When I first started LIVEdigitally, a good friend suggested I include the category “That’s Janky” for all the stuff that was a little goofy or poorly designed. As a refresh, here’s a definition from the good ol’ Urban Dictionary:
(adjective) inferior quality; held in low social regard; old and delapidated; refers almost exclusively to inanimate material objects, not to people
We tried to pick up on these girls waiting for the bus, but I was driving my sister’s janky 1989 geo metro so we just got clowned instead.
Still cracks me up. Anyhow, I thought it would be a fun idea to put just a single post with all the pictures I took at CES 2007 that I felt fit into the Janky category.
Too many lines – lines for the Bill Gates keynote, CES Unveiled, press conferences, etc.
Has anyone told this company how bad their name is? I mean, it’s certainly a step up from their old name, SARS Electronics…
The Dream Machine and other weird gaming furniture – it’s neat and all, but who is going to put this thing in their homes?
I love the TVGames products, but Deal or No Deal: The Video Game? It might as well just ship with a drool guard for anyone who follows the intensity of the show.
Well-designed gadget? Yes.
Skype phone. Cool.
We’ve covered this one before.
Chinese manufacturers who yoink reputable brands to try to sell their wares, and…
Chinese manufacturers whose booths feature hand-written posters, and…
Chinese manufacturers who can’t spell their own name consistently (if you can’t read, it says Guten and Gooten)!
Booth designs that look great in the 3D rendering, but nobody takes the time to make a real sample to test the concept.
Ridiculous convergence gadgets. Although you could market this one to the law enforcement community, that way they can listen to their jams while they arrest people.
Er. No comment.
Traditional consumer electronics manufacturers who overspend on their ridiculously large booths. Earth to Sony, LG, Panasonic, Pioneer, and everyone else: this is not 1992, your tactics must change.
No picture to show, but a special mention to the CES Web site for not making it abundantly clear to people how registration worked and that non-trade individuals would not be allowed in.
There you have it, the CES 2007 Janky Report!
Actually, I’m adding one more: to the organizers of the one and only press/media event (which I shall leave nameless) who decided I wasn’t welcome because I am not a full-time member of the media. Yet the same organizers let in over a dozen bloggers that I know personally, none of which are full-time bloggers/members of the media. If anyone who works for that event has taken a moment for CES coverage follow-up, I hope you note how much more CES coverage I had than most of the bloggers you let in, and maybe you’ll do more than a cursory check on everyone’s backgrounds in the future. You win my personal “Most Janky” award.