The Consumer Electronics Association will present its choices of Best of Innovations Design and Engineering Award honorees at the upcoming 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The awards comprise outstanding design and engineering advancements across 32 consumer electronics product categories.
The CEA judges make their selection of the honorees in 32 categories based on overall engineering qualities and design qualities, the product’s intended use and function, unique features and how the design and innovation of the product compares to others in the marketplace.
EE Times has chosen its Top 10 based on a pure gut feeling that the gadgets and devices will make a difference in the consumer's appreciation of how technology was applied in a friendly-user manner.
Following are the EE Times Top 10 CE gadgets from the 32 categories, in no particular order:
Lytro Light Field Camera has an 8X optical zoom, f/2 aperture lens. The Light Field Engine processes the light ray data captured by the sensor. The user refocuses pictures right on the camera, on a desktop and online. It takes out the worry that the image was properly adjusted or focused when taken.
D-Premier, what a joke, if your willing to pay $16,000.00 for an audio amplifier I will sell you a $500 coffee mug that will make your coffee taste the best ever, and I will give you all the specs. you need, such as the height, the bottom diameter, the top diameter to the nearest thousandth, and the purity of the cup material. Hopefully this will convince you it is worth $500 dollars.
The Lytro camera is interesting, but I don't really understand why they just don't focus the entire photo. It seems an extra unnecessary post process to arbitrarily choose a focal point for every single photo when the entire picture could be focused. No thanks. The one other interesting thing to me is the thermostat. Personally, I will probably buy one myself eventually. People spend extra money all the time on mundane house items like faucets simply because they like the style. The thermostat looks cool, and the smart functionality is just a bonus as far as I'm concerned. The Apple guys get it right again.
The Lytro Light Field camera is amazing. I will buy it when it gets cheaper, since presently I am unemployed.
Have the folks at Lytro demo'd the camera to Law enforcement? This could become the standard camera for crime scene investigation.
I always find Sony's approach to consumer devices refreshing. This updated review, which we don't endorse, has some markedly interesting points: http://www.pcworld.com/article/239253/sony_tablet_s_review_a_tablet_that_goes_beyond_basics.html
No, I didn't know that, but I'll take your word for it. You're right, it seems to detract from the entire "competition" that it's entirely done on paper. On the other hand, think of the logistical problems of judging real-world objects and software.
Sony's tablet is questionable as a market entry to displace the leaders, but it has an interesting approach: http://www.eetimes.com/electronics-news/4218126/Adobe-and-Sony-launch-competition-to-develop-apps-for-new-tablets