CES Announces Best of Innovation Honorees for CES 2017

November 12 2016, 05:00
As it happens every year, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) and producer of CES, announced the Best of Innovation Honorees for CES 2017. The annual CES Innovation Awards honors outstanding product design and engineering across 28 product categories. The announcement came from the annual CES Unveiled New York industry event. Among the winners are audio products from ReSound, Crazybaby, OSSIC, SVS and Paradigm Electronics.
The program recognizes two levels of recipient – Honoree and Best of Innovation. Products that receive the Best of Innovation and Honoree designation will be featured in the Innovation Awards Showcase, presented by The Henry Ford, at CES 2017, Jan. 5-8 in Las Vegas, NV.
“The honorees stand as the best of ingenuity and design in the consumer tech industry,” says Karen Chupka, Sr. VP, CES and corporate business strategy, CTA. “These outstanding products exemplify the power and promise of the global consumer tech industry to produce breakthrough products and services that improve our lives and better our world.”
Each category has a three-member judging team that evaluates the products based on their engineering, design, functionality, consumer appeal and how they compare to competitors in the marketplace. The judges include highly respected consumer tech designers, engineers and members of the media.
The Best of Innovation Honorees for CES 2017 include the following products/companies (audio products are highlighted):

3D Printing
Robo 3D Inc. - Robo R2 High-Performance Smart 3D Printer with Wi-Fi - A 3D printer with Wi-Fi for large-scale projects.
Home Appliances
Sleep Number - Sleep Number 360 Smart Bed - A bed that uses a proprietary algorithm and machine learning to intuitively sense and automatically adjust all night for an effortless and optimized sleep experience.
Accessible Tech
Aipoly - Aipoly Vision - Artificial intelligence app allowing mobile phones to recognize thousands of items in real-time to assist the blind and visually impaired with exploring their surroundings.

In-Vehicle Audio/Video
Bosch - Integrated Connectivity Cluster (ICC) - The ICC is the all-in-one information and communication system for motorcycles – and riders. It is the first of its kind integrating head-unit functionality into a cluster. The HMI clearly displays nothing more (and nothing less) than the information essential to riders looking to take their experience to the next level.

Computer Accessories
MANGOSLAB - nemonic - Desk organizer.
Portable Media Players and Accessories
Chengdu XGimi Technology Co. - XGIMI Z4 Aurora Screenless TV (Android) - Smart LED 3D projector that transforms any surface into a 300-inch screen with built-in Harman Kardon stereo sound. 

Computer Hardware and Components
HP Inc. - HP Spectre 13 - “Designed to be the best notebook ever made,” says HP. Made for the customer that wants cutting edge technology in the thinnest form factor ever and doesn’t mind using Windows 10.

Smart Home
Sevenhugs - Smart Remote by Sevenhugs - “The world’s first contextual control system for connected homes.” Remotes that let  us control everything with just one touch. By pointing it at a device, the screen automatically adapts.

Computer Peripherals
NETGEAR - Nighthawk X10 R9000 Smart WiFi router - “The industry’s fastest router for media streaming with Plex media server,” so ugly you have to hide it front sight.

Smart Home
NWi - Cubit - Tools that are capable of thinking / problem solving, freeing users from complex measurements and the many, many calculations needed for home layout placement.
Computer Peripherals
Acer - Predator Z301CT monitor - The world’s first 21:9 curved monitor with eye-tracking functionality.
Software and Mobile Apps
Xooloo - Xooloo Digital Coach - Parental control app.
Digital Imaging
KanDao Technology Co. - Obsidian 3D Panoramic Camera - A 3D Panoramic for Virtual Reality applications with a collection of hardware and software.

Tablets, E-Readers and Mobile Computing
Lenovo - Lenovo Yoga Book (Android) - Versatile 2-in-1 device with paper+ink, touch-based halo keyboard and EMR pen input tablet.

Drones and Unmanned Systems
PowerUp Toys - PowerUp FPV - Paper Airplane VR Drone - “Experience flight as if you were sitting in the cockpit of your very own paper airplane creation.”

Tech For A Better World
Tobii Dynavox - Tobii Dynavox PCEye Mini with IS4 Eye Tracker - The world’s smallest and most robust eye tracker, optimized for individuals that do not have use of their hands due to various disabilities, the device enables users to control a computer, laptop or tablet using only their eyes.

Embedded Technologies
Goodix - Goodix Live Fingerprint Detection Sensor - A fingerprint detection system combining a high resolution innovative capacitive sensor with an integrated optical detection system to determine our heartbeat signature from our finger.

Vehicle Intelligence
Quanergy Systems - S3 Solid State LiDAR Sensor - The world’s first solid state 3D LiDAR sensor used for computer-assisted perception for safe and autonomous cars. This sensor can detect, classify and track objects so the computer can assist the driver in avoiding accidents or take over the driving task in a safe manner.

