Who’s on Top at CES? 20 Live Finalists Appear on Stage at 2015 International CES®

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The press are always sharing their opinions but it’s the public that really knows a winner, Last Gadget Standing and Mobile Apps Showdown are designed to be the people’s vote.

Today, Living in Digital Times announces the finalists for their two lifestyle technology awards. Last Gadget Standing and Mobile Apps Showdown, longtime CES favorites, honor remarkable innovation in the hottest new gadgets and most likely to succeed mobile apps technology at this year’s International CES®. From a 3D printer that prints with recycled bottles to a pocket-sized molecular sensor, Last Gadget Standing finalists show true innovation, while Mobile Apps Showdown finalists bring app development to a new level from an app that helps users become a pastry chef to a total solution for online security.

“The press are always sharing their opinions but it’s the public that really knows a winner,” said Robin Raskin, founder and president of Living in Digital Times. “Last Gadget Standing and Mobile Apps Showdown are designed to be the people’s vote.”

What’s happened so far:

Finalists for each award were selected by an expert panel of judges, including journalists, engineers and developers. At the live show, once again hosted by Jon Hein of Howard Stern’s “The Wrap-up Show,” an audience of over 500 CES attendees will vote using a sound applause meter for a winner for each award. There’s also an online vote which is open now through January 8, 2015 at 9 a.m. PST at http://www.lastgadgetstanding.com and http://www.mobileappsshowdown.com. Two winners for each award, the live vote and online vote, will be announced at the live events.

Last Gadget Standing finalists will demo their new gadgets on-stage on January 8th from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Las Vegas Convention and World Trade Center (LVCC), North Hall, Room N255. Finalists include:

  • EKOCYCLE Cube from Cubify. 3D printers are now common, but the EKOCYCLE is the only one that prints using plastic filament, made in part from post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. It combines the maker spirit (actually, the re-maker spirit) and the environmental spirit in a single breakthrough product.
  • FLIR FX from FLIR Security. If it were just a Wi-Fi camera, it would be one of many, but the FLIR FX can be a wearable action camera or a dash-cam with built-in four hour battery. The camera’s Wi-Fi hotspot lets users access live video and operate the camera even if their away from the Internet.
  • Petziconnect from Petzila. Smartphone are now treat phones. With Petziconnect, users can see and talk to their pet when they're away from home, and they can even dispense a treat.
  • Phorus PS5 Speaker from Phorus. The PS5 is a wireless speaker, but it’s so much more. It supports both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, streams from one's own network media player or from online services, multiple units can be coordinated, and lets the user's smartphone serve as a remote. It’s the wireless speaker, reimagined. Oh, and it sounds great, too.
  • Ring Video Doorbell from Ring. Doorbells just went worldwide. With the Ring Video doorbell, users can see and talk to the person at their door, using their smartphone, from anywhere.
  • SCiO from ConsumerPhysics. SCiO is a pocket molecular sensor, which means users can point it at something, such as a food item, and it will tell them about the item, at a molecular level. Is that turkey or tofurkey? SCiO knows.
  • Singtrix from Singtrix. Karaoke from the makers of Guitar Hero. Vocal effects, mic, stand, and controller, a full studio designed to make everyone sound great.
  • V.ALRT from VSN Mobil. The V.ALRT is the only non-subscription wearable personal alert device. Users can summon help using a button on the device, plus it will summon help automatically if one falls. The V.ALRT communicates via Bluetooth with their smartphone, which automatically sends the help request.
  • There are also two embargoed gadgets that are sure to wow to crowd. They’ll be unveiled for the first time at CES.

Mobile Apps Showdown finalists will present their new apps on-stage on January 8th from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Las Vegas Convention and World Trade Center (LVCC), North Hall, Room N255. Finalists include:

  • Blur from Abine. Blur is a total solution for online security. Like many apps, it can manage passwords, but it also can mask user's email, credit cards and phone number, and stop online trackers. It lets users decide who gets their personal information.
  • Breathometer from Breathometer. The Breathometer app, in conjunction with one of their two inexpensive breath measurement devices, can measure one's blood alcohol content (BAC). Safe to drive? Ask Breathometer.
  • Fitnet from Fitnet. Fitnet videos are nice, but with the Fitnet app, users also get feedback on their training, as it analyzes their workout using their phone or tablet’s camera. Finally, a great use for selfie cams.
  • Hi.Q from Hi.Q. Hi.Q is a health and fitness app that tries to make users more knowledgeable about health and fitness. It uses quizzes to both help users learn, and help the app assess their level of knowledge. It also features community input to add to the engagement.
  • Lyve from Lyve Minds. Lyve helps users consolidate all their videos and photos in one place, using one of their two hardware storage devices. It also has sharing features, works with social media, and makes it easy for one's cell phone pictures and video to become part of their permanent collection.
  • Perfect Bake from Pure Imagination. Smartphone or tablet in the kitchen while baking, usually a big mistake, but with Perfect Bake the tablet becomes the aide-de-chef and users can cook with more precision and better results. The system includes a scale, three mixing bowls, oven thermometer and of course the recipes.
  • SHAREit from Lenovo. With SHAREit, no cellphone is an island, it's media kept entirely to itself. SHAREit lets Android phones become a part of the main, and easily share things, fast and convenient.
  • SPOT-ON from Wajam. SPOT-ON is a game that lets users play eye-spy with friends. Given a photo, players identify as many things in the photo as possible, and the best spotter wins.
  • Yuggler from Yuggler. Yuggler is all about kids activities. Users can share info about their own, or discover what others in their area are doing. Is the beach crowded, or maybe it’s a better day for the zoo?
  • uCiC from uCiC. The uCiC app lets users reach out to others, based on their location, and get photos back from them, showing what’s going on there, right now. Or ping someone, asking for a photo of something their near.

Follow Last Gadget Standing and Mobile Apps Showdown on Twitter @GadgetLast, “like” Mobile Apps Showdown on Facebook and use the hashtags #LastGadgetCES and #MobileAppsCES.

About Living in Digital Times
Founded by veteran technology journalist Robin Raskin, Living in Digital Times brings together the most knowledgeable leaders and the latest innovations impacting both technology and lifestyle. It helps companies identify and act on emerging trends, create compelling company narratives, and do better business through strong network connections. Living in Digital Times produces technology conferences, exhibits and events at the International CES and other locations throughout the year by lifestyle verticals. Core brands include Digital Health Summit, Fitness Tech Summit, Lifelong Tech, Kids@Play Summit, Family Tech Summit, TransformingEDU, MommyTech TV, Wearables and FashionWare runway show, Mobile Apps Showdown, Last Gadget Standing, Battle of the Bands, and the KAPi Awards. The company also works with various foundations and manages the Appreneur Scholar awards program for budding mobile entrepreneurs. For more information, visit http://www.LivinginDigitalTimes.com and keep up with our latest news on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

About CES
The International CES is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for more than 40 years—the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace. As the largest hands-on event of its kind, CES features all aspects of the industry. And because it is owned and produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the technology trade association representing the $211 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry, it attracts the world’s business leaders and pioneering thinkers to a forum where the industry’s most relevant issues are addressed. Follow CES online at CESweb.org and through social media: cesweb.org/social.

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