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Digital Trends’ Top Tech of CES 2015 nominees

Fashionistas have New York Fashion week, car nuts have the Detroit Auto Show, and tech enthusiasts have the International Consumer Electronics in Las Vegas.

But you don’t have to pilot drones or develop Android apps in your spare time to appreciate the shiny stuff bedecking 2.2 million (yes, million) square feet of convention space right now. From monolithic TVs that literally bend like playing cards on demand, to sci-fi devices that can scan any material and tell you what it is, CES has it all.

Which makes the job of finding the best of the best a bit like finding the brightest neon, most obnoxious club or cheesiest theme hotel in Vegas … but a lot more fun. For the second year in a row, Digital Trends dispatched a crack team of 18 editorial staffers to Las Vegas to fan out, get grabby with gadgets, and try everything we could. And we’ve sifted out the best of everything for our Top Tech of CES 2015 awards.

Looking for highlights from all the hottest product categories? Look no further. We hand-picked four nominees in every category based on a combination of innovation, practicality, and just plain “wow” factor. And when there weren’t four that floored us, we picked three, because who needs fluff?

Check our nominees in every category below, and make sure to return Thursday morning when we reveal the winners in every category, and what it was about each incredible gadget that sealed its supremacy this year. Plus, we’ll award one outstanding product our coveted Best in Show award.

Automotive

Home Audio

GoldenEar Technology Triton Five Loudspeaker

GoldenEar Technology Triton Five

Philips Fidelio B5 Wireless Surround Sound Bar

Philips Fidelio B5 Wireless Surround Sound Bar

Home Video

Home

Lowe’s Holoroom

holoroom

Brother Dream Machine

Brother Dream Machine

Smart Home

Vigilant Lily Pad Pool UV Sensor/Thermometer

lilypad

Keen Smart Vent

Keen-event

Sengled Snap Bulb

Sengled Snap Bulb

Home Appliance

Mobile

Computing

Photography

Gaming

Oculus Rift

oculus-rift-ces-2015

The Sulon Cortex

cortex

Headphones

Wearable

Sports & Fitness

Skulpt Aim

Skulpt-2

Connected Cycle Pedal

Connected Cycle Pedal