frankenstein (tie)

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iDim

Hey, industry, mind your i's and u's. At this level, you're one short step away from referring to your company by a series of grunts and yelps.

Best Mascot

bestmascot

This homeless sheep just wants to be a productive member of society. Can't you give it a break?

Best Typo

besttypo

We at least hope they got the sign for free.

Most Innovative (or Is That Creative?) Neologism

e

Innovative? Creative? It just takes too long to alternate between them. At last, there's a faster way!

Booth We Most Want To Live In

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Who do we talk to about taking out a lease on this place? Hardwood floors, recessed lighting, mod furniture, and it's cleaned by the...

Hippest Square

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Your house has corners, right? So why is the most popular floor-cleaning robot round? Poor design or a sop to the side-brush industry? The Mint corrects that flaw. And although it's only for tile, wood, or laminate floors (no carpet), the only supplies you need to buy are Swiffer pads - no special fluid for Mint, thanks. Add its infrared mapping system and whisper-quiet operation and suddenly there's a new janitorial robot in town.

Most Essential Accessory For The CES 2011 Keynote

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There won't be a bored face in the house when this lightweight, cloverleaf-shaped copter-flyer invades the stage during Ballmer's next spiel. The fact that you control it with your iPhone just makes it that much sweeter. If only we could remember what it was called - at least we've got a year to figure it out.

Most Ravenous Mob

IMG_1045

We love our public, but boy, do you love our monkeys. Like, to a pathological degree. Not pictured: the guy trying to dislodge a stranded monkey with a crutch.

Most Likely a Scam Product

Invisible Shield

"No, sir, I assure you that box is absolutely FULL of Invisible Shields. It's not empty at all." Then you call tech support and all you get is this.

Most Pathetic Co-Opting of a Culture

Smokey Robinson Phones it In

That's right, ladies and gentlemen. It's the ULTIMATE CELEBRATION of the Motown sound. Not a tribute. Certainly not four white dudes from Australia just trying to make a buck. ULTIMATE CELEBRATION.

Best Casino Attraction

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In a tiny (and too-dark) room off the main gaming floor at the Paris casino, there’s a collection of Harlequin paperback cover art paintings on display, dating to 1949 and including works by such masters as Norman Saunders. And you thought there wasn’t any culture in this town!

Most Ambiguous Product Description

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This booth had solar panels on display too, which made it impossible for us to guess whether this is a green laser pointer or, you know, a “green” laser pointer.

Most Underwhelming Slogan

underwhelming catchphrase 2

"It is possible." Was "It could happen" taken? This is like a half a step up from "Don't hold your breath," or maybe just "Hey. Eventually."

Least-Visited Display at the Conference

Graphing Calculators

You people missed out, too, because Casio straight up brought the HEAT, son! Oh man, 2010 is going to be BANANAS for Trigonometry students!

Most Redundant Product Name

Redundant much

This is so much better than that Infinite Within the Geographical Boundaries of Our Nation of Origin company!

Most Intimidating Speaker System

Speaker Terminator

Behind those huge, soulless eyes is a perfectly-calibrated killing machine.

Most Confusing Product Poster

Your Finger is Key

 

Finger Key Model

Wait…what? Are these women some sort of T-1000s? Do I WANT my finger to be the key? And is that woman picking her nose with her key finger?

Strangest Sense of Scale

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Swiss chalets are apparently much smaller than you’d think. But Swiss checks are much bigger.

Best Illustration That Everything Has Its Price

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Branded for life with MSI’s corporate logo! We hope they compensated this poor girl fairly, whoever they are.

Awesomest Q&A

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This is the new passphrase for entry into our super-special cool guy club. Ear-users need not apply.

Best Jimmy Buffet Song Come To Life

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Forget “Margaritaville” on the strip. That place is trying too hard. This “Cheeseburger in Paradise” came about totally organically.

Best Vegas Sunset

It's a tie.

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Thursday night's purple and blue was exactly what you'd expect to see on a postcard...

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But Saturday's Martian Landscape takes the sunset in daring new directions.

And so the sun sets on our CES 2010 coverage. Probably. Except for a post or two about the shutdown. For the "best" of past shows, see the Wootable Awards from 2007, 2008, and 2009. And if you captured any CES weirdness of your own, post it below - obviously, we've got a bottomless appetite for this stuff.



