You made your voices heard loud and clear! Now check out the results of the CES 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards.
In the meantime we’ve been voting too! The results are in, and here are the seven best products from CES 2012 as selected by the humble editors of TechnoBuffalo (presented in alphabetical order by manufacturer). Check out our picks and be sure to agree – or is that disagree? – with us in the comments!
Asus Eee Pad MeMo Tablet
The newest, littlest quad-core Asus tablet gets the nod for its unbelievable power-to-price ratio and the comfort and utility of its 7″ screen form factor. Packing Android 4.0 ICS, Tegra 3 chipset, and WXGA resolution IPS display, this $249 slate could just set the tablet world on its ear when it ships in the coming months. MeMo promises to be far more powerful than the comparably priced Amazon Kindle Fire and B&N Nook Color and far cheaper than Apple’s iPad 2. Let’s hope Asus can deliver the goods on time – especially since MeMo picked up a Readers’ Choice award, too. – Noah
Honorable Mention: Intel Nikaski Ultrabook Concept
Canon Powershot G1 X
I didn’t see this one coming, and actually neither did Nikon. The Canon PowerShot G1 X is a landmark within the land of digital photography, going down in history as the first fixed-lens point-and-shoot to rock a 1.5-inch CMOS sensor, which is almost as big as an APS-C type found in DSLRs. The Canon PowerShot G1 X can achieve a wide aperture range and refined depth of field. Its shutter speed has been expanded to 60 seconds and the camera now has a popup flash. Priced at $799, the Canon PowerShot G1 X represents the most exciting thing to hit the point-and-shoot realm to date. – Mike
Honorable Mention: Fujifilm X-Pro1
Corning Gorilla Glass 2
Corning’s Gorilla Glass took over a significant portion of the smartphone display glass market when it came out, and it looks like Gorilla Glass 2 could even be more popular as it increases strength while also reducing thickness. Considering how many places we had already seen the original product turn up, a new version that could help reduce the overall weight of a phone while also giving it a stronger screen is an assured winner. Of course, is there really anyone out there who is brave enough to put this to the true test to see what happens? Count me out. – SA
Honorable Mention: Case-Mate Marvel Collection Gadget Cases
LG 55″ OLED TV
I was not expecting to care, let alone get excited, about TVs at this show. There’s not enough mainstream 3D or 1080p content for the average consumer to choose resolution over streaming Netflix, so who really cares about higher quality panels, right? Then I walked into the LG booth, put some 3D glasses on, and gawked at a hyper-real athlete whose track spikes were flying out off the screen at me, spraying dirt from the long jump pit as he landed. LG’s new set is absolutely stunning and insanely thin and light to boot. Sure, I was probably victimized by pristine trade show demo footage and “Super VIVID Demo” color settings, but who cares? I was blown the OLED away. – Noah
Honorable Mention: Samsung Super OLED TV Prototype, Samsung ES 8000 Smart TV
Parrot AR Drone 2.0
Remote-controlled planes and helicopters are wish-list items for many people, stemming all the way back from childhood. Parrot’s take on the genre may have wowed people last year, but this year’s version utterly captivated the crowd. Sure, the flips and turns of the hovering AR Drone 2.0 are attention-grabbing in itself, but there’s even more goodness here: This quadricopter packs an HD camera for high-quality capture at bird’s eye view, image-sharing features, and remote WiFi control via iOS and Android apps — complete with gyroscopic support. In other words, some high-flying fun could be yours just by grabbing your device and twisting/turning it around in your hands. Talk about your crazy cool fantasy products. – Adriana
Honorable Mention: TOSY mRobo, if only because it caused this photo to happen
Samsung Galaxy Note LTE
Jon’s been carrying around an unlocked Note as his daily driver for a few weeks now and despite the fact that I constantly tease him about his giant “clown phone,” I agreed it should win an Editors’ Choice award. Note’s 5.3″ display is gorgeous, and the phone’s huge footprint is made pocketable by its incredibly thin profile. Add to that a stylus whose precision is worthy of our artist-in-residence Jon Quach, and you’ve got a truly unique, innovative device worthy of Best in Show awards from TechnoBuffalo Editors and Readers alike. – Noah
Honorable Mentions: HTC Titan 2, Huawei Ascend P1S, Nokia Lumia 900
3D Systems Cube 3D Printer & Cubify.com
The future is a place in which we download crowdsourced blueprints for 3D objects – functional, wearable, and decorative alike – and then physically manifest said objects in our homes on consumer-grade manufacturing machines. The future is a place in which design dictated by corporations and influenced by consumer trends becomes design created by individuals and shared virally online is then co-opted by corporations in second-rate knockoffs. The future is a place in which physical solutions are made real by teams of thinkers brought together across time and space by cloud apps for all the world to use.
The future starts now. It’s called 3D printing. – Noah
Honorable Mention: MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer
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