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CES Best of Innovations: Nod to Trinkets, Blow to Custom

Six awards given for in-vehicle gadgets, but nothing for home networking, video displays, video components and other key categories.

The Viper SmartStart from Directed Electronics, a free app for starting the car from an iPhone, was one of six awards in vehicle-related categories.
Julie Jacobson · November 17, 2009

The Consumer Electronics Association has named its “Best of Innovations” for CES 2010. What a disappointment to the CE pro community.

Of the 36 product categories and hundreds of entries, only five winners – six if you count the Eos wireless multiroom audio product—had any relevance to CE pros or integration.

The other winners were largely gadgets for the car and personal use – keyboards, cameras, headphones and a whopping six winners related to in-vehicle accessories.

Yet there were no “Best of” winners in the categories of video displays and video components.

Also snubbed: audio components, home networking and home theater accessories.

Does the list of winners represent CES’s return to trinkets, or did the CE guys simply fail to enter the contest? A look at the finalists in the various overlooked categories suggests there were decent CE entries aplenty.

Whatever the case, it’s a sad state of affairs.

Not to worry, there will be plenty of custom goodies on display at EHX at CES 2010. Check it out in the LVCC South Hall.

Winners in the CE/Custom Categories

Not to take away from the industry folks who did win “Best of Innovations” awards. Congratulations to them.

Category: Audio Accessories
Company: Crystal Cable BV
Product: Arabesque by Crystal Cable

Category: High Performance Audio
Company: Definitive Technology
Ultra-thin on-wall speaker Mythos XTR-50 (Model: XTR-50)

Category: Integrated Home Systems
Company: Control4
Product: Control4 Operating System 2.0 (C4-OS-2.0)

Category: Home Theater Speakers
Company: Genesis Advanced Technologies
Product: Genesis 7.1f

Category: Computer Accessories
Company: IntelliTouch
Product: EOS Converge System
Design by: Spindel Design

Category: Video Accessories
Company: OWLink Technology, Inc.
Product: HDMI Clear Optical (HCO) Cable (HCO-150)

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  About the Author

Julie Jacobson is founding editor of CE Pro, the leading media brand for the home-technology channel. She has covered the smart-home industry since 1994, long before there was much of an Internet, let alone an Internet of things. Currently she studies, speaks, writes and rabble-rouses in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V, wellness-related technology, biophilic design, and the business of home technology. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, and earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recipient of the annual CTA TechHome Leadership Award, and a CEDIA Fellows honoree. A washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player, Julie currently resides in San Antonio, Texas and sometimes St. Paul, Minn. Follow on Twitter: @juliejacobson Email Julie at

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