Quality Posts


theoneill555


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Picking on the poor little Fireflies - OK so ten million of them in one place is a little bit excessive, but they will light up your life

That's O'neill with two L's *holds up three fingers*

Hengehog


quality posts: 6 Private Messages Hengehog

Those corporate tattoos remind me of Jennifer Government.

agingdragqueen


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Staff

theoneill555 wrote:Picking on the poor little Fireflies - OK so ten million of them in one place is a little bit excessive, but they will light up your life



Why would you hug them, that is my question WHY WOULD YOU HUG THEM.

theoneill555


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agingdragqueen wrote:Why would you hug them, that is my question WHY WOULD YOU HUG THEM.



A hug is a small price to pay to learn how to FOX TROT - a lost art

That's O'neill with two L's *holds up three fingers*

wolfgame


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I dunno ... That second sunset made me think of Blade Runner more than Total Recall ...

WVOz1970


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So I'm still trying to figure out those FECA people. What the heck are "commnmications"? Someone with duct tape on their mouth trying to communicate?

Who do I call to find out where I can hire my services as a proofreader to these companies next year?

Snapster


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WVOz1970 wrote:So I'm still trying to figure out those FECA people. What the heck are "commnmications"? Someone with duct tape on their mouth trying to communicate?

Who do I call to find out where I can hire my services as a proofreader to these companies next year?



They were so happy not to be named FECA Ltd., that they were unable to communicate.

xylotism


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awesome.

Shirt.woot, you used to be cool.

Andy47240


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Those were good.



doctorclark


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wolfgame wrote:I dunno ... That second sunset made me think of Blade Runner more than Total Recall ...



That second sunset made me think of a re-photographed printout of that first sunset.

Lol: Brainlgnite. My brain refuses to see "BrainIgnite" with the "I" identical to an "l".



What's it going to be then, eh?

JadenKale


quality posts: 181 Private Messages JadenKale

I'll try a pair of those bonephones ;)

haroldiv


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WOOT we made it into Wootable! Thank you so much for your kind words. We look forward to doing business with you guys and loling at our scathing product description =)

Keep on making us laugh while selling us awesome scaffolding guys! You RULE!

-Team OWLE

raebee


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If you guys really want to live here you can just hang out in my local Jiffy Lube waiting room, same decor except they have a coffee maker with that powdered cream stuff, totally first class!


Where do you find a Roomba? At the Innba!

ableplanet


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While I want to thank you for drawing attention to the Able Planet Slogan "It Is Possible.", I thought you may be interested the importance of this phrase.

Starting at a very young age, children with hearing loss are commonly separated from normal hearing children, because even the most talented educators believe it is not possible to overcome their hearing impairments in many educational environments. As a result, kids with hearing loss are placed on the sidelines to watch life happen around them. As the kids grow older, they struggle to lead active lifestyles that are enjoyed by people with normal hearing. Can you imagine not being able to use a cell phone, an iPod, or even listen to your favorite sports on the radio? Eventually many, if not most, people with hearing loss take themselves out of the game. They give up. They no longer believe that it is possible for them to overcome the barriers that have forced them onto the sidelines.

Able Planet established the "i am able" campaign to educate those with normal hearing and those struggling with hearing loss that "It Is Possible." to lead more active lifestyles, and in fact, to become world leaders. You may be interested to know that the graphic immediately adjacent to the "It Is Possible." slogan in your picture is an image of Lauren Weibert, a Snowboard Champion from Colorado. By the way, she has a profound hearing loss. She has a Cochlear Implant on one ear and a hearing aid on the other. Able Planet Patented Technologies connect Lauren to the World of Sound, and make it possible for her to speak on a telephone, hear in difficult listening environments, listen to her favorite music on her Apple iPod – and speak with attendees at the International Consumer Electronics Show! Yes, Lauren and other Able Planet athletes attended the show. In the booth, you may also noticed the 2009 X GAMES Women’s Super X Motocross Champion - Ashley Fiolek (http://www.ashleyfiolek.com). She is beyond doubt the most decorated female motocross athlete in action sports, and by the way, she's totally deaf!

So, why was Able Planet at the CES, a show for the "Normal Hearing Consumer"? Because our patented technologies may change the world for people with hearing loss, but the general consumer simply loves our sound. We have won 23 International Consumer Electronics Show Innovation Awards since 2006 (5 in 2010 alone), and our company does not differentiate its customer by their abilities. We make headphones and headsets For All Levels of Hearing (another slogan). By the way, Chris "Birdman" Andersen, Alexei Gusarov, Jesse Heilman and other "i am able" athletes have normal hearing.

