11 products earn 'Best of Show' distinction at Macworld 2010
The winners were revealed this week as the show kicked off at the Moscone Center. The full list of honorees, as judged by the magazine, is available at its Web site, along with a slideshow showing off each product. The following is a quick summary of the 2010 winners:
- Canson Papershow - $200: Similar to the Livescribe Pulse Smartpen, this product uses a camera-equipped pen and special paper to transmit handwriting to a screen. This would allow a user to make annotations on a chart in a presentation in real time.
- Carina Software SkyFi - $165: Combine the SkyFi ($150) and accompanying iPhone application ($15) allows users to use their iPhone to control their GoTo telescope through its RS-232 port. The system also allows a Mac to be used as a remote control, and it can be done remotely over the Internet.
- FastMac U-Socket - $30: This allows an iPhone, iPod, digital camera or other device to be plugged directly into a wall without a power adapter. The device's USB ports can reportedly output 5V at 600 mA.
- Frolicware AutoPark - $5: This iPhone application lets users track the time left on a parking meter, use GPS to find their car, and find useful nearby places like gas stations, banks and bathrooms.
- Inrix Traffic Pro - $10 for first year, $25 lifetime: Another iPhone application, this lets users plan their commute with real-time traffic reports. It also offers access to traffic cameras to see what lies ahead on the road.
- Kanex HDMI to Mini DisplayPort Connector - $150: This hardware allows users to connect an external device, such as a Blu-ray player, to Apple's new 27-inch iMac. Previously, only devices with a Mini DisplayPort output were capable.
- Marketcircle Billings Touch - $15: A time billing program for the the iPhone and iPod touch. It works on its own and also syncs with the Mac version of the software.
- Microvision ShowWX - $500: A pico projector that uses laser technology for superior color display. It also comes with a cable for connecting to an iPod nano, iPod touch or iPhone.
- Quickoffice Connect Mobile Suite - $10: An iPhone application that offers two full-featured office applications, Quickword and Quicksheet, that allow users to create, open and edit Microsoft Word and Excel documents. Files from DropBox, Google Docs and MobileMe can also be accessed from the software.
- SachManya Yapper - Price unknown: An online service that allows users to create iPhone and iPod touch applications for Apple's App Store without having any knowledge of how to code. Applications can simply use existing RSS feeds, cache content for offline reading and more.
- Ten One Design Inklet - $25: Allows users to utilize the multitouch trackpad on a MacBook in the same fashion as a Wacom tablet. Adding in the $15 Pogo Sketch adds the ability to measure pressure sensitivity.
Macworld 2010 is a five-day event that runs through Saturday.