Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010 | 12:21 p.m.
Panasonic’s 3-D-enabled TV picked up the Best in Show award Saturday morning during the CNET Best of CES 2010 awards at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Award-winners were nominated in nine categories: car technology and GPS; cell phones and smart phones; computers and hardware; digital photo and video; gaming; home theater; MP3 and portable video players; TV; and “green” technology, a category that was added this year.
Judged by a panel of CNET editors, the CNET Best of CES awards are the official awards of the tradeshow. The Best in Show award is given by CNET editors for the best product across the nine categories. CNET Editor at Large Brian Cooley said thousands of people voted for the People’s Voice award on CNET.com since the nominees were announced Friday morning.
Best in Show
Panasonic’s 3-D-enabled TV includes a set of 3-D glasses, unlike most sets on the floor at CES. The TV features THX certification, a suite with Netflix, Pandora and YouTube and an optional Wi-Fi connection. The Panasonic TC-PVT25 also has the ability to make Skype video calls.
Intel Wireless Display
Intel Corp. Chief Executive Officer Paul Otellini announced the Wireless Display at Thursday night’s keynote address. The technology lets users transfer high-definition content from their PC to TV seamlessly with only a wireless box. Buyers will have a selection of five laptops available.
Car technology and GPS
Ford Motor Company President and CEO Alan Mulally introduced the MyTouch at Thursday morning’s keynote address. It displays information using two 4.2-inch, color LCD screens near the speedometer and another 8-inch touch-screen in the center of the dashboard. Controls on the steering wheel allow drivers to switch between the products' four main applications: phone, entertainment, climate and navigation. All of the MyFord Touch features are accessed by voice commands and touch-screen technology.
Cell phones and smart phones
At first glance, the Motorola Backflip looks like just the average slider phone, but the phone actually opens like a book. The phone currently runs on Motoblur, but Motorola will soon be launching it with Android. The phone’s other features include a touch-screen, 2GB of memory, a full HTML browser and a 5-megapixel camera.
Computers and hardware
Lenovo IdeaPad U1 Hybrid
The Lenovo IdeaPad U1 Hybrid is a netbook and tablet computer all in one. It opens as a netbook but its screen flips around to become a tablet. The netbook has a slightly smaller-than-full-size keyboard, a 16-by-9-inch screen and runs on Windows 7. The Lenovo IdeaPad U1 Hybrid is priced at $499.
Digital photo and video
The new Eye-Fi marries the memory card and a wireless card, allowing users to upload video and photos right from their cameras. The card also has a memory mode, which deletes files as necessary after they are uploaded. The card comes in at 8GB and is priced at $149.
Dell Alienware M11x
The Dell Alienware M11x joins gaming and netbooks. It brings video-game quality graphics to an 11-inch netbook and is rumored to have more than six hours of battery life. The netbook will be available this spring for less than $1,000.
MP3 and portable video
The Valups Tivit brings mobile TV to the smart phone. The Tivit doubles as a Mobile DTV receiver and a Wi-Fi port, streaming free local TV to a user's smart phone. Compatible devices include the iPhone, some iPod Touches, BlackBerry phones with Wi-Fi and Windows PCs. It’s set to hit stores this spring.
The new LG Blu-ray features 250GB of built-in memory, can rip CDs directly to the hard drive and has online streaming media with built-in Wi-Fi, including Netflix, YouTube, Pandora and Picasa. A release date hasn't been announced.
The winner of the Best in Show award, Panasonic’s 3-D-enabled TV includes a set of 3-D glasses, unlike most sets on the floor at CES. The TV features THX certification, a suite with Netflix, Pandora and YouTube and an optional Wi-Fi connection.
The PICOwatt plug
The PICOwatt is a smart plug that gives users control over energy consumption. The plug uses Wi-Fi connectivity to provide remote energy monitoring and remote power control. The product will be available in April for about $80.