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Each of the 28 CES 2017 Innovation Award honorees explained in a single sentence

ces 2017 innovation awards

Every year, the Consumer Technology Association uses the CES conference to honor unique products and companies that are doing things a bit differently. It calls them the Innovation Awards, and there’s plenty of honorees every year. This year there is a whopping 28 products on the “Best Of” list, and rather than bore you with press release jargon about “disruption” and “paradigm shifts,” I’d rather just sum each product up in a single sentence, so let’s get to it. 

Aipoly Vision – AI that tells blind people what they’re pointing their phone camera at.

Cota Tile – Ceiling tiles that can wirelessly charge electronics within 30 feet of them.

Cubit – An app-connected tool that measures and stores dimensions so DIYers can spend less time with plotting and planning and more time actually doing stuff.

EyeQue – A vision testing tool that wants to save you from having to go to the eye doctor by doing the tests at home.

LINK AKC Smart Dog Collar – A wearable for your dog that tracks activity levels and temperature to give owners a complete picture of their pet’s health and happiness.

Goodix Fingerprint Detection Sensor – Biometric finger unlocks for your phone, again.

HP Spectre 13 – A ridiculously thin notebook with good battery life and an eye-catching design.

Bosch Integrated Connectivity Cluster – A smart mini HUD for motorcycle riders.

K’Track G – Painless, blood-free blood glucose monitoring in real time for diabetics.

Lenovo Phab 2 Pro – An augmented reality smartphone.

Lenovo Yoga Book – A notebook/tablet hybrid that wears many hats.

Mars by CrazyBaby – A floating speaker with a charging base that looks like a Mac Pro.

Motiv Ring – An activity tracker for your finger.

Moto Mods – Slide-in accessories for the Moto Z smartphone that give it additional functionality, like a huge camera or video projector.

Nemonic – A workplace organizer.

Netgear Nighthawk X10 R9000 – A quad-core smart router built with 4K and VR in mind, and it looks like it would be painful to step on.

Obsidian 3D Camera – A 360-degree camera for shooting environments which can then be revisited in virtual reality.

Ossic X – Smart headphones that provide 3D positional sound.

Paradigm Persona 9H – High-end speakers that could be mistaken for air purifiers.

Powerup FPV – Little gadgets that turn paper airplanes into drones and send the video to a Cardboard VR headset.

Acer Predator z301CT – A 21:9 curved HD computer monitor with built-in eye-tracking.

ReSound ENZO2 – Smart hearing aids that connect to an iPhone.

Robo R2 – A Wi-Fi enabled 3D printer.

Quanergy Systems S3 Solid State LiDAR Sensor – A sensor for autonomous cars that can track objects so you don’t run people over.

Samsung Frame – A video display that could be mistaken for a picture frame, but that’s the entire point.

Sleep Number 360 – A bed that connects to your iPhone, because you know you’ve always wanted that.

Sevenhugs Smart Remote – A touchscreen contextual remote that can control pretty much everything in your home.

SVS SB16-Ultra Subwoofer – It’s loud.

Swiftpoint Z Gaming Mouse – A gaming mouse packed with customizable bits and lots of buttons.

Tilt Brush – A 3D VR painting and drawing app made by Google.

Tobii Dynavox PCEye Mini w/ iS4 Eye Tracker – An eye-tracking system that lets individuals without use of their hands navigate and enjoy a computer just like everyone else.

uBolt – A smart ID bracelet that verifies the identity of the wearer.

XGIMI Z4 Aurora Screenless TV – A projector that shoots a 300-inch screen at whatever you point it at, with built-in Harman Kardon speakers.

Xooloo Digital Coach – An app that keeps track of everything your kids are doing, watching, and saying.

Zera Food Recycler – Turns thrown out food into fertilizer, and also looks kind of like an old Xbox 360.

Mike Wehner has reported on technology and video games for the past decade, covering breaking news and trends in VR, wearables, smartphones, and future tech.

Most recently, Mike served as Tech Editor at The Daily Dot, and has been featured in USA Today,, and countless other web and print outlets. His love of reporting is second only to his gaming addiction.

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