ninth Annual Crunchies Awards
On February eight, a number of the greatest and brightest startups, entrepreneurs and buyers will pack into San Francisco’s Struggle Memorial Opera Home for the ninth Annual Crunchies, primarily the Oscars for startups and know-how. They’ll be hoping to win a Crunchie award in certainly one of 12 classes up for grabs at this yr’s present.
The Crunchie for Hardware of the Yr goes to the gadget that had the most important impression on the tech panorama in 2015. Under are the businesses which were chosen as finalists for the Hardware of the Yr award this yr, in addition to a take a look at the earlier winners of this coveted award.
The 2015 Nominees
Apple launched the Apple Pencil stylus as a singular new solution to work together and create with the corporate’s new large iPad Professional pill. The Pencil is an extremely correct stylus that detects place, drive and tilt, permitting artists and designers to create elaborate artistic endeavors and enterprise people to markup paperwork for simpler edits on the go.
Devialet Phantom Speaker
When you’ve acquired some cash to spend on a speaker, the Devialet Phantom is a tremendous system that delivers wealthy bass, wonderful treble and fascinating separation, and all in a tool that’s not a lot bigger than your common Bluetooth speaker. In fact, that unimaginable sound comes at a premium, because the Phantom will set you again about $2,000.
Parrot launched the corporate’s new Bebop drone in March with a chassis that was light-weight and constructed with security in thoughts, because the propellers instantly stops on collision. The Bebop includes a 1080p video digital camera with constructed-in stabilization that captures movement at 30 FPS, and captures 14 megapixel stills with the fisheye lens, and all for underneath $500. An up to date model of the drone, the Bebop 2, launched in late December with double the battery life for $550.
Samsung Gear VR
Samsung launched the second era of the Gear VR digital actuality headset in November for $ninety nine. The slimmed-down model of the Gear VR weighs simply zero.sixty two kilos, and it’s suitable with a wide selection of Samsung’s present and former lineup of smartphones and phablets so extra customers can partake within the Gear VR expertise. You’ll be able to learn Drew’s palms-on with Gear VR right here.
BB-eight is the superior new droid from Star Wars: The Drive Awakens, and Sphero is a toy firm that makes robotic, related toys. Looks like a match made in heaven, no? Because of a partnership with Disney, Sphero launched the should-have toy from The Pressure Awakens, a related, rolling mini BB-eight droid that youngsters each younger and previous can play with and management with their smartphone, voices, or by way of a brand new wearable wristband that launched at CES 2016. Oh, and it’ll play holographic messages recorded by you and different BB-eight house owners by way of the iPhone and Android apps. Sphero’s BB-eight is definitely probably the most superior toy to return out of The Drive Awakens thus far.
Apple iPhone/iPhone 3G – First and Second Annual Crunchies Winner
After years of rumors and hypothesis that Apple was making a telephone, the corporate unveiled its first iPhone mannequin on January 9, 2007. The iPhone instantly made waves as quickly because it launched, simply handing Apple the primary ever Crunchie for Greatest New Gadget/System, a feat it gained once more the next yr with the iPhone 3G.
Barnes and Noble Nook – Third Annual Crunchies Winner
Barnes and Noble launched their Nook e book reader in October 2009 that added a three.5” colour contact display performance that bested the competitors. The Nook had software program that permit customers share books for as much as 14 days with family and friends that might be learn by anybody with a Nook app on their telephones or computer systems.
Apple iPad – Fourth Annual Crunchies Winner
In the identical method that Apple revolutionized the smartphone market when it launched the primary iPhone, the corporate introduced pill computer systems into the mainstream with the iPad, which launched in 2010. The iPad allowed customers to not solely eat content material like books and magazines like conventional ereaders, but in addition iPhone apps that have been redesigned to reap the benefits of the bigger display.
Nest – Fifth Annual Crunchies Winner
Nest ushered within the Web of Issues motion with the corporate’s sensible thermostat, a tool householders might use to exchange their normal digital thermostats that promised to assist scale back power value. Nest is a so-referred to as studying thermostat that determines patterns in the best way customers management their heating and cooling settings, then units a sensible schedule to scale back utilization whereas nonetheless protecting individuals snug once they’re house. Plus, it might all be managed by way of a smartphone app.
Makerbot – Sixth Annual Crunchies Winner
In the identical means that Nest ushered within the Web of Issues motion, Makerbot introduced 3D printing to the plenty with accessible and reasonably priced 3D printers. The corporate launched its desktop Replicator 3D printer in January 2012, unveiled the Replicator 2.zero in September, and launched a brand new retail retailer in New York Metropolis that very same month.
Oculus VR – Seventh and Eighth Annual Crunchies Winner
Arguably no gadget has had a higher impression over the previous few years than Oculus, the headset that appears set to convey digital actuality into the mainstream. Oculus gained the Greatest Hardware Startup Crunchie on the Seventh Annual Crunchies in 2013 on the heels of the corporate’s massively profitable Kickstarter marketing campaign, and gained once more on the Eighth Annual Crunchies with the Crescent Bay replace. Oculus was purchased by Fb in 2014 for $2 billion, and the corporate has simply opened up preorders for the buyer model of the Oculus Rift headset for $599 a bit.
Which new gadget will win the Crunchie for Hardware of the Yr in 2015? The winner will probably be introduced on the ninth Annual Crunchies on February eight on the San Francisco Struggle Memorial Opera Home, and one of the simplest ways to expertise the Crunchies is to be there in individual.
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