The 30 Innovation Award Honorees at CES 2017

December 30, 2016

11:20 am

CES and innovation go hand in hand. Not only can you find some of the largest companies in the world debuting their newest tech, but you’ll also stumble across a wide variety of startups that are looking to disrupt everything from transportation to food production. And if you think CES isn’t going to award these innovators with a little bit of recognition, you couldn’t be more wrong.

The CES Innovation Awards is an annual competition honoring outstanding design and engineering in consumer technology products. From 3D printing and mobile computing to smart homes and virtual reality, these companies are changing the world for the better. Meet them below, check them out at CES 2017, and let us know who you think is going to go home with the prize.

Aipoly Vision

An artificial intelligence allowing mobile phones to recognize thousands of items in real-time to assist the blind and visually impaired with exploring their surroundings.


Cubit is our first step in tools that are capable of thinking / problem solving, and we are passionately excited about it. By freeing us up from complex measurements and the many, many calculations needed for layout placement, it enables us to focus on the reason why we’re doing a project in the first place. To visually plan out from “how it is now” to “how I want it to be”, and guiding us to the points to make those changes in real life.

EyeQue Personal Vision Tracker

The EyeQue Personal Vision Tracker is a low-cost, convenient way to test your eyes and order new glasses. Attach the mini-scope to your smartphone (iOS, Android), self-administer a state-of-the-art refractive measurement test from home, and order glasses online. It also tracks vision changes over time.

Goodix Live Fingerprint Detection Sensor

Goodix’s live fingerprint detection sensor provides the highest level of biometric security through a high resolution innovative capacitive sensor with an integrated optical detection system to determine your heartbeat signature from your finger.

HP Spectre 13


The Spectre 13 was designed to be the best notebook ever made. From it’s staggering thinness to its artisan finishes to its surprising power and battery life, it boldly redefines the notebook category. It is made for the customer than wants cutting edge technology in the thinnest form factor ever.


Integrated Connectivity Cluster from Bosch

The ICC is the all-in-one information and communication system for motorcycles – and riders. It is the first of its kind integrating head-unit functionality into a cluster. The HMI clearly displays nothing more (and nothing less) than the information essential to riders looking to take their experience to the next level.

Lenovo Phab 2 Pro

As the world’s first Tango-enabled smartphone, the Phab 2 Pro was built to drive mainstream adoption for augmented reality, adapting it in a device that would make sense for the use cases of everyday consumers.

Lenovo Yoga Book (Android)

Versatile 2-in-1 device with paper + ink, touch-based halo keyboard and EMR pen input methods. Yoga Book is designed for productivity while on-the-go. Built for mobility and to solve a challenge for tablet users; to achieve productivity and entertainment in one device.

LINK AKC Smart Dog Collar

More than location and activity tracking, the LINK AKC collar is designed to secure and strengthen the bond between dog and owner. It represents advancements in a burgeoning category that combines sophisticated smart home, wearable and mobile technologies with valuable personalized insights.

Mars By crazybaby

A fusion of audio and design, Mars is the world’s first true auto levitating wireless speaker patented by crazybaby with integrated sub woofer and 360 Hi-Fi Sound stereo projections. Pairing two Mars systems creates a four speaker surround sound. Mars is also packed with numerous unique features.

Moto Mods

Moto Mods instantly transform your mobile experience in a snap. They turn your Moto Z smartphone into a battery powerhouse, a big screen projector, a boombox, or even a superior camera experience. The choice is yours – simply snap it on and make your smartphone even better.

nemonic from MANGOSLAB

The design of nemonic focuses on well-organization and aesthetic point of view. The narrow and small-sized shape will make desks tidy and save workspaces. It has a profound effect on your efficiency and concentration to keep your workplace organized.

Nighthawk X10 R9000 Smart WiFi Router

Nighthawk X10 is industry’s fastest router for media streaming with Plex media server. Nighthawk X10 with 802.11ac and 802.11ad WiFi technology delivers ultra-smooth 4K streaming, VR gaming and instant downloads. Quad-core 1.7GHz provides plenty of room for today and tomorrow’s workloads.

Obsidian 3D Panoramic Camera

Obsidian, a 3D Panoramic (Virtual Reality) camera with a collection of hardware and software, is born for producing the exquisite Virtual reality contents. As an advanced VR production tool, Obsidian aims at making high standard VR works in an economical and convenient way.


OSSIC X is the ultimate 3D listening experience. This smart headphone auto-calibrates to the listener to enable accurate sound positioning and excellent sound quality. Perfect for movies, music, gaming and virtual reality.

