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IFA: Best of show

The IHS Markit Innovation Awards, presented at the ShowStoppers IFA 2018 press event in Berlin last week, have highlighted the most innovative technology products on show.

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“This was our second straight year hosting and judging the Innovation Awards at ShowStoppers @ IFA, and we extend our warmest congratulations to all the technology groundbreakers who participated in the event,” said Tom Morrod, research director at IHS Markit. “Once again we saw some extraordinary entries on display here in Berlin. While it’s difficult to choose only one victor in each category, the winners demonstrated extraordinary vision and creativity.”

The winners, by category, of the 2018 IHS Markit Innovation Awards at IFA are:

AR, VR and gaming: MERGE Cube from MERGE, a holographic object that can be held in the palm of the hand.

Fitness, wearables and health devices: ReSound LiNX Quattro™ from GN Hearing, a high-dynamic-range hearing aid.

Mobile accessories: Spire Studio from iZotope, a one-touch professional recording studio.

Mobile computing: Pocketalk from Sourcenext, an AI-powered, instant voice translation device.

Personal entertainment: Jabra Elite Active 65t from Jabra, wireless earbuds for sports, music and calls.

Smart home and appliances: Airthings Wave Plus from Airthings AS, a wirelessly connected, battery-operated indoor air-quality monitor with radon detection.

Video displays and devices: Dell 27 USB-C Ultrathin (S2719DC) from Dell, an ultra-thin USB-C monitor with glass light-guide plate (LGP) technology.

The following products earned honorable mentions: Bitdefender BOX by Bitdefender; Dell Inspiron Chromebook 14 2-in-1 by Dell; Mophie Charge Stream Vent Mount by ZAGG; Polaroid Mint by Polaroid; and Quiet Mark by Quiet Mark Approvals Ltd.

Judges

The following technology industry research analysts at IHS Markit, and internationally recognized journalists, judged the awards at IFA 2018:

IHS Markit judges: Paul Gray, Jusy Hong, Daniel Knapp, Tom Morrod, Ken Park, Roeen Roashan, Gerrit Schneemann and Bing Zhang.

Journalist judges: Vladimir Brandalik, Tech Lifestyle; Andrew Grush, Android Authority; and Luboš Horčic, Stereo & Video.

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