I sincerely appreciate you allowing me to respond to the award, and I truly believe your customers, now that they now the meaning of the slogan, would vote otherwise. Is it possible to get a plaque for my office?

Kevin Semcken
Chairman & CEO
Able Planet

lizymae


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I think that flying thing was called the Drone or iDrone or something like that.


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marwicksloan


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Snapster wrote:They were so happy not to be named FECA Ltd., that they were unable to communicate.



Spelling Commmnications wrong is like identifying how important qwality is to your company then spelling it wrong. Also, couldn't help noticing what happens when you take the space out and get FECALtd. That's just wrong.

Kidgoldstein


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I'm so glad they slammed Owl City. It's not that I dislike the song for the most part, but when I first heard it, I thought... "Oh cool, Postal Service has a new album out."

<insert something witty>

penrodtj


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ableplanet wrote:While I want to thank you for drawing attention to the Able Planet Slogan "It Is Possible.", I thought you may be interested the importance of this phrase.

Starting at a very young age, children with hearing loss are commonly separated from normal hearing children, because even the most talented educators believe it is not possible to overcome their hearing impairments in many educational environments. As a result, kids with hearing loss are placed on the sidelines to watch life happen around them. As the kids grow older, they struggle to lead active lifestyles that are enjoyed by people with normal hearing. Can you imagine not being able to use a cell phone, an iPod, or even listen to your favorite sports on the radio? Eventually many, if not most, people with hearing loss take themselves out of the game. They give up. They no longer believe that it is possible for them to overcome the barriers that have forced them onto the sidelines.

Able Planet established the "i am able" campaign to educate those with normal hearing and those struggling with hearing loss that "It Is Possible." to lead more active lifestyles, and in fact, to become world leaders. You may be interested to know that the graphic immediately adjacent to the "It Is Possible." slogan in your picture is an image of Lauren Weibert, a Snowboard Champion from Colorado. By the way, she has a profound hearing loss. She has a Cochlear Implant on one ear and a hearing aid on the other. Able Planet Patented Technologies connect Lauren to the World of Sound, and make it possible for her to speak on a telephone, hear in difficult listening environments, listen to her favorite music on her Apple iPod – and speak with attendees at the International Consumer Electronics Show! Yes, Lauren and other Able Planet athletes attended the show. In the booth, you may also noticed the 2009 X GAMES Women’s Super X Motocross Champion - Ashley Fiolek (http://www.ashleyfiolek.com). She is beyond doubt the most decorated female motocross athlete in action sports, and by the way, she's totally deaf!

So, why was Able Planet at the CES, a show for the "Normal Hearing Consumer"? Because our patented technologies may change the world for people with hearing loss, but the general consumer simply loves our sound. We have won 23 International Consumer Electronics Show Innovation Awards since 2006 (5 in 2010 alone), and our company does not differentiate its customer by their abilities. We make headphones and headsets For All Levels of Hearing (another slogan). By the way, Chris "Birdman" Andersen, Alexei Gusarov, Jesse Heilman and other "i am able" athletes have normal hearing.

I sincerely appreciate you allowing me to respond to the award, and I truly believe your customers, now that they now the meaning of the slogan, would vote otherwise. Is it possible to get a plaque for my office?

Kevin Semcken
Chairman & CEO
Able Planet



Oh SNAP! The magical listening devices Able Planet possess picked up on a woot! blog on the not-so-able Earth!

If its any consolation to Mr. Semcken, I thought the sign to be advertising something about our environmental/energy problems or something to that effect.

Kudos to Mr. Semcken and Able Planet! It is exciting to know that these people can be given the gift of hearing. Keep up the good work!

Samius


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Where's the Excalibur booth?

stirfry213


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ableplanet wrote:While I want to thank you for drawing attention to the Able Planet Slogan "It Is Possible.", I thought you may be interested the importance of this phrase.

Starting at a very young age, children with hearing loss are commonly separated from normal hearing children, because even the most talented educators believe it is not possible to overcome their hearing impairments in many educational environments. As a result, kids with hearing loss are placed on the sidelines to watch life happen around them. As the kids grow older, they struggle to lead active lifestyles that are enjoyed by people with normal hearing. Can you imagine not being able to use a cell phone, an iPod, or even listen to your favorite sports on the radio? Eventually many, if not most, people with hearing loss take themselves out of the game. They give up. They no longer believe that it is possible for them to overcome the barriers that have forced them onto the sidelines.

