i-stage, sponsored by the Consumer Electronics Association, is a good, old fashioned technology talent competition. Companies enter their best hardware, software or services in the hopes of becoming the star of this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
Finalists in the i-stage contest include everything from a glove that controls your car doors to voice-controlled home entertainment systems. The winner will receive $50,000 and a free booth to show off their technology on the CES show floor.
This year's event, the first ever, will be hosted by CNET's own Molly Wood and the finalists will be judged by Kevin Kelly of Wired Magazine Ryan Block, formerly of Engadget, and "tech guru" Jeff Pulver.
Since 2006, CNET has presented the Best of CES Awards, given to the top product in 10 categories as well as one coveted Best in Show award. See the gadgets that topped our list for this year, and find out the People's Voice winner, decided by more than 10,000 member votes.
Now accepting submissions for the 2010 Best of CES Awards.
The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is the world's largest consumer electronics trade show. CES 2009 is scheduled for January 8 through 11 in Las Vegas, and it will feature thousands of exhibitors showcasing their latest tech products. CNET's team of reporters and reviewers will be at the show, covering technology's heavy hitters and previewing thousands of products before they are released to the public.
Each year, CNET, in partnership with the Consumer Electronics Association, produces the Best of CES awards at the International Consumer Electronics Show. The CNET editorial team recognizes the best new products at the show with awards in 10 categories, an overall Best of Show award, and the People's Voice award, which is selected by CNET's online audience.