Guitar Hero III: DigitalLife Best Game
DigitalLife, Ziff Davis Media’s leading consumer electronics and digital lifestyle event, announced the winners of the Best of Show awards. The PC Magazine editorial staff chose the most innovative, most useful, and most fun products on the show floor in a presentation at DigitalLife last Friday from the elite technologies found at the show and hottest products available for this holiday season.
More than 250,000 products were featured at DigitalLife this year including video games and other technology products and services such as cell phones, smartphones and a host of amazing new mobile services to digital cameras, GPS devices, desktops and laptops, to home theater equipment, tech toys for kids, and safety and security tools.
The PC Magazine editors, led by Editor-in-Chief, Lance Ulanoff, were tasked with selecting the Best of Show across 12 categories from this amazing variety of cutting-edge technology.
“This year’s Best of Show winners represent some of the most exciting technology products on the horizon,” commented Monica Vila, Vice President, Ziff Davis Media. “The quality and quantity of new product announcements at this year’s show indicates that DigitalLife continues to evolve from being a great venue to interact with consumers to an industry gathering place, and one of the year’s major focal points for technology and lifestyle press.”
Among the winners are Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, the Gateway One PC, and the HP Blackbird 002. Complete details after the break.
This year’s honorees are:
· CATEGORY: PC
Winner: Gateway One
Company: Gateway Inc., www.gateway.com
One of the biggest splashes at this year’s show was the launch of the Gateway One all-in-one PC. The One is more than just good looks. It has a Core 2 Duo processor, built-in speakers, 802.11n, minimal cabling (including wireless keyboard and mouse), and a detachable Web cam.
· CATEGORY: Portable Gear
Winner: Zipit Wireless Messenger 2
Company: Zipit Wireless, www.zipitwireless.com
The Zipit Wireless Messenger 2 is a great way to get your kids off your PC. The Zipit is a handheld dedicated IM device that can connect to the three major IM clients simultaneously and supports 40-bit WEP encryption. The interface is customized Linux, and the device has six programmable function keys.
· CATEGORY: Home Networking
Company: Axentra Corp., www.axentra.com
Axentra could finally bring the complex world of home media servers to the masses. Using a 500GB LaCie storage drive, Axentra has a Linux-based HipServ interface that is easy to set up and is accessible anywhere through a Web service. It can integrate with gaming boxes and wireless security cameras, as well as support all of your media file formats.
· CATEGORY: Game
Winner: Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock
Company: Activision, www.activision.com
The latest version of this interactive music game features a slew of new songs and an update on the guitar hardware. Any skeptics were quieted after visiting the boisterous GH booth at DigitalLife and witnessing aspiring rockers of all ages jamming out with a smile.
· CATEGORY: Software
Winner: ZoneAlarm(r) ForceField™
Company: Check Point Software Technologies Ltd., www.zonealarm.com
Designed to work alongside your existing security software, ForceField protects both your system files and your Web browsing by blocking bad sites, warning of dangerous downloads, and keeps keystroke loggers at bay. It also virtualizes browser-initiated file system and Registry changes.
· CATEGORY: Gaming Hardware
Winner: HP Blackbird 002
Company: Hewlett-Packard, www.hp.com
The first foray into the gaming market since acquiring Voodoo, HP hit the ground running with the Blackbird. This top-of-the-line system will make any gamer drool with dual nVidia graphics cards, 2GB of RAM, liquid cooling, and a super-cool black case design with a bottom platform stand for ventilation. The chassis is tool-free and highly customizable with lots of spare bays for expansion
· CATEGORY: Gift for Kids
Winner: Hasbro FurReal Friends Squawkers McCaw Parrot
Company: Hasbro, www.hasbro.com
Squawkers is an animatronic parrot that has voice recognition and programmable features. It comes with a remote to activate
pre-programmed voice commands, and can repeat words spoken to it. Squawkers will even dance to music.
· CATEGORY: Gift for Adults
Winner: iRobot Looj 130
Company: iRobot Corp., www.irobot.com
The Looj is a storm-gutter cleaning robot with a rotating cleaning propeller and tank treads to shuttle it along. You can even add a belt holster. Chore day just got a lot easier.
· CATEGORY: Software Innovator
Company: ooVoo LLC, www.oovoo.com
This free video chat software for Windows or Mac can conference in up to six people, send video messages, send big files (up to 25MB), and more. You can also configure security settings and permissions for your chat buddies.
· CATEGORY: Hardware Innovator
Winner: ooma Hub
Company: ooma Inc., www.ooma.com
This broadband calling device sits between your phone and Internet connection. With it, you can make free calls over the Web. The device includes handy features, such as the “Instant Second Line,” three-way conferencing, enhanced call waiting, and everywhere access to voicemail.
· CATEGORY: Automobile Technology
Winner: Ford Sync
Company: Ford Motor Co./Microsoft Corp., www.syncmyride.com Sync is a Microsoft-powered in-car communication and entertainment system available on Ford vehicles. Previously, such systems were only options on astronomically priced luxury cars, but Ford has brought it to the masses. Sync lets you build an in-car music library using your iPhone, iPod, or Microsoft Zune, and it will load your contacts from your phone. You can also use the Bluetooth feature to make voice-activated phone calls.
· CATEGORY: Overall Best of Show
Winner: Gateway One
Company: Gateway Inc., www.gateway.com
via Press Release