CES 2016 Innovation Awards

The CES Innovation Awards is an annual competition honoring outstanding design and engineering in consumer technology products. On-site, you can view the honorees at CES Tech West in the Innovation Awards Showcase.

BEST OF INNOVATIONS: Fitness, Sports and Biotech

adidas Smart Ball

adidas

Smart Ball is a soccer ball with an integrated sensor that detects speed, spin, flight path and impact point. Kick data is transmitted wirelessly over Bluetooth Smart where it is displayed in a highly visual way.
 

BEST OF INNOVATIONS: Portable Media Players and Accessories

AIR²

Summit CE Group

AIR² is First of its kind. Many imitators to follow. :-)
It is the first ever of it's kind, the floating Bluetooth speaker levitates over its base and punches out very acoustic yet powerful sound. Patent Pending.

BEST OF INNOVATIONS: Tech For A Better World

Edyn Garden Sensor and Water Valve

Edyn

Edyn is a smart gardening system that monitors and tracks environmental conditions to maximize plant health. The system includes the Edyn Garden Sensor, Edyn Water Valve and Edyn App, which review plant soil and make smart recommendations about what to plant, when to water and fertilize.
 

BEST OF INNOVATIONS: Home Audio-Video Components and Accessories

Elite SC-89

Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc.

Pioneer Elite SC-89 9.2-channel A/V receiver incorporate new Dolby Atmos technology with ability to decode/playback Dolby Atmos immersive content, Class D3 amplification technology, and MCACC Pro acoustic calibration system.
 

BEST OF INNOVATIONS: High Performance Home Audio-Video

Estelon Extreme

Alfred & Partners

A revolutionary new flagship loudspeaker from Estelon: “Extreme” - a monumental sculpture of a speaker that is capable of reproducing the highest quality soundscape, where the speaker itself completely disappears as the sound source.
 

BEST OF INNOVATIONS: Home Theater Speakers

Fidelio B5 Wireless Surround-on-Demand Soundbar

Philips

Philips Fidelio B5 wireless surround soundbar speakers bring real surround sound to home cinema with wireless sub-woofer and detachable wireless rear speakers. 
 

BEST OF INNOVATIONS: 3D Printing

Fuel3D Scanner

Fuel3D Inc.

The Fuel3D scanner is an affordable handheld 3D scanning system that delivers high resolution 3D shape and colour capture for a range of creative applications.
 

BEST OF INNOVATIONS: Embedded Technologies

iCam HD Pro

Amaryllo International B.V.

iCam HD Pro is Amaryllo's newest entry to the home security market. It is an innovative home security camera featuring full HD video, object tracking, multi-viewing, and 360° of rotation giving the user complete control over their home anywhere.
 

BEST OF INNOVATIONS: Wireless Handset Accessories

iHealth Align

iHealth Lab, Inc.

This powerful glucose meter plugs directly into your smartphone’s headphone jack and displays results instantly on the phone screen using a mobile app. Its compact size and mobile capability make it the most convenient tool for diabetes management.
 

BEST OF INNOVATIONS: Home Appliances

Multi-function Air light (Z-Air)

Zalman USA Inc.

Z-Air is a ceiling fan with concealed blades, air purification, and LED lamp integrated together into a sleek and aesthetically pleasing dome. Simple and easy installation plus smart automation for hassle-free use and operation.
 

BEST OF INNOVATIONS: Eco-Design and Sustainable Technologies

NightHawk

AudioQuest

NightHawk is a semi-open, over-ear headphone which represents a huge leap in high-end headphone design & engineering, featuring several patented inventions, mind-bending eco-friendly materials and performance that bests even the most pricey flagships.
 

BEST OF INNOVATIONS: Wireless Handset Accessories

Noke

FŪZ Designs

Noke is the world's first bluetooth-enabled padlock. Protect your property and belongings without the hassle of keys or combinations. Share access with others via the Noke app with the tap of a button.
 

BEST OF INNOVATIONS: In-Vehicle Audio-Video

Parrot RNB6

PARROT

Android 2-DIN Infotainment System that enhances driving experience with:
- Navigation and driving assistance
- Vocal and steering wheel controls
- In vehicle networking
- Advanced audio player and effects
- An extension of driver’s digital life
 

BEST OF INNOVATIONS: Software and Mobile Apps

Powered by InfoMotion software suite.

