(Mettis Trainer — October 7, 2015) — For the last 40 years, International CES, or otherwise known as simply CES (the Consumer Electronics Show) has provided a worldwide stage that showcases pending innovations, and a podium that recognizes the engineering and design for those breakthrough technologies and innovators. CES is the ultimate meeting place for consumer technologies and for those that thrive on the business of those technologies. Held each January in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the Las Vegas Convention Center, and is not open to the general public. When the contending show, COMDEX, was cancelled in June 2004, CES began its ascent to becoming the prominent technology and electronics show that it is today, and still growing. In May of this year, CES Asia made its initial debut in Shanghai.
Initially a spinoff from the Chicago Music Show, CES was first held in New York City in June 1967 with Bob Galvin, Chairman of Motorola, serving as the kickoff speaker.
In 1998, the show changed to a once-a-year format with Las Vegas as the dedicated winter location. The Las Vegas show is one of the largest known trade shows, taking a staggering 18 days to set everything up, run the show, and then break it all down. This annual show is now deemed one of the largest convention shows around.
CES sponsors Innovation Awards for new products at each of its annual shows. Products entered in this program are judged by a preeminent panel of independent industrial designers, independent engineers and members of the trade media to honor outstanding design and engineering in cutting edge consumer electronics products across 27 product categories. Entries are evaluated on their engineering, aesthetic and design qualities, intended use/function and user value, how the design and innovation of the product directly compares to other products in the marketplace and unique/novel features present.
Products chosen as CES Innovation Honorees reflect innovative design and engineering in some of the most cutting edge tech products and services coming to market.
The award recipients in any given category have historically ranged from well-known, conglomerate companies to smaller, almost unknown, companies, that are certainly now known in mass markets. A 2015 winner in the Wearable category, Jins Meme, a Japanese eyeglass company, had a breakthrough in the wearables market by making a fashion-friendly smart wearable. Their glasses act like a fitness tracker, but has electrodes connected to the nose pads. These electrodes can monitor blinking and movement of the eye, which can actually censor how fatigued a person is, amongst other things.
Vigilant, maker of the Lily Pad UV Sensor and Wi-Fi pool thermometer, also won an award in 2015 in the Smart Home category. The app works with IOS and Android for easy remote use, and comes with a UV sensor that has features for Health Management, including personalized recommendations for sunscreen based on exposure.
In 2014, JayBird Reign was acknowledged by winning the activity-tracking wearables category. The design was attractive, and the software was innovative. Reign has the ability to suggest sleep if you have been awake for an extended period of time, and can also realize stats such as the duration of any activity and the subsequent amount of calories burned.
Going back to 2013, Sculpteo won in the Software and Mobile Apps category for their 3DPCase. With this app, any photo can be imaged directly onto a case, printed layer by layer in 3D, not just applied like a simple skin, a popular item that is seen on just about every mobile device out there today.
This year’s CES 2016 Innovation Honoree products will be announced at a news conference on November 10, 2015 in New York. The Honorees will be featured on www.CESweb.org/Innovation, which lists product categories, as well as each product name, manufacturer information, description, photo and URL.