“Technology changes someone’s behavior by what they see & what they can experience -as if they are actually there. If tech can effect your feeling & thinking, it can amplify your understanding. Now imagine harnessing that kind of power in all forms of communication.” –Spacey Kevin Actor
CES Categories: Accessibility, Gaming, Health, Home, PC, Tablet, Robot, Drone, Sports, Startup, TV, Sustainable, Best of Best, People’s Choice.
Selection : our Editors have been hard at work the past few days finding the latest and greatest gadgets here at CES 2020. Now we’re ready to announce our official Best of CES awards. Below you’ll find our selections for all 15 categories, and also includes our “Best of the Best” award recipient, the most coveted prize of all. That special award is selected from our pool of Category winners.
Best Accessibility Tech – Phonak Virto Black
Virto Black is a good hearing aid in & of itself, but we were also impressed by the modern design that strikes a good balance between aesthetic cool & comfort. It offers more than just hearing enhancement, with features like Bluetooth streaming, Call handling & a clever “Roger” distance-listening accessory. The Virto Black will enhance your life beyond its primary purpose, which is what all good technology should do, especially where “accessibility” is concerned.
Best Gaming product – Razer’s Kishi controller (see end)
Yes, there are plenty of Smart Phone games with great touch-based controls. But sometimes you want absolute precision — the kind that’s only possible by moving thumb sticks & pressing face buttons. For those gaming sessions, you’ll want Razer’s Kishi controller. Developed in partnership with Gamevice, the accessory plugs directly into your iPhone or Android (no Bluetooth required!) to keep latency as low as possible. We think it’s a perfect companion for online multi-player titles such as Fortnite + the fast-growing world of game-streaming services such as xCloud & Stadia.
Best Digital Health & Fitness product – Withings ScanWatch
It may look like an Analog Wtch, but ScanWatch is really a tool for keeping track of your overall health. A heart rate sensor checks how you’re doing, and if it finds abnormal Cardiac activity, you’ll be asked to check your vitals with the onboard ECG. It can also track your sleep and look for signs of Sleep Apnea with a built-in SpO2 sensor. This device does all of this, look good and still lasts for 30 days on a single charge.
Best connected Home product – Weber Connect Smart Grilling Hub
Smart Grilling Hub brings the idea of the connected home to your backyard. Rather than demanding you buy a whole new cooker to upgrade your BBQ game, this makes your existing gas or charcoal grill a bit smarter. It has four temperature sensors that feed data back to an App on your phone. From there, you can check the ambient temperature of your grill as well as that of several different meats at once. The App will even guide you thru every step of the process, including prep, flipping & estimated completion time – making the art of smoking & grilling more approachable to even a novice chief
Best Home Theater product – Dolby Vision IQ
Vision IQ takes a good thing (Dolby’s enhanced spec for creating & displaying HDR content) and improves its application in everyday life. Beyond just tweaking the picture so it looks the best for the room you’re in, Vision IQ is also going to make sure that different types of content, like action sports, documentaries or feature films, are presented with the settings that best match what’s on-screen. It’s tech that should make everyone’s Home Theater experience better + more accurate.
Best PC or Tablet – Dell XPS 13 (2020)
Dell’s XPS 13 won its first Best of CES award when it debuted back in 2015. The company has kept up with the competition, so much so that we find ourselves honoring the XPS 13 yet again; this time for the 2020 edition. The newest model has a taller, more convenient 16:10 display, and it brings even thinner. The XPS 13 might not be a new product line, but of the various PCs we considered, this was far & away the item we were most likely to purchase for ourselves.
Best Robot or Drone – Zero Zero Robotics V-Coptr Falcon
Zero Zero Robotics’ new drone doesn’t look like the rest. The V-Coptr Falcon’s refreshing bi-copter form factor not only looks cool, but also helps it to stay in the air for a good 50 minutes — about 20 minutes longer than most of the competition. It uses two front-facing cameras for obstacle avoidance, and there’s a 12-megapixel main camera on a three-axis gimbal for stable 4K shooting. There are also auto-follow features & programmable flight paths for cinematic shots. You can even go fully manual using the controller over a 7-kilometer transmission range.
Best Sports tech – Insta360 One R
Insta360 is already known for its excellent video-stabilization technology, and now it’s taken it one step further by offering a modular Camera — one that lets you switch between a 360-degree mod, a 4K ultra-wide mod & a high-quality 5.3K one-inch sensor mod that’s co-engineered by Leica. You can set up the device according to your needs, with the option to mount parts for 3D 180-degree shots or 360-degree drone footage.
Best Startup – Hydraloop
HydraLoop is not only a charming bit of modern home decor but also a highly sophisticated Water-Purification system. Once installed in your home, it takes in outgoing Waist water and uses 6 widely accepted treatment methods to sterilize the water. This water can then be reused in toilets, washing machines, pools & even in the garden. The best part? Hydraloop’s founder claims an average family of four stands to save tens of thousands of gallons of water per year, which should be just as good for your wallet as it is for the planet.
Best TVs – LG CX-series OLED TVs
LG has added a ton of new features like NVIDIA G-Sync support – which makes your Games look smoother and Filmmaker Mode – which disables motion smoothing & other unnecessary video tweaks. LG still has all the benefits of OLED, like an insanely high contrast ratio, inky black levels & rich colors. LG has also improved its image processing to sharpen objects and improve details in your video. They’re so good that you’ll wonder why so many TV companies are pursuing 8K TVs instead of catching up to the quality of OLED.
Best Transportation technology – Wallbox Quasar
Quasar unlocks one of the exciting technologies of the electric car: the ability to use the battery pack to power your home or sell power back to the grid. The giant slab of electrons laying dormant in an EV when it’s parked in a garage has the potential to change how we power our homes. Quasar realizes that possibility. It creates a home\vehicle eco-system, and if we want a cleaner planet, we need to use all the resources at our disposal – even our cars !!!
Best Sustainability product – Hydraloop
Think of Hydraloop as a household water recycler. Wastewater from, say, the bathtub goes in, clean water to flush toilets comes back in. That could recycle some 85 % of water used at home, reducing water consumption by 45 %, according to the company. While not cheap at $4,000, the unit has the advantage of being a “set & forget” device. Sustainable practices will really take hold in people’s daily lives when they’re frictionless, and that’s what Hydraloop aims for.
Best of the Best – Hydraloop
That brings us to the best of the best, and the Hydraloop wins again! This is our first year judging sustainability products, and it feels good to see the winner of that category go on to win best in show. The 15 category winners are diverse, and all are winners in their own right, but Hydraloop won our team’s vote by a significant margin. Why? Well, as mentioned in its two other wins, the Hydraloop has the potential to reduce domestic water consumption significantly and negate one of the inevitable effects of climate change: water shortages.
Best Wearable – Olive Union Smart Ear
Smart Ear is a Hearing Aid – disguised as a true wireless Ear Bud, which helps reduce the stigma that can come from wearing a typical behind-the-ear device. It’s more affordable than a hearing aid – yet still offers premium features like music streaming, different listening modes & hands-free calling. Unlike true Ear Buds though, it’s sold as a single unit, so you’d wear it in just one ear to amplify sound if you’re someone who needs a little help hearing better.
* People’s Choice – Razer Kishi
More than 20,000 people voted in this year’s People’s Choice poll, and the winner is clear – Razer Kishi. With more than 5,000 votes that represented > 21 % of the overall results, it really was no contest: Second place only received a about 1,000 votes. Congratulations to Razer!
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