The CES Innovation Awards is an annual competition honoring outstanding design and engineering in consumer technology products.
Health & Fitness
By Qualcomm Life
Software & Mobile Apps
By HARMAN International
In-Vehicle Audio Video
By Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc.
AppRadio 3 (SPH-DA210)
Computer Hardware & Components
By ASUSTeK Computer Inc.
ASUS Transformer Book Trio TX201LA
High Performance Home Audio
By Bang & Olufsen
Electro-mechanical Polymer (EMP) Actuator Technology
Home Audio - Video Components
By Sony Electronics
FMP-X1 4K Ultra HD Media Player
3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing
Eco-Design and Sustainable Technologies
By Kirk H&J Corporation
iNPOFi Foldable Mobile Wireless Charger
Gaming Hardware & Accessories
By LG Electronics
LG CURVED ULTRA HD OLED TV (77EC9800)
Wireless Handset Accessories
Technology for a Better World
By Able Planet Incorporated
Personal Sound with LINX® FUSION
PHA-2 headphone amp
Home Theater Speakers
By Philips Consumer Lifestyle
Philips Fidelio E5 wireless surround cinema speakers
By Reebok & MC10
By Samsung Electronics America
Samsung 65-inch Real 240Hz FHD Smart LED TV with Quad-core Multi-tasking Capability
By Samsung Electronics
Samsung Curved LED Monitor
Sony QX Series "Lens-Style" Cameras
The BackBeat GO® 2 + Charging Case
By Tobii Technology
Tablets, E-Readers, & Mobile Computing
VAIO® | Flip PC
BEST OF INNOVATIONS: Health & Fitness
2net™ Mobile is one of the first solutions to enable seamless aggregation of clinical data from a comprehensive list of medical device sensors into one unified stream across multiple mobile phones and tablets.
BEST OF INNOVATIONS: Software & Mobile Apps
A cloud-based platform that delivers 40,000+ programs from the web and location-based services (LBS) straight to the car's dashboard through a seamless connection with an Aha smartphone app for iOS and Android systems.
BEST OF INNOVATIONS: In-Vehicle Audio Video
AppRadio 3 smartphone connected in-dash receiver with iOS, Android and MirrorLink Connectivity features 7-inch capacitive touchscreen, Siri Eyes Free and Google Voice Recognition, Bluetooth audio streaming, and a built-in DVD/CD mechanism.
BEST OF INNOVATIONS: Computer Hardware & Components
The ASUS Transformer Book Trio is the first 3-in-1, 11.6-inch dual OS Windows 8/Android hybrid laptop with a dock powered by a 4th generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor. The tablet features an Intel® Atom™ processor and a 1920 x 1080 IPS display.
BEST OF INNOVATIONS: High Performance Home Audio
BeoLab 18 is conceived at an exceptional sound column introducing a refined symbiosis of form, craftsmanship and performance.
BEST OF INNOVATIONS: Embedded Technologies
Enter the Neo-Sensory Age. Equip innovative products with localized HD Haptics, sounds, and device morphing, and bring ultrathin, flexible, and light devices to life with Novasentis EMP products and technology.
BEST OF INNOVATIONS: Home Audio - Video Components
The world’s first home media player to deliver hit Hollywood movies in 4K Ultra HD, with 4 times more clarity than HD. Pre-loaded with 10 feature films and a library of 4K shorts, the FMP-X1 is also the gateway to Sony’s Video Unlimited 4K service.
BEST OF INNOVATIONS: 3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing
The Form 1 3D-printer is the world's first high-resolution, desktop stereolithographic printer, designed to bring the gold-standard in 3D-printing technology to a wider audience, in an exquisite marriage of industrial design and technology.
BEST OF INNOVATIONS: Digital Imaging
The world’s first 360° action camera. Capture, play and share amazing 2K videos and 4K photos. Experience the unique 360° format with the included software, web platform and app. Capture everything, control what you watch: don’t miss any action!