InfoMotion Sports Technologies

The 94Fifty® Smart Sensor Basketball Glassware app is a first-in class software and app innovation between non-wearable fitness devices that require continuous, complex motion analysis, and wearable fitness devices with limited processing capacity. 
 
 

BEST OF INNOVATIONS: Portable Power

Qualcomm® WiPower ™

Qualcomm Incorporated

Qualcomm’s WiPower™ enables wireless charging through radio frequencies and provides greater flexibility for design and installation into phones and other applications like vehicles, office and home furniture, and communal spaces.
 

BEST OF INNOVATIONS: Video Displays

Samsung 105-inch UN105S9B, the World’s First and Largest Bendable SUHD TV

Samsung Electronics

Samsung's 105-inch UN105S9B is the World's first and largest bendable SUHD TV. With a 21:9 aspect ratio, true-to-life color expression and high contrast, this groundbreaking model sets a new bar for the cinematic viewing experience at home.
 

BEST OF INNOVATIONS: Wireless Handsets

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

Samsung

The Galaxy Note Edge blends the best of the Note 4 experience with an intuitive second screen, evolved S Pen and superior viewing experience to create the most innovative and powerful mobile experience on the market.
 

BEST OF INNOVATIONS: Smart Home

Snap

Sengled

Indoor/Outdoor LED PAR lamp with integrated 720p HD IP Camera, microphone, and speaker.  Supports cloud recording/playback, voice and motion activation, facial/activity recognition for home security, automation, and commercial applications. 
 

BEST OF INNOVATIONS: Digital Imaging

Sony a7S Full Frame Mirrorless Camera

Sony

World’s smallest full-frame interchangeable lens cameras1, Sony’s new α7S model puts extraordinary sensitivity, low noise and spectacular 4K video quality into the hands of professional photographers and videographers.

BEST OF INNOVATIONS: Wearable Technologies

Sproutling Baby Monitor

Sproutling

Sproutling is the first baby monitor that senses, learns and predicts a baby's sleep patterns and optimal sleep conditions.
 

BEST OF INNOVATIONS: Computer Peripherals

Swiftpoint GT

Swiftpoint Inc.

The first mouse allowing truly natural touch gestures without touching the screen or having a touch display. Windows 10/8/7, Mac, iPad, Android. Bluetooth and wireless USB. Ultra-small unique ergonomic design.
 

BEST OF INNOVATIONS: Headphones

The Dash

BRAGI

World’s first completely wireless hearable:  smart headphones offering freedom of movement, maximum comfort and amazing sound ... all while audibly coaching, tracking movement and capturing key biometric data. Listen. Track. Communicate.
 

BEST OF INNOVATIONS: Accessible Technologies

The Eye Tribe Tracker

The Eye Tribe

The Eye Tribe Tracker - this small device represents a major breakthrough in eye tracking. It is the world’s smallest eye tracker, the first to use USB 3.0 and the only alternative below the magical price point of $100.
 

BEST OF INNOVATIONS: Tablets, E-Readers and Mobile Computing

Venue 8 7000 Series

Dell Inc.

Innovation in its thinnest form: The new Dell Venue 8 is the thinnest tablet in the world at 6mm thin and is the first in the world with the Intel® RealSense™ Snapshot Depth Camera. Also features best tablet display technology and new Dell Gallery.
 

BEST OF INNOVATIONS: Smart Home

Whirlpool® HybridCare™ clothes dryer with Hybrid Heat Pump technology

Whirlpool

The new Whirlpool® HybridCare™ clothes dryer with Hybrid Heat Pump technology is designed to regenerate energy during the drying cycle to reduce energy consumption while providing dryer speed performance and flexibility. 
 

BEST OF INNOVATIONS: Computer Accessories

ZUtA Pocket Printer

ZUtA Labs

We re-imagined the printer to fit today's "on-the-go" working space. We created a little robot that runs on the paper and lays the ink while doing so. The printer is small in size, yet can print on any size of paper -- making a truly mobile printer!
 

 For product examples and further category descriptions view the CES 2016 Innovation Awards Category Guide.

