Living in Digital Times' Last Gadget Standing & Mobile Apps Showdown Contestants Show their Mettle at CES® 2016

VUZE and The Ripple Maker Named Last Gadgets Standing; iHeartLocal Named Top Mobile App

Jan 08, 2016, 21:41 ET from Living in Digital Times

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Live from the North Hall, Last Gadget Standing and Mobile Apps Showdown, produced by Living in Digital Times, once again drew in one of the biggest crowds at CES® 2016, including a ton of laughs and of course, applause to help determine this year's big winners. VUZE won in Last Gadget Standing's 15th year, while The Ripple Maker, captured the online vote. For the 6th Annual Mobile Apps Showdown, iHeartLocal, took home the coveted prize as the best app at the live event, as well as impressed online voters.

New as this year's emcee, is tech wizard and founder of Yahoo! Tech, David Pogue, the renaissance man of tech and entertainment, who helped keep the crowds amused.  The show kicked off with a fun video tour of CES from David.  Throughout the competitions, the audience was entertained with creative presentations with everything including an app controlled sword fight, 3D printed lattes and the making of a perfect smoothie—it even rained rubber ducks!  From a kids tablet and a sleep monitor to a robot and a Bluetooth speaker, attendees were treated to a plethora of raffle prizes.  Also, back on the stage this year was Lenovo with their Tablet Pro.  Lenovo's ongoing sponsorship and commitment to innovation is appreciated.

"The Last Gadget Standing and Mobile Apps Showdown have become indelible moments at the show where the people's vote is what matters.  It's a fun way to shine a light of some of the emerging companies and technologies at CES," said Robin Raskin, founder and president of Living in Digital Times.

"It's awesome to see companies bare their corporate souls in such fun and imaginative ways," said David Pouge, founder Yahoo! Tech.

Last Gadget Standing 2016 Top 11 Gadgets

  • Air Hogs Connect
  • The Ripple Maker
  • iPal
  • Zolt Laptop Charger Plus
  • BeON Home Protection System
  • Quell, Wearable Pain Relief Technology
  • Livall Bling Helmet (BH-60) and smart-riding system
  • Edwin the Duck
  • Codrone
  • Lenovo YOGA Tablet 3 Pro
  • VUZE

Mobile Apps Showdown 2016 Top 11 Apps

  • iHeartLocal
  • My Open Road
  • myEmerg
  • SunPort
  • WeatherBug Mobile App
  • Gloopt
  • PBS KIDS Party App
  • Kuddly
  • VidMod
  • WRITEit
  • Perfect Blend

Each finalist was selected by a panel of judges, including journalists, engineers, designers and developers. In early December 2015, our esteemed panels of judges narrowed down the pool of submissions to the Top 25 semi-finalists for each competition.  After passionate debate and discussion, the judges decided on the Top 11 products as well as the Top 11 mobile apps to compete in a live competition and online vote to prove their staying power at CES 2016. Winners of online voting were determined by popular vote, and in person, an applause-o-meter measured audience enthusiasm to determine the winner. 

Follow Last Gadget Standing and Mobile Apps Showdown on Twitter @GadgetLast, "like" Mobile Apps Showdown on Facebook and use the hashtags #LastGadget and #MobileApps.

Tweet this:  .@CoffeeRipples & VUZE Named #LastGadget Standing Winners at #CES2016

.@iheartlocal_ Named #MobileApps Showdown Winner at #CES2016

About Living in Digital Times:
Founded by veteran technology journalist Robin Raskin, Living in Digital Times brings together the most knowledgeable leaders and the latest innovations impacting both technology and lifestyle.  It helps companies identify and act on emerging trends, create compelling company narratives, and do better business through strong network connections.  Living in Digital Times produces technology conferences, exhibits and events at CES and other locations throughout the year by lifestyle verticals.  Core brands include Digital Health Summit, Digital Money Forum, FitnessTech, Baby Tech, Kids@Play, Family Tech Summit, TransformingEDU, MommyTech TV, Beauty Tech, Wearables and FashionWare runway show, Mobile Apps Showdown, Last Gadget Standing, Robots on the Runway and the KAPi Awards.  The company also works with various foundations and manages the Appreneur Scholar awards program for budding mobile entrepreneurs, as well as the 10 Under 20: Young Innovators to Watch awards recognizing student STEAM innovations in New York City.  For more information, visit and keep up with our latest news on Twitter, Linkedin and Facebook.

About CES:
CES is the world's gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for almost 50 years—the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace. As the largest hands-on event of its kind, CES features all aspects of the industry. And because it is owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) – formerly the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® – the technology trade association representing the $285 billion U.S. consumer technology industry, it attracts the world's business leaders and pioneering thinkers to a forum where the industry's most relevant issues are addressed. Check out CES video highlights. Follow CES online at and on social.

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