The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) announced the Best of Innovation winners as well as honorees for CES 2018. The annual CES Innovation Awards program celebrates outstanding product design and engineering in brand-new consumer technology products.
“The CES Innovation Awards program honors companies and products that reflect innovation and ingenuity at the highest level,” said Karen Chupka, senior vice president, CES and corporate business strategy, CTA. “These exceptional products offer a glimpse into the possibilities of the consumer technology industry, with products and services that continue to improve our daily lives, better our world and push us forward.”
The CES Innovation Awards selects honorees across 28 product categories. A team of judges, comprised of experts in their fields, including designers, engineers and members of the tech media, review submissions. Submissions are judged based on design, functionality, consumer appeal, engineering and how they compare with competition.
Two levels of recipients are selected: Honoree and Best of Innovation. The Honoree designation is given to a product or technology that scores above the threshold set for a specific category. The Best of Innovation is bestowed only to the highest rated product or technology in a given category—or to multiple, in the event of a tie.
In addition, Best of Innovation winners and honorees will be featured in the Innovation Awards Showcase at CES 2018, January 9–12 in Las Vegas.
CES 2018 Best of Innovation: Digital Imaging
The Innovation Awards in the digital imaging category honors products that are designed to enhance the visual experience and/or allow the user to capture, store and edit still images or video. This year, Light’s Light L16 camera earned the CES 2018 Best of Innovation honors in the digital imaging category.
The Light L16 is a multi-aperture computational camera that builds digital SLR quality and capabilities into a device small enough to fit in a pocket. With more than 16 camera modules packed into its slim frame, the L16 captures the details of a scene at multiple focal lengths. It then uses sophisticated algorithms to combine multiple exposures into a single high-resolution photo. light.co
CES 2018 Innovation Awards Honorees: Digital Imaging
This year, CES honored 11 products in the digital imaging category that rose to the top based on their engineering and design innovations, as well as contribution to the overall market segment. Here is what the judging panel had to say about each one.
256GB microSDXC EVO Plus Memory Card, Samsung Electronics.
Samsung’s microSDXC EVO Plus 256GB memory card allows content creators to get more out of their devices. It offers fast speeds, high performance and also long-term reliability. Creators can record 4K UHD video and play back with read and write speeds up to 100MB/s and 90MB/s, respectively. samsung.com
F4 Plus, Zhejiang Detu Internet Co.
The F4 Plus is a professional-grade, 8K virtual reality (VR), panoramic camera. It is capable of capturing 360º images as well as videos.
Moreover, it can live stream content, both wired and wirelessly, with perfect clarity.
The device is user friendly and offers real-time panoramic preview as well as remote app control. detu.com
GoPro Fusion, GoPro
Users can relive reality with Fusion, GoPro’s first spherical device in a compact form factor. The Fusion can capture immersive 360º video in 5.2K to playback as VR.
In addition, videographers can use its OverCapture function to pick favorite shots and share them as traditional videos—all from a smartphone. gopro.com
Nikon D850, Nikon
The Nikon D850 is the benchmark in DSLR image quality. It provides an unprecedented combination of resolution, dynamic range, ISO and processing power.
This is Nikon’s first DSLR to incorporate a backside-illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor with no optical low-pass filter, to capture light more efficiently and take full advantage of the large 45.7 megapixel sensor.
Capable of 4K UHD video recording, it provides ISO settings to ISO 102,400. nikonusa.com
GoPro Hero6, GoPro
The Hero6 Black action cam is the ultimate GoPro. The camera automatically transforms photos and videos into QuikStory edits right on the user’s phone.
The new camera features twice the performance of previous GoPro models with an all-new, proprietary GP1 chip, next-level video stabilization as well as voice control. The Hero6 Black is also waterproof. gopro.com
The LitraTorch “professional adventure lighting” is a versatile photo and video light.
Durable and waterproof, at 1.5×1.5 inches in size, the LED light provides high-quality light with 800, 450 as well as 100 Lumen settings.
Its ultrawide beam angle is designed to match a camera’s wide-angle formats. Furthermore, the high-powered LED light accessory for Litra features a 5700K, flicker-free, smooth light pattern. litra.com
This next-generation telescope was developed specifically for stargazing and astrophotography.
The compact, easy-to-use, smart telescope makes it possible to capture as well as share instantly the wonders of the night sky.
Furthermore, Stellina can be controlled entirely through a mobile device. vaonis.com
QooCam, Kandao Technology Co.
This 3D panorama camera offers depth information output, thanks to its patented three-lens design.
It not only takes 360° videos, but it also captures the front view in 180° in stereoscopic mode that contains depth information by the latest CV&AI algorithms. kandaovr.com
Royole Selfie Stick, Royole
The innovative Royole selfie stick now allows the photographer to control the entire camera app remotely instead of just the shutter. royole.com
ISOCELL Slim 2×7, Samsung Electronics
This 24 megapixel image sensor with 0.9μm pixels is billed as the smallest pixel in the industry.
In addition, the Samsung image sensor also employs both Tetracell and Remosaic technologies to simulate bigger pixel performance. samsung.com
FITT360, LinkFlow Co.
This wearable, 360º camera is designed for security. The necklace part houses four HD cameras that capture video images. The cradle portion of the camera offers video data transformation and also device charging.
The system portion is responsible for encoding as well as file saving, with control buttons. The wearable camera also features an eight-hour battery and an IP64 waterproof rating. linkflow.co.kr