PRESENTING OUR AWARD WINNERS FROM THIS YEAR’S CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW, INCLUDING A HAMBURGER THAT CAN CHANGE THE WORLD…SERIOUSLY!

BY EVAN MONROE

BEST HOME THEATER, AUDIO
Sennheiser Ambeo 3D Sound bar
The first sound bar we’ve ever tried that actually lives up to the boast of reproducing 5.1 surround sound, this Sennheiser blew us away, and is also capable of converting stereo audio to 3D! Goes on sale in May for $2,499. sennheiser.com

BEST HOME THEATER AUDIO Sennheiser Ambeo 3D Soundbar

BEST HOME THEATER, VIDEO
LG OLED TV R
An organic light emitting diode TV that can roll out of sight! Its 65 inch screen has all of the same tech as LG’s other new OLED TVs, including HDMI 2.1 with support for 120fps 4K, but also tucks back into its 100 watt Dolby Atmos speaker cabinet when you just want to see a lovely piece of furniture. Price not announced at press time; availability in the second half of the year.

BEST HOME THEATER, VIDEO-LG OLED TV R 2_1

BEST GAME CHANGER
Impossible Burger 2.0
Food tech appearing at CES? Read on! Seeking to create “the flavor, the texture, the juicy sizzle” of meat with plant based proteins, this company has done the seemingly impossible. Novelty is part of the appeal, sure, but these things are delicious, taste just like beef (honest!), and save, per burger, 75 square feet of land, a half tub full of water, and the equivalent of 18 miles of car emissions! Now available in over 100 NYC and NJ restaurants, including White Castle in Union and Urban Burger in Cranford. impossiblefoods.com

BEST GAME CHANGER_1

BK AUDI A7 SPREAD

BEST LAPTOP
Asus Zenbook S13
This year’s show, at least in part, was a battle of the bezels, with tablet, TV, and laptop makers competing for which offers the most vanishingly thin perimeters. Our PC nod goes to Asus’s S13, with a bezel just 2.5 millimeters thick, solid performance, up to two terabytes of solid state storage, and a handsome aluminum case. Rollout is scheduled for early April, with an estimated start price of $900. asus.com

BEST LAPTOP-Asus Zenbook S13

BEST SMARTWATCH
Kate Spade Scallop 2
Show goers accustomed to resigning themselves to Apple Watch hegemony were pleased as punch by the lovely, funky, and capable Scallop 2. In addition to a snappy OS atmosphere and all the standard health app integrations, its “choose your look” feature asks for details about an outfit and makes a customized face in response! $295 for the black silicone strap version seen here; metal strap variant starts at $335. katespade.com

BEST SMARTWATCH_1

BEST HEALTH TECH
TouchPoint
This fascinating innovation, developed by neuroscientist Amy Serin, short circuits the body’s usual stress responses slowing heart rate and easing anxiety within 30 seconds of turning it on. The system is actually two watch like devices that send out synchronized vibrations that disrupt your typical stress patterns. The basic set starts at $160. thetouchpointsolution.com

BEST HEALTH

BEST ZANINESS
Kohler Numi 2.0 Intelligent Toilet
In addition to enviro features like a water efficiency system that makes sure you’re never using more than necessary, this A.I.-based smart home commode features voice control of bidet functions, customizable lighting, audiophile speakers, and Alexa integration. $7,000, kohler.com

BEST BATH ZANINESS Kohler Numi 2.0 Intelligent Toilet