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Meet George Jetson

I got a kick out of the news coming out of the annual International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this month.

The show, supposedly the biggest of its kind, hosts previews of products and new product announcements.

Some of the products that made their debut at the show include the VCR in 1970, the camcorder in 1981, the digital satellite system in 1994 and the plasma TV in 2001.

Some of the gizmos making their debut this year include “Flower Power,” a plant sensor designed to update mobile devices with information about the health of your plants.

Another device, called the HAPifork, is a fork with a handle containing electronics and a battery.

A motion sensor in the fork knows when you’re eating, and if you’re eating too fast, the fork will vibrate as a warning.

Finally, and truth is stranger than fiction, I give you the iPotty, a device that presumably allows for more efficient potty training.

That’s right, folks, potty training.

The training device allows hooking up an iPad to help keep a child entertained while on the toilet.

The company behind iPotty is looking at whether the potty’s attachment can be adapted for other types of tablets.

What will they think of next?

Meet “The Jetsons,” which celebrated its 50th anniversary last year.

The Jetsons took place in 2062, where flying cars, trips to the moon, vacuum tube transport and robots were commonplace.

Advances in technology has made these devices a reality or at least in the research and development phase. 

Women now wear “meat” dresses and 3-D glasses, and they make outfits out of Kermit dolls.

Cloning has become more commonplace than ever before.

“Beam me up, Scotty,” may soon be more than a catchphrase.