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The Best of CES 2013 award winner was just announced, so it's a good time to look back at the winners from 2000-2103 and see where they ended up. We'll be looking at some products that took off, while others at least introduced ground-breaking technology. And don't forget the complete failures. As Matt Baxter-Reynolds wrote, "most of the solutions at CES are looking for a solution." Companies that were good at this were successful while those that weren't lost a lot of money.
2013 winner: The winner of this year's Best of Show award is the Razor Edge, a 10-inch, Windows 8 gaming tablet. The Edge adds gaming console-like buttons and sticks and makes the Edge a large gaming handheld. To develop Edge, Razor used a crowd-sourcing experiment to find out what potential users want in a mobile gaming sytem. CNET says the Edge "looks like a tablet but has the guts of a high-powered ultrabook."
The Best of CES 2012 award went to LG for its 55EM9800 OLED TV. The highlights were the absolute black level performance, an ultrafast panel, and excellent viewing angles in this 4mm thick frame. Plus, there's no need for backlighting.
One of the reasons the TV won the award was for its promise to ship in Q3 of 2012. Well, we're still waiting.
2011 winner: Motorola Xoom. In a show that featured tablets, this one came out on top of the pack. The Xoom was powered by Android Honeycomb on hardware that included a dual-core processor, 4G-compatibility, HDMI out, and front- and back-facing cameras.
But things didn't pan out for Motorola and the Xoom. First year sales were very disappointing as this tablet couldn't crack the dominance of Apple's iPad and the quick technological advances going on. You could tell it was going downhill by its sales price. Originally sold for around $800 when it was released in Feb. 2011, it could be bought for $200 just a year later.