There were 26 products that received the Best of Innovations Award at this year’s edition of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. What made them stand out included the engineering qualities, aesthetics, the intended use and user value, and the unique features. Let’s see the winners!
Moneual Touch Table PC
How would it be to be able to browse menus, order food and drinks, and even pay in your favorite pub, without having to rise from the table? Moneual designed the Touch Table PC as a solution for use in restaurants, where customers could browse menus, place orders and pay from the table. In addition to restaurants, other public places could benefit from its features, such as cafes, airports, hospitals, and hotels.
Sony Cyber-shot RX1
This is the world’s first fixed lens digital camera with a full-frame sensor. The RX1‘s high price of $2799.99 is backed up by the long list of powerful functions including the 35mm full-frame 24.3MP Exmor CMOS sensor, ISO 100-25600, 14-bit RAW image capture, f/2.0 Carl Zeiss Sonnar T lens with 9 aperture blades, P/A/S/M modes, Full HD 24p/60i/60p video with manual control. The camera allows you to take amazingly detailed still photos even in low-light conditions, without flash, record high definition video, and get full manual control over the settings.
Mad Catz S.T.R.I.K.E.7 Professional Gaming Keyboard
Announced back in August, this gaming keyboard is considered „the most state-of-the-art gaming keyboard known to man”, being design for professional gamers and featuring the V.E.N.O.M. Touch Display that supports app launching, macro commands and many other things. Thanks to the modular design, participants of competitive gaming have the possibility to rearrange individual sections according to their unique gaming style. Priced at $299.99, S.T.R.I.K.E.7 comes with the Main Keyboard Module, Control Module TFT-LCD with 2 High-Speed USB Ports, Macro Key (Function Strip) Module, Number Pad Module, 3 Palm/Wrist Rests, Additional Key Caps with Removal Tool, Adjustment Tool, 3 Keyboard Link Cables, the AC Adapter, and 6 Connector Screws.
Sennheiser IE800 In-ear canal headphones
In the Headphones category, Sennheiser IE800 in-ear canal headphones won the award, for delivering „the most innovations per cubic millimetre”. Let’s say that the main features of these headphones are: very low overall THD, two protection meshes, dampened dual-chamber absorber (D2CA), and dynamic linear phase ultra-wide bandwidth (UWB) driver. In short words, these translate to a perfect sound while on the go.
Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay A9
When it comes to perfect sound and design in external speakers, Bang & Olufsen is always the winner. This year they won with the BeoPlay A9 digital loudspeaker featuring spacious stereo sound from a circular unit looking similar to parabolic antennas. Besides the cool factor coming from its appearance and the high-quality audio performance, the loudspeakers feature wireless audio streaming via DLNA and AirPlay, as well as intuitive operation. You can customize the exterior covers and the leg material by picking from several colors that match any room interior. How much is it? – $2,699.
Sony XAV-701HD Smartphone Connected AV Receiver
This is an AV receiver featuring MirrorLink that wirelessly connects to your smartphone to display applications on a 7-inch touchscreen display. Users can navigate, talk hands-free and browse the multimedia library, as well as connect to HD Radio, Pandora, SiriusXM, and through dual USB ports. You can find it at Sony, at $699.99.
Phoenix Gold ACX600.5
In the In-Vehicle Audio Video category the winner is Pheonix Gold ACX600.5, an app-controlled mobile 5 channel amplifier. Users can controll it via Bluetooth, based on the PG’s application on smartphones. Among options you have Gain, Fade, Balance, Subwoofer level, EQ, Phase, Listening position, X-over, Bass boost, DSP, and the possibility to display feedback.
Liquid Image Apex HD+ Wi-Fi Snow Goggle
Liquid Image’s high-quality extreme sport cameras are known worldwide and the Apex HD+ Wi-Fi snow goggle was designed for sport activities in extreme conditions, such as rising the snowmobile, snowboarding and skiing. These goggles not only capture everything you experience in the snow, with HD quality, but also streams everything live via the Wi-Fi connection to tablets and smartphones. The model also features adjustable camera lens with 30-degree tilt, 1080p video recording at 30fps or 720p at 60fps, high quality sound recording, continuous shot photo mode, 12MP still images, 135 degrees wide angle camera lens, water resistance, and many other cool capabilities. The goggles are available for purchase for $399.99.
Belkin WeMo Baby
The baby monitor called WeMo Baby was developed by Belkin for parents who need to listen to their babies with clear sound from anywhere. To enable this capability, the baby monitor pairs with the free WeMo Baby application for smartphones and paents can receive cry notifications and acces the cry history. You can find it at a price of $89.99.
Harman/ Kardon BDS 577
Harman/ Kardon, one of the leaders in the audio industry, developed a Blu-ray system with 3D capabilities, gathering functions supported by separate devices into a single system. These include high fidelity amplifiers, built-in AirPlay, Bluetooth, YouTube, Wi-Fi, plus support for a wireless subwoofer. The entertainment hub integrates a 5.1-channel digital amplifier, 3D-capable Blu-ray Disc player, and features Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD surround-sound decoding, HDMI technology with 3D including three inputs and one output, access to online streaming services, and EzSet/EQ equalization. The system is available in white or black for £999.99.
GreenWave Reality Connected Lighting Solution
The GreenWave Reality Connected Lighting Solution gives you total control over the residential lighting with fully-dimmable, wireless LED and CFL bulbs through an IP-enabled home lighting network, which you can control from a computer, smartphone or a remote.