The 2016 award categories include:

 
  • 3D Printing

  • Accessible Tech

  • Computer Accessories

  • Computer Hardware and Components

  • Computer Peripherals

  • Digital Imaging

  • Eco-Design and Sustainable Technologies

  • Embedded Technologies

  • Fitness, Sports and Biotech

  • Gaming and Virtual Reality

  • Headphones

  • High Performance Home Audio/Video

  • Home Appliances

  • Home Audio/Video Components and Accessories

  • In-Vehicle Audio/Video

  • Portable Media Players and Accessories

  • Portable Power

  • Smart Home

  • Software and Mobile Apps

  • Tablets, E-Readers and Mobile Computing

  • Tech For A Better World

  • Unmanned Systems and Accessories

  • Vehicle Intelligence

  • Video Displays

  • Wearable Technologies

  • Wireless Handset Accessories

  • Wireless Handsets

How to Enter

Submit Your Entry

  1. Visit the Innovation Awards Call for Entries page between August 10 and September 16.

  2. Complete, submit and pay for your entry online between Monday, August 10 and Wednesday, September 16, 2015. Emailed and/or hard copy submission forms are will not be accepted.

  3. You will be notified by email on October 15, 2015 with your award status.

Please Note: You must provide a minimum of two different high resolution photos of your product (we encourage more) along with your written entry submission.

 

Entry Qualifications
Entries must qualify for each of the following criteria:

  • Products entered must fit within one of the official award categories.

  • Products entered must be available for sale to the public, for the first time, in U.S. retail outlets or on the Internet between April 1, 2015, and April 1, 2016.

  • If you are a CES 2016 exhibitor, one sample of your Innovation Honoree product (prototype or the final product) must be available for display in the Innovation Showcase at CES 2016, January 6-9, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Best of Innovation Honorees must allow CEA to hold one sample of the product for up to one year, for display at other CEA-related events.

  • Unless you indicate otherwise on your application, Honorees will be announced at CES Unveiled New York, November 10, 2015 and will be included in the launch of the Honoree listings on CESweb, also on November 10.

  • Companies not exhibiting at CES may also enter the 2016 Innovation Awards; however, restrictions apply if selected as an Honoree.

Fee Schedule: Early Bird Entry Fee (for the first 300 entries)

Exhibiting CEA Members: $275
Exhibiting Non-Members: $600

Non-Exhibiting CEA Members: $750
Non-Exhibiting Non-Members: $1,100

Fee Schedule: Regular Entry Fee

Exhibiting CEA Members: $475
Exhibiting Non-Members: $800

Non-Exhibiting CEA Members: $950
Non-Exhibiting Non-Members: $1,300

Deadlines

  • Online Entry Process Opens: August 10, 2015

  • Online Entry Process Ends: September 16, 2015

  • Innovation Awards Judging: September 23 - October 9, 2015

  • Entrants Notified of Award Status: October 15, 2015

  • Innovation Honorees Announced: November 10, 2015

Contest Rules

  • Companies that are not exhibiting at CES 2016 may enter the Innovation Awards competition. However, non-exhibitor Honoree products will not be included for display in the Innovation Showcase at CES and will not be listed in the on-site Honoree directory in It Is Innovation, unless the company pays for an exhibit space by October 23, 2015. If a company has fully paid for an exhibit space by October 23, 2015, they can be listed in the on-site directory and have their product displayed in the Showcase.

  • Entries must be submitted online through the Call for Entries portal by September 16, 2015.

  • Entries submitted in a previous year are not eligible for resubmission; however, if significant improvements have been made to the original product and/or significant enhancements that are truly unique and innovative, then the new model will be eligible for submission. If an entry of a similar model previously submitted is disqualified, the entry fees will not be refunded.

  • At least two DIFFERENT product photographs must accompany each entry. Computer renderings are not preferred and may result in reduced scores from the judges. Entries may include up to five photos. Photos must be submitted in a .jpg format. Each photo should be less than 8MB. All photos must be submitted via the online submission process. Emailed and hard-copy photos will not be accepted.

  • All entry forms are the property of CEA. We suggest you print or make a copy of your submission for your records.

  • An entry is qualified for judging when all required sections of the online entry tool are completed and entry fees have been paid in full. If the wrong entry fee is paid at the time of submission, the entry will be disqualified if the balance is not rectified by September 21, 2015.

