CES recently announced the honorees for its 2016 Best of Innovation award, a yearly competition that seeks out the best designs and engineering advancements in technology products. 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. The nominees are the best products in each field and will be showcased during CES 2016.
“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.”
See the winners in mobile, wearables, photography and more.
2016 Best of Innovation Honorees
Click through for the 2016 Best of Innovation award honorees, as identified by CES.
HP ENVY Curved All-in-One
Category: Computer Hardware and Components
The HP ENVY Curved All-in-One offers a high-resolution, 34-in diagonal curved display with a 21:9-aspect ratio. The all-in-one comes equipped with state-of-the-art audio by Bang & Olufsen, an Intel Core i5-6400T processor, up to 16 GB of RAM, a 1 TB hard drive and NVIDIA GeForce 960A graphics. The HP ENVY All-in-One also comes with Windows 10 preloaded, so you can take your projects to a whole new level. The combination of the Windows Hello feature and an Intel RealSense 3D Camera provides added security and accurate facial recognition.
Valet Charge Dock for Apple Watch + iPhone
Category: Portable Media Players and Accessories
The Valet Charge Dock for Apple Watch + iPhone is the first dock to include an integrated charger for the Apple Watch. The dock uses the same magnetic technology as the Apple Watch charging cable. Magnets align the connectors automatically, and inductive charging begins instantly. The dock also features an integrated Lightning connector for iPhone. With both connectors hardwired into the dock, charging your Apple Watch and iPhone simultaneously can be done with a single cable.
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+
Category: Wireless Handset
The Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ has a sleek design and brilliant dual-edge screen, with a 5.7″ Quad HD Super AMOLED 2560×1440 resolution display. Users can keep their top five contacts and apps at their fingertips for quick access as well as see discreet notifications on the edge screen. A built-in app allows users to share video on YouTube in real time. The camera comes with a 5 MP front-facing camera and a 16 MP rear-facing camera, runs Android 5.1.1., and has an internal memory capacity of 32 GB or 64 GB.
Cost: Varies by plan and provider
Category: Unmanned Systems and Accessories
The Lily Camera is an easy-to-use drone camera that flies itself. While wearing a tracking device, simply throw the camera in the air and it will begin to fly and record your actions. The device can be set to follow, lead or loop around your location. The camera is equipped to capture 1080p HD video at 60 fps, 120 fps slow-mo at 720p or 12 MP stills. It contains a built-in lithium-ion battery that provides up to 20 minutes of flight time with a two-hour charge window, is waterproof, and can fly up to 25 mph.
Category: Smart Home
Sengled is revolutionizing the lighting industry with smart bulbs that transform your house into a connected home. The Pulse smart bulbs allow you to stream music, podcasts, news reports and other media through your light bulbs. The Snap bulb includes an HD camera with motion detection and auto night vision. The Boost bulb will extend your Wi-Fi range by up to 100 feet.
Cost: Starting at $49.99
Samsung Gear S2
Category: Wearable Technologies
The intuitive circular face and bezel of the Samsung Gear S2 lets you navigate effortlessly to get to what you need. And with access to important notifications at a glance, you can get more out of every moment of your day. The Gear S2 is compatible with most Android devices. The watch comes with a built-in S Health app that can empower your active lifestyle, tracking steps, heart rate and even giving you nudges to get moving.
Yoga Tab 3 Pro
Category: Tablets, E-Readers, and Mobile Computing
The Yoga Tab 3 Pro boasts an integrated rotatable projector that turns any room into your very own theater. Use the rotatable hinge and super bright 50 lumen output to project an image of up to 70″ on any wall or ceiling. The tab includes a QHD display and JBL speakers. The battery provides up to 18 hours of usage on one charge. Yoga Tablet 3 Pro’s innovative design places a battery cylinder and kickstand on the side of the device, shifting the center of gravity and opening up multiple ways to use it: hold, tilt, stand, and hang.
Cost: Starting at $495.99
R-7 Smart Glasses
Category: Tablets, E-Readers, and Mobile Computing
The R-7 is a totally new device incorporating ODG’s next-generation optics, electronics and industrial design. Targeted to enterprise customers, the R-7 delivers a powerful and robust solution in a new lighter and tighter profile. This device is available with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor running the ReticleOS operating system atop Android Kit Kat and featuring Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. Vuforia Mobile Vision Platform. R-7 will also be compatible with a variety of other AR operating systems.
Ricoh Theta S
Category: Digital Imaging
The Ricoh Theta S camera allows you capture 360-degree, high-resolution photos and video with ease. The camera comes equipped with two high-resolution lenses with an output pixel count equivalent to 14 MB and can capture up to 25 minutes of continuous video. Users can share their experiences with the world through live streaming technology.
Category: Computer Peripherals
The Seaboard RISE is a revolutionary MIDI controller that is the future of the keyboard. The Seaboard RISE allows you to shape sound in a completely new way with five dimensions of touch – strike, glide, slide, press and lift. The device is compatible with a variety of software and hardware synthesizers, as well as DAWs across OSX, Windows and other platforms.
JBL Reflect Aware
Get the most out of your exercises by filtering what gets in. The new JBL Reflect Aware sport earphones deliver both best-in-class noise cancellation and the ability to mix in sound from your environment, for greater awareness of your surroundings when you want it. Designed for sports with a unique reflective design, the earphones feature an ergonomic fit design that keeps the earpieces in place regardless of the intensity of your workout routine. Sweat-proof and available in blue, black, red and teal, the earphones require no battery because they draw power and digital audio directly from the lightning connector on Apple devices.
Somabar Robotic Bartender
Category: Home Appliances
Somabar is the world’s first app-controlled robotic bartending appliance created for the home kitchen. With its streamlined design, you can thoroughly mix cocktails and infuse bitters to make the perfect cocktail in seconds.
Category: Fitness, Sports and Biotech
The ŌURA ring measures and analyzes your body and learns about you and your lifestyle. It communicates its observations and suggestions through a mobile app. The ŌURA app visualizes the measured data, providing you with personalized recommendations. It delivers clear textual message flow showing the trends, details and changes over time.
Category: Gaming and Virtual Reality
iWear is a high-end pair of video headphones that provides users with a mobile wearable video display and gaming solution featuring dual HD displays. The iWear has a field of view equivalent to a 130-degree home theater screen viewed from 10 feet away.
Dolby Atmos Speaker System
Category: Home Audio/Video Components and Accessories
Looking for a top-of-the-line speaker system? The Dolby Atmos speaker system provides overhead sound, state-of-the-art audio mixing and high-performance acoustic technology. Sound editors now have the ability to pinpoint a single sound and move it around, above and through the listener.
Category: Software and Mobile Apps
The DietSensor is the first instant-nutrition coach with sensors, allowing you to scan your food and get advice before eating. The mobile app keeps track of your intake and makes suggestions for what you should eat. The SCiO scanning tool provides accurate analysis of your food or beverage, even homemade items.
Ford F-150 Pro Trailer Backup Assist
Category: Vehicle Intelligence
Whether you’re a towing novice or a seasoned pro, Pro Trailer Backup Assist makes backing up a trailer as easy as turning a knob.
- Rotate the knob left or right in the direction you want the trailer to go.
- Makes navigating the trailer more intuitive.
- Advanced rear-view camera technology alerts you to obstacles in your path.
Cost: Trucks start at $25,071