Paradigm Persona 9H

The Persona Series features Paradigm’s most advanced audio technologies, all entirely Crafted in Canada. The series is comprised of seven models: Persona 9H Flagship, Persona 7F, Persona 5F, Persona 3F, Persona B, Persona C (passive center channel) and Persona Sub (subwoofer).

POWERUP FPV Paper Airplane VR Drone

PowerUp FPV lets you experience flight as if you were sitting in the cockpit of your very own paper airplane creation. The airplane generates a live video stream to the included VR cardboard Viewer. You can see what your plane sees, controlling your paper drone with intuitive movements of your head.

Predator Z301CT Monitor

The Acer Predator Z301CT is the world’s first 21:9 curved monitor with eye-tracking functionality. That’s right, gaming is coming to CES.

Resound ENZO2

ReSound ENZO2™ is the world’s only super power Smart Hearing aid. It offers rich, balanced sound, internet connectivity and made-for-iPhone capabilities, meaning they work as wireless stereo headphones to stream calls, music and other audio directly from an iPhone.

Robo R2 High-Performance Smart 3D Printer

The Robo R2 high-performance smart 3D printer with Wi-Fi tackles large-scale projects and make whatever you can imagine right from your mobile device using the Robo app. Built for serious printing; enjoy a fast, accurate wireless 3D printing experience.

S3 Solid State LiDAR Sensor

The S3 is the world’s first solid state 3D LiDAR sensor used for computer-assisted perception for safe and autonomous cars. This compact LiDAR sensor can detect, classify and track objects so the computer can assist the driver in avoiding accidents or take over the driving task in a safe manner.

Sleep Number 360 Smart Bed

Sleep Number’s 360 smart bed will forever transform the way people sleep. The new integrated design includes a proprietary algorithm (powered by SleepIQ technology) and machine learning to intuitively sense and automatically adjust all night for an effortless and optimized sleep experience.

Smart Remote by Sevenhugs

Smart Remote is the world’s first contextual control system for connected homes. It lets you control everything at home with just one touch. When you point Smart Remote at a device, the screen automatically adapts and you just need one touch to control it. A seamless and intuitive control system.

SVS SB16-Ultra Subwoofer

Astonishing 16 inch driver with unprecedented eight inch edge-wound voice coil, massive 1,500 watts RMS, 5,000+ watts peak Sledge amplifier and advanced Apple iOS/Android control app make SVS SB16-Ultra the greatest leap forward in subwoofer innovation history.

The Z Gaming Mouse

Developed for gamers, designers and power desktop users, the Z allows interaction with your computer in a faster, more precise, and highly intuitive way.

Tilt Brush

Tilt Brush is a virtual reality (VR) app that lets you paint in three-dimensional space. With intuitive controls and a pick-up-and-play design, it is an experience for everyone — professional artists, dreamers and even casual doodlers.

Tobii Dynavox PCEye Mini with IS4 Eye Tracker

The Tobii Dynavox PCEye Mini featuring IS4 eye tracker is the world’s smallest and most robust eye tracker. Optimized for individuals that do not have use of their hands due to various disabilities, the device enables users to control a computer, laptop or tablet using only their eyes.

uBolt Personal Identity Wearable Bracelet

The uBolt, made in France, is an innovative and unique multi-factor authentication personal identity wearable device combining biometric fingerprint and voice recordings and a secure element to ensure “you are who your say you are” to establish trust and verifiable confidence in a user identity.

XGIMI Z4 Aurora Screenless TV

Smart LED 3D projector transforms any surface into a 300-inch screen with unparalleled brightness and clarity. The built-in Harman Kardon stereo produces superior sound quality. Android system and wirelessly stream function provides a truly connected, superior viewing experience.

Xooloo Digital Coach

Xooloo Digital Coach is the first alternative to parental controls. It allows parents to understand and participate in their child’s digital life. It’s unique features empower teens to be independent, responsible digital citizens.

Photo: CES

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Conor is a writer, comedian and world-renowned sweetheart. As the Assistant Editor and Writer at Tech.Co, he’s written about everything from Kickstarter campaigns and budding startups to tech titans and innovative technologies. His background in stand-up comedy made him the perfect person to host Startup Night at SXSW and the Funding Q&A at Innovate! and Celebrate, posing questions to notable tech minds from around the world. In his spare time, he thinks about how to properly pronounce the word "colloquially." Conor is the Assistant Editor and Writer at Tech.Co. You can email him at

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