  • Incomplete and unpaid entries will be disqualified. CEA is not responsible for follow-up of incomplete entries. If you are unsure if your entry is complete, please contact us at InnovationAwards@ce.org.

  • Entries must be paid online at the time of submission, using a credit card. Check and invoice payments are not accepted. 

  • To evaluate an entry, the judges may ask for additional information, including a request to provide a product sample.

  • If improperly categorized, an entry may be moved to a different category based on the recommendation of the judging panel, without consent from the entrant.

  • CEA reserves the exclusive right to set, modify and interpret all conditions regarding this competition without claim for damage or recourse of any kind.

  • Each company selected as an Honoree grants CEA permission, without compensation, to use its name and photograph/likeness and/or entry in promoting this or similar awards programs in the future.

  • Materials must meet CEA standards for appropriate product presentation and taste and may be asked to be resubmitted or disqualified at any time, if they are deemed inappropriate. Any attempt by an entrant to deliberately damage the Innovation Awards website or undermine the legitimate operation of the Call for Entries may be in violation of criminal and civil laws. Should such an attempt be made, all entries submitted by such person will be disqualified. CEA reserves the right to seek damages from any such person fully permitted by law.

  • In the event a virus compromises the competition, non-authorized human intervention, tampering, or other causes beyond the reasonable control of CEA, which corrupts or impairs the administration, security, fairness, or proper operation of the Call for Entries, CEA reserves the right in its sole discretion to suspend, modify or terminate the Call for Entries. Should the Call for Entries be terminated prior to the stated closing date, CEA reserves the right to announce honorees based on the nominations received before the termination date.

  • CEA reserves the right to rescind any awards granted to honorees that have misrepresented their product or entry in this competition.

 

How We Judge

Each product category has a three-member judging team comprised of an independent industrial designer, an independent engineer and a member of the trade press.

The three-member judging team gives a numerical value to each of the below criteria. The scores are combined, resulting in a cumulative score for each product. A baseline value is derived from the cumulative scores in a category. All scores above the baseline are designated as Honorees.

The Best of Innovation Award will be awarded to the highest-rated product in each category, as long as that product surpasses a previously-determined minimum score. If the highest-rated product in a category does not surpass the minimum score, there will be no Best of Innovation Award for that category. All award designations by our judges are final.

Entries are evaluated on the following criteria:

General Entries

1. Engineering qualities
2. Aesthetic and design qualities
3. The product's intended use/function and user value
4. Why the product deserves the Innovation Award, including specifics regarding its unique/novel features and features that consumers would find attractive
5. How the design and innovation of this product directly compare to other products in the market place

Software and Mobile Apps Entries

1. Intended use, function, and user value
2. Aesthetic and visual qualities
3. Perceived ease of use/user-friendliness
4. Why the software deserves the Innovation Award, including specifics regarding its unique/novel features and features that consumers would find attractive
5. How the design and innovation of this software directly compare to other products in the market place

Tech For A Better World Entries

1. Engineering qualities
2. Aesthetic and design qualities
3. The product's intended use/function and user value, specifically in regard to how it can make a positive impact to the quality of life for its users, or those affected by its use
4. Why the product deserves the Innovation Award, including specifics regarding its unique/novel features and features that consumers would find attractive
5. How the design and innovation of this product directly compare to other products in the market place

What You Get

Earning the coveted CES Innovation Awards Honoree title provides a fair share of eye-catching benefits, including:

  • CES 2016 Innovation Awards Honoree logo to include on your product packaging and advertising materials

  • Opportunity to display your product in the Innovation Awards Showcase at CES 2016 (for official CES exhibitors only). 

  • Best of Innovation Honorees receive additional exposure in product displays at CES Unveiled New York and CES Unveiled Las Vegas.

  • Innovation Honorees are often featured on the live radio broadcast of "Into Tomorrow" with Dave Graveline. This nationally syndicated consumer electronics radio program features interviews with CEOs, presidents and senior executives from the hottest companies exhibiting at CES live from the show floor.

  • An eye-catching CES 2016 Innovation Awards Honoree trophy to display in your booth and in your company's trophy case.

  • Listing in the January/February issue of It Is Innovation (i3), CEA’s flagship publication distributed to over 51,000 and bonus distribution at CES 2016 (for official CES Exhibitors only).

