Offbeat tech: The misfits of CES

Here are eight unusual items--some available, others strictly conceptual--that caught our eye at CES 2010.

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YoGen Ripcord Charger



Calling all lawnmower fans! Wouldn't it be great if you could charge your cell phone or MP3 player the same way you'd start up a gas-powered mower?

Even if you answered "no," the US$40 YoGen Mobile Charger could provide emergency power in a pinch, as this video demonstrates.

Like today's solar chargers, the YoGen ripcord device isn't a viable alternative to the conventional AC adapter, but it's handy for campers, hikers, and other outdoor enthusiasts who need a quick charge in the wild.

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