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CES 2016: Vuze cam is last gadget standing

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At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the Vuze 360 degree virtual reality 3D camera won the Last Gadget Standing award.

The Vuze 360 degree virtual reality 3D camera won the 15th edition of the Last Gadget Standing’ contest at CES in Las Vegas last week. The Ripple Maker coffee art machine captured the online vote for favourite gadget, while the 6th Annual Mobile Apps Showdown saw iHeartLocal awarded the prize for best app at the live event.

Last Gadget Standing and Mobile Apps Showdown are produced by Living in Digital Times

“The Last Gadget Standing and Mobile Apps Showdown have become indelible moments at the show where the people’s vote is what matters.  It’s a fun way to shine a light of some of the emerging companies and technologies at CES,” said Robin Raskin, founder and president of Living in Digital Times.

“It’s awesome to see companies bare their corporate souls in such fun and imaginative ways,” said emcee David Pouge, founder Yahoo! Tech.

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Last Gadget Standing 2016 Top 11 Gadgets

  • Air Hogs Connect
  • The Ripple Maker
  • iPal
  • Zolt Laptop Charger Plus
  • BeON Home Protection System
  • Quell, Wearable Pain Relief Technology
  • Livall Bling Helmet (BH-60) and smart-riding system
  • Edwin the Duck
  • Codrone
  • Lenovo YOGA Tablet 3 Pro
  • VUZE

Mobile Apps Showdown 2016 Top 11 Apps

  • iHeartLocal
  • My Open Road
  • myEmerg
  • SunPort
  • WeatherBug Mobile App
  • Gloopt
  • PBS KIDS Party App
  • Kuddly
  • VidMod
  • WRITEit
  • Perfect Blend

Each finalist was selected by a panel of judges, including journalists, engineers, designers and developers. In early December 2015, our esteemed panels of judges narrowed down the pool of submissions to the Top 25 semi-finalists for each competition.  After passionate debate and discussion, the judges decided on the Top 11 products as well as the Top 11 mobile apps to compete in a live competition and online vote to prove their staying power at CES 2016. Winners of online voting were determined by popular vote, and in person, an applause-o-meter measured audience enthusiasm to determine the winner.

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CES: Most useless gadgets of all

Choosing the best of show is a popular pastime, but the worst gadgets of CES also deserve their moment of infamy, writes ARTHUR GOLDSTUCK.

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It’s fairly easy to choose the best new gadgets launched at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas last week. Most lists – and there are many – highlight the LG roll-up TV, the Samsung modular TV, the Royole foldable phone, the impossible burger, and the walking car.

But what about the voice assisted bed, the smart baby dining table, the self-driving suitcase and the robot that does nothing? In their current renditions, they sum up what is not only bad about technology, but how technology for its own sake quickly leads us down the rabbit hole of waste and futility.

The following pick of the worst of CES may well be a thinly veneered attempt at mockery, but it is also intended as a caution against getting caught up in hype and justification of pointless technology.

1. DUX voice-assisted bed

The single most useless product launched at CES this year must surely be a bed with Alexa voice control built in. No, not to control the bed itself, but to manage the smart home features with which Alexa and other smart speakers are associated. Or that any smartphone with Siri or Google Assistant could handle. Swedish luxury bedmaker DUX thinks it’s a good idea to manage smart lights, TV, security and air conditioning through the bed itself. Just don’t say Alexa’s “wake word” in your sleep.

2. Smart Baby Dining Table 

Ironically, the runner-up comes from a brand that also makes smart beds: China’s 37 Degree Smart Home. Self-described as “the world’s first smart furniture brand that is transforming technology into furniture”, it outdid itself with a Smart Baby Dining Table. This isa baby feeding table with a removable dining chair that contains a weight detector and adjustable camera, to make children’s weight and temperature visible to parents via the brand’s app. Score one for hands-off parenting.

Click here to read about smart diapers, self-driving suitcases, laundry folders, and bad robot companions.

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CES: Tech means no more “lost in translation”

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Talking to strangers in foreign countries just got a lot easier with recent advancements in translation technology. Last week, major companies and small startups alike showed the CES technology expo in Las Vegas how well their translation worked at live translation.

Most existing translation apps, like Bixby and Siri Translate, are still in their infancy with live speech translation, which brings about the need for dedicated solutions like these technologies:

Babel’s AIcorrect pocket translator

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The AIcorrect Translator, developed by Beijing-based Babel Technology, attracted attention as the linguistic king of the show. As an advanced application of AI technology in consumer technology, the pocket translator deals with problems in cross-linguistic communication. 

It supports real-time mutual translation in multiple situations between Chinese/English and 30 other languages, including Japanese, Korean, Thai, French, Russian and Spanish. A significant differentiator is that major languages like English being further divided into accents. The translation quality reaches as high as 96%.

It has a touch screen, where transcription and audio translation are shown at the same time. Lei Guan, CEO of Babel Technology, said: “As a Chinese pathfinder in the field of AI, we designed the device in hoping that hundreds of millions of people can have access to it and carry out cross-linguistic communication all barrier-free.” 

Click here to read about the Pilot, Travis, Pocketalk, Google and Zoi translators.

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