San Francisco - Mavizon Technologies' AutoBot took the top price in the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) annual i-Stage competition held during the CEA Industry Forum at the Fairmont Hotel, here.
Mavizon Technologies will receive $40,000, a turnkey exhibit at the 2011 International CES, and the option of a booth at CES Unveiled in New York or Las Vegas. Mavizon Technologies was also chosen by the audience as the Fan Favorite and took home an additional $2,500.
AutoBot is an automotive appliance used to integrate the car with mobile devices that is user-installed and easily synced with cloud-based software via a web utility. It brings an artificial intelligence to the automobile through cloud-based social media integration, and allows users to control nearly everything about the vehicle from a mobile device or computer -- all without a monthly service fee, CEA said.
The i-Stage competition is a technology event featuring innovative consumer technology products that will soon come to market, CEA noted. Eight finalists unveiled their products before a live audience and judges Monday.
Tremont Electric placed second in the competition with its nPower PEG and was awarded $7,500, as well as the option of a booth at CES Unveiled in New York or Las Vegas. The nPower PEG is a small, lightweight device that recharges handheld electronics from the energy users generate while walking, running or biking.
The eight i-Stage finalists, listed by company and product name, included:
Anybots, Anybots QB; Eyecon Technologies, Eyecon; Mavizon Technologies, AutoBot; Oxygen Audio North America, O'Car; Pomdevices, Sonamba; Seeker Technology, PipSqueak; Sonomax Technologies, Soundcage Earphones; and Tremont Electric, nPower PEG
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