Everyday, it appears, a new technological advancement pops up in news-feeds and broadcasts everywhere. In homage to these inventions and innovations, the Technological community comes together to vote on the most innovative of these advances, and the winners are announced at the T3 Gadget Awards Ceremony. Over 960,000 votes were cast this year, and the winners ultimately chosen with the help of a 6 person expert panel. Listed here are a number of interesting—and sometimes ironic—choices for winners. Please visit the full list of categories and winners here.
The categories for the T3 Awards, from Best Retailer to Gadget Personality of the Year, the awards span a variety of categories. It is interesting to note the winner of the Gadget Personality of the Year Award was Mark Zuckerberg. Of course he’s a monumental figure in the communication world, but hardly exhibits the charisma of George Clooney. Another interesting category is Best Commuting Device, where anything that aids your travel from here to there is considered. One of the challengers was an electric bicycle; but the winner, in fact, was the Amazon Kindle. True, it makes the time pass quickly while commuting, but maybe something which actually travels may have been a clearer choice?
Perhaps another surprise winner this year was found for the Digital Media Service of the Year award. Yes, Mark Zuckerberg won Personality of the Year, but it was Twitter that walked off with the more important gong. Twitter beat out the likes of Facebook and Google . Certainly the heads of Apple, Google and Facebook are certainly not crying themselves to sleep over their crushing defeats. It is important to consider that these awards are voted upon by the tech community and therefore the very people who are most in tune with and most influential in this realm and should be taken seriously by the giants in the industry.
If you were to ask the average passerby which phone would win Phone of the Year, most would probably say the iPhone 4. Again, though, because a very tech-savvy crowd cast the votes, the votes went to Samsung’s Galaxy S II. Google won the Tech Brand of the Year, beating out rivals Apple and Facebook. Although it’s just the “T3 Gadget Awards,” Google is in a much better position amongst the tech community in terms of brand recognition and possibly overall importance.
From Google and Samsung, Apple and Microsoft, to Facebook and Twitter, the list of nominees is a “who’s who” of technological innovation. Please take a moment to check over the complete list of nominees and winners, of which the Gadget of the Year and Innovation of the Year weren’t even mentioned here. It’s truly interesting to see how fast the gaming world is evolving, how fast technologies are being created and, consequently, becoming outdated. For fun, check out the candidates from the first Ceremony held in 2008, a lifetime ago in technology years!