The 2020 Consumer Electronics Show introduced the world to several groundbreaking innovations. Intel unveiled a foldable laptop/tablet and an incredibly robust self-driving kit. Also, Withings revealed a health tracker that can let users know if they have an irregular heartbeat and sleep apnea.
But none of those presentations hold a candle to the most important product launch of this year or any other, Nicolas Baldeck’s POTATO, the world’s first smart potato.
Think Different, About Potatoes
A bold step forward in Internet of Tuber (IoT) technology, the POTATO gives users the ability to converse with their favorite root vegetable.
Users first have to hammer a Neuraspud interface into a healthy potato. From there, the device’s ultra-high bandwidth interface will scan the tuber’s not all fictional brain waves and establish a potato-machine connection. Subsequently, consumers can allegedly use the Smart Potato app to ask importation questions like, “Did the man who invented college go to college?”
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— CES (@CES) January 8, 2020
Notably, the Neuraspud is a cleantech solution; it doesn’t have an exterior or internal power source. Instead, the device harvests a heretofore unknown type of energy called “Potat’Ohm” to function. Moreover, the interface utilizes golden and zinc electrodes and Bluetooth 4.2 to enable lag-free tater talk.
For the last 57 years, CES has served as a platform for a host of technological advances. But it has also showcased a variety of vaporware products. However, consumers should know smart potato, improbably enough, is a real thing. Inventor Nicolas Baldeck had a kiosk at CES 2020 and has set up an Indiegogo page for interested buyers. Moreover, the 21st century Thomas Edison even made a laughably shoddy promotional video that highlights the virtues of his profoundly superfluous IoT device.
Right now, consumers can order POTATO devices for $39. Baldeck is also selling POTATO t-shirts and stickers bearing the slogan, “Make Potatoes Great Again.” And yes, smart potato merchandise is uglier than homemade sin.
It’s Not Always About Utility
Because skepticism is an innate aspect of human nature, some cynical people may wonder if POTATO is a big joke. Indeed, Baldeck told Cult of Mac he created his smart tuber interface to mock the tech industry tendency to hail any Bluetooth-enabled device as innovative.
Nevertheless, POTATO’s undeniable pointlessness doesn’t mean it’s not a worthwhile invention.
After all, Charmin unveiled a toilet paper delivering household robot at CES 2020. A company called XPG exhibited a $10,000 24 karat gold-covered gaming keyboard and actually sold three units. Moreover, Impossible Foods won praise for debuting a plant-based substance called Impossible Pork even though pigs exist and are delicious.
The truth is, not all advances in consumer technology have a hard and fast purpose, nor should they. It can be a lot of fun to buy some deeply stupid novelty products. Moreover, POTATO may not do anything, but it can serve as a surreal and fun conversation piece. Indeed, 28 people have already contributed a total of $914 to support the smart potato.
While the POTATO early adopters have no financial sense, they know and have fun. And as we enter the post-smart tuber era, it’s important not to always take life so seriously.