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Celebrating 20 Years of Last Gadget Standing

Overview At CES® 2020, Last Gadget Standing, presented by Living in Digital Times, hosted its 20th annual competition. See the products that have won the audience over in the past 20 years.

For 20 years, Last Gadget Standing has brought together hopeful tech innovators and an audience of tech enthusiasts to champion the future of tech products in a whirlwind competition at CES®.

Emceed by some renowned names — at CES® 2020, the competition was hosted by Jennifer Jolly, Emmy Award-winning TV show host and writer for the New York Times — Last Gadget Standing pits 10 products signifying major trends at CES into a competition to win the audience’s favor for “most likely to succeed,” measured via Applause-o-meter.

Here is a look back at the products that secured the title of Last Gadget Standing for the past 20 years.

CES 2020

Ambassador Interpreter: Waverly Labs Ambassador is an over-the-ear automatic translation tool that provides instant interpretation through speech recognition.

Medwand: This telemedicine tool collects multiple vital sign readings and key patient assessments.

CES 2019

Shure MV88+ Video Kit: This digital stereo condenser microphone provides content creators with an all-in-one solution for capturing on-the-go recordings.

CES 2018

Play Impossible Gameball: Technology within a ball tracks the speed, spin, height and more of every throw, catch, toss and tap from a smart device, with 10+ games to play.

CES 2017

Matrix PowerWatch: PowerWatch is a smartwatch equipped with a thermoelectric engine that allowed the watch to be powered by the body heat of its wearer.

CES 2016

HumanEyes Technologies Vuze: The world’s first portable consumer 360-degree 3D VR camera, the Vuze helps capture a realistic human experience.

CES 2015

Spinmaster Meccano: Users can build and program their own robots for an interactive learning experience.

CES 2014

Kwikset’s Kevo: Kwikset’s smart door lock allows users to secure their homes through their phone, providing the security of remote locking.

CES 2013

Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC: The Horizon is designed for multiple simultaneous users and is suitable for tabletop gaming.

CES 2012

Lytro Light Field Camera: The light field camera let users take a photo once and return later to change the focus point. It also allows users to display photos in 3D.

CES 2011

Acer Iconia: The first laptop with two screens, the Iconia was designed to provide an optimal, all-point multi-touch experience.

CES 2010

Boxee: The startup offered computer software for watching any format of digital video.


Each finalist promises to improve our lives in so many ways and they certainly impress everyone in the room.

Robin Raskin
Founder and President, Living in Digital Times

CES 2009

Eye-Fi Video: The Eye-Fi Share Video card allowed users to remotely send videos to their PC.

CES 2008

Eye-Fi Video: Transform any digicam into a wireless camera through an SD card that transmitted images from the camera to a PC without a cable.

CES 2007

Data Drive Thru Tornado: The Data Drive Thru Tornado allowed users to plug in a USB cable to two computers and transfer data between the two PCs without installing extra software.

CES 2006

Celestron SkyScout: The portable planetarium used GPS technology to help identify any visible object in the sky.

CES 2005

Dell Axim: It was one of the first PocketPC-like devices to have graphics acceleration and VGA resolution.

CES 2004

iRobot Roomba: The now popular Roomba robot vacuum intelligently navigates the home to guide and clean throughout the space.

CES 2003

TapWave Zodiac: This hybrid gaming device, handheld PC and media center had entertainment and gaming.

CES 2002

General Motors’s OnStar: A concierge GPS service in the car relied on satellite communication.

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