Play Impossible Gameball, OrCam MyEye 2.0 are “Last Gadget Standing” Winners
In a competition that was packed with smart products that focused on health, entertainment, and—of course—voice control, it was a child’s plaything and a wearable drive that ultimately took the big prize in this year’s Last Gadget Standing competition. The Play Impossible Gameball was the winner of this year’s in-person voting portion of the show, while the OrCam MyEye 2.0 glasses attachment won the online vote.
Last Gadget Standing is a program run by industry icons Robin Raskin and Kaare Christian that’s intended to provide a platform for new and upcoming products and companies. It’s nearly 20-year history has seen some of the hottest tech items come across the stage and this year was no different.
Play Impossible’s Gameball is an active product that’s intended to get the user—i.e. young kids—off of their butts and moving around rather than sitting in front of a phone or video game screen all day. The device, which connects through a smartphone (or Apple TV) app, gamifies what otherwise looks like a standard bouncy ball. The app provides a number of different game modes that can be done as a single player competition or together with friends. You can connect more than one ball to the app to increase the competition. Perhaps most notable about the products—aside from the beyond reasonable $99 price tag—is the fact that the battery can be fully charged in about 20 seconds through the rapid charger that comes with the product, and it lasts for an hour of continuous play (four to six hours at rest). The Play Impossible Gameball is a unique take on playtime that’s sure to win over a lot of young kids out there, and it’s easy to see why it won the in-person vote.
OrCam’s MyEye 2.0, winner of the online vote, is a wearable attachment for someone with glasses that can truly transform their lives. Targeted towards users with perhaps more serious than normal vision impairments, the MyEye 2.0 is a product that can help the user achieve “increased independence.” In their onstage demo, OrCam’s founders showed the product reading out loud a block of text on a piece of paper and identifying the person that the MyEye wearer was looking at. They also explained that, in a grocery store for example, the product could help the wearer identify what products they are looking at, and scan the packaging or barcode and read back information about the product to the user. For $4,500, it’s not the type of gadget that’s targeted to any consumer, but the potential of the technology was apparent and truly showed how it could improve lives.
Other finalists for the program included the GoSilent data security product from Silent Circle, Vestaboard, a high-tech dash cam from Raven, Bragi’s The Dash Pro tailored by Starkey, Root’s robotic coding product, KitSound’s Voice One Smart Speaker, Lenovo’s Star Wars: Jedi Challenges AR game, and the weight loss assistant from Modius.