Consumer Electronics Show highlights & horrors

From a cranky live kangaroo to a $30,000 invention we grew to loathe, here's our picks for the most memorable moments and misfires at the CES 2012 gadget extravaganza.

Wildest stunt: Dish Network's kangaroo
Wildest stunt: Dish Network's kangaroo

The iHip headphones booth brought in Snooki from "Jersey Shore," but Dish Network featured even more of an animal: a real, live baby kangaroo.

Dish's press conference revolved around its new Hopper HD-DVR, which pairs with smaller Joey set-top boxes (get it?) for use on other TVs throughout the house. Dish hawked the new product line as "basically relaunching the company" -- and to celebrate, it brought out an actual joey.

Dish CEO Joe Clayton cuddled the creature briefly onstage, and a handler posed with the joey post-press conference for photos. The poor baby kangaroo was camera shy and tried to wriggle away. -Julianne Pepitone

By Stacy Cowley and Julianne Pepitone @CNNMoneyTech - Last updated January 13 2012: 3:05 PM ET
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