CES 2009: Some gadgets missed the mark

We wonder who's going to want bad Wii wannabes, a zillion iPhone cases, out-of-date MP3 players, e-cigarettes and other oddities that we found at the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show.

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Don’t Grab the CastGrabber

Maybe I'm not the target audience, but I don't see the need for the CastGrabber, a device that loads your latest podcasts onto an MP3 player without the intervention of a PC. Lots of media management apps for PCs can automatically update your podcast subscriptions. The whole process seldom takes more than a few minutes, and it requires virtually no user attention. So why would you pay US$130 for a butt-ugly piece of plastic that will just add to the clutter in your house? --Edward N. Albro

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