The Consumer Electronics Association has been rewarding forward-thinking technology with its Innovations Design and Engineering Awards for 35 years, honoring hardware and software products that do things differently. This year, 35 separate panels of judges rated existing and upcoming products in 35 categories, and the gear on the following pages earned the highest scores across the entire field of nominees. The 2011 Best of Innovations honorees were announced this week at the CES Press Preview in New York, and this year PCWorld is the proud sponsor of the Innovations Awards.
Here's a look back at some of the best of what 2010 had to offer, as well as an early peek at what we'll see at January's 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Meet the Best of Innovations honorees for 2011.