BEST OF INNOVATIONS: Eco-Design and Sustainable Technologies
The Brunton Hydrogen Reactor™ is a high-science portable power device that combines hydrogen and oxygen to produce electricity on-the-go. Using rechargeable hydrogen power it gives users the unique opportunity to stay charged without ever plugging in.
BEST OF INNOVATIONS: Portable Power
This mobile wireless charger has a 5000 mAh battery to keep devices powered wirelessly. It is foldable and functions as a 40 Lumens LED flashlight when folded. It emits ZERO radiation and has over 90 percent power transfer efficiency for fast charging.
BEST OF INNOVATIONS: Wearable Technologies
Instabeat is the first waterproof heads-up monitor that tracks, stores, and displays instant color-coded feedback of your heart rate on your swimming goggles’ lenses to optimize your training and streamline your performance.
BEST OF INNOVATIONS: Gaming Hardware & Accessories
The Parrot Jumping Sumo is a very small jumping and rolling insectoid robot. It can express its mood thanks to integrated animations, light and sounds. It has its own language to communicate and interact with the user.
BEST OF INNOVATIONS: Video Displays
The 77EC9800 is the world’s first and largest curved 77-inch ULTRA HD OLED TV and features LG’s CINEMA 3D technology and powerful webOS Smart TV platform.
BEST OF INNOVATIONS: Home Networking
myIDkey Shield is the first biometric, personal and portable firewall/proxy and VPN device for unprecedented security. Shield is built into the myIDkey -- the voice-search Bluetooth / WiFi USB device that displays passwords and info on the go.
BEST OF INNOVATIONS: Wireless Handset Accessories
The Parrot AR.MiniDrone "ROLL AND FLY": small quadrocoptor, with removable ultralight wheels, with a concentration of Parrot AR. Drone technology, piloted via Bluetooth Low Energy.
BEST OF INNOVATIONS: Technology for a Better World
The first multi-sensory ANC headphone to fuse patented LINX AUDIO with ViviTouch EAP to simultaneously transmit sound through the skin, bone and ear to enhance comprehension in noisy environments and to address specific tonal sensitivities.
BEST OF INNOVATIONS: Headphones
Designed for music lovers, the PHA-2 headphone amplifier enhances sound quality effectively when used with portable audio players or smart phones, allowing users to enjoy a great listening experience.
BEST OF INNOVATIONS: Home Theater Speakers
Philips Fidelio E5 wireless surround cinema speakers and their wireless active subwoofer, offer a phenomenal stereo music listening experience that can transform instantly into a true 5.1 wireless surround sound system.
The Reebok CHECKLIGHT™ is a sports impact indicator designed for athletes of all ages and skill-levels. Multiple motion sensors embedded into a skullcap provide actionable impact data to help assess an athlete before continuing to play.
The UN65H7150 is the world’s only Real 240Hz Full HD LED TV with Quad-core Processor to enable more rapid Smart TV execution, a 1.3-second Instant On and Dual Screen for the perfect multi-tasking experience.
BEST OF INNOVATIONS: Computer Peripherals
The Samsung V27 is the world’s first curved LED monitor. Architected as the ultimate entertainment display, it delivers a completely immersive experience, while its slim depth and super narrow bezel seamlessly allow for multi-screen extension.
Sony's new QX Series "Lens-Style" Cameras combine the power of a premium compact camera and the convenience and connectivity of today's smartphones, completely redefining the "mobile photography" experience.
Plantronics BackBeat GO 2 wireless earbuds deliver immersive audio for your non-stop life, so you can lose the cord, free your music, and still take that call. Portable charging case offers both a home and charging solution for the earbuds while on the go.
BEST OF INNOVATIONS: Accessible Technologies
EyeMobile is a lightweight accessory that enables eye control capabilities on Windows 8 tablets. EyeMobile provides individuals with mobility challenges with a hands-free way to enjoy full tablet computer functionality.