  • Innovation Awards icon published next to your company listing in the Official CES Show Directory (for official CES exhibitors only).

  • Industry-wide recognition and media attention through a CEA press release announcing Honorees.

  • Exposure on the official CES website within your respective product category; complete with company name, product images and description. The Innovation Awards pages are among the most heavily-trafficked pages, available year-round on CESweb.org/Innovation.

  • Best of Innovation Honorees have the opportunity to display their product at additional CEA events throughout the year.

  • Increased exposure and awareness with advertising opportunities in CEA's It Is Innovation (i3) magazine. Innovation Honorees receive substantial discounts. Contact InnovationAwards@CE.org for more information.

Entry FAQs

Becoming a part of the CES Innovation Awards is not hard, but you still may have questions. We've answered a few common questions below.

Who is eligible to enter?

Anyone who manufactures, designs, engineers or promotes consumer electronics (CE) products marketed in the United States, or is an authorized agent of the organization or individual, that is authorized to submit entries.

What is the difference between Best of Innovation and the Honoree awards?

In the Innovation Awards program, there are two levels of Honorees. The first level is Honoree, and only a fraction of the products entered achieve this title. The second level, Best of Innovation, is a more exclusive award that is given to the highest-rated product in each category, as long as that product scored above a pre-determined score threshold. If the highest-rated product in a certain category did not pass the Best of Innovation score threshold, that category has no Best of Innovation award.

My company is a brand new startup with only a few employees and nothing but a prototype that hasn't hit the market. Do I stand a chance of receiving an award?

Absolutely! The wonderful thing about the Innovation Awards is that a product's score is based on engineering and design qualities, innovation and value provided to the consumer. We admire brilliant products, so there’s no difference if your company has been around for a month or a century, operates globally or locally, or has 10 employees or 10,000.

What is the Innovation Showcase?

The Innovation Showcase is a designated area of the CES show floor where the Honoree products are put on display for the world to see. It is a very high-traffic area and one of the most popular destinations at CES. Innovation Honoree products are encouraged to send a product sample to the area for display, free of charge, as long as the company is a CES exhibitor.

My product fits into multiple categories; which should I enter?

If you are only able to submit one entry, select the category that most completely encompasses your product, or in which you feel your product is most accurately described. However, we welcome you to submit the product into multiple categories, if you prefer. Each category is judged independently, so well-designed products often receive awards in multiple categories. A separate entry fee is required for each category entered.

Can an entry submitted last year be submitted again this year?

Entries submitted last year are most likely ineligible for submission this year, since the competition is limited to new products that become available to consumers from April 1, 2015 and no later than April 1, 2016. However, if you have developed a new model of the product that you feel is innovative and enhances the original product, you may submit an entry for the new model.

Do I have a word limit for questions on the entry form?

On the product-specific questions, we impose a limit of 500 words. You may also upload the technical specification sheet for your product. If you do not have a specification sheet, you may provide the same data in your own words (1,000 character limit).

What happens if my entry is not complete?

An entry is qualified for judging when all required sections are completed, images are included, and all entry fees have been paid. While CEA is not responsible for the follow-up of incomplete entries, we will attempt to notify entrants of the status of their entry. Ultimately, it is the entrants’ responsibility to ensure the entry is complete. Unpaid entries will be disqualified. Entry fees are non-refundable.

If I secure space for CES after submitting my Innovation Awards entry, can I receive a partial refund on my Innovation Awards entry fee? 

If you are not a CES exhibitor at the time that you submit your Innovation Awards application, you can still become an official exhibitor and receive a partial refund up until October 14, 2015. After October 14, we are unable to issue partial refunds. Contact us at InnovationAwards@ce.org for more information on receiving a refund.

When will I find out if my product has been selected to receive an award?

All applicants will be notified by email on October 15, 2015 of their award status. If selected as an Honoree, you are requested to confirm information included in your entry. It is essential that we receive this information for the Honoree announcement at CES Unveiled New York on November 10, 2015.

Are there sponsorship opportunities for Innovations?

Yes. Please contact us at InnovationAwards@ce.org

Apply Now to the CES 2016 Innovation Awards

Applications Accepted: August 10-September 16

Submit your application online now through September 16.