CNET Announced Official “Best of CES” Award Winners

Every year, CES is packed with interesting and innovative products. I think it must be rather difficult to figure out which ones are the very best. CNET, however, has done exactly that. CNET announced the official “Best of CES” Award winners at International CES 2013 from the CNET Stage.

This year, Razer Edge received both Best of Show and the People’s Voice Award. Lindsey Turrentine, Editor-in-Chief, CNET Reviews had this to say about it:

As a full-fledged Windows 8 tablet, Razer Edge takes the best of hard-core gaming PCs and tablets to allow consumers to play full blown PC games practically anywhere.

The People’s Voice Award was decided upon based on hundreds of votes that came from the online audience of people who wanted to see their favorite gadget at CES 2013 get some recognition. The Best of Show Award was selected by more than 90 CNET editors who reviewed hundreds of products at CES 2013

There were also several Best of CES 2013 Award Winners. They are:

Gaming
Razer Edge
As a winner of three Best of CES 2013 awards, one can safely say that Razer Edge did really well this year.

PCs and Tablets
Lenovo 27-inch Horizon Table PC
Yes, it really should say “table” and not “tablet”. The device is large and could easily take over the entire surface of your coffee table!

TVs
Samsung UN85S 4K/UHD TV
It is a floor standing television that is mounted on what looks very similar to an artist’s easel. You can tilt it up and down. It is backlit with a full array of LEDs and has 4K ultra high-def resolution.

Car Tech
Chevrolet MyLink 2nd Generation
The new version of MyLink will be on the 2014 Chevy Impala, and released later this year.

Home Theater and Audio
Vizio 5.1 soundbar
It pairs a traditional sound bar with wireless rear speakers.

Wearable/Health
Fitbit Flex
A soft bracelet with a rubbery skin that is designed to be worn all day to track your movement, sleep, and calories burned.

Emerging Tech
3D Systems CubeX
It can print 3D objects in two colors and with both ABS and PLA plastic.

Networking and Storage
Seagate Wireless Plus
This is a wireless storage expander/media-streaming server for mobile devices.

Mobile
YotaPhone
The YotaPhone is a high-end Android 4.1 Jelly Bean smartphone with an e-ink display on the back.

And, there you have it! What do you think? Did CNET give awards to products that were your favorites, too? Or, do you have a differing opinion about what should have won a particular award?

GreenWave Reality Smart Home Services

GreenWave Reality LogoTodd interviews Greg Memo from GreenWave Reality, a global innovator in the emerging smart home services market including home monitoring and elderly care. On show is their home energy management solution that uses wireless (ZigBee) plug-in devices to monitor and control power consumption.

The system is not just limited to power management as other remote monitoring and control technologies such as lighting and video can be included. The complementary iPad app allows the homeowner to select individual rooms within the property and make adjustments if necessary – for example, a thermostat could be turned down or the timings changed to alter when the heat comes on.

The overall solution won a CES 2012 Innovations Award so congratulations to GreenWave. Available now, starting from $200.

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central for the TechPodcast network.

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Podcast Awards Slate Announcement!

Congratulations to all of the shows that where nominated in this years Podcast Awards. With over 1.4 million listeners nominating almost 2,700 shows the review team had a hard time getting 220 selected. Nearly 13,000 people tuned in to watch the slate announcement. Congrats.

2008 Podcast Awards Nominations open Sept 15th

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The 2008 People’s Choice Podcast Awards start in about a week and I have been very busy getting the site ready for the kick off. This year I have made some significant changes to the sponsorship model.

For the first time ever podcasters are going to be able to become sponsors to help promote their shows. This was done because we have had a huge demand in the past for a podcaster sponsorship category.

I am expecting a little over 3 million individual nominations and over 13 million page views in the next 6–9 weeks of the event.

For all of you that have asked to be a reviewer this year, I will be contacting you within the next week or so and getting you up to speed on how the process will work.

If your a podcaster get your audience members ready to nominate you as we are about to kick this thing off.

2008 People’s Choice Podcast Awards Kicks Off Sept 15th

Yesterday I made the decision to proceed with the 2008 Podcast Awards with the new awards ceremony format. The current plan is to start the nominations process on September 15th. The nomination period will be 15 days.

This will be followed by nominations review and slate selection in October with voting to commence shortly their after.

A big change this year is the decision to have the Awards Ceremony 100% virtual. In years past we have had the awards ceremony at the New Media Expo. Having the awards their was great but their were always a lot of unknown variables that caused me a lot of stress.

This year we will be doing a 100% live event and the awardees will be participating in the ceremony using modern technology. We had over 1500 people watch the live stream last year but I think we can draw a lot more people by advance planning the event.

I have started to collect volunteer names to review the nominated shows. I still need a lot of Volunteers to make the review process go easier. If you are not a podcaster and would like to be on the review committee drop me a line at podcastawards@gmail.com

Please visit the PodcastAwards.com website for more details. As always we are in need of sponsors for the 2008 event. I need to raise about $8000.00 in the coming weeks to meet the minimum prize amounts we have in the past.

2006 Podcast Awards Planning request for comments!

Now that we have the first year of the Podcast Awards behind us it is time to kick it up for 2006, I want to kick it up in a big way. In order to do that and make it like the Grammys we will need to raise a small fortune in cash. Here is what I am thinking.

500 Person Banquet Ticket Price Subsidized
Top Notch Keynote Speaker
Video Simulcast
Major Prize Packages

Of the top of my head I think this will run about $50,000 if I want to really kick this thing up we can fly the winners in, and will need to raise even more money. To pull this off I am going to need someone that can help secure some major sponsors. If you want to be involved in what could turn out to be the beginning of something really big and will draw major press coverage send me a e-mail podcast@podcastconnect.com this position will be commission based.