Part of the great CES tradeshow shebang is the process of granting honorees and awards — because everyone likes a trophy. For the mammoth that is CES, there are 28 categories, judged by a three-member judging squad composed of an independent industrial designer, an independent engineer and a member of the trade press. The three vote, and one winner receives the prestigious “Best of Innovation Award.” We picked out our favorite category winners; if you want, you can see the complete list at CES.tech.
CES Innovation Award Evaluation Criteria:
1. Engineering qualities.
2. Aesthetic and design qualities.
3. The product’s intended use/function and user value. For Tech for a Better World entries, this also includes how it can make a positive impact to the quality of life for its users, or those affected by its use.
4. Why the product deserves the Innovation Award, including specifics regarding its unique/novel features and features that consumers would find attractive.
5. How the design and innovation of this product directly compare to other products in the marketplace.
CES Summary: Cota Tile delivers wireless power without plugs and pads. Built to replace a standard ceiling tile, Cota Tile can charge electronic devices within a 30-foot radius. From offices and hospitals to coffee shops and homes, Cota Tile makes power as convenient, safe and invisible as wireless internet.
HP Spectre 13
CES Summary: The Spectre 13 was designed to be the best notebook ever made. From its staggering thinness to its artisan finishes to its surprising power and battery life, it boldly redefines the notebook category. It is made for the customer that wants cutting-edge technology in the thinnest form factor ever.
CES Summary: K’Track G (G for Glucose) is the first wearable tracker that allows diabetics to measure in real time their blood glucose without blood extraction. Worn on the wrist, K’Track G allows users to live with diabetes without anxiety, pain, or effort.
Lenovo Phab 2 Pro
CES Summary: As the world’s first Tango-enabled smartphone, the Phab 2 Pro was built to drive mainstream adoption for augmented reality, adapting it in a device that would make sense for the use cases of everyday consumers.
Lenovo Yoga Book
CES Summary: A versatile 2-in-1 device with paper + ink, touch-based halo keyboard and EMR pen input methods. Yoga Book is designed for productivity while on the go. It is built for mobility and to solve a challenge for tablet users — to achieve productivity and entertainment in one device.
LG Signature 77–inch OLED 4K TV
CES Summary: With its breathtaking wallpaper design, the 77W7 is the ultimate in OLED TV technology. With powerful performance and audio capabilities, the 77W7 is the all-in-one package for any modern home.
Mars by Crazybaby
CES Summary: The world’s first true auto levitating wireless speaker patented by Crazybaby features an integrated subwoofer and 360 Hi-Fi Sound stereo projections.
CES Summary: OSSIC X is the ultimate 3D listening experience. This smart headphone set auto-calibrates to the listener to enable accurate sound positioning and excellent sound quality. Perfect for movies, music, gaming and virtual reality.
Samsung Lifestyle TV
CES Summary: The innovative Samsung Lifestyle TV is a beautiful, always on, truly smart display that transforms the TV to art, making your home more welcoming and aesthetically pleasing no matter the content on screen.
Samsung has not released an official press release regarding the new Lifestyle TV, but it appears to be an evolution of the Serif TV, pictured here.
Smart Remote by Sevenhugs
CES Summary: Smart Remote is the world’s first contextual control system for connected homes. It lets you control everything at home with just one touch. When you point the Smart Remote at a device, the screen automatically adapts and you just need one touch to control it. A seamless and intuitive control system.
SVS SB16-Ultra Subwoofer
CES Summary: An astonishing 16–inch driver with unprecedented 8–inch edge-wound voice coil, a massive 1,500 watts RMS, 5,000+ watt peak Sledge amplifier and advanced Apple iOS/Android control app make SVS SB16-Ultra the greatest leap forward in subwoofer innovation history.
Tilt Brush by Google
CES Summary: Tilt Brush is a virtual reality (VR) app that lets you paint in three-dimensional space. With intuitive controls and a pick-up-and-play design, it is an experience for everyone — professional artists, dreamers and even casual doodlers.