Razer Forge TV Gaming Device Takes People’s Choice Nod
By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)
TVs dominated this year’s Best of CES awards, presented by Engadget, at the annual technology confab in Las Vegas this year. From LG’s new “Art Slim” 4K OLED TV, to Razer’s Forge TV Gaming Device, to Dish and their new Sling TV streaming service, which took the Best of the Best nod. There’s no denying that the old “idiot box” is still the king of the technology world.
Here’s a quick breakdown of the Best of CES Awards by category …
Best in Show (Best of CES) went to the Dish Sling TV internet service. Sling will allow users to stream your favorite channels to any video device, anywhere in the world, and do it without a companion subscription to a cable or satellite service. “Sling (don’t call it Dish) TV is a big deal, folks,” writes Michael Gorman, Engadget’s Editor in Chief. “It could very well be the beginning of the end for traditional pay TV here in the US, and that’s not something I ever thought possible before this week.” I don’t know if I’d go that far. For $20 a month, Sling is a cool idea, but it’s still in it’s infancy with a limited number of channels available. But it does point to perhaps a tipping point that may have been reached in video on demand, and it should cause cable and satellite services to cringe about their pricey offerings. Sling also took the Best Software/App category as well.
Despite a strong showing of quantum dot-loaded LCDs, this “Art Slim” OLED packing webOS 2.0 is the one we most want on our wall. The only question remaining is how much will it cost to get it there? — Richard Lawler, Senior Editor
Best TV – LG Art Slim 4K OLED TV. OLED has been kind of the holy grail of high definition television, as users have been waiting with baited breath for the technology to become affordable enough to make in sufficient quantities for TVs to take advantage of it. The time may be now as LG showed off their ultra thin Art Slim 4K OLED TV, which marks a significant improvement over the 4K OLED TVs from last year. But the big winner here is WebOS, which drives the Art Slim TV, showing that while this operating system has had a tough go of it over the years, like a cat, it has nine lives.
Best Gaming Product, and most importantly the People’s Choice Award – Went to Razer for the second year in a row, with it’s Forge TV gaming device. Rising from the ashes of Project Christine like a Phoenix, Razer has rebounded with a new Android-driven gaming device that streams PC/Mac games directly to your TV, meaning even better performance upgrades to your PC, rather than rely on that gaming console that will never ever get a performance boost of it’s own.
This is, hands-down, the most exciting 3D-printing announcement to come out of CES in years.
Makerbot took yet another award from a category that you know was created just for them … Best Maker friendly technology. And it’s rightfully earned with their new Composite filaments which will have maplewood, limestone, iron and bronze embedded into its plastic 3D printer filament to make objects that are 3D printed look like the real deal, and do it from any 3D printer since it’s backwards compatible. “The bronze can be polished to a shine; the iron can be magnetized; and the wood actually smells vaguely of maple,” writes Engadget’s Terrence O’Brien. “You can’t really print a useful hammer, but this is one step closer to printing a finished product (instead of a useless prototype).” Makerbot also took another accolade, from Popular Mechanics, which gave it their editor’s choice award.
Best Robot/Drone went to Air Dog, a cool new drone that can be broken down and put into a backpack, but comes with custom automated sports modes which are driven by follow me technology so that action sports geeks can get their own aerial footage by having the AirDog linger above them automatically. “It may be designed to follow,” says Engadget’s James Trew, “but when it comes to action sports video, it leads.” BTW the AirDog came “this close” to beating out Razer for the nod, losing by only 2%of the vote.
My personal favorite is the Best Innovation Award, which went to Energous Watt Up, a device that allows users of mobile devices to charge from up to 15 feet away. You heard it right. You no longer have to take off your device or plug it in. You can just walk into the room and it starts charging. “… imagine never having to take off your wearable, or your kids having toys that never run out of batteries,” writes Aaron Souppouris, Engadget’s Senior Editor, “because they’re constantly being fed power from afar? WattUp could be a game changer.”
You can see the complete list of Best of awards here.