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Offbeat tech: The misfits of CES

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

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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