By Harry McCracken | Sunday, January 9, 2011 at 8:19 am
The suspense is over! Yesterday morning, a standing-room-only throng of CES attendees attended the tenth annual Last Gadget Standing event (co-sponsored by Technologizer and LGS creator Robin Raskin’s Living in Digital Times), and witnessed demos–from the straightforward to the wild and crazy–from the ten finalists. Then they voted for their favorite gizmos by clapping, cheering, whistling, hooting, and hollering.
The Last Gadget Standing–as determined by applause-o-meter at the event is Acer’s Iconia, a notebook with two 14-inch screens and a touchscreen interface. And the People’s Choice winner–determined by an online poll–is Barnes & Noble’s Nookcolor “reader’s tablet.”
A few photographic highlights:
The winning gadget, Acer’s Iconia, got a demo that was, well…Enterprising.
Barnes & Noble’s Jonathan Shar, who was supposed to demonstrate the People’s Choice winner, the Nookcolor, couldn’t make it. So his mom filled in.
Nexus S manufacturer Samsung treated us to an intimate conversation with Android 2.3 “Gingerbread.”
We had a few appropriate Vegas trimmings.
The Howard Stern Show‘s Gary Dell’Abate and Jon Hein cohosted the event with Robin and myself, provided a halftime trivia show, and actually helped control the chaos rather than contributing to it.
And our judges, including Engadget’s Joanna Stern (seen here showing off Looxie), introduced demos and explained why the ten finalists had gotten this far.
Thanks to the entrants, our judges, and everyone who voted in person or online or otherwise chimed in as we winnowed hundreds of nominees down to two winners.