Fitness, Sports and Biotech
EyeQue Corporation - EyeQue Personal Vision Tracker - A low-cost, convenient, fun way to test our eyes and order new glasses using a smartphone (iOS, Android).

Virtual Reality
Google Inc. - Tilt Brush - A virtual reality (VR) app to paint in three-dimensional space.

Swiftpoint Inc - The Z-Gaming Mouse - Developed for gamers, designers and power desktop users, the Z allows interaction with a computer in a faster, more precise and highly intuitive way.

Wearable Technologies
uConekt Inc. - uBolt - A unique multi-factor authentication personal identity wearable device combining biometric fingerprint and voice recordings and a secure element to establish trust and verifiable confidence in a user identity.

Wearable Technologies
Link AKC (Smart Pet Technologies, LLC) - LINK AKC Smart Dog Collar - More than location and activity tracking, the LINK AKC collar is designed to secure and strengthen the bond between dog and owner, combining sophisticated smart home, wearable and mobile technologies.

Wireless Handset Accessories
Motorola Mobility (a Lenovo company) - Moto Mods - Mobile snap-on accessories for the Moto Z smartphone, including additional battery, projector, audio speakers and a camera.  

Wireless Handsets
Lenovo - Lenovo Phab 2 Pro - The world’s first Tango-enabled smartphone, built to drive mainstream adoption for augmented reality.

Accessible Tech
ReSound - ReSound ENZO2
The ReSound ENZO2 is the world’s only super power Smart Hearing aid. It offers rich, balanced sound, Internet connectivity and made-for-iPhone capabilities, meaning they work as wireless stereo headphones to stream calls, music and other audio directly from an iPhone.

Home Audio/Video Components and Accessories
Crazybaby Inc. - Mars by Crazybaby
Mars represents a Fusion of Audio and Design, the world’s first patented true auto levitating wireless speaker with integrated sub woofer and 360 Hi-Fi Sound stereo projection. The dual driver design combines a separated 3¾ inch low-frequency driver with 1¾ inch medium-high frequency driver and users are able to create a truly impressive stereo system which behaves in fact like a true 2.1, using the iOS app to synchronize two Mars devices.

We also take the opportunity to highlight the fact that Crazybaby is also about to launch their new Air true wireless earbuds, which were also Best of Innovation Honorees. The Air stereo Bluetooth 4.2 earbuds are designed with a Qualcomm/CSR aptX streaming  solution and are said to be the world’s first “pure carbon nanotube speaker driver”. Campaign ongoing on Indiegogo.

OSSIC Corporation - OSSIC X
OSSIC X is the world’s first 3D audio smart headphone that unlocks new dimensions of sound with any content. By pairing advanced 3D audio algorithms with head-tracking and individual anatomy calibration, the headphones deliver incredibly accurate 3D sound directly to the user’s ears — increasing the sense of auditory space, and acoustically recreating the way we hear the world everyday. This smart headphone auto-calibrates to the listener to enable accurate sound positioning and excellent sound quality. Perfect for movies, music, gaming and virtual reality.

High Performance Home Audio/Video
SVS - SVS SB16-Ultra Subwoofer
The astonishing 16-inch driver with an unprecedented eight-inch edge-wound voice coil, massive 1,500 watts RMS, 5,000+ watts peak Sledge amplifier and advanced Apple iOS/Android control app make SVS SB16-Ultra “the greatest leap forward in subwoofer innovation history,” the CES jury said.

High Performance Home Audio/Video
Paradigm Electronics Inc. - Paradigm Persona 9H (part of the Persona Series)
The Persona Series features Paradigm’s most advanced audio technologies, all entirely Crafted in Canada. The series is comprised of seven models: Persona 9H Flagship, Persona 7F, Persona 5F, Persona 3F, Persona B, Persona C (passive center channel) and Persona Sub (subwoofer). The jury highlighted the 9H Hybrid Floorstanding Loudspeaker, with four 8.5” active bass drivers & Anthem Room Correction (ARC), the flagship of the Persona Series. The Persona 9H features Truextent Beryllium 1” tweeter and 7” midrange drivers, each with perforated phase-aligning lenses - a passive mid and high frequency section that Paradigm says “delivers more accurate wide-spectrum dynamics (from a detailed well-blended 40kHz down to a deep 500Hz) while remaining virtually transparent.” The powered bass section utilizes the brand’s Ultra- High-Excursion Differential Drive 8.5” woofers in a balanced vibration-canceling configuration (two front-firing, two rear-firing). Each woofer pair is powered by a separate DSP-controlled 700 W RMS amplifier for a total of 1,400 W RMS (2,800 W Dynamic Peak), and combined with exclusive technology like Anthem Room Correction (ARC) capability for precise optimization of bass performance for any listening environment.

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