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Living in Digital Times' Last Gadget Standing & Mobile Apps Showdown Competitors Flex their Muscles at CES® 2017
MATRIX PowerWatch and Linksys Velop Named Last Gadgets Standing; MyScript Nebo Named Top Mobile App
Four Inspiring Students Named 2017 Young Innovators to Watch

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Live from the Las Vegas Convention Center at CES 2017, Last Gadget Standing and Mobile Apps Showdown, produced by Living in Digital Times, once again drew a standing room only, rowdy crowd applauding for their favorite devices and apps to help determine this year's big winners. Who walked away with a year of bragging rights?  MATRIX PowerWatch, a body heat powered smartwatch, won in Last Gadget Standing, now in its 16th year, while Linksys Velop, a Wi-Fi mesh router, captured the online vote. For the 7th Annual Mobile Apps Showdown, MyScript Nebo, a handwriting recognition app, took home the coveted prize as both the best app at the live event and the favorite of online voters.

Back for a second year, tech guru and founder of Yahoo! Tech, David Pogue held court as host.  All morning the audience was entertained with another year of creative and funny presentations from a body heat competition to a craft beer tasting and a live DJ set! There was even an appearance from a local Las Vegas news anchor.  Attendees were challenged to answer David's trivia questions to win great prizes, from fitness trackers and headphones to smart toothbrushes and drones.  Lenovo's ongoing sponsorship and commitment to innovation is appreciated.

"I can't think of a more entertaining, more creative way to showcase some of the most innovative tech at CES, than by pitting products against one another for laughs and applause," said Robin Raskin, founder a and president of Living in Digital Times. "It's exciting to see the crowds turn up year after year to have their say in Last Gadget Standing and Mobile Apps Showdown."

"After three days of exhaustion on the CES show floor, you'd think there would be nothing left to amaze us. But every year, the candidates for Last Gadget Standing and Mobile Apps Showdown blow my mind," said David Pogue, founder, Yahoo! Tech. "Every one of these inventions deserves an award for ingenuity and brilliance!"

Last Gadget Standing 2017 Finalists

  • BLOCKS
  • Canary Flex
  • Coros LINX
  • Hubblo VR
  • KUBO Robot
  • Linksys Velop
  • MATRIX PowerWatch
  • PicoBrew Pico
  • Portal Home Wi-Fi System
  • Qkey
  • Torch Pro

Mobile Apps Showdown 2017 Finalists

  • HomeAdvisor
  • MyScript Nebo
  • NewsON
  • Notion
  • Sesame
  • True Key by Intel Security

Each finalist was selected by a panel of judges, including journalists, engineers, designers and developers.  After passionate debate and discussion, the judges decided on the Top 11 gadgets as well as the Top 6 mobile apps to compete in a live competition and online vote to prove their staying power at CES 2017. Winners of online voting were determined by popular vote. In person, an applause-o-meter measured audience enthusiasm to determine the winner.

Mobile Apps Showdown started with a special ceremony honoring four students who were named 2017 Young Innovators to Watch. Through the generosity of the Kay Family Foundation, Lenovo and Samsung, The Young Innovators program offers scholarship awards to high school and college students developing new technology products and experiences.  They are:

Sara Du, Irvine, CA, developed Bluejay, an app to assist emergency responders. The app connects through Bluetooth to an Intel Edison (or Arduino or Raspberry Pi) that is attached to a drone. Emergency responders can then fly the drone over areas that have been impacted by natural disaster and collect data, such as GPS location, from those who are stranded.

Shalin Shah, Las Flores, CA, developed Lumos, an app that can aid early detection of glaucoma, the leading cause of blindness worldwide.  The app connects to a low-cost lens attachment that allows non-specialists to photograph the retina, and an algorithm that analyzes the retinal image for patterns of glaucoma and identifies risk.

Utkarsh Tandon, Cupertino, CA, developed OneRing, a wearable ring that analyzes movement patterns to diagnose and assess Parkinson's disease. It provides high precision monitoring at every hour of the day to the fingertips of patients to track disease progression and analyze the impact of treatments.

Emily Post, New York, NY created Finding Clover, a geo-location mobile game that supports the movement to reduce and ultimately eliminate dangerous toxins. Kids look for clover and accumulate points while they learn how they can play a part in the movement.

"All of the students that entered clearly have both technical acumen and a love of helping people and the planet. We hope scholarships and recognitions like this one help to raise a generation of innovators and problem solvers," said Robin Raskin, founder and president of Living in Digital Times.

Scholarship winners received up to $2,000 (plus hi-tech gear), a free trip to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, international recognition, and the opportunity to meet technology industry professionals, journalists and influencers at a highly publicized awards ceremony.

Follow Last Gadget Standing and Mobile Apps Showdown on Twitter @GadgetLast, "like" Mobile Apps Showdown on Facebook and use the hashtags #LastGadget and #MobileApps.

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About Living in Digital Times
Founded by veteran technology journalist Robin Raskin, Living in Digital Times brings together the most knowledgeable leaders and the latest innovations impacting both technology and lifestyle.  It helps companies identify and act on emerging trends, create compelling company narratives, and do better business through strong network connections.  Living in Digital Times produces technology conferences, exhibits and events at CES and other locations throughout the year by lifestyle verticals.  Core brands include Digital Health Summit, Digital Money Forum, FitnessTech, BabyTech, Kids@Play, Family Tech Summit, TransformingEDU, FamilyTech TV, BeautyTech, Wearables and FashionWare runway show, Mobile Apps Showdown, Last Gadget Standing, Robots on the Runway and the KAPi Awards.  The company also works with various foundations and manages the Appreneur Scholar awards program for budding mobile entrepreneurs, as well as the 10 Under 20: Young Innovators to Watch awards recognizing student STEAM innovations in New York City.  For more information, visit www.LivinginDigitalTimes.com and keep up with our latest news on Twitter, Linkedin and Facebook.

About CES:

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