The CE Week Best in Show Awards
The winners of Best in Show Awards at CE Week:
A-Audio’s Christian Iacovelli accepts, for the Legacy headphones (Headphones [On-ear] category). Incorporating the company’s EliteHD audio performance and design protocol, the A-Audio Legacy headphones feature active noise cancellation, bass enhancement and a proprietary three-stage technology that allows consumers to personalize their music at the touch of a button.
Adonit’s Rafael Gomez accepts, for the JotTouch with Pixelpoint fine-point stylus (Tablet Accessories). The Adonit Jot Touch with Pixelpoint, an Adobe Creative Cloud-connected device, is a pressure-sensitive, fine-point stylus for digital artists. The fine-point tip sets it apart. Using patented Pixelpoint technology, Adonit was able to create an unusually small fine-point tip. When paired with a Jot-ready App on any Bluetooth 4 iOS device, it offers pressure sensitivity and shortcut buttons that put key actions within easy reach.
DISH’s Paris Bradley accepts, for the Wireless Joey system for DISH (Multi-room A/V Streaming category). DISH’s Wireless Joey system, a new addition to the Hopper Whole-Home HD DVR platform, expands installation options where coaxial or Ethernet wiring is difficult to achieve or undesirable. Subscribers can watch DISH channels anywhere in the home without anchoring to a coax outlet, removing unsightly wire runs. It is among the first consumer products to take advantage of the 802.11ac wireless transmission standard.
iLuv’s Bill Otte accepts, for the Selfy Ecosystem combination case/smartphone photo accessory (Cellphone Accessories category). The Selfy Ecosystem features the first Apple iPhone 5/5s, iPad Air, iPad mini, and Samsung Galaxy S5 cases with a built-in wireless camera shutter. The case is of a dual-layer, shock absorbent design. This product also features a wireless remote shutter to allow greater flexibility for capturing selfies and group photos. In addition, the remote shutter is seamlessly integrated into the back of each case so consumers always have it with them. The remote slides out when it’s time to take a quick selfie. The company also offers an array of optional accessories for the system.
JBL’s Chris Dragon (l.) and Sean Kapoor accept, for the Synchros Reflect BT earphones (Headphones [In-ear] category). The company touts these ’phones as “fitness meets great sound,” as they were designed with a nod to the Harman audio legacy. They sport reflective cables for nighttime jogging safety, magnetized ends that allow them to be hung around the neck when not in use, and have an ergonomic fit coupled with cable and weight management characteristics that add to their appeal.
Korus’ Bill Hensley accepts, for the M20 portable Bluetooth/SKAA wireless speaker system (Bluetooth/Wireless Audio category). The speaker expands to a four-speaker audio system—sno network or pairing is required with SKAA technology. At 1.2 pounds, the M20 has a generous range for a wireless speaker (75 feet indoors and up to 185 feet outdoors). The M20 can also be combined with Korus V-Series premium speakers (V600 & V400).
LG’s Taryn Brucia accepts, for the LG34UM95 34-inch UltraWide WQHD monitor (Computer Accessories & Hardware category). It features multitasking and multimedia capabilities and connectivity optimized for gaming or watching movies as well as everyday tasks. In addition, the monitor features a 3440 x 1440 screen resolution, and a 21:9 aspect ratio—a feature gamers like, as it expands overall screen real estate.
LG’s Tim Alessi accepts, for the 55EA8800 55-inch Gallery OLED TV (Home A/V Components category). The Gallery combines Full HD 1080p OLED technology with LG’s Smart TV platform. It also houses a 100-watt, 2.2-channel sound system to provide a premium audio experience while maintaining the TV’s super-slim profile. The positioning of LG’s speakers (including two subwoofers), hidden behind the frame at the left, right and upper edge, produces immersive audio, compared to conventional TVs which usually have the speakers positioned below or behind the screen.
