best of innovationCES, the show formerly known as the “Consumer Electronics Show” is all about technology and it won’t be long before any technology is connected to the internet. If you can think of any device in your home or office, it won’t be long before it becomes part of the iot or “internet of things” and it will be connected to the web and run from a cloud. What I have selected below has won the “Best of Innovation” awards from CES and will be shown off in January in Las Vegas at the 2020 version of CES which I can’t wait to see. Hotel, Air Tickets, and Press pass handy, I am ready to go. You can see the CTA Press release here, and the Winners from the Paris show here.Avast omni hub



Avast Omni provides advanced protection for connected devices on the home network, and ensures multi-platform security on the go. It is a consumer security product that connects to your home network and what it does is to provide protection for every device that is connected to that network. No pricing yet and it is not yet on Avast’s website.






I am a huge fan of Mesh Wi-Fi systems for the home and office and Zyxel zyxel communications inc 748679is a winner with their Zyxel Halo Light. From the CTA: “Zyxel Halo Light is a powerful whole-home mesh Wi-Fi6 system that combines a robust portfolio of intelligent security and usage features with machine learning to provide a unique, home WiFi solution that redefines the capabilities and utility of the connected, smart home. Halo Light supports 10 Gbps symmetric speed with an XGS-PON fiber WAN connection and delivers those ultra-fast speeds through a 10 GbE LAN and the ultra-fast speeds of 802.11ax.

Halo Light provides seamless mesh connectivity to deliver a supreme WiFi experience and ultra-fast data speeds to all areas of the home to support computers, mobile devices, streaming media appliances, wearable technology, and smart home IoT devices.”Asus Zenbook15



One of the Honorees to look at is Asus which had four notebooks winning an award including the ZenBook15. This is what the CTA had to say about this unit: “Creativity. Style. Innovation. These words define the elegant ZenBook 15. It’s one of the world’s smallest laptops for its screen size thanks to a near-frameless NanoEdge display. Our unique ScreenPad 2.0 turns the trackpad into a multitasking dream.” Best Buy has one for $1269.


Targus QV4K


People that I hear from regularly are ditching their desktops for a powerful laptop like that ZenBook 15 above but have had difficulty because they often have two or more monitors on their desktop and want that capability with the laptop. Another Innovation awards Honoree is Targus with their USB-C Quad Video 4K Universal Docking Station that supports 4 monitors, gigabit ethernet, four USB 3.0 and two USB-C ports, and can generate 100 watts of output power and includes power tips for 10 different brands of laptops. Available now for $399.




And what computer junkie never has the time to cook comes from Techpal Ltd. Out of Hong Kong. The CookingPal “Julia” which “combines state-of-the-art design and functionality, video-guided cooking and AI food recognition. This tecpal ltd 733078Smart Kitchen Machine brings smart technology and the concept of connected cooking together, making cooking delicious meals easy and convenient. 

At the core of “Julia” is the ability to chop, mix, steam, knead, emulsify, weigh and cook, all within one machine. The machine can be controlled via a smartphone app or its dedicated Smart Kitchen Hub Tablet– a tablet that is tailor-made for usage in the kitchen. Providing a growing database of over 500 recipes created specifically for CookingPal and tested by over 20 chefs from different nationalities.” No Price here either.

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Robert Sanborn
December 2019.