Able Planet established the "i am able" campaign to educate those with normal hearing and those struggling with hearing loss that "It Is Possible." to lead more active lifestyles, and in fact, to become world leaders. You may be interested to know that the graphic immediately adjacent to the "It Is Possible." slogan in your picture is an image of Lauren Weibert, a Snowboard Champion from Colorado. By the way, she has a profound hearing loss. She has a Cochlear Implant on one ear and a hearing aid on the other. Able Planet Patented Technologies connect Lauren to the World of Sound, and make it possible for her to speak on a telephone, hear in difficult listening environments, listen to her favorite music on her Apple iPod – and speak with attendees at the International Consumer Electronics Show! Yes, Lauren and other Able Planet athletes attended the show. In the booth, you may also noticed the 2009 X GAMES Women’s Super X Motocross Champion - Ashley Fiolek (http://www.ashleyfiolek.com). She is beyond doubt the most decorated female motocross athlete in action sports, and by the way, she's totally deaf!

So, why was Able Planet at the CES, a show for the "Normal Hearing Consumer"? Because our patented technologies may change the world for people with hearing loss, but the general consumer simply loves our sound. We have won 23 International Consumer Electronics Show Innovation Awards since 2006 (5 in 2010 alone), and our company does not differentiate its customer by their abilities. We make headphones and headsets For All Levels of Hearing (another slogan). By the way, Chris "Birdman" Andersen, Alexei Gusarov, Jesse Heilman and other "i am able" athletes have normal hearing.

I sincerely appreciate you allowing me to respond to the award, and I truly believe your customers, now that they now the meaning of the slogan, would vote otherwise. Is it possible to get a plaque for my office?

Kevin Semcken
Chairman & CEO
Able Planet



Mr Semcken,

While I'm sure the intent of your product is noble and helps many, you obviously don't visit Woot! much. If the writers at Woot! are every bit as warped and twisted as my humor is, then their comment on your product was lost on you. Its humor, not an insult to the capabilities or intentions of your company.

Maybe I'm overly jaded, or just honest enough to admit it, that in this environment, your speel is lost on us. Thank you for the comment, but please, save it for someone that cares.

Sincerely,
Stirfry ;)

agingdragqueen


quality posts: 135 Private Messages agingdragqueen

Staff

stirfry213 wrote:
Maybe I'm overly jaded, or just honest enough to admit it, that in this environment, your speel is lost on us. Thank you for the comment, but please, save it for someone that cares.



Aw! Well, I really liked reading the background, and it made me happy that AblePlanet headphones are what I use here at work.

Jason Toon


quality posts: 19 Private Messages Jason Toon
ableplanet wrote:While I want to thank you for drawing attention to the Able Planet Slogan "It Is Possible.", I thought you may be interested the importance of this phrase.

Starting at a very young age, children with hearing loss are commonly separated from normal hearing children, because even the most talented educators believe it is not possible to overcome their hearing impairments in many educational environments. As a result, kids with hearing loss are placed on the sidelines to watch life happen around them. As the kids grow older, they struggle to lead active lifestyles that are enjoyed by people with normal hearing. Can you imagine not being able to use a cell phone, an iPod, or even listen to your favorite sports on the radio? Eventually many, if not most, people with hearing loss take themselves out of the game. They give up. They no longer believe that it is possible for them to overcome the barriers that have forced them onto the sidelines.

Able Planet established the "i am able" campaign to educate those with normal hearing and those struggling with hearing loss that "It Is Possible." to lead more active lifestyles, and in fact, to become world leaders. You may be interested to know that the graphic immediately adjacent to the "It Is Possible." slogan in your picture is an image of Lauren Weibert, a Snowboard Champion from Colorado. By the way, she has a profound hearing loss. She has a Cochlear Implant on one ear and a hearing aid on the other. Able Planet Patented Technologies connect Lauren to the World of Sound, and make it possible for her to speak on a telephone, hear in difficult listening environments, listen to her favorite music on her Apple iPod – and speak with attendees at the International Consumer Electronics Show! Yes, Lauren and other Able Planet athletes attended the show. In the booth, you may also noticed the 2009 X GAMES Women’s Super X Motocross Champion - Ashley Fiolek (http://www.ashleyfiolek.com). She is beyond doubt the most decorated female motocross athlete in action sports, and by the way, she's totally deaf!