BEST OF INNOVATIONS: Tablets, E-Readers, & Mobile Computing
Change your view of what a computer can do with this innovative design that instantly goes from laptop, to tablet, to viewer mode with a simple flip. Packed with the best of Sony, it features a Full HD touchscreen with TRILUMINOS Display for Mobile, Clear Audio+ and even Exmor camera technology. With the powerful Intel® Gen 4 processors and an optional fast SSD drive, there’s even more to flip for.
Our 2015 categories include:
NEW! Safe Driving
3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing
Computer Hardware & Components
Eco-Design & Sustainable Technologies
Fitness, Sports & Biotech
Gaming Hardware & Accessories
High Performance Home Audio/Video
Home Audio/Video Components & Accessories
Home Theater Speakers
Portable Media Players & Accessories
Software & Mobile Apps
Tablets, E-Readers & Mobile Computing
Tech For A Better World
Wireless Handset Accessories
Submit Your Entry
Visit the Innovation Awards Call for Entries page. (Call for Entries is now closed).
Complete, submit and pay for your entry online between Monday, August 11 and Monday, September 15, 2014. Emailed and/or hard copy submission forms are will not be accepted.
You will be notified by email on October 14, 2014 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.
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, 2014, and April 1, 2015.
If you are a CES exhibitor, one sample of your Innovation Honoree product (prototype or the final product) must be available for display in the Innovation Showcase at the 2015 International CES, from 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 11, 2014 and will be included in the launch of the Honoree listings on CESweb, also on November 11.
Companies not exhibiting at CES may also enter the 2015 Innovation Awards; however, restrictions apply if selected as an Honoree.
Fee Schedule: Early Bird Entry Fee (through September 3)
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
Online Entry Process Opens: August 11, 2014
Early-Bird Deadline: September 3, 2014
Online Entry Process Ends: September 15, 2014
Innovation Awards Judging: September 22 - October 3, 2014
Entrants Notified: October 14, 2014
Innovation Honorees Announced: November 11, 2014
Companies that are not exhibiting at the 2015 CES 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 24, 2014. If a company has fully paid for an exhibit space by October 24, 2014, 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 15, 2014.
Entries submitted in 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 3MB. 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 22, 2014.
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.
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 Awards 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 Innovations Award for that category. All award designations by our judges are final.
Entries are evaluated on the following criteria:
Engineering qualities, based on technical specs and materials used
Aesthetic and design qualities, using photos provided
The product's intended use/function and user value
Why the product deserves the Innovations award, including specifics regarding its unique/novel features and features that consumers would find attractive
How the design and innovation of this product directly compare to other products in the market place
Eco-Design and Sustainable Technologies Entries
Environmentally friendly engineering qualities, based on technical specs and materials used
Environmentally friendly aesthetic and design qualities, using photos provided
The product's intended use/function and user value as it impacts the environment
Software & Mobile Apps Entries
Intended use, function, and user value
Aesthetic and visual qualities, using screenshots or photos provided
Perceived ease of use/user-friendliness
Why the software deserves the Innovations award, including specifics regarding its unique/novel features and features that consumers would find attractive
How the design and innovation of this software directly compare to other products in the market place
Earning the coveted CES Innovation Awards Honoree title provides a fair share of eye-catching benefits, including:
2015 CES Innovation Awards Honoree logo to include on your product packaging and advertising materials
Opportunity to display your product in the Innovation Awards Showcase at the 2015 International CES (for official International 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 2015 CES Innovation Awards Honoree plaque 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 64,000 and bonus distribution at the 2015 International CES (for official International CES Exhibitors only).
Innovation Awards icon published next to your company listing in the Official CES Show Directory (for official International 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.
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 show floor at the International CES where the Honoree products are 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, 2014 and no later than April 1, 2015. 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 13, 2014. After October 13, 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 14, 2014 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 11, 2014.
Are there sponsorship opportunities for Innovations?
Yes. Please contact us at InnovationAwards@ce.org
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