Who doesn’t like easy?
The folks at Eye-Fi are masters of easy, as they are the first company to repeat as winners of the Last Gadget Standing competition at the International Consumer Electronics Show Saturday. Taking top honors Saturday was the Eye-Fi Video Card, which turns nearly any consumer level point-and-shoot with video capabilities into a wireless camera, easily transferring digital files to a computer or sharing Web site.
The live demonstration of the technology showed a YouTube.com player displaying video captured just seconds earlier. No cables, no logging-in, no nothing was required to move the video from the camera to the popular video sharing site. The company won last year with their photo sharing Eye-Fi card, turning any camera that uses SD cards to capture and store digital files into a wireless camera.
It helps to have the loudest cheering section, as the final vote came down to a sound-meter score that registered audience response after each of the 10 finalists made their four-minute pitch to the crowd. Online voting whittled down more than 150 entries to a top 25, then the Top 10 squared off in the showdown.
Online voting was closed at 10 a.m., with emWave PSR, a device that helps users reduce their stress and increase their energy, winning the online competition. The device got more than 32,000 votes, with the Eye-Fi coming in a distant second with nearly 20,000 votes. You can see complete online voting results here.
You can see all the Last Gadget Standing entries at their official site.
I plan to do reviews of both of these winners in the near future.