So, why was Able Planet at the CES, a show for the "Normal Hearing Consumer"? Because our patented technologies may change the world for people with hearing loss, but the general consumer simply loves our sound. We have won 23 International Consumer Electronics Show Innovation Awards since 2006 (5 in 2010 alone), and our company does not differentiate its customer by their abilities. We make headphones and headsets For All Levels of Hearing (another slogan). By the way, Chris "Birdman" Andersen, Alexei Gusarov, Jesse Heilman and other "i am able" athletes have normal hearing.

I sincerely appreciate you allowing me to respond to the award, and I truly believe your customers, now that they now the meaning of the slogan, would vote otherwise. Is it possible to get a plaque for my office?

Kevin Semcken
Chairman & CEO
Able Planet



Thanks, Kevin. That's interesting to know. Don't take our goofy snipes personally - it sounds like you guys are doing good work (certainly much more worthwhile than making dumb jokes about trade-show displays!).

As I'm sure you know, CES is a blur of wall-to-wall hype, so we thought Able Planet's much more modest slogan was worth commenting on. Glad we didn't make you too mad and thanks for the reasonable reply.

Jason Toon
Woot writer

zerac


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I feel kinda empty with the lack of Star Wars related paraphernalia........but then again the Optoma tourtured kid does kinda look like Han Solo in carbonite



Gatzby


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ableplanet wrote:While I want to thank you for drawing attention to the Able Planet Slogan "It Is Possible.", I thought you may be interested the importance of this phrase.

Starting at a very young age, children with hearing loss are commonly separated from normal hearing children, because even the most talented educators believe it is not possible to overcome their hearing impairments in many educational environments. As a result, kids with hearing loss are placed on the sidelines to watch life happen around them. As the kids grow older, they struggle to lead active lifestyles that are enjoyed by people with normal hearing. Can you imagine not being able to use a cell phone, an iPod, or even listen to your favorite sports on the radio? Eventually many, if not most, people with hearing loss take themselves out of the game. They give up. They no longer believe that it is possible for them to overcome the barriers that have forced them onto the sidelines.

Able Planet established the "i am able" campaign to educate those with normal hearing and those struggling with hearing loss that "It Is Possible." to lead more active lifestyles, and in fact, to become world leaders. You may be interested to know that the graphic immediately adjacent to the "It Is Possible." slogan in your picture is an image of Lauren Weibert, a Snowboard Champion from Colorado. By the way, she has a profound hearing loss. She has a Cochlear Implant on one ear and a hearing aid on the other. Able Planet Patented Technologies connect Lauren to the World of Sound, and make it possible for her to speak on a telephone, hear in difficult listening environments, listen to her favorite music on her Apple iPod – and speak with attendees at the International Consumer Electronics Show! Yes, Lauren and other Able Planet athletes attended the show. In the booth, you may also noticed the 2009 X GAMES Women’s Super X Motocross Champion - Ashley Fiolek (http://www.ashleyfiolek.com). She is beyond doubt the most decorated female motocross athlete in action sports, and by the way, she's totally deaf!

So, why was Able Planet at the CES, a show for the "Normal Hearing Consumer"? Because our patented technologies may change the world for people with hearing loss, but the general consumer simply loves our sound. We have won 23 International Consumer Electronics Show Innovation Awards since 2006 (5 in 2010 alone), and our company does not differentiate its customer by their abilities. We make headphones and headsets For All Levels of Hearing (another slogan). By the way, Chris "Birdman" Andersen, Alexei Gusarov, Jesse Heilman and other "i am able" athletes have normal hearing.

I sincerely appreciate you allowing me to respond to the award, and I truly believe your customers, now that they now the meaning of the slogan, would vote otherwise. Is it possible to get a plaque for my office?

Kevin Semcken
Chairman & CEO
Able Planet



Thanks for dropping in! It's fascinating to hear about the background of the phrase. It's not often we really get a peek into the inside of things like that. Also happy to see a Colorado company featured doing cool and good work, being a Denverite these days. =)

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Hmm, interesting how none of the clouds have moved between Thursday and Saturday on the sunset pictures.