Sculteo created the first application that allows you to customize, manufacture and order your 3D-printed iPhone cases starting at $14.94. Read more about this on the official website.
XPAL Power SpareOne
Spare One is the world’s first mobile phone powered by one AA battery to provide up to 15 years of battery life when not in use, or up to 10 hours of continuous talk time. You can keep this phone handy for 15 years and use it only when there’s an emergency. You can pick from two versions supporting different GSM bands, and from two casing colors, red and white. Other key features include LED torch light for up to 24 hours, waterproof bag, emergency button, agenda memory for 9 numbers, and automatic text reply, all for $99.99.
LG Ultra-High-Definition CINEMA 3D Smart TV
LG’s 84LM9600 is the world’s largest Ultra Definition 3D TV. The system features 3840 X 2160 resolution, meaning 4 times the resolution of Full HD, delivered through a 84-inch display. In addition, the new TV comes with 2.2-channel speaker system with 2 subwoofers to produce 50W audio, while providing access to both 2D and 3D entertainment through the Home Dashboard interface. All of these explain the price tag of $20,000.
Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses
Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses practically brings science-fiction movies to life because it is the first hands-free smartphone display and communication system designed for on-the-go use. The gadget places a tiny full-color display in front of your eye so you can see your smartphone’s display. It also features built-in headtracker and GPS for spacial and positional awareness, plus a camera for photos and video recording. When used with smartphone apps and linked to the Cloud, the device enables first-person Augmented Reality. The Bluetooth headset with warable display is expected to have the price around $1,000.
This small gadget is a great solution for those who need to use several SIM cards without getting several dual SIM phones. This is possible thanks to the mini adapter that supports extra dual SIM standby via Bluetooth, allowing users to make phone calls, send SMS messages, access web pages, and others. Gspot devices use a special application to work with iOS and Android devices. Read more about it at Gopod.
Moneual Smart Care System for Hearing-impaired Person
Moneual’s second product that received the Best of Innovations Award is the Smart Care System developed for hearing-impaired people. The device is worn on your wrist and can detect various noises and sounds to transmit them to you.
Samsung Timeless UHD 85″ TV
The new UHD TV from Samsung is the world’s largest UHD TV, featuring an 85-inch diagonal. It produces perfect image quality in Ultra High Definition resolution with 8 million pixels. Key features also include the enhanced dimming technology, very high contrast ratio, and dynamic sound range.
SWITCH 3-Way LED Bulb
This LED bulb from Switch Lighting is the first 25/50/75 Watt-equivalent LED bulb that can be used in 3-way lighting fixtures, enabling the same glow of an incandescent bulb but while using 80% less energy. You can set your desired light intensity, energy use and ambiance, using the 3 power settings accessible through a switch.
Samsung VG-STC3000 TV Camera
The world’s first TV camera with motion and face recognition comes from Samsung and is able to recognize motion and your face, as well as to make it easier to video chat, select content and play games. I can’t find the official page, but it probably has several new features in addition it its predecesor’s, the VG-STC2000, which supports High Definition video calls, Skype, and also features lens cover for privacy protection, Virtual Mirror in Samsung Smart TV Fitness application, and USB connectivity, for a price of $99.99.
Panasonic VIERA TC-L50E60 HDTV
Panasonic VIERA TC-L50E60 is a new TV with the High Definition technology, designed to offer great picture quality, advanced networking, eco features, and a sleek form factor. On the official website, Panasonic mentions a 50-inch diagonal, VIERA Connect, My Home Screen, Swipe & Share 2.0, Voice Guidance, Super slim LED LCD TV, 120Hz, 240 Back Light Scanning Technology, and the Super Narrow Bezel.
XSense is a flexible touch sensor that supports great design possibilities for touchscreen devices, including narrow borders, edgeless touchscreens and curved touch surfaces.
Wahoo Fitness KICKR Power Trainer
Meet the world’s first iPhone-powered bike trainer for indoor cycling. KICKR by Wahoo Fitness enables full control of power threshold and resistance via iPhone cycling applications. Main features include accurate power management, ultra-realistic road feel, wireless data transfers, quiet operation, and virtual training. The device is coming soon on the market.
Seagate Wireless Plus Streaming Media Storage
This is a device that I’d love to have because it allows you to stream 1TB of multimedia content like music, movies, photos, and documents to tablets, smartphones and computers wirelessly. Wireless Plus can hold over 500 movies or thousands of songs, plus photos and other files that you can stream to 3 devices simultaneously, through the Wi-Fi network it creates. The device also provides up to 10 hours of battery life and sells for $199.99.
ASUS MX279H TV
The ASUS MX279H is a new TV model created for those who wnat to get impressive picture and audio from a great design. Key features include Full HD AH-IPS LED display with 178° wide-view angle, frameless design, the SonicMaster Technology co-developed with Bang & Olufsen ICEpower for premium immersive audio, dual HDMI ports for multi device connections, and ultra-slim, ergonomic design with sturdy stand inspired by sundials.
Scanadu SCOUT Bluetooth Health Monitor
The game changer designed by Scanadu for consumer medicine lets you know more about your health by simply putting it on your temple. Within seconds it will read 5 vital signs and upload the data to the Scanadu smartphone application via Bluetooth. This way you can see the the pulse transit time, heart rate, electrical heart activity, temperature, heart rate variability, and blood oxygenation. The price is said to be of $150.