Digital Trends’ Top Tech of CES 2015 nominees

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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

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Keen Smart Vent

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Sengled Snap Bulb

Sengled Snap Bulb

Home Appliance

Mobile

Computing

Photography

Gaming

Oculus Rift

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The Sulon Cortex

cortex

Headphones

Wearable

Sports & Fitness

Skulpt Aim

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Connected Cycle Pedal

Connected Cycle Pedal
Home Theater

In surprise announcement, OnePlus says it’s going to make a smart TV

Smartphone manufacturer OnePlus says it will release a smart TV. CEO Pete Lau will head up a new division of the company, and has hinted the TV will be simple to use, and will feature artificial intelligence.
Home Theater

If you've got questions about Ultra HD Blu-ray, we've got answers

Ultra HD Blu-ray discs and players are a killer way to beef up your home theater. Here's everything you need to know about one of the most significant advances in home entertainment to arrive in years.
Home Theater

HDMI 2.0b is a whole lot more than just a connection to your TV

HDMI 2.0b is the backbone for many of the latest updates in 4K UHD technology. And while a new cable standard can often involve a bunch of changes for consumers, that is not the case this time around.
Smart Home

The best washing machines make laundry day a little less of a chore

It takes a special kind of person to love doing laundry, but the right machine can help make this chore a little easier. Check out our picks for the best washing machines on the market right now.
Cars

Volkswagen shows us the workaholic side of its modern-day classic van

The Volkswagen I.D. Cargo concept is an electric, connected delivery van based on the I.D. Buzz concept from 2017. It boasts up to 350 miles of range and cool features like solar panels on the roof and a 230-volt outlet for power tools.
Cars

It’s not easy being green: California strips HOV rights from clean-air cars

Changes to California's Clean Air Vehicle decal program are raising the ire of early adopters. The decals let LEV and ZEV drivers travel solo in commuter lanes. More than 200,000 drivers will lose the privilege January 1.
Features

Will high-res radar make tomorrow’s cars safer?

Modern cars have sensors designed to make driving safer. The problem? They don’t work well. A combination of radar, lidar, and cameras is a solution, but we aren’t there yet.
Cars

BMW’s redesigned Z4 gets two turbocharged engines, long list of tech features

The redesigned BMW Z4 will be available in sDrive30i Roadster and M40i Roadster guises when it goes on sale next year. The more powerful M40i will do zero to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds, according to BMW.
Cars

Exclusive: Faulty radars are compromising Nissan’s emergency braking system

Faulty radar modules are causing the automatic emergency braking system in select 2018 Nissan vehicles to turn off. AEB is designed to alert a driver of proximity to the car ahead, and apply the brakes when the driver can't.
Emerging Tech

These flying cars want to take your commute to new heights

The future is closer than you'd think: Companies around the world are working on flying car models, with many successful tests! Here are all the flying cars and taxis currently in development, and how they work!
Smart Home

Here’s how to pre-order everything Amazon announced this week

Amazon announced new devices available in its Echo, Fire TV, and AmazonBasics lineups. Most of the devices aren't available quite yet but if you head over to Amazon, you can pre-order them.
Cars

Tesla says dash cam feature using car’s built-in cameras is coming soon

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is promising the next version of Autopilot, which is expected imminently, will include a dash cam feature that uses the car's built-in cameras. It's a feature many Tesla drivers have long been asking for.
Product Review

With the XT4, Cadillac's tech game goes from frustrating to first class

The 2019 Cadillac XT4 is the American luxury brand’s first small SUV, slotting under the XT5. Aimed at younger buyers, the XT4 is intended to be a nurturing product — something to introduce new customers and lead to future Cadillac…
Cars

Amazon Alexa can now hitch a ride in any car with Echo Auto

At its massive hardware event, Amazon unveiled Echo Auto, a dashboard-mounted device that adds Alexa to any car. It's one of myriad ways Amazon is trying to integrate Alexa with cars.