The Consumer Technology Association (CTA - former CEA) announced its Best of Innovation Awards Honorees for CES 2016. Among the winners in 27 product categories is Harman, with the JBL Reflect Aware in-ears, Klipsch with its Reference Premiere Dolby Atmos Speaker System, and Sengled Voice, the first integrated microphone/speaker LED bulb on the market.
The CES Innovation Awards program is an annual competition honoring outstanding design and engineering advancements across 27 consumer technology product categories. The announcement of the Best of Innovation Awards Honorees was made during CES Unveiled New York, an annual event to showcase new products and trends and the latest show announcements leading up to the CES.
Each category has a three-member judging team that evaluates the products based on the criteria of engineering, design, function, features and how the product directly compares to competitors in the market. Products that receive the Best of Innovation designation are the highest-rated products within each category, and will be featured in the Innovation Awards Showcase at CES Tech West during CES 2016, Jan. 6-9 in Las Vegas, NV.
“This was another fantastic year for the Innovation Awards, as all of the honorees represent a vast range of technological advancements showcasing the excitement, energy and promise of consumer technology,” said Karen Chupka, senior vice president, CES and corporate business strategy. “These innovative products highlight key industry trends that will be seen across the entire CES show floor in January, and will drive the global consumer tech industry for months to come.”
The 2016 Best of Innovation Honorees are (click on any of the pictures to enlarge):
Computer Hardware and Components
HP - HP ENVY Curved All-in-One
The HP ENVY Curved All-in-One desktop computer delivers an immersive experience with top of the line performance, in a QHD+ curved display larger than life, which is Technicolor Color Certified.
Sengled - Sengled Voice
The first integrated microphone/speaker LED bulb on the market. It offers voice control of devices, voice interaction with the cloud and enhance home security by detecting glass breaking and baby crying. It enables distributed intelligence while reducing gadget clutter at home.
ROLI - Seaboard RISE
The Seaboard RISE is a new musical device, leveraging the technology introduced in the Seaboard Grand in a thin, lightweight and portable keyboard. It remodels the keyboard as a soft, sensor-embedded surface that responds to the subtlest gestures of the finger, allowing musicians to shape sound through touch.
Software and Mobile Apps
Airspek - DietSensor
An automatic nutrient tracking, DietSensor brings a new level of simplicity and accuracy to diet trackers for people overweight or with food-related chronicle diseases. It analyzes the food with a click of a button using a micro scale and SCIO, the first molecular sensor that fits in a hand.
Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation - Ricoh Theta S
A spherical imaging camera that captures 360-degree scenes surrounding the user. It produces photos and videos that enable viewers to see the entirety of a scene by scrolling up, down, sideways and all around in the resulting image.
Tablets, E-Readers, and Mobile Computing
Lenovo - Yoga Tab 3 Pro
A multimedia tablet with a built-in projector that transforms a wall or ceiling into a 70” screen. Featuring a 10.1” QHD display and integrated JBL 4-speaker sound bar. Up to 18 hours of general use on a single charge.
Osterhout Design Group - R-7 Smart Glasses
Advanced Smart Glasses featuring ultra-transparent 3D stereoscopic displays and packed with innovative technologies in a small, light and sleek design. Fully integrated with on-board processing power.
Eco-Design and Sustainable Technology
Pilot - ECO USBCELL Rechargeable Battery
The Pilot ECO USBCell battery utilizes lithium polymer technology and is rechargeable via most USB ports, outperforming other rechargeable batteries in its class.
Tech For A Better World
3D Systems - K-1 Assistive Device
A 3D printable assistive device designed in connection with the company’s partnership with e-NABLE, the global network of makers, inventors and designers using 3D printing to make functional, prosthetic hands that are donated to people in need.
Fitness, Sports and Biotech
Ouraring - ŌURA
ŌURA is a ring-sized wellness computer and app that helps users to get more restful sleep and adjust their daily activities.
Unmanned Systems and Accessories
Lily - Lily Camera
The Lily Camera is the world’s first throw-and-shoot-camera. The product combines computer vision, GPS and stable, high-resolution image capture to grant users the freedom of documenting their lives while still living in the moment.
Gaming and Virtual Reality
Vuzix Corporation - iWear Wireless
A high-end pair of video headphones that provide users with a streaming wireless personal home theater and mobile wearable gaming solution that extends the small mobile screen into a huge 125” screen that is connected to the web or smart phone for access to content on the go.
Ford Motor Company - Ford F-150 Pro Trailer Backup Assist
The Ford Pro Trailer Backup Assist is a segment-first technology featured on the 2016 Ford F-150. It makes backing up a trailer as easy as turning a knob, for both experts and infrequent towers alike.
Harman International Industries - JBL Reflect Aware
Sport headphones with Ambient Aware technology and active noise cancelation (ANC), no batteries required, offering the ability to mix ambient sounds with active noise cancelling performance, allowing any athlete to optimize their audio performance for every workout. The lightest ANC headphone on the market requires no battery through the use of Lightning Connector or Micro USB.
Samsung Electronics - Samsung Gear S2
A completely re-designed circular smartwatch with a rotating bezel for navigation and payment system.
Somabar - Somabar Robotic Bartender
Somabar integrates Wi-Fi connectivity, onboard sensors, electronic ingredient tagging and automated cleaning making bartending as easy as pressing a button. Using the Somabar app, users can share and create cocktails with anyone on the globe in seconds.
Wireless Handset Accessories
Deeper - Smart Fishfinder
Deeper Fishfinder is a smart sonar that works in conjunction with a smartphone. It is specially created for professional and amateur anglers, designed to locate fish, get information about depth, water temperature, bottom contour and much more.
Home Audio/Video Components and Accessories
Klipsch Group - Klipsch Reference Premiere Dolby Atmos Speaker System
Klipsch took its advanced cinema expertise to the home theater environment with Reference Premiere Dolby Atmos speakers. The speaker line up consists of three models. The all-in-one solution RP-280FA tower speaker with an integrated height channel reflects sound off the ceiling to deliver the overhead Dolby Atmos experience. The RP-140SA adds the Dolby Atmos elevation effect to any existing home theater speaker system. Complementing the performance of the RP- 280F and the RP-140SA Dolby Atmos enabled speakers is the newly introduced RP-450CA center channel speaker which features a two-way design. The system’s can be paired with any Klipsch Reference subwoofer. These speakers feature proprietary 90°x90° Hybrid Tractrix Horn technology coupled with Linear Travel Suspension (LTS) titanium tweeters, and copper-colored Cerametallic Woofers.
Samsung Electronics - Galaxy S6 edge+
A premium, dual-edge smartphone optimized for multimedia, featuring a 5.7-inch display, advanced camera with Live Broadcast and mobile payment capabilities.
Portable Media Players & Accessories
Belkin International - Belkin Charge Dock for Apple Watch and iPhone
An all in one dock solution, that offers an integrated charging puck for the Apple Watch and an adjustable Lightning connector for iPhone for the most case compatibility. It allows the user to charge both devices simultaneously and holds them at ideal viewing angles.
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