At the CES closing ceremonies yesterday, editors of tech site Engadget announced the year's official Best of CES award winners.
Winners were chosen in 16 categories, based on their "levels of innovation, design, market appeal and functionality." A People's Choice Award is also presented, for the product that "won over the most hearts and minds at CES 2019."
"The Best of CES Award winners always make up the most innovative products in the world, and this year is no different," said Dana Wollman, Editor-in-Chief of Engadget. "We feel honored to evaluate thousands of entries and highlight the most innovative technologies that are working to make consumers lives easier through design and functionality. We're excited to announce this year's winners to our readers and CES attendees."
This year's winners included:
- Best Accessibility Tech: Samsung GEMS-H
- Best Startup: Nreal
- Best Digital Health and Fitness Product: DFree
- Best Wearable: Omron Heartguide
- Best Transportation Technology: Daimler Freightliner Cascadia
- Best Home Theater Product: Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar
- Best Connected Home Product: Lenovo Smart Clock
- Best Phone or Mobile Device: Mophie Juice Pack Access
- Best TV Product: LG OLED TV R
- Best Gaming Product: Alienware Area-51m
- Most Unexpected Product: Impossible Burger 2.0
- Best Sports Tech: JAXJOX Kettlebell Connect
- Best PC or Tablet: Dell XPS 13
- Best Robot or Drone: Samsung Bot Care
- Most Impactful Product: Impossible Burger 2.0
- Best of the Best Award: Impossible Burger 2.0
- People's Choice Award: Heated Razor by Gillette Labs
Oddly, Engadget's pick for both the Best of the Best and Most Impactful Product Awards at this year's Consumer Electronics Show wasn't a consumer-electronic device. Instead, the editors went with the plant-based, "lab-grown meat-substitute" Impossible Burger 2.0. Possibly a not-so-subtle reminder that if we forget to save the planet, no one will be buying bigger TVs or faster computers.
The Best of CES Awards Program was initiated over a decade ago. This marks Engadget's sixth year adjudicating the awards, in partnership with the Consumer Technology Association CTA.
Tech-news site Engadget was founded in 2004. Engadget reports that its Web, mobile, and Flipboard presence has grown to reach over 25 million unique readers per month. Engadget is also the official partner of the Best of CES Awards.
Image: Best of the Best winning Impossible Burger 2.0, from Engadget's Best of CES video summary.