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Living in Digital Times' Last Gadget Standing and Mobile Apps Showdown Finalists Revealed: Sites Now Open for Online Voting
David Pogue, Tech Wizard, to Emcee Live Event on January 8th at CES 2016

NEW YORK, Dec. 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Living in Digital Times unveils the finalists for Last Gadget Standing and Mobile Apps Showdown, its two lifestyle technology contests held at CES® 2016.  There will be two winners for each award, one for the live audience vote and the online vote, which is now open.

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David Pogue, Founder, Yahoo! Tech will emcee the live events which play to a standing room only crowd at the Las Vegas Convention Center. "CES is a feast for tech eyes," said Pogue, "and Last Gadget Standing and Mobile Apps Showdown put the icing on the cake."

"We began these contests years ago to make sure that CES attendees were getting a voice in deciding what the most likely products to succeed at CES would be. And it's worked," said Robin Raskin, founder and president of Living in Digital Times. "This year's variety of gadgets and apps include everything from drones to childlike robots to pain relief."

The road the finalists travelled to get here:

Each finalist was selected by a panel of judges, including journalists, engineers, designers and developers. Over 500 CES attendees are expected for the live shows and will vote using a "non-scientific" but engaging sound applause meter for a winner at each event. The online voting component is open now through January 7th.  This is the time for you to weigh in and pick your favorite by vote at Mobile Apps Showdown and at Last Gadget Standing.

Last Gadget Standing
The Last Gadget finalists will demo their gadgets on stage on January 8th at 11:30AM in the Las Vegas Convention Center, North Hall, Room N257. The finalists are:

  • Air Hogs Connect is a new way to play with RC vehicles, merging a physical RC drone into one immersive augmented reality play experience.
  • BeON Home Protection System is the smartest light bulb on the planet. It can listen and respond to sounds and a variety of emergencies.
  • Codrone is a small-sized drone and Khan Academy-style online curriculum that teaches students how to code. Classes can be in schools, or at its own Education Centers. With something as engaging as a drone, students embrace the coding challenge.
  • Edwin the Duck takes the old rubber duckie and gives it high tech powers. Edwin senses bathwater temperature, sings and talks and is constantly growing along with you kids. This is one smart duck.
  • iPal is a 3.5 feet tall companion robot for young children. It is shaped like a child and has all the anthropomorphic moves to be a plaything.
  • Livall Bling Helmet (BH-60) and smart-riding system Livall's smart, safe-cycling helmets integrate communications, music and smart lighting. They're part of a full smart-riding gear system that includes a Bling Jet™ remote control, a phone mount and charger and nano cadence sensor.
  • Quell, Wearable Pain Relief Technology Quell®, is a revolutionary new technology, wearable intensive nerve stimulation (WINS), that delivers 100% drug free, widespread relief from chronic pain and is FDA cleared for 24/7 wear.
  • Ripple Maker is a revolutionary device that turns every cup of coffee into an artistic custom printed experience. Using coffee extract, the Ripple Maker creates stunning designs atop the foam of a cappuccino or latte, in a matter.
  • Zolt Laptop Charger Plus solves the irritating problem of keeping devices charged in a new way. It's the world's smallest, lightest device that can charge most laptops and mobile devices.
  • There is also one product that's under wraps and won't be announced until CES.
    • Hint, it produces a new kind of image

Mobile Apps Showdown
Mobile Apps Showdown finalists will demo their apps on stage on January 8th at 1:30PM in the Las Vegas Convention Center, North Hall, Room N257. The finalists are:

  • Gloopt allows users to easily create one-minute branded videos from their smartphone, add a logo and clickable call to actions to the video, and then share them instantly.
  • iHeartLocal helps businesses grow in three steps: connect, retain and reengage current and new customers, without the middlemen involved in other local commerce solutions.
  • Kuddly connects you to veterinarians worldwide through live chat and email messages 24/7.
  • myEmerg provides instant solutions for health-related questions. Its intuitive dashboard manages your personal health data.
  • My Open Road is a social energy conservation app that encourages users to reduce their carbon footprint and get fit by suggesting alternative transportation. Users are rewarded with discounts for their efforts in saving the earth from sustainable- living partners.
  • Perfect Company is a revolutionary approach to recipe perfection. It features a new innovative app that connects to a smart scale ensuring consistently delicious results.
  • PBS KIDS Party App gets kids up and moving with four different activities to move, dance, swing, or even break the piñata. It can even work with a Moff band that reacts to the kids' movement to enhance the experience. (Moff band not required.)
  • SunPort is a combination of hardware and an app that lets you check your daily, weekly energy use and then directs you to offset your energy costs with the right solar provider.
  • VidMob is a mobile marketplace that connects freelance video editors with video content creators in order to transform that content into exciting, entertaining, professional-quality video.
  • WeatherBug Mobile allows consumers to see, in real-time, how weather impacts their current energy usage in order to make smarter home energy efficiency decisions.

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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, Baby Tech, Kids@Play, Family Tech Summit, TransformingEDU, MommyTech TV, Beauty Tech, 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 and keep up with our latest news on Twitter, Linkedin and Facebook.

About CES:
CES is the world's gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for almost 50 years—the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace. As the largest hands-on event of its kind, CES features all aspects of the industry. And because it is owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) – formerly the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® – the technology trade association representing the $285 billion U.S. consumer technology industry, it attracts the world's business leaders and pioneering thinkers to a forum where the industry's most relevant issues are addressed. Check out CES video highlights. Follow CES online at and on social.

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