Panamax’s Todd Towey (l.) and John Benz accept, for the Power360 series of power protection series (Home A/V Accessories category). The line is designed to protect and charge all electronic devices. Each product features Panamax’s Automatic Voltage Monitoring technology to monitor incoming power and safeguard against over-voltage or brownout conditions. The units will automatically cut power to equipment if voltage is too high or too low and reset power when voltage returns to normal. Featured is Panamax’s “Circle of Protection” LED, providing consumers with three vital pieces of information in real time.
Pioneer’s Ted Cardenas accepts, for the AVIC 8000 NEX Apple CarPlay-compatible navigation system (In-Vehicle [12-volt] Solutions category). With a 7-inch capacitive touchscreen, it is part of Pioneer’s Networked Entertainment eXperience receivers that offer a new user interface controlling a combination of on-board features with connected services. Smartphone connectivity is enabled with Pioneer’s AppRadio Mode and Siri Eyes Free control. The AVIC-8000NEX boasts a range of entertainment and convenient options including HD Radio, SiriusXM-Ready, Pandora Station Creation, Aha Radio, and expanded Bluetooth for improved sound quality and wireless browsing.
Pirate3D’s Kai Elvin accepts, for the Buccaneer 3D printer (3D Printing category). The Buccaneer is smaller, more compact and lighter in weight than many leading 3D printers currently on the market, measuring 10” L by 10”W x 17” H and weighing 18 pounds. It is safe to operate with an internal, unexposed heated bed and is user-friendly, utilizing iPhone, Android, MAC, PC and Linux operating systems. It is also faster, letting consumers make their customized creations in roughly 30 minutes, start to finish.
ReSound’s Mike Fryar accepts, for the LiNX “smart” hearing aid system (Health & Wellness category). ReSound LiNX offers direct, stereo sound streaming from Apple’s iPhone, iPad and iPod touch—without an intermediary, body-worn device. LiNX grants wearers easy, direct access to sound, information, entertainment and communication. And through the ReSound Smart app, ReSound LiNX wearers can tailor their hearing experience to match their personal preferences and needs in a way that is both discreet and easy. It is the first hearing aid to offer advanced control directly from an iPhone, iPad and iPod.
Revolv’s Michael Dee accepts, for the company’s smart home hub and app (“Other” category). It unifies the most popular off-the-shelf smart home devices such as the Nest thermostat, Sonos music system and Philips Hue wireless lighting with one simple app. With Revolv, consumers can mix and match wireless devices and appliances in their home for lifestyle automation right in their smart phone. Revolv’s cloud-based software easily connects with all of the specialized third-party wireless products being developed for the next-generation home, such as lights, locks, sensors, thermostats and streaming entertainment systems. The device is easy to set-up and connects to a home Wi-Fi network.
Sony’s Amy Koppmann accepts, for the Alpha a7S 4K camera (Digital Imaging category). The camera puts extraordinary sensitivity, low noise and 4K video quality into the hands of professional photographers and videographers. It features a newly developed, 12.2-effective-megapixel 35mm Exmor CMOS sensor paired with a BIONZ X image processor, allowing it to shoot at a sensitivity range of ISO 50—4096002 with wide dynamic range and low noise. The new model is also said to be the world’s first camera to utilize the entire width of a full-frame image sensor in 4K video acquisition, and does this without cropping or line skipping, as it can read and process.
Pie Digital NetHero (Home Networking category). NetHero addresses home Internet system slowdowns. Because an ever-growing number of devices connect to the Internet within a home, they suffer from sluggishness, disconnects, and many other frustrating problems. NetHero makes it easy to find the cause(s) and take back control, from anywhere. Ideal for the family member who handles technology, NetHero: validates actual speed vs. expected; uncovers every device on a network; provides alerts and simple instructions for fixing problems; and monitors network and devices from anywhere. It can enable management from home or remotely, on iOS, Mac, and more, for free.
Withings’ Cédric Hutchings accepts, for the Pulse O2 and its HealthMate App/Activity Tracker (Wearables category). The device, capable of Live Coaching, uses the Health Mate app to analyze sleep, heart rate and blood oxygen levels. It boasts a full touchscreen with data-history browsing capability and two-week battery life.
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