The CES Innovation Awards program is an annual competition honoring outstanding design and engineering advancements across 27 consumer technology product categories. The announcement came during CES Unveiled New York, an annual event to showcase new products and trends and the latest show announcements leading up to the CES.
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.
Products that receive the Best of Innovation designation are the highest-rated products within each category, and will be featured in the Innovation Awards Showcase at CES Tech West during CES 2016, Jan. 6-9 in Las Vegas, NV. CES is owned and produced by The Consumer Technology Association (CTA), formerly the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, the trade association representing the $285 billion U.S. consumer technology industry.
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.
The 2016 Best of Innovation Honorees are:
- Computer Hardware and Components HP Inc. / HP ENVY Curved All-in-One
- Computer Peripherals ROLI / Seaboard RISE
- Digital Imaging Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation / Ricoh Theta S
- Eco-Design and Sustainable Technology Pilot / ECO USBCELL Rechargeable Battery
- Fitness, Sports and Biotech Ouraring / URA
- Gaming and Virtual Reality Vuzix Corporation / iWear Wireless
- Headphones Harman International Industries / JBL Reflect Aware
- Home Appliances Somabar / Somabar Robotic Bartender
- Home Audio/Video Components and Accessories Klipsch Group, Inc. / Klipsch Reference Premiere Dolby Atmos Speaker System
- Portable Media Players & Accessories Belkin International / Belkin Charge Dock for Apple Watch and iPhone
- Smart Home Sengled / Sengled Voice
- Software and Mobile Apps Airspek / DietSensor
- Tablets, E-Readers, and Mobile Computing Lenovo, Corp. Yoga Tab 3 Pro / Osterhout Design Group R-7 Smart Glasses
- Tech For A Better World 3D Systems / K-1 Assistive Device
- Unmanned Systems and Accessories Lily / Lily Camera
- Vehicle Intelligence Ford Motor Company / Ford F-150 Pro Trailer Backup Assist
- Wearable Technologies Samsung Electronics / Samsung Gear S2
- Wireless Handset Accessories Deeper / Smart Fishfinder
- Wireless Handsets Samsung Electronics / Galaxy S6 edge+
For more information on the CES 2016 Innovation Awards, including photos and descriptions of all honorees, visit CES Innovation Awards on CESweb.org