The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) announced the CES 2020 Innovation Honorees. The CES Innovation Awards program is an annual competition honoring outstanding design as well as engineering in consumer technology products across 28 product categories.
A panel of industry experts judged submissions based on engineering qualities, aesthetic and design, functionality as well as consumer appeal. In addition, products recognized as Best of Innovation are given to those rating among the highest in each product category, or to multiple, in the event of a tie. However, a Best of Innovation designation is not guaranteed in each product category.
The CES Innovation Awards program is open to any individual, organization or authorized agent who manufactures, designs, engineers or promotes consumer technology products marketed in the United States. Moreover, for the CES 2020 awards, products must be available for sale to the public for the first time in the U.S. between April 1, 2019 and April 1, 2020.
The full list of Best of Innovation and Honorees were revealed prior to CES 2020. Honorees are showcasing their winning products in the Innovation Awards Showcase at CES 2020.
Owned and produced by CTA, CES 2020 runs January 7–10 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event provides access to the most transformative tech across various marketplaces, such as artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality, smart home, vehicles, digital health and more.
Digital Imaging/Photography 2020 Innovation Honorees
Human Capable Norm Glasses
These everyday AR (augmented reality) smart glasses appear indistinguishable from normal sunglasses. However, they feature an Android-based OS; a camera; a voice user interface; dual speakers; and a head-up display. The display shows digital content in the user’s field of view. Furthermore, weighing less than 2 ounces, Norm Glasses fold normally when not in use and store in a standard carrying case.
Moreover, they support all common lenses, including prescription lenses, photochromic lenses and polarized lenses. Lenses can be changed by a local optometrist. In addition, the glasses pair via Bluetooth with Android or iOS smartphones, enabling people to interact with the digital world hands free.
This less-than-an-ounce tiny stabilized camera from Insta360 mounts anywhere. The Go uses its innovative form factor and AI-powered smart editing to help make capturing life effortless.
Smaller than a thumb, it can capture angles other cameras don’t. When worn, the Go permits seamless, hands-free shooting. However, it is more than a wearable. A magnetic body, plus a range of accessories, means the camera is ready to clip, tag or hang on just about anything.
Dubbed the Boeing 747 of virtual reality cameras, it’s built for cinematic VR. The Titan from Ista360 captures both immersive 360º photos and video, reaching a breathtaking 11K resolution for lifelike VR experiences.
Leica Geosystems BLK247
The BLK247 from Leica Geosystems is a reality capture sensor for building security and operations. It offers
continuous, 24/7 LiDAR-based 3D monitoring and change detection within spaces. It uses LiDAR, 3D digital fencing and continuous scanning to monitor spaces 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Designed with situational awareness, the BLK247 is capable of differentiating between still and moving objects. Moreover, since it is an intelligent device, it can alert appropriate staff of physical changes within a space. l
Litra‘s LitraStudio is a mobile RGBWW photo and video light. It delivers professional, studio quality color lighting in any location, including rugged environments. Able to fit in a hand, the light provides up to 3000 lumen of continuous light; 6000 lumen of flash; and 97 CRI/TLCI quality light. In addition, it produces millions of custom and programmed color combinations. Users operate the light in several use modes: CCT (warm to cool); HSI (color wheel); RGBWW (precise color coordinates); gel presets; user defined presets; and effects. Effects mode allows filmmakers to imitate complex scene lighting, like fireworks, paparazzi and candle.
The LitaStudio can be controlled manually via an intuitive OLED panel; wirelessly via its Bluetooth app; wired and wirelessly with a DMX module to tie into industry standard studio systems; and also via camera flash sync.
Nikon Nikkor Z 14–30mm f/4 S
The Nikon Nikkor Z 14–30mm f/4 S is a Z system lens that features a nearly flat front lens element. This makes it the world’s first filter-attachable ultrawide-angle zoom lens covering a focal length from 14mm.
This is a benefit for all types of landscape, interior and event photographers who need to use filters, yet also need a wide-angle lens that delivers superior optical performance from edge to edge.
Nikon Nikkor Z 85mm f/1.8 S
The Nikkor Z 85mm f/1.8 S lens brings a fast prime with a classic medium telephoto focal length to the Nikon Z mirrorless series. Featuring a coveted focal length for flattering portraits, this S-line lens delivers sharpness all the way to the corners of the frame, even at f/1.8.
Moreover, it integrates the latest Nikkor optical technologies for intense rendering capability.
Nikon Nikkor Z 24–70mm f/2.8 S
The Nikkor Z 24–70mm f/2.8 S from Nikon is a powerful mid-range zoom lens that is great for a host of photo and video applications. Moreover, it strikes a balance between performance, precision and optical technology.
Moreover, this is a workhorse lens that professionals and advanced photographers depend on for weddings, portraits, landscapes and everything in between. The latest iteration of this lens for the Nikon Z mount delivers stunning clarity, high resolution as well as natural bokeh.