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stirfry213 wrote:Mr Semcken,

While I'm sure the intent of your product is noble and helps many, you obviously don't visit Woot! much. If the writers at Woot! are every bit as warped and twisted as my humor is, then their comment on your product was lost on you. Its humor, not an insult to the capabilities or intentions of your company.

Maybe I'm overly jaded, or just honest enough to admit it, that in this environment, your speel is lost on us. Thank you for the comment, but please, save it for someone that cares.

Sincerely,
Stirfry ;)


You did see that he requested a plaque for his office right? I think he may have understood the humor......

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doctorclark wrote:That second sunset made me think of a re-photographed printout of that first sunset.

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Definitely. They are from the same evening. You can't tell me that those clouds form that identically each night.

Well, you could I guess, but i'd laugh at you and call you names.

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stirfry213 wrote:Mr Semcken,

While I'm sure the intent of your product is noble and helps many, you obviously don't visit Woot! much. If the writers at Woot! are every bit as warped and twisted as my humor is, then their comment on your product was lost on you. Its humor, not an insult to the capabilities or intentions of your company.

Maybe I'm overly jaded, or just honest enough to admit it, that in this environment, your speel is lost on us. Thank you for the comment, but please, save it for someone that cares.

Sincerely,
Stirfry ;)



Looks like Mr. Stirfry needs to get out of the kitchen cus all those gas fumes are making him snippy.

I'm sure Mr. Smecken is well aware of the humor. He probably read through the other 50+ awards and wanted to gouge his eyes out (which probably would have made him start another company for the blind... :P ). His post gave no hint of being offended and provided us with info about his company and products that many of us never knew. In fact, his post was a blatant plug for his company, the sneaky bastard. And because a CEO like him actually took the time to post shows that he cares about his company, which got my respect. I mean I would definitely buy his product the moment I go deaf after listening to my gf chatter night after night.

And if you didn't get that Mr. Smecken knew that all of this was in fun by asking for a plaque as a Wootstaff had pointed out, you really need to lay off cooking those shrooms. It's one thing to be laid back, but it seems Mr. Stirfry is in his own mellow world by thinking everyone is too uptight to notice humor when they see it.

Btw, Wooters may be witty and reckless, but I'm sure we're not all heartless. Don't loop us in as being uncaring...

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either you guys are really dirty or your hotel doesn't pay people to wash windows that last picture is scary

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Thanks for the walk-thru! I missed the show and greatly appreciated this.

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stirfry213 wrote:Mr Semcken,

While I'm sure the intent of your product is noble and helps many, you obviously don't visit Woot! much. If the writers at Woot! are every bit as warped and twisted as my humor is, then their comment on your product was lost on you. Its humor, not an insult to the capabilities or intentions of your company.

Maybe I'm overly jaded, or just honest enough to admit it, that in this environment, your speel is lost on us. Thank you for the comment, but please, save it for someone that cares.

Sincerely,
Stirfry ;)



I love WOOT, and I did understand that it was a joke. I just thought many people would be interested in the significance of the phrase. I still want my plaque.

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I would buy this, it reminds me of when the Maxim writing was awesome and the pictures told a lot of the story. Cerca 1998-2002

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Geode wrote:Anyone see a potential nefarious collaboration between Bones and Able planet brewing? Soon, no one will use Ears!



You, sir (or madam), may have something there.

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Woot staff must've done a double-take when they saw the Mint (square Roomba). Now there's a new sheriff in town. Will Woot remain loyal to their trusty Roomba, or make friendly with the new Mint.

The square bot sounds like a great option for all the dog and cat hair I have on my hardwood floors. Since I haven't yet pulled the trigger on a Roomba, perhaps this is the product that'll be more effective on animal hair. Can't wait to read the reivews. If only I had more cash, I'd buy into the first sale.

Oh, and the confusing product poster reads, "YOUR FINGER IS THE KEY". she is reported to have said that. LOL

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ableplanet wrote:I love WOOT, and I did understand that it was a joke. I just thought many people would be interested in the significance of the phrase. I still want my plaque.



You should def go for 3. I think "it is possible" is just as good as "Yes we can", and 90% as catchy. It's now possible vs. Now it's possible would be interesting.

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Just another person chiming in on the sunset pics. I too noticed the clouds in both pics were virtually the same ;)

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I think the second sunset is an illustration of what happens when you forget to turn your flash off while taking